John William Armstrong

Vietnam War
Serial #449306236
RankColonel, U.S. Air Force
Unit480th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Entered Service From
Dallas
,
Texas
Date of BirthDecember 5, 1926
Date of DeathNovember 9, 1967
StatusMissing In Action
Memorialized Courts of the Missing
Court A
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, United States
Notes

Colonel Armstrong was the squadron commander of the 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron. On November 9, 1967, he was flying in a McDonnell Douglas Phantom II Fighter (F-4C) over the Ho Chi Minh Trail when his aircraft was hit by a surface to air missile. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

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Distinguished Flying Cross

The Distinguished Flying Cross, established by Act of Congress on 6 July 1926, is awarded to a member of the United States Armed Forces who distinguished himself or herself by heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight. An act of heroism must be evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty. Extraordinary achievement must have resulted in an accomplishment so exceptional and outstanding as to clearly set the individual apart from others in similar circumstances. Awards will only be made to recognize single acts of heroism or extraordinary achievement, and not in recognition of sustained operations.

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Air Medal

The Air Medal, established by Executive Order on 11 May 1942 and amended by Executive Order on 11 September 1942, is awarded to a person who, while serving with the United States Armed Forces, has distinguished himself or herself by meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight. Awards may recognize single acts of heroism or merit, or may recognize sustained meritorious service over a period of six months or more. The Air Medal primarily recognizes personnel on flight status requiring frequent participation in aerial flight. It may be awarded to personnel not on flight status whose duties require frequent flight other than in a passenger status. The Air Medal ranks behind the Distinguished Flying Cross in order of precedence.

Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters