Harold F. Wurtz Jr.

World War II
Service #0-814817
RankFirst Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
Unit341st Fighter Squadron, 348th Fighter Group
Entered Service From
Michigan
Date of DeathMay 12, 1945
StatusRecovered
Memorialized Walls of the Missing
Manila American Cemetery
Taguig City, Philippines

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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.

rosetta medal
When an individual’s remains have been accounted for by the U.S. Department of Defense, a rosette is placed next to the name on the Wall/Tablet/Court of the Missing to mark that the person now rests in a known gravesite.
Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster - Remains recovered