Lester L. Swanke

World War II
Service #O-767418
RankSecond Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
Unit390th Fighter Squadron, 366th Fighter Group
Entered Service From
Idaho
Date of DeathNovember 8, 1944
Buried Plot E Row 11 Grave 66
Luxembourg American Cemetery
Luxembourg

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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.

Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters