Cederholm, crew chief, received the Air Medal
for actions during a priority re-supply mission in support of 1 st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, also known as Geronimo, on June 12, 2011.
The World War II veteran served in the Army Air Corps and earned three Bronze Campaign Stars, two Purple Hearts, the Air Medal
, and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal Ribbon.
Age 89 | Hometown: Corvallis | Staff sergeant, 306th Bomb Group | Army Air Corps | Europe | Air Medal
with five silver clusters
Smith received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal
for his service in Europe, part of a unit that dropped bombs on Germany.
A decorated pilot and recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal
with 5 Clusters and 5 Battle Stars for major air engagements, makes him an expert in an elite group of individuals who were dedicated to God and country and whose lives were shaped by combat.
Also worn to denote first award of the singlemission Air Medal
Naidyhorski was awarded the Air Medal
for his efforts.
For his valor and service, he was awarded the Air Medal
with three oak leaf clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
He was a tall-turret gunner and radio operator with the 490th Bomb Group, a B-17 Flying Fortress unit of the Eighth Air Force, based in England, and was awarded the Purple Heart on February 6, 1945, as a result of enemy action in Strasbourg, France; he also earned an Oak Leaf cluster, an Air Medal
, and four battle stars.
He had also served in the first Gulf War and, following his death in Afghanistan, the military awarded him the Air Medal
, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Nevada Distinguished Service Medal and the Combat Action Badge.
Shortly after, James found himself as a very young officer on a B-17 stationed in England, where he led bombing raids on Germany as lead bombardier/navigator, earning many medals (Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal
of Honor, to name two) on his 26 missions.
She is the recipient of the Air Medal
for her courage and bravery during the destruction of a Republican Guard supply line in treacherous flying conditions during Operation Iraqi Freedom.