Sergeant Alan N. Thompson
distinguished himself by extraordinary achievement while
participating in aerial flight as a Pararescue/Recovery
Specialist on board a rescue helicopter on 17 January 1968.
On that date, his aircraft attempted to recover a downed
aircrew from North Vietnam. Sergeant Thompson supervised the
readying of all rescue equipment as the aircraft approached
the incident site. Once over the survivors, it was necessary
for Sergeant Thompson to descend via hoist to effect the
rescue. He was continually exposed to enemy ground fire.
After the rescue, while the helicopter was egressing the
area, multiple aircraft emergencies confronted the crew.
Sergeant Thompsonís superb airmanship and cool headedness
greatly assisted the pilot in returning the aircraft to home
base. The professional competence, aerial skill and devotion
to duty displayed by Sergeant Thompson reflect great credit
upon himself and the United States Air Force.