Staff Sergeant John F. Tobey
distinguished himself by extraordinary achievement while
participating in aerial flight as an HH-3E Rescue Specialist
in the Demilitarized Zone of North Vietnam on 16 May 1967.
On that date, Sergeant Tobey entered an intensely hostile
area and braved automatic weapons fire in attempting to
rescue two downed American pilots. Although forced to
withdraw after hostile fire disabled one of the aircraft’s
engines, Sergeant Tobey’s efforts paved the way for a later
successful rescue operation by another helicopter. The
professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty
displayed by Sergeant Tobey reflect great credit upon
himself and the United States Air Force.