Sergeant John R. Carlson distinguished himself by gallantry
in connection with military operations against an opposing
armed force near Hanoi, North Vietnam on 27 December 1972.
On that date, Sergeant Carlson, a Pararescue Technician on
an HH-53C Rescue Helicopter, voluntarily flew into a highly
hostile area to attempt the rescue of a downed American
airman. Utilizing a handleld automatic weapon when his
minigun malfunctioned, Sergeant Carlson deliberately stood
in the open to defend his hovering helicopter against
groundfire so that a position above the survivor could be
maintained. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant
Carlson has reflected great credit upon himself and the
United States Air Force.