Sergeant Dennis C. Williamson
distinguished himself by gallantry in connection with
military operations against an opposing armed force in
Southeast Asia on 2 June 1972. On that date, Sergeant
Williamson, a Pararescue Recovery Specialist on an HH-53C
rescue helicopter, voluntarily penetrated deep into an
extremely hostile and heavily defended area of North Vietnam
to assist in the recovery of a downed American airman. At
great risk to his own life, he willingly exposed himself to
hostile ground forces while manning his minigun position.
Sergeant Williamsonís professional skill in suppressing the
ground fire being directed at his vulnerable aircraft was
instrumental in the successful completion of this hazardous
rescue. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant
Williamson has reflected great credit upon himself and the
United States Air Force.