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  The Silver Star is the third highest military award for heroism. The Silver Star may be awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces of the United States, is cited for gallantry in action; (1) against an enemy of the United States; (2) while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or, (3) while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. The Silver Star is awarded when the heroic actions fall just short of warranting the Air Force Cross.

 


PJ Medal's Trivia - At least 79 PJs were awarded the Silver Star. Three PJ's were recipients of both a Silver Star and an Air Force Cross (King, Hackney and McGrath). Five PJs received three Silver Stars (Cormier, Lester, Locker, Morrow, and Young) and ten PJ's received two Silver Stars (Avery, Curtis, Eldridge, Fisk, McComb, McQuoid, Musnicki, Pleiman, Stanaland, and Williamson). One father and son were each awarded a Silver Star (Dave & Steve Rhody).

During the Vietnam War, hundreds of Airman's Medals, Distinguished Flying Crosses, Silver Stars, Air Force Crosses, and one Medal of Honor were awarded to Pararescuemen. This elite group of men were one of the most heavily decorated, if not the most decorated, groups of enlisted Air Force men in the history of that war. This is an extraordinary number considering that no more than seventy-five Pararescuemen served at any one time in Vietnam or Thailand.

Since the Vietnam War, two PJs have been awarded the Air Force Cross and two others the Silver Star. The Air Force Cross recipients were Timothy A. Wilkinson for action in Somalia and Jason Cunningham for action in Afghanistan. The Silver Star recipients were  Scott Fales for action in Somalia and Keary Miller for action in Afghanistan. The tradition of heroism continues with this band of brothers known as PJs. All of them certainly have lived up to their motto "That Other's May Live."

If you know anyone who has been awarded one of these awards, but they have been omitted, please email me at rlapointe@gci.net  


Why are other air rescue aircrew members who have been awarded the Silver Silver Star not listed on this website?

 


Pararescuemen Awarded the Silver Star


The blue hyperlinks in the below table will take you to the citation of the Silver Star for the individual selected. Unless otherwise stated, the award was for actions in the Vietnam War.

LEIF E. ARVIDSON - 11 December 1968
ALLEN J. AVERY - 5 October 1968
ALLEN J. AVERY - 6 April 1972
THOMAS J. BATESON - 15 May 1975
DAVID R. BERRIO - 24 November 1967
ROBERT L. BERRY, JR. - 22 April 1966
MARVIN F. BRENAMAN - 17 May 1965 (narrative not available)
WILLIAM D. BRINSON - 13 April 1972
DONALD J. BOUSHELLE - 30 March 1968 (narrative not available) News Article
KENNETH CAKEBREAD - 13 April 1972 (narrative not available)
STEPHEN L. CALDWELL - 20 December 1972
David A. Carl  (narrative not available)  Unit History
JOHN R. CARLSON - 27 December 1972
EARNEST D. CASBEER - 5 October 1968
WILLIAM J. CENNA - 23 April 2011 - Afghanistan
LONNIE G. CONNER - 11 December 1968
ARTHUR CORMIER - 6 November 1965
ARTHUR CORMIER - May 1966 to July 1966
ARTHUR CORMIER - 1 October 1967 to 7 October  1967
MICHAEL A. CURTIS - 26 February 1971
MICHAEL A. CURTIS - 13 March 1971
JOHN J. DAGNEAU III - 10 May 1966
LUTHER E. DAVIS - 11 June 1967
DAVID M. DAVISON - 5 December 1969
MICHAEL F. DEAN - 30 June 1970
MICHAEL R. DONEGAN, 20 July 1965 (narrative not available)  News Article
JOHN J. ELDRIDGE - 21 November 1970
JOHN J. ELDRIDGE - 15 May 1975
SCOTT C. FALES - 3 October 1993 (Somalia)
AARON D. FARRIOR - 5 October 1966
PAUL E. FATKA - 31 January 1969   News Article
WAYNE L. FISK - 21 November 1970
WAYNE L. FISK - 15 May 1975
DANIEL E. GALDE - 21 November 1970
GEORGE P. GONZALES - 10 December 1972
DONALD H. GOODLETT, JR. - 2 June 1972
DUANE D. HACKNEY - 15 July 1967
CHARLES K. HANSON - 12 February 1967
ROBERT L. HARRIS - 17 May 1969
HAROLD W. HARVEY 21 November 1970   (narrative not available)
TED R. HAWKINS - 23 August 1967
BARRY D. HEBERT - 26 October 1968
RICKY D. HINDMAN - 9 June 1968
JON K. HOBERG - 21 November 1970
GEORGE E. HUNT - 22 April 1966
CHARLES R. INGULLI JR. - 20 March 1968
PAUL L. JENKINS - 30 June 1970
ROBERT W. JONES - 27 December 1972 (narrative not available)
LEROY W. KELSAY, JR.19 February 1966
CHARLES D. KING, 17 September 1968
ROGER A. KLENOVICH - 30 March 1968
ZACHARY A. KLINE - 23 April 2011 (Afghanistan)
DENNIS J. KRAFT - 18 May 1966
HARRY M. KRAUSE - 1 June 1968
WILLIAM E. LESTER - 12 November 1969
WILLIAM E. LESTER - 21 March 1970
WILLIAM E. LESTER - 21 November 1970
JAMES D. LOCKER - 14 March 1968
JAMES D. LOCKER - 4 May 1968
JAMES D. LOCKER - 9 June 1968
BRAD E. MARX - 15 May 1975
RANDY S. MCCOMB - 18 July 1967
RANDY S. MCCOMB - 21 November 1970
ANGUS C. MCDOUGALL - 20 February 1968
ANTHONY J. MCFARR - 6 October 1969
CHARLES D. MCGRATH - 27 April 1972
CHARLES B. MCQUOID II - 2 June 1972
CHARLES B. MCQUOID II - 26 August 1972
KEARY J. MILLER - 4 March 2002 (Afghanistan)
JOHN A. MOORE - 2 March 1965
CHARLES D. MORROW - 27 April 1972
CHARLES D. MORROW - 27 June 1972
CHARLES D. MORROW - 11 February 1972
KENNETH J. MUSNICKI - 27 June 1972
KENNETH J. MUSNICKI - 18 November 1972
EUGENE L. NARDI - 26 February 1971
STEVE M. NORTHERN - 23 August 1967
JOHN D. NUSBAUM - 5 October 1968
GARY T. OSBORNE - 15 April 1970
GARY T. OSBORNE - 18 November 1972
DENNIS C. PALMER - 11 May 1969
WILLIAM R. PEARSON - 6 April 1972
PAUL C. PERRY - 2 March 1972
JOHN PIGHINI - 3 July 1967
JAMES E. PLEIMAN - 1 November 1965
JAMES E. PLEIMAN - 14 March 1966
PHILEMON S. RESOS - 8 May 1967
DAVID D. RHODY - 28 February 1969
STEVEN C. RHODY - 13 March 1971
JOHNNY L. RIDDICK - 21 Mar 1970
MARTIN E. ROEPSTORFF - 6 March 1968
JAMES J. ROGERS - 21 November 1970   (narrative not available)
CHARLES F. SALOME - 20 December 1972
GEORGE E. SCHIPPER - 8 November 1965
JAMES D. SCOTT - 26 July 1970
DAVID W. SLIGER - 16 February 1967
CHARLEY D. SMITH - 28 July 1967
JULES C. SMITH - 28 April 1970
LELAND H. SORENSEN - 18 January 1969
JAMES SOUZA - 16 November 1966
ANGUS W. SOWELL - 21 November 1970   (narrative not available)
ROGER D. SPARKS - 14 November 2010 (Afghanistan)   (narrative not available)
JONES L. STAMEY JR. - 11 December 1968
JOSEPH S. STANALAND - 12 December 1970
JOSEPH S. STANALAND - 15 May 1975
ALLEN R. STANEK - 28 October 1966
JOHN H. STEMPLE - 8 November 1967
JOHN W. STEPHENS - 21 December 1972
ROY A. TAYLOR - 11 November 1967
GORDON C. THAYER - 25 August 1966
JOHN F. TOBEY - 8 May 1967
MICHAEL D. VOGELE - 11 February 1972
RICHARD A. WALLACE - 17 May 1965 (narrative not available)
ROBERT J. WARD - 20 October 1966
LAWRENCE WELLINGTON - 21 November 1970
DAVID J. WHEELER - 9 March 1966
STEPHEN T. WHITE - 20 October 1968
DENNIS C. WILLIAMSON - 2 June 1972
ROBERT B. WILLIAMSON - 22 May 1966
ROBERT B. WILLIAMSON - 5 October 1966
EDWARD M. WILLIS - 8 October 1969
JON H. YOUNG - 2 March 1965
JON H. YOUNG - 2 March 1972
JON H. YOUNG - 10 December 1972

 

Other Air Rescue Personnel
Awarded the Silver Star


The below list was compiled by this webmaster and serves as a starting point in identifying other Air Rescue personnel who have been awarded the Silver Star. You may require Adobe PDF Reader to open the narrative. If you know of any other Air Rescue individuals awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, contact me at  rlapointe@gci.net

 

JAMES D. ADAMS, 27 June 1967, HH-3 FE
KARLTON I. BAKKE, 26 February 1971,  HH-53 Pilot
JOE E. BALLINGER, 17 May 1965, HH4-3 Pilot (narrative not available)
DUANE I. BELAND, 30 October 1968,  HH-3 FE (narrative not available)
ARTHUR T. BRAND, 30 March 1968, HH-3 FE
MARVIN F. BRENAMAN, 17 May 1965,  HH-43 FE (narrative not available)
ROYAL C. BROWN, 21 November 1970,  HH-53 Pilot
ROYAL C. BROWN, 13 March 1971, HH-53 Pilot
EUSTACE M. BUNN, 21 November 1970, Sandy Pilot (narrative not available)
JERRY D. CLEARMAN, 8 November 1967, HH-3 Pilot (narrative not available)  Unit History
JAMES W. COCKERILL, 26 August 1972, Combat Photographer
JAMES W. COCKERILL, 18 November 1972, Combat Photographer
JAMES W. COCKERILL, 27 December 1972, Combat Photographer
HARRY S. COPPERTHITE, 13 March 1971,  HH-53 Pilot
CHARLES R. DUNN, 26 August 1967 - HH3 Pilot (narrative not available)  Unit History
HERSHEL E. FANNIN, 26 August 1972, HH-53 FE
JAMES R. GOCHNAUER, 21 November 1970, Sandy Pilot (narrative not available)
GERALD R. HELMICH, 12 November 1968, Sandy Pilot
BRUCE C. HEPP, 17 May 1965, HH-43 Pilot (narrative not available)
JAMES F. HICKS, HH-3 Pilot (narrative not available)  Unit History
ARON P. HODGES, 21 November 1970, HH-53 FE  (narrative not available)
CHARLES G. JACK, 13 March 1971, HH-53 FE
GERALD A. JONES, 9 November 1968, HH-53 Pilot (narrative not available)
ROY A. KNIGHT, 2 April 1967, Sandy Pilot
DONALD LABARRE, 21 November 1970, HH-53 FE  (narrative not available)
EDWARD W. LEONARD, 5 November 1967, Sandy Pilot
EDWARD W. LEONARD, 9-10 November 1967, Sandy Pilot
EDWARD W. LEONARD, 31 May 1968, Sandy Pilot
WARREN R. LILLY, 6 November 1965, HH-3 Pilot
ALVIN A. MALONE, HH-3 FE (narrative not available)  Unit History
WILLIAM O. MAYFIELD, 6 October 1966, CH-3 Pilot (narrative not available) (NEWS ARTICLE)
DAVID C. McDANIELS, 12 October 1950, Pilot, Korea (narrative not available) (NEWS ARTICLE)
CARLOS J. McKINNEY, 26 February 1971, HH-53 FE

RICHARD L. MEHR, 10 July 1967, Sandy Pilot

HARVEY A. MELTZER, 2 January 1972, CH-53 FE
DUANE A. MILLER, 3 September 1966, HU-16 Pilot  (narrative not available)   (NEWS ARTICLE)
CHARLIE J. MONTGOMERY, 21 November 1970, HH-53 FE  (narrative not available)
ALFRED C. MONTREM, 21 November 1970, HH-53 Pilot   (narrative not available)
KENNETH MURPHY, 21 November 1970, HH-53 FE  (narrative not available)
JOSEPH M. NALL, 28 April 1970, HH-3E
FRED H. OTTE, 23 August 1967, HH-3 Pilot (narrative not available)  Unit History
FRANK J. PEHR, 13 March 1971, HH-53 Pilot

MIGUEL A. PEREIRA , 27 December 1972, HH-53 Pilot (narrative not available)

JOHN W. PERRY, 5 October 1966, HH-3 Pilot,  (narrative not available)  (NEWS ARTICLE)
WILLIAM N. PRIVETTE, 18 July 1967, HH-3 Pilot (narrative not available)
EDWIN J. RHEIN,  21 November 1970, Sandy Pilot (narrative not available)
DAVID A. RICHARDSON, 1 to 2 June 1968, HH-3 Pilot (narrative not available)
JACK C. RITTICHIER, 9 June 1968, H-3 Pilot (USCG)
WILLIAM A. ROBINSON, 17 May 1965, HH-43 FE (narrative not available)
ROBERTO RODRIQUEZ, 17 May 1965, HH-43 FE (narrative not available)

CHARLES J. ROUHIER, 27 December 1972, Flight Engineer

STANLEYO. SCHAETZLE, 17 May 1965, HH-43 Pilot (narrative not available)
JOHN H. SCHAFER - 15 July 1967

RICHARD D. SHAPIRO, 27 December 1972, Vietnam, HH-53 Pilot (narrative not available)

JERRY W. SHIPMAN, 21 December 1972, HH-53 Pilot
JOHN C. SHUMATE, 19 September 1950, Para-Doctor CSAR
RICHARD S. SKEELS, 21 November 1970, Sandy Pilot (narrative not available)
JOHN C. SQUIRES, 21 November 1970, Sandy Pilot (narrative not available)
MAURICE F. TASKER, 21 November 1970, HH-53 FE  (narrative not available)
KENNETH F. TOBIASON, 19 August 1967, F100 Pilot
WALTER F. TURK, 17 May 1965, HH-43 Pilot (narrative not available)
THOMAS R. WALDRON, 21 November 1970, HH-53 Pilot
JOHN R. WEIMER, 26 February 1971, HH-53 Pilot
JOHN R. WEIMER, 1 May 1972, HH-53 Pilot
RICHARD C. YEEND, HH-3 Pilot
HERBERT E. ZEHNDER, 21 November 1970, HH-3 Pilot   (narrative not available)
THEODORE A. ZERBE, 18 July 1967, HH-3 FE (narrative not available)


 


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