H. J. "Pete" Birkhofer

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant Colonel Harold J. Birkhofer for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Aircraft Commander of an OH-3E helicopter in Southeast Asia on 15 August 1971. On that date, Colonel Birkhofer led a formation of three helicopters to place a friendly reconnaissance team deep inside hostile territory. Despite severe weather conditions, the constant threat of hostile fire, and the limited capabilities of his aircraft, Colonel Birkhofer successfully accomplished his mission undetected using precision navigation and thereby insuring the successful completion of the mission. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Colonel Birkhofer reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force