John E. Barron

#1) The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Warrant Officer John E. Barron for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty in the Republic of Vietnam on 8 July 1970. Warrant Officer Barron distinguished himself while serving as aircraft commander of an AH-1G armed helicopter supporting a visual reconnaissance mission in Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam. When a light observation helicopter received hostile fire, Warrant Officer Barron provided suppressive fire and enabled the observation aircraft to withdraw from the area of hostile fire. While flying at low level to provide maximum cover for the observation helicopter, Warrant Officer Barron twice came under intense hostile fire. After maneuvering his aircraft to draw fire from the enemy positions, he made numerous passes, silencing the locations with accurate fire. Warrant Officer Barron’s personal bravery and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

#2) The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Warrant Officer John E. Barron for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty in the Republic of Vietnam on 18 August 1970. Warrant Officer Barron distinguished himself while serving as leader of an AH-1G armed helicopter team during an emergency extraction mission in Thua Thien Province, Republic of Vietnam. Poor visibility and intense enemy fire made the extraction of troops in the pick-up zone extremely difficult. The lift aircraft were forced to use flight instruments for navigation, and Warrant Officer Barron guided the aircraft up the mountain slope while providing suppressive fire on enemy positions until all the men were extracted. His actions contributed greatly to the success of the mission. Warrant Officer Barron’s personal bravery and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

#3) The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Chief Warrant Officer John E. Barron for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty in Laos. Chief Warrant Officer Barron distinguished himself on 25 February 1971 while serving as Aircraft Commander of an AH-1G armed helicopter during a reconnaissance mission in Laos. During the operation, he was called to the aid of two Air Force pilots who had been forced to eject from a disabled jet. Upon locating the position of one pilot, Chief Warrant Officer Barron began to receive heavy anti-aircraft fire from several positions. He immediately delivered accurate suppressive fire. While locating the second pilot, he also discovered an enemy tank unit approaching the pilots. He placed devastating fire on the tanks and, again receiving anti-aircraft fire, placed suppressive fire on the enemy positions. His efforts were instrumental in saving the lives of the two pilots, as well as in destroying two enemy tanks. Chief Warrant Officer Barron’s outstanding flying ability and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military services and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

#4) The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Chief Warrant Officer John E. Barron for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty in the Republic of Vietnam. Chief Warrant Officer Barron distinguished himself on 31 March 1971 while serving as Pilot of an AH-1G armed helicopter during combat assault operations in Laos. While on a support mission for the insertion of Army of the Republic of Vietnam troops in Laos, Chief Warrant Officer Barron encountered heavy enemy fire. He immediately delivered a volume of suppressive fire, silencing the hostile position. Throughout the entire mission, he subjected himself to enemy fire making several low level passes to accurately mark the targets. He did not leave the contact area until the assault troops were safely on the ground. His actions were instrumental in the success of the mission. Chief Warrant Officer Barron’s outstanding flying ability and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United State Army.

#5) The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Chief Warrant Officer John E. Barron for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty in the Republic of Vietnam. Chief Warrant Officer Barron distinguished himself on 9 May 1971 while serving as Aircraft Commander of an AH-1G armed helicopter during a reconnaissance mission in the A Shau Valley, Republic of Vietnam. While on a visual reconnaissance mission, Chief Warrant Officer Barron received word to help a ground force encircled by an enemy element. Upon approaching the contact area, Chief Warrant Officer Barron’s aircraft came under intense small arms fire. He immediately made low level passes while delivering invaluable suppressive fire on the enemy positions. After expending all of his ordnance, he continued to make passes over the enemy positions to deceive them until another armed helicopter arrived. Chief Warrant Officer Barron’s outstanding flying ability and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.