Paul M. Andrus

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Paul M. Andrus for heroism while participating in aerial flight as the Pilot and Mission Commander for an A-6E aircraft assigned to Marine All Weather Attack Squadron 224 on 17 January 1991. Captain Andrus, as overall Mission Commander for the Day One-Wave One Operation Desert Storm strike, conceived, planned, briefed, and led a 48 plane deep air strike package against the Tallil Airfield runways, SCUD Missile Support Facilities located at Tallil and Qurnah Airfields, and the An Nasirayah power plant in Iraq. Confronted by a formidable array of enemy air-to-air, anti-aircraft artillery, and surface-to-air missile threats, Captain Andrus ingressed the strike package and, in the face of intense enemy defensive fires, boldly prosecuted the target. This attack severely damaged the storage facilities used to support the enemy missiles. His courage, superb airmanship, and ability to accurately deliver his ordnance on target and on time, contributed significantly to the overall objective of neutralizing the surface-to-surface missile attacks on allied territory. Captain Andrus’ outstanding leadership, personal bravery, and inspiring devotion to duty reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.