Marshall S. Austin

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Marshall S. Austin for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Pilot of a plane in Marine Fighter Squadron Three Hundred Eleven during operations against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 11 April 1953. Leading a flight of jet fighter-bombers on a close air support mission against heavily defended and well-entrenched enemy front-line elements which were inflicting serious damage on advancing friendly ground forces, Captain Austin quickly located the enemy positions in the flight to orbit at a safe altitude, carried out a run to positively identify the objective which was in close proximity to friendly units. Initiating a low level assault through intense hostile anti-aircraft fire, he scored a direct bomb hit on the enemy bunkers. Having clearly marked the target for the remainder of his flight, he rejoined the orbiting aircraft to lead them in repeated bombing and strafing attacks that completely destroyed the enemy positions. By his expert airmanship, marked courage and resourceful initiative, Captain Austin was largely responsible for the success of a mission that inflicted heavy casualties upon the enemy and substantially reduced pressure on advancing friendly forces. His skilled leadership and unwavering devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.