Robert Wesley Covey

For heroism while participating in aerial flight as a pilot of jet aircraft attached to Attack Squadron THIRTY-FIVE embarked in USS AMERICA (CVA-66). On 24 August 1972, Lieutenant Commander COVEY launched on a night armed reconnaissance mission against heavily defended supply routes in North Vietnam. Despite heavy anti-aircraft fire and four surface-to-air missile firings at his aircraft, he pressed forth on multiple low-level attacks against enemy truck convoys. His superb bombing accuracy and airmanship resulted in the destruction of at least five enemy trucks. Lieutenant Commander COVEY’s superior airmanship, aggressiveness, and extraordinary courage in the face of determined enemy opposition reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.