Dannie D. Baker

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Warrant Officer Dannie D. Baker for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight during the period 5 November 1966 to 12 November 1966 in the Republic of Vietnam. During this period, Warrant Officer Baker’s unit was providing air support to the 1st Infantry division during Operation Attleboro. He distinguished himself by serving in a position of great responsibility as an Aircraft Commander. While in flight, Warrant Officer Baker was constantly exposed to intense hostile automatic weapons and small arms fire. He flew numerous supply and medical evacuation missions for forward ground units both during the hours of daylight and darkness. Frequently he completely disregarded his personal safety, braved devastating hostile barrages and landed in numerous unsecured landing zones in order to accomplish his missions. Over half of the flights were flown under the most adverse weather conditions to include low ceilings, limited visibility and driving rain. Warrant Officer Baker demonstrated the highest degree of professional competence and adroit flying skill throughout this entire period. The unparalleled tenacity, dynamic leadership and exemplary initiative displayed by Warrant Officer Baker insured the delivery of critically needed material, was responsible for the evacuation of seriously wounded soldiers to safety and materially contributed to the success of the operation. Warrant Officer Baker’s actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 11th Aviation Battalion, and the United States Army.