Richard L. Abbott

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant Colonel Richard L. Abbott for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an EC-47 Aircraft Commander in support of Operation Cimarron in and around the area of Dong Ha, Republic of Vietnam, on 24 July 1967. On that date, Lieutenant Colonel Abbott was flying a combat support mission against unfriendly ground forces. With great determination and superior airmanship, in constant danger from hostile ground and artillery fire, Lieutenant Colonel Abbott maneuvered his aircraft in such a manner as to remain on station and provide essential and timely intelligence to friendly ground forces. This contributed immeasurably to the success of Operation Cimarron. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Abbott reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.