William A. Bloomer

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Major William A. Bloomer for heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight while serving as a Pilot with Marine Composite Reconnaissance Squadron One, Marine Aircraft Group Eleven, First Marine Aircraft Wing in connection with combat operations against the enemy in Vietnam. On 21 April 1969 Major Bloomer launched as Aircraft Commander of an EA-6 Intruder assigned the mission of providing electronic countermeasures support for a United States Navy reconnaissance overflight of a heavily defended section of Vietnam. Arriving over the designated area, he established a flight pattern which would afford the reconnaissance aircraft the most protection, even though this pattern brought his Intruder well within the enemy’s anti-aircraft missile and artillery envelope. Completely disregarding his own safety and concerned only with the success of this vital mission, he skillfully maintained an optimum protection flight path for a forty-minute period, thereby enabling his electronic countermeasures operator to effectively jam the hostile target acquisition radar and the reconnaissance flight to complete its mission. Major Bloomer’s courage, superior aeronautical ability and steadfast devotion to duty earned the respect and admiration of all who participated in the mission and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.