Robert B. Artz

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Major Robert B. Artz for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a Forward Air Controller in the area of Long Thanh, Republic of Vietnam on 30 December 1966. On that date, Major Artz repeatedly flew his unarmed O-1 observation aircraft at night through intense automatic weapons fire to mark hostile positions in close proximity to friendly forces and direct tactical fighter aircraft against the large hostile force. His courageous actions silenced hostile gun positions and remitted the hostile attack. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Major Artz reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.