James J. Begley

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Major James J. Begley for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a Navigator aboard an HC-130P aircraft over hostile territory in Southeast Asia on 23 March 1970. On that date, Major Begley participated in one of the most hazardous and challenging combat aircrew operations in the annals of rescue in Southeast Asia. His outstanding knowledge and resourcefulness contributed immeasurably to the safe recovery of one downed Pilot and led to the eventual recovery of another Pilot. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Major Begley reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.