William N. Benton, Jr.

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Warrant Officer William N. Benton, Jr., for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty. Warrant Officer Benton distinguished himself while serving as Aircraft Commander of a utility helicopter during a mission to extract a friendly ground force. The ground unit was surrounded by a superior enemy force and was in need of an emergency extraction. Warrant Officer Benton proceeded immediately to the area to attempt an extraction. Upon reaching the area, he brought his aircraft to a hover above the embattled unit and proceeded with the extraction. Throughout the extraction, his ship was subjected to the hostile fire. Warrant Officer Benton’s courage and devotion to duty contributed immeasurably to the success of the mission. His actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.