Robert M. Barbuto

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to First Lieutenant Robert M. Barbuto. First Lieutenant Robert M. Barbuto distinguished himself by meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight over enemy territory as pilot, 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron Photo Jet, Fifth Air Force. On 16 June 1953, Lieutenant Barbuto was assigned to fly an unarmed RF-80 aircraft to photograph the damn at Naeha-dong and T’apsong-ni reservoirs. Escorted by a flight of twenty-four(24) F-86 type aircraft, he proceeded to photograph his first objective at Naeha-dong while encountering moderate anti-aircraft fire. Continuing the mission, he approached the first of two dams at T’apsong-ni reservoir and was immediately subjected to intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire. With full realization of the danger involved and with complete disregard for his own personal safety, he continued with his mission. During the ensuing minutes, while initiating a series of maneuvers in an effort to avoid the ground fire, he accomplished two (2) successful runs over each of the targets obtaining complete coverage of both. The information gained from his photos were of great importance in that they clearly verified the results of previous raids on these targets. By his great personal courage, superior airmanship, and devotion to duty, Lieutenant Barbuto has brought great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.