Award of Air Force Cross to Leroy M. Wright, a War Memorial

Award of Air Force Cross to Leroy M. Wright, a War Memorial (HM1STK)

Location: Montgomery, AL 36115 Montgomery County
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N 32° 24.26', W 86° 14.974'

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Citation to Accompany the Award ofThe Air Force Cross

Leroy M. Wright

Technical Sergeant Leroy M. Wright distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force while serving as a helicopter crew member of a Joint United States Task Force which conducted a rescue operation against the Son Tay Prisoner of War Camp in North Vietnam on 21 November 1970. Although suffering injury to his left foot and ankle during the landing in the compound, Sergeant Wright, despite the possibility of explosion, remained with the helicopter until all passengers and crew exited the aircraft. Sergeant Wright then vigorously moved to an exposed area, and with complete disregard for his own life, placed extremely effective covering fire at positions which endangered the operation thus freeing the Army element within the compound to continue its mission. Sergeant Wright, ignoring the intense pain and injury, courageously moved unassisted more than 200 meters with the Army element in the extraction landing zone. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, Sergeant Wright reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
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2006 by Gunter NCOA Class 06-3
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Date Added Monday, June 27th, 2016 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 570570 N 3585502
Decimal Degrees32.40433333, -86.24956667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 24.26', W 86° 14.974'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 24' 15.6" N, 86° 14' 58.44" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Williamson St, Montgomery AL 36115, US
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