Award of Air Force Cross to Thomas A. Newman, a War Memorial

Award of Air Force Cross to Thomas A. Newman, a War Memorial (HM1SU8)

Location: Montgomery, AL 36115 Montgomery County
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N 32° 24.257', W 86° 14.969'

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Citation to Accompany the Award ofThe Air Force Cross

Thomas A. Newman

Sergeant Thomas A. Newman distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as an HH-3E Helicopter Pararescue Specialist in Southeast Asia, on 30 May 1968. On that date, Sergeant Newman voluntarily descended into a hostile jungle environment to rescue a downed Air Force pilot. With complete disregard for his own life, and hampered by darkness and concentrated automatic weapons fire, he requested the rescue helicopter above him to enter a nearby orbit, both for the safety of the crewmembers and to prevent the hovering aircraft from establishing the survivor's location for the unfriendly ground forces. When the rescue helicopter returned, he secured the injured airman to the forest penetrator and protected him with his own body as they ascended to the helicopter. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness, Sergeant Newman reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
HM NumberHM1SU8
Year Placed2006
Placed ByMaxwell-Gunter AFSNCOA Class 06-A
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Date Added Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees32.40428333, -86.24948333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 24.257', W 86° 14.969'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 24' 15.42" N, 86° 14' 58.14" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Williamson St, Montgomery AL 36115, US
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