Distinguished Flying Cross

The Distinguished Flying Cross is a military decoration awarded to any officer or enlisted member of the United States Armed Forces who distinguishes himself or herself in support of operations by "heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight, subsequent to November 11, 1918.

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to First Lieutenant James C. Warren for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight over enemy held North Korea on 4 May 1953. Flying as navigator-bombardier of a B-26 type aircraft, 17th Bombardment Wing Light, Fifth Air Force, engaged in a night interdiction mission, Lieutenant Warren displayed outstanding bombing and navigation skill. In spite of sub marginal weather and restricted visibility a large convoy of enemy vehicles was sighted near Singosan, Korea. Numerous bombing attacks were made causing fourteen secondary explosions and five sustained fires which resulted in the destruction of eleven vehicles and damaged numerous additional vehicles. These attacks were pressed over hazardous mountain terrain despite the ever present threat of fire from enemy automatic weapons and attack by enemy aircraft and were continued until all ordnance was expended. As a result of this highly successful mission vital enemy supplies and transportation facilities were destroyed. By his personal courage, devotion to duty and outstanding ability, Lieutenant Warren has brought great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to First Lieutenant James C. Warren for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight over enemy-held North Korea on 15 June 1953. Flying as Navigator of a B-26 type aircraft, 17th Bombardment Wing Light, Fifth Air Force, leading a daylight formation bombing attack, Lieutenant Warren displayed outstanding airmanship and flying skill. Despite accurate heavy weapons fire and the ever-present threat of attack by enemy aircraft, Lieutenant Warren led the formation on a successful bombing attack on the target near Song-Jong, Korea. The attack resulted in one hundred per cent coverage of the target area. This attack and others of the same period were instrumental in stopping or impending enemy offensive. By his high personal courage and devotion to duty, Lieutenant Warren brought great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Major James C. Warren for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a EC-47 Navigator over the Republic of Vietnam from 22 August 1967 to 27 August 1967. During that period, Major Warren flew long and arduous missions over hostile areas and under adverse terrain and weather conditions in support of “Operation Riley”. Through selfless application of his outstanding professional skill, ingenuity and perseverance, Major Warren was instrumental in the fulfillment of complex and urgent aerial reconnaissance requirements in Southeast Asia. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Major Warren reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

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