Distinguished Flying Cross

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

The Distinguished Flying Cross, created by Congress 80 years ago, is America’s oldest military aviation award.

The Distinguished Flying Cross was designed by Elizabeth Will and Arthur E. Dubois both working at the Army’s Institute of Heraldry. The cross symbolizes sacrifice, and the propeller symbolizes flight. The combination of those symbols makes clear that the DFC is an award for heroism or achievement for individuals involved in aviation. The ribbon reflects the national colors.

The reverse is blank and suitable for engraving the recipient’s name and rank.

Subsequent awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross are indicated by oak-leaf clusters for Army and Air Force personnel and by additional award stars for members of the Naval services. …

No one knows how many DFC’s were awarded but The Distinguished Flying Cross Society has over 6,200 recipient members with possibly thousands more eligible to join our prestigious and elite Society.

1918 Cuddihy LB.jpg
George Cuddihy
Class of 1918

LT, USN

Alto, Michigan

November 25, 1929 (33 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, Operational loss, Fixed Wing


1918 Page LB.jpg
Arthur Page, Jr.
Class of 1918

CAPT, USMC

New York City, New York

September 1, 1930 (34 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, Operational loss, Air Race, Fixed Wing




1927 Southerland LB.jpg
Leonard Southerland
Class of 1927

RADM, USN

Fort Payne, Alabama

November 15, 1958 (53 years old)

Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Operational loss, Carrier Division (CARDIV) 7, Helicopter

He is not currently listed with his classmates in Memorial Hall.





















1934 Whitaker LB.jpg
Frank Whitaker
Class of 1934

LCDR, USN

Spokane, Washington

February 2, 1944 (33 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, KIA, WWII, Eniwetok, Pacific, Torpedo Squadron (VT) 17, Fixed Wing


1935 Schrader LB.jpg
Frederick Schrader
Class of 1935

CDR, USN

Lawrenceville, Illinois

October 13, 1944 (31 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, KIA, WWII, Air Group (CAG) 11, Formosa, Pacific, Fixed Wing













1937 Robertson LB.jpg
Alben Robertson
Class of 1937

LTCOL, USMC

Fulton, Kentucky

December 10, 1946 (31 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, Operational loss, Fixed Wing
















1938 Holmstrom LB.jpg
Carl Holmstrom
Class of 1938

LCDR, USN

Arlington, Washington

August 5, 1944 (28 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, KIA, WWII, Bombing Squadron (VB) 13, Pacific, Fixed Wing











1939 Cooke, B LB.jpg
Byron Cooke
Class of 1939

LCDR, USN

Marshall, Texas

March 26, 1945 (29 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, KIA, WWII, Pacific, Torpedo Squadron (VT) 9, Fixed Wing


1939 Swensson LB.jpg
Richard Swensson
Class of 1939

LCDR, USN

Junction City, Kansas

April 29, 1944 (27 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, KIA, WWII, Pacific, Torpedo Squadron (VT) 24, Fixed Wing




1940 Graham LB.jpg
Henry Graham, Sr.
Class of 1940

LCDR, USN

Sea Cliff, Long Island, New York

April 11, 1945 (27 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, KIA, WWII, Bombing Fighting Squadron (VBF) 83, Okinawa, Pacific, Fixed Wing





1940 Sampson LB.jpg
Willard Sampson
Class of 1940

LCDR, USN

Evanston, Illinois

June 22, 1950 (33 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, Operational loss, Fixed Wing



1940 Micheel LB.jpg
John Micheel
Class of 1940

CDR, USN

Cavour, South Dakota

January 31, 1953 (36 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, KIA, Korea, Attack Squadron (VA) 923, Fixed Wing



1940 Rockwell LB.jpg
John Rockwell, Jr.
Class of 1940

CDR, USN

Wellsville, New York

February 13, 1956 (36 years old)

Navy Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Operational loss, Fixed Wing



1940 Thompson, P LB.jpg
Paul Thompson
Class of 1940

LCDR, USN

San Francisco, California

June 29, 1945 (28 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, Operational loss, WWII, Fixed Wing







1941 Cummings LB.jpg
Floyd Cummings
Class of 1941

MAJ, USMC

Cleveland, Mississippi

April 13, 1946 (29 years old)

Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Operational loss, Fixed Wing






1943 Pugh LB.jpg
Benjamin Pugh
Class of 1943

LCDR, USN

Vanceburg, Kentucky

December 17, 1951 (31 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, KIA, Korea, Fighter Squadron (VF) 194, Fixed Wing






1947 LaHaye LB.jpg
James LaHaye
Class of 1947

CDR, USN

Green Bay, Wisconsin

May 8, 1965 (41 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, KIA, Vietnam, Fighter Squadron (VF) 111, MIA, Fixed Wing


1947 Merner LB.jpg
Marcus Merner
Class of 1947

LTJG, USN

Palo Alto, California

January 28, 1951 (25 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, KIA, Korea, Fighter Squadron (VF) 192, Fixed Wing




1948 Strother LB.jpg
James Strother
Class of 1948

CAPT, USAF

Alexandria, Virginia

May 2, 1953 (26 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, Operational loss, Fixed Wing


1948 Bacas LB.jpg
George Bacas
Class of 1948

MAJ, USMC

Glen Falls, New York

January 11, 1961 (34 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, Operational loss, Naval Air Test Center, Fixed Wing


1949 Vogt LB.jpg
Leonard Vogt, Jr.
Class of 1949

CDR, USN

Cincinnati, Ohio

September 18, 1965 (40 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, KIA, Vietnam, Attack Squadron (VA) 75, MIA, Fixed Wing





1949 Rawsthorne LB.jpg
Edgar Rawsthorne
Class of 1949

CDR, USN

Nogales, Arizona

December 29, 1965 (40 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, KIA, Vietnam, Fighter Squadron (VF) 92, MIA, Fixed Wing


1949 McCoy LB.jpg
John McCoy
Class of 1949

LT, USN

Palouse, Washington

June 25, 1959 (32 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, Operational loss, Fixed Wing








1950 McFall LB.jpg
Albert McFall
Class of 1950

CDR, USN

Jacksonville, Florida

December 6, 1966 (39 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, Operational loss, Attack Squadron (VA) 76, Fixed Wing


1950 Hudson LB.jpg
James Hudson
Class of 1950

LTJG, USN

Hollywood, California

December 22, 1952 (24 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, KIA, Korea, Attack Squadron (VA) 923, Fixed Wing



1950 Evans LB.jpg
Hubert Evans
Class of 1950

LTJG, USN

Jamestown, Ohio

February 16, 1953 (26 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, KIA, Korea, Fighter Squadron (VF) 93, Fixed Wing


1950 Taylor LB.jpg
William Taylor
Class of 1950

1LT, USAF

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

August 10, 1953 (25 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, Operational loss, Fixed Wing

He is not currently listed with his classmates in Memorial Hall.

1950 Taylor LB.jpg William Taylor
Class of 1950
1LT, USAF
Distinguished Flying Cross, Operational loss, Fixed Wing

He is not currently listed with his classmates in Memorial Hall.





1952 Aldern LB.jpg
Donald Aldern
Class of 1952

CAPT, USN

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

June 29, 1970 (40 years old)

Bronze Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, KIA, Vietnam, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 19, MIA, Fixed Wing



1952 Ballou LB.jpg
Charles Ballou
Class of 1952

LTCOL, USAF

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

November 7, 1968 (40 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, KIA, Vietnam, 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron, Fixed Wing


1952 O'Grady LB.jpg
John O'Grady
Class of 1952

COL, USAF

New Hyde Park, Long Island, New York

April 10, 1967 (37 years old)

Silver Star, Bronze Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, KIA, Vietnam, 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron, MIA, Fixed Wing



1952 Yamnicky LB.jpg
John Yamnicky, Sr.
Class of 1952

CAPT, USN

McKeesport, Pennsylvania

September 11, 2001 (71 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, 9/11, Meritorious Service Medal, Retired, Terrorism
★ Though we honor his service and sacrifice on this website, he is not eligible for inclusion in Memorial Hall.

1952 Yamnicky LB.jpg John Yamnicky, Sr.
Class of 1952
CAPT, USN
Distinguished Flying Cross, 9/11, Meritorious Service Medal, Retired, Terrorism
★ Though we honor his service and sacrifice on this website, he is not eligible for inclusion in Memorial Hall.







1954 Smith LB.jpg
Gary Smith
Class of 1954

LTCOL, USAF

Klamath Falls, Oregon

April 27, 1970 (38 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, Operational loss, 3246th Test Wing, Fixed Wing


1954 Hume LB.jpg
Kenneth Hume
Class of 1954

LCDR, USN

Cincinnati, Ohio

March 29, 1965 (33 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, KIA, Vietnam, Fighter Squadron (VF) 154, MIA, Fixed Wing



1955 Robinson LB.jpg
Robert Robinson
Class of 1955

LT, USN

Hooversville, Pennsylvania

June 24, 1964 (32 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, Operational loss, Attack Squadron (VA) 43, Fixed Wing








1957 Brewer LB.jpg
Gardner Brewer
Class of 1957

MAJ, USAF

Melrose, Massachusetts

September 14, 1967 (33 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, KIA, Vietnam, 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron, Fixed Wing



1958 Wright LB.jpg
Wilbur Wright
Class of 1958

CAPT, USAF

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

October 8, 1969 (34 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, Operational loss, 329th Bomb Squadron, Fixed Wing





1959 Cunningham LB.jpg
Peter Cunningham
Class of 1959

MAJ, USAF

Bremerton, Washington

September 18, 1969 (32 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, Operational loss, 15th Weather Squadron, Fixed Wing


1959 Hopps 1.jpg
Gary Hopps
Class of 1959

LT, USN

Rochester, New York

February 10, 1966 (29 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, KIA, Vietnam, Attack Squadron (VA) 145, MIA, Fixed Wing, Non-graduate





1961 Prudhomme LB.jpg
John Prudhomme
Class of 1961

LT, USN

Tipp City, Ohio

December 22, 1965 (28 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, KIA, Vietnam, Attack Squadron (VA) 76, MIA, Fixed Wing



1961 Murphy LB.jpg
Terence Murphy
Class of 1961

LTJG, USN

Flushing, New York

April 9, 1965 (25 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, KIA, Vietnam, Fighter Squadron (VF) 96, MIA, Fixed Wing



1962 Knochel LB.jpg
Charles Knochel
Class of 1962

LT, USN

Buck Creek, Indiana

September 22, 1966 (26 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, KIA, Vietnam, Attack Squadron (VA) 176, MIA, Fixed Wing



1962 Newell LB.jpg
Michael Newell
Class of 1962

LT, USN

Ellenville, New York

December 14, 1966 (26 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, KIA, Vietnam, Fighter Squadron (VF) 194, Fixed Wing


1963 Doughtie LB.jpg
Carl Doughtie
Class of 1963

LTJG, USN

Tarboro, North Carolina

June 10, 1965 (24 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, KIA, Vietnam, Attack Squadron (VA) 25, Fixed Wing





1963 Patterson LB.jpg
James Patterson
Class of 1963

LCDR, USN

South Pasadena, California

May 21, 1967 (26 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, KIA, POW, Vietnam, Attack Squadron (VA) 25, MIA, Fixed Wing


1964 Shumway LB.jpg
Geoffrey Shumway
Class of 1964

LCDR, USN

Skaneateles, New York

June 25, 1972 (29 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, KIA, Vietnam, Attack Squadron (VA) 22, Fixed Wing




1967 Smith, M LB.jpg
Michael Smith
Class of 1967

CAPT, USN

Beaufort, North Carolina

January 28, 1986 (40 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, Operational loss, Congressional Space Medal of Honor, NASA, Space



1969 Kraft LB.jpg
Nile Kraft
Class of 1969

LT, USN

Gilman, Illinois

February 22, 1977 (29 years old)

Distinguished Flying Cross, Operational loss, Blue Angels, Fixed Wing






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