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    Vietnam POW awarded Distinguished Flying Cross [Image 3 of 4]

    Vietnam POW awarded Distinguished Flying Cross

    ORLANDO, FL, UNITED STATES

    12.15.2010

    Photo by Spc. Elisebet Freeburg 

    143d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)

    Col. Mark W. Palzer, commander, 143rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), pins the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism on Francis G. Anton, formerly a chief warrant officer of the 71st Aviation Company, 14th Aviation Battalion, 23d Infantry Division, during a ceremony held here Dec. 15 at the 1st Lt. David R. Wilson Armed Forces Reserve Center in Orlando, Fla. Anton was awarded the medal for his actions on January 5, 1968, while serving as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. While aiding U.S. infantry troops besieged by a unit of the North Vietnamese Army, Anton attacked the enemy, sustaining damage to the flight controls that resulted in a loss of hydraulic power. Anton moved the virtually-frozen flight controls, finally landing safely and saving the lives of his four-man flight crew. Captured by the enemy, Anton was held by the Viet Cong as a prisoner of war first in camps located in South Vietnam and then Hanoi until March of 1973. Anton is from Satellite Beach, Fla.

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    Date Taken: 12.15.2010
    Date Posted: 12.15.2010 22:57
    Photo ID: 350131
    VIRIN: 101215-A-#####-067
    Resolution: 3872x2768
    Size: 1.26 MB
    Location: ORLANDO, FL, US 

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