Missouri Guardsman Awarded Medal

1 decade 2 years 11 months ago Friday, June 15 2007 Jun 15, 2007 Friday, June 15, 2007 2:52:37 PM CDT June 15, 2007 in News
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SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A southwest Missouri National Guard sergeant has been awarded the US Army's Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism during a flight over Iraq. The Missouri National Guard said Sergeant Alexander Johnston of Willard received the medal, which is primarily given to flight officers. Johnston was flight engineer on a C-23 Sherpa airplane carrying cargo and passengers in January when the aircraft was hit by machine gun fire from the ground. Bullets hit the pilot and co-pilot and a passenger. Johnston helped moved the co-pilot and also cared for the injured passenger. He then took the co-pilot's seat to help the wounded pilot safely finish the flight. Johnston is a member of the Missouri National Guard's Detachment 3, Company I, 1st of the 185th Aviation Regiment, located in Springfield.

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