Mr. Fred Nash, at age 71, distinguished himself by heroism involving voluntary risk of life on August 18, 1958 at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. On that date, Mr. Nash observed an Air Force T-33 aircraft crash land and burst into flames at the Myrtle Beach State Park pier near "Nash's Grill."
Despite the possibility of exploding fuel cells and without the benefit of protective clothing or extinguishing agents, Mr. Nash rushed to the side of the burning aircraft to render assistance.
Although he sustained serious burns, Mr. Nash persevered in his efforts until he succeeded in leading an injured Air Force officer to a place of safety where he extinguished the flames on the victim's body.
The exemplary courage displayed by Mr. Nash on this occasion earned for him the sincere gratitude of the United States Air Force.
Mr. Nash received the United States Air Force Exceptional Service Award in Recognition of Distinguished Patriotic Service in April 1959.
Mr. Fred Nash (left) receives Exceptional Service Award from Maj Gen David W. Hutchinson, Commander of the Ninth Air Force at Shaw Air Force Base, during a dinner meeting of the Base Community Council at the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Officers Club.