Valor in Combat, a War Memorial

Valor in Combat, a War Memorial (HM1XCI)

Location: Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 Horry County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 40.052', W 78° 56.381'

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Award of the Air Force Cross

The highest award that the United States Air Force can bestow upon an individual for heroic action during combat is the Air Force Cross.
A pilot from the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing, Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, earned that award for his heroic actions in rescuing a downed Navy pilot during Desert Storm Air Combat Operations over Iraq. Captain Paul Johnson of Dresden, Tennessee, and his Wingman, Captain Randy Goff of Jackson, Ohio, flying A-10s, were tasked for a search and rescue operation involving a downed Navy pilot. The mission lasted more than eight hours and involved three aerial refuelings.
As the flight leader, Captain Johnson organized the rescue. He penetrated with his flight deep into enemy territory in search of the downed pilot. Captain Johnson destroyed three possible lraqi Scud missile sites while conducting the search. Upon location of the downed pilot, he directed the rescue helicopter to the site while providing air cover In the course of the rescue, an Iraqi truck that appeared to be approaching the downed pilot was also destroyed.
For his heroic actions, Captain Johnson (above right) was awarded the Air Force Cross. His wingman, Captain Goff (above left) was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Right: General John Michael Loh, Commander of the Tactical Air Command, presents
the Air Force Cross to Captain Paul Johnson at a base ceremony in 1991.
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Date Added Monday, March 20th, 2017 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 691019 N 3727198
Decimal Degrees33.66753333, -78.93968333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 40.052', W 78° 56.381'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 40' 3.12" N, 78° 56' 22.86" W
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Area Code(s)803, 843
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 800-898 Hackler St, Myrtle Beach SC 29577, US
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