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Specialist Five
Howard Wiggs
Class of 2002

Air Medal

Howard Wiggs
Unites States Army


For heroism while engaged in aerial flight in connection with military operations against a hostile force: Specialist Five Howard Wiggs distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions while serving as a crewman on a transport helicopter on an airborne personnel detector mission. While flying low level, he spotted troop movement and immediately marked their location. As his ship circled, he opened fire with his machine gun. Having acquired several enemy kills, his ship departed and gunships soon arrived. When they were unable to locate the elusive enemy, his ship returned, relocated the enemy and marked their positions again. After refueling, his ship flew back to participate in a combat assault into the area of contact which resulted in over one hundred enemy killed. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
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