About the Medal
About the Ceremony
Class of 2000
Class of 2001
Class of 2002
Class of 2003
Class of 2004
Class of 2005
Class of 2006
Class of 2007
Class of 2008
Class of 2009
Class of 2010
Class of 2011
Class of 2012
Class of 2013
Class of 2014
Class of 2015
Class of 2016

Inductees    Nominations    Sponsors/Donations    News/Info    About OMHOF    Contact Us
Previous inductee Next inductee
Staff Sergeant Russell W. Bigham
Class of 2003

Navy Commendation Medal

United States Air Force



Staff Sergeant Russell W. Bigham. Staff Sergeant Russell W. Bigham distinguished himself by heroism as Loadmaster on a C-123B aircraft near Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Republic of Vietnam on 28 November 1965. On that date, Sergeant Bigham flew an extremely dangerous night mission for the defense of two friendly outposts under siege. During the course of this mission, his flareship illuminated the beleaguered outposts, while decoying fire from illusive, hostile gun emplacements whereby armed helicopters were effectively employed to silence them, saving the outposts from being overrun. The outstanding heroism and selfless dedication to duty displayed by Sergeant Bigham reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.





Website proudly donated by Ologie
Ohio Military Hall of Fame