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Major Paul A. Kari Class of 2010

United States Air Force

Silver Star Medal

This officer distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry in military operations against an opposing armed force while a captive in North Vietnam. While Major Kari was temporarily being held in a cave, he realized that enemy troops were attempting to decoy United States Air Force Search and Rescue aircraft into the area. Seizing the opportunity, he was able to fool the enemy and gain access to the survival radio which was being used. He attempted to smash it, then threw it into a well. He was clubbed with rifle butts and severely injured. This courageous aggressive act destroyed the decoy play and enabled rescue aircraft to pick up Major Kariís crewman. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Major Kari reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

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