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First Lieutenant Thomas N. Moe Class of 2013

Silver Star Medal

United States Air Force

Silver Star Medal

First Lieutenant Thomas N. Moe distinguished himself by gallantry in action in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as an F-4C pilot in Southeast Asia on 16 January 1968. On that date, Lieutenant Moe had to eject from his F-4C in North Vietnam over one hundred miles from friendly territory. He evaded capture for almost forty-eight hours, vectored search aircraft into his area, and called for air suppression against hostile forces at times within one hundred meters of his own position. When his capture seemed unavoidable, he destroyed his radio, isolating himself from rescue, rather than risk its capture and use to jeopardize the rescue of his fellow crewmember. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Lieutenant Moe has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.


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