Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Award of Air Force Cross to Leroy M. Wright
The Air Force Cross
Leroy M. Wright
Technical Sergeant Leroy M. Wright distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force while serving as a helicopter crew member of a Joint United States Task Force which conducted a rescue operation against the Son Tay Prisoner of War Camp in North Vietnam on 21 November 1970. Although suffering injury to his left foot and ankle during the landing in the compound, Sergeant Wright, despite the possibility of explosion, remained with the helicopter until all passengers and crew exited the aircraft. Sergeant Wright then vigorously moved to an exposed area, and with complete disregard for his own life, placed extremely effective covering fire at positions which endangered the operation thus freeing the Army element within the compound to continue its mission. Sergeant Wright, ignoring the intense pain and injury, courageously moved unassisted more than 200 meters with the Army element in the extraction landing zone. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, Sergeant Wright reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Location. 32° 24.261′ N, 86° 14.975′ W. Marker is in Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of McDonald Street and Avenue D. Click for map. Located at the USAF Senior NCO Academy on Gunter AFB and requires base access. Marker is at or near this postal address: 550 McDonald Street, Montgomery AL 36114, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Award of Air Force Cross to Charles D. McGrath (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Donald G. Smith (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Charles L. Schaub (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Theodore M. Hamlin (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Jon D. Harston (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Timothy A. Wilkinson (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Charles D. King (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Michael E. Fish (here, next to this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base.
Regarding Award of Air Force Cross to Leroy M. Wright. On Nov. 21, 1970, the US conducted a rescue mission at the Son Tay POW camp in North Vietnam. At the
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