Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Award of Air Force Cross to Russell M. Hunt
The Air Force Cross
Russell M. Hunt
Sergeant Russell M. Hunt distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as a mechanic on a UH-1 helicopter in Southeast Asia on 31 March 1967. On that date, Sergeant Huntsí aircraft was shot down while participating in the evacuation of a beleaguered party of American and Allied ground forces. Despite painful injuries and continuous hostile fire, Sergeant Hunt rendered aid to increasing numbers of wounded personnel. When hostile actions forced a movement of the ground party, Sergeant Hunt assisted in carrying his mortally wounded aircraft commander in an exhausting trek to a designated landing zone. In the landing area, Sergeant Hunt again exposed himself to the hostile field of fire to give manual landing directions to the recovery helicopters, refusing evacuation until all seriously wounded personnel had been airlifted from the scene. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Sergeant Hunt reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Erected 2004 by Maxwell-Gunter AFSNCOA Class 04-F.
Location. 32° 24.254′ N, 86° 14.966′ 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 William H. Pitsenbarger (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Eugene L. Clay (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Duane D. Hackney (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Larry W. Maysey (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Arthur N. Black (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Dennis M. Richardson (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to William A. Robinson (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Richard L. Etchberger (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 Russell M. Hunt. A UH-1F helicopter, with flight mechanic Sgt. Russell M. Hunt in the crew, was shot down while evacuating American and Allied
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