Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Valor in Combat
Award of the Air Force Cross
The highest award that the United States Air Force can bestow upon an individual for heroic action during combat is the Air Force Cross.
A pilot from the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing, Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, earned that award for his heroic actions in rescuing a downed Navy pilot during Desert Storm Air Combat Operations over Iraq. Captain Paul Johnson of Dresden, Tennessee, and his Wingman, Captain Randy Goff of Jackson, Ohio, flying A-10s, were tasked for a search and rescue operation involving a downed Navy pilot. The mission lasted more than eight hours and involved three aerial refuelings.
As the flight leader, Captain Johnson organized the rescue. He penetrated with his flight deep into enemy territory in search of the downed pilot. Captain Johnson destroyed three possible lraqi Scud missile sites while conducting the search. Upon location of the downed pilot, he directed the rescue helicopter to the site while providing air cover In the course of the rescue, an Iraqi truck that appeared to be approaching the downed pilot was also destroyed.
For his heroic actions, Captain Johnson (above right) was awarded
Right: General John Michael Loh, Commander of the Tactical Air Command, presents the Air Force Cross to Captain Paul Johnson at a base ceremony in 1991.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, 1st Iraq & Desert Storm. In addition, it is included in the Valor in Aerial Operations series list.
Location. 33° 40.052′ N, 78° 56.381′ W. Marker is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry County. Memorial is at the intersection of Hackler Street and Howard Avenue, on the left when traveling east on Hackler Street. Located in Market Common Valor Memorial Garden. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Prisoners of War and Missing in Action (a few steps from this marker); Lt Col Colin Arnold Clarke (a few steps from this marker); Desert Storm (a few steps from this marker); Captain Stephen Richard Phillis (a few steps from this marker); Myrtle Beach Air Force Base (within shouting distance of this marker); Brigadier General James Howell Howard (within shouting distance of this marker); Mr. Fred NashThe Cuban Missile Crisis (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 20, 2017. It was originally submitted on March 20, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 233 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 20, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.