Maxwell 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
Erected 2006 by Gunter NCOA Class 06-3.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Heroes • War, Vietnam.
Location. 32° 24.261′ N, 86° 14.975′ W. Marker is in Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Memorial can be reached from the intersection of McDonald Street and Avenue D. Located at the USAF Senior NCO Academy on Gunter AFB and requires base access. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 550 McDonald Street, Montgomery AL 36114, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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, Award of Air Force Cross to Michael E. Fish (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Maxwell 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 prison compound, enemy fire forced one of the rescue helicopters to make a rough landing, in which helicopter flight mechanic TSgt. Leroy M. Wright severely injured his leg. Despite his injury and the danger of the helicopter exploding, he let everyone else exit the aircraft before him. He then used his weapon to help Army combat troops advance to their target. Realizing that requesting assistance could jeopardize the mission, Wright, who was suffering intense pain, returned to the recovery area on his own. He was the only enlisted member to receive the AF Cross for that mission.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 27, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 621 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 27, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.