Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Award of Air Force Cross to Joel E. Talley
The Air Force Cross
Joel E. Talley
Airman First Class Joel E. Talley distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as a Rescue Specialist on a HH-3E Rescue Helicopter in Southeast Asia on 2 July 1968. On that date, Airman Talley volunteered to be lowered to the ground from a hovering helicopter into the jungle of North Vietnam to rescue an injured pilot, who had ejected the previous day. The downed pilot had parachuted into a concentration of North Vietnamese Army regulars who immediately surrounded him and set up gun positions to trap the forthcoming rescue helicopters. Four rescue attempts were driven off and a supporting fighter aircraft was shot down by the devastating ground fire which encircled the survivor’s position. Despite full knowledge of the well laid trap Airman Talley voluntarily descended to search the jungle floor. After an extensive search he found the helpless survivor, carried him to the rescue device, and signaled the helicopter to commence
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Heroes • War, Vietnam.
Location. 32° 24.257′ N, 86° 14.972′ 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. King (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Victor R. Adams (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Nacey Kent Jr (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Thomas A. Newman (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Michael E. Fish (here, next to Award of Air Force Cross to Donald G. Smith (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Richard L. Etchberger (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Dennis M. Richardson (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 Joel E. Talley. On July 2, 1968, A1C Joel E. Talley, a
37th ARRS pararescueman, entered the jungle at Dong Hoi, North Vietnam, to rescue an injured F-105 pilot. The pilot had landed in the midst of enemy forces that had immediately established gun positions to ensnare rescue helicopters. Three rescue attempts were thwarted, and a supporting attack aircraft was shot down. Finally, chopper Jolly Green 21 was able to penetrate the area and lowered Talley, who had to conduct an extensive search to locate the injured pilot. The PJ determined the pilot had a broken pelvis and decided he would have to direct the helicopter to their location. As soon as he strapped the pilot on the forest penetrator and gave the radio
signal to hoist away, enemy fire erupted again. When Talley and the pilot cleared the treetops, the chopper departed the
Credits. This page was last revised on March 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 28, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 384 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 28, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.