Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Award of Air Force Cross to Nacey Kent Jr

 
 
Award of Air Force Cross to Nacey Kent Jr Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 23, 2016
1. Award of Air Force Cross to Nacey Kent Jr Marker
Inscription.
Citation to Accompany the Award of
The Air Force Cross
to

Nacey Kent Jr

Sergeant Nacey Kent Jr, distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as an AC-47 Flight Engineer near Pleiku, Republic of Vietnam on 5 May 1968. On that date, Sergeant Kent and the AC-47 crew were defending Pleiku Air Base against a hostile mortar and rocket attack when their aircraft was critically damaged by a hostile projectile. Although Sergeant Kent's leg was broken in the ensuing crash, he helped the enlisted crew to evacuate, reentered the burning aircraft to carry the seriously wounded navigator to safety, and then entered the aircraft again to aid the other crew members and to fight the fire. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness, Sergeant Kent reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
 
Erected 2005 by Maxwell-Gunter AFSNCOA Class 05-D.
 
Location. 32° 24.256′ N, 86° 14.971′ W. Marker is in Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Alabama, in Montgomery
Wide view of AF Cross memorial plaques. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 23, 2016
2. Wide view of AF Cross memorial plaques.
County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of McDonald Street and Avenue D. Touch 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 Richard L. Etchberger (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Joel E. Talley (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 Dennis M. Richardson (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 Charles D. King (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 Larry W. Maysey (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base.
 
Regarding Award of Air Force Cross to Nacey Kent Jr. On May 5, 1968, Sgt. Nacey Kent Jr., an AC-47 flight engineer, and fellow crew members were defending Pleiku AB, South Vietnam, against enemy attack when their aircraft was critically damaged by enemy fire. Even though Kent suffered a broken leg in the ensuing crash landing, he helped other enlisted crew members
Nacey Kent, Jr. image. Click for full size.
By USAF Photo
3. Nacey Kent, Jr.
evacuate and re-entered the burning aircraft to carry the severely wounded navigator to safety. Kent then boarded the aircraft again to assist other crew members and fight the fire.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceHeroesWar, Vietnam
 
Enlisted Air Force Cross Description image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 23, 2016
4. Enlisted Air Force Cross Description

The AF Cross is awarded for extraordinary heroism against an armed enemy, to any person while serving with the U.S. Air Force, while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing enemy force, or while serving with friendly foreign forces, engaged in conflict against an opposing force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. It is awarded for heroic actions second in precedence only to the Medal of Honor and is presented in the name of the President. It was established by Congress by Public Law 88-593 on 6 July 1960.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 29, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 28, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 181 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 28, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
Paid Advertisement