March 10, 1967

1967: Captain Merlyn H. Dethlefsen, 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron, flying F-105’s over North Vietnam, is hit while attacking a surface to air missile site. Ignoring the enemy’s overwhelming air and ground firepower, he repeatedly attacks and renders ineffective many of the enemy defenses allowing the accompanying fighter bombers to complete their mission. For his bravery, Dethlefsen is awarded the Medal of Honor.