Brig Gen Dale E. Stovall, USAF (Ret)
In 1972 then-Captain Stovall, flying an HH-53C Super Jolly Green helicopter, rescued 12 downed U.S. airmen from North Vietnam and Laos. His rescues include eight AC-130 gunship crew members (Spector 22) who were shot down in Laos; an OV-10 pilot, Captain Mahlon Long (Covey 219) in Laos; F-4 pilot Captain Lynn Aikman (Valent 04A) along with pararescueman SSgt Chuck McGrath in North Vietnam; and F-4 navigator Captain Roger Locher (Oyster 01B) who was downed in North Vietnam and evaded for 23 days.
General Stovall’s combat decorations include the Air Force Cross (for the Locher rescue); Silver Star with OLC (Covey 219 and Valent 04A); Distinguished Flying Cross with OLC; and Air Medal with five OLCs. Stovall has over 4,000 hours in the C-141, MH/HH-53, T-39, H/M/A/C-130, UH-1N, HH-3, MH-60 and CASA 212.