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Terry D. Ohlemeier

Home of record: La Crosse Kansas

Terry Ohlemeier graduated with a Degree in Physical Education from Kansas State Teachers College in 1970, before entering military service. He retired as a U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel.


Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the S.S. Mayaguez Incident

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain Terry D. Ohlemeier, United States Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force on Koh Tang Island in the Gulf of Thailand on 15 May 1975. On that date, Captain Ohlemeier was the Aircraft Commander of a CH-53 helicopter which was one of the first four aircraft attempting to deliver a contingent of United States Marines on the Island. In the face of continuous heavy hostile fire, Captain Ohlemeier was forced to break off his approach to the landing zone and begin providing suppressive fire. Noting that one of the aircraft had been shot down, he assisted in recovery of the crew. Then, in spite of the known resistance, again attempted to deliver his contingent of United States Marines. During this second attempt, his aircraft immediately began taking hits which severely damaged the aircraft. With streaming fuel and leaking oil, he withdrew and managed to recover the crippled aircraft in friendly territory. This courageous action aided in the recovery of the S.S. MAYAGUEZ and its crew. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Captain Ohlemeier has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

General Orders: Headquarters, Pacific Air Forces, Special Order GB-0158 (August 6, 1975)

Action Date: 15-May-75

Service: Air Force

Rank: Captain