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Wilson Blace Owens

Date of birth: April 25, 1960
Date of death: December 20, 1989
Home of record: Myrtle Beach South Carolina
Status: KIA


Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Incursion into Panama

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CW0-2) Wilson Blace Owens, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Pilot in command of an AH-6G Light Attack Helicopter Gunship of Company B, 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Group (Airborne), 1st Special Operations Command, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in action on 20 December 1989, in support of Operation JUST CAUSE, in Panama. Even though his helicopter sustained hits from enemy anti-aircraft fire, Chief Warrant Officer Owens remained in an intense battle to support the exfiltration of friendly ground forces. After firing his ammunition, he quickly rearmed and returned to the engagement to ensure the successful mission accomplishment of the ground forces. His aircraft, however, sustained a crippling hit and crashed. Chief Warrant Officer Owens' supreme sacrifice so that others might live, coupled with his exemplary performance of duty and absolute dedication, reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 15 (October 10, 1990)

Action Date: December 20, 1989

Service: Army

Rank: Chief Warrant Officer 2

Company: Company B

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 160th Special Operations Aviation Group (Airborne)

Division: 1st Special Operations Command, Fort Campbell, Kentucky