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Ernest C. Brace

Date of birth: 1931
Place of Birth: Michigan, Detroit
Status: Civ

Ernest Brace was a former Marine Pilot who was shot down near Wonson during the Korean War, on November 7, 1952, and was rescued by the U.S.S. Kidd off the North Korean coast. As a civilian USAID/CIA Contract pilot in Southeast Asia and Advisor to the Thai Border Patrol Police he was captured by the North Vietnamese while flying supplies to an advanced base in Northern Laos on May 21, 1965, and was held as a civilian POW until his release on March 28, 1973.


Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Second Lieutenant Ernest C. Brace (MCSN: 0-55168), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight against the enemy in Korea. On 16 November 1952, Second Lieutenant Brace participated in an aerial assault on a vital and heavily defended enemy hydroelectric plant in the vicinity of Chungnim. Completing his dive bombing attack through intense and accurate enemy defensive fire, he remained over the target area to cover the Tactical Air Controller Airborne in directing thirty-two fighter bombers and twenty-two attack aircraft onto the objective. Upon completion of the last series of these attacks, Second Lieutenant Brace, with complete disregard for his personal safety, initiated a low level photographic reconnaissance during which his aircraft received critical damage from the continuing enemy ground fire. Displaying superb airmanship, he flew his crippled attack aircraft clear of the enemy area and crash landed in the Sea of Japan where he was rescued by a destroyer. Second Lieutenant Brace's aggressiveness and professional skill contributed greatly to the success of a mission that resulted in the complete destruction of an enemy hydroelectric plant, a transformer yard and sub-station and six buildings. His outstanding initiative, courageous conduct, and selfless devotion to duty throughout reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Heroes U.S. Marine Corps 1861 - 1955 (Jane Blakeney)

Action Date: 16-Nov-52

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: Marine Attack Squadron 121 (VMA-121)

Prisoner of War Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

Mr. Ernest C. Brace, a United States Civilian, was held as a Prisoner of War in Southeast Asia from May 21, 1965 until his release on March 28, 1973. (NOTE: As a civilian Ernest Brace is NOT authorized the POW Medal, but is listed by the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office as a Vietnam War POW.)

Action Date: May 21, 1965 - March 28, 1973

Service: U.S. civilian

Division: Prisoner of War (Laos)