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Richard Francis Gordon , Jr.

Date of birth: October 5, 1929
Place of Birth: Washington, Seattle
Home of record: Kitsap Washington

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Distinguished Flying Cross

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The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant Richard Francis Gordon, Jr., United States Navy, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight on 24 May 1961 while participating in the Bendix Trophy Race as pilot of an F-4H Phantom aircraft. Exercising outstanding airmanship and resourcefulness, Lieutenant Gordon succeeded in winning the Bendix Trophy Race and in establishing a new transcontinental speed record for jet aircraft from Los Angeles, California, to New York, New York, with an elapsed time of two hours and 47 minutes, which is 21 minutes under the previous record time for this event.

General Orders: All Hands (December 1961)

Action Date: May 24, 1961

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Commander Richard Francis Gordon, Jr., United States Navy, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an Astronaut with NASA from 12 to 15 September 1966, aboard GEMINI XI. Pilot Gordon completed a space flight of 71 hours and 14 minutes accomplishing many firsts in space flight.

General Orders: All Hands (November 1967)

Action Date: September 12 - 15, 1966

Service: Navy

Rank: Commander