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Neal G. Williams


Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Second Nicaraguan Campaign

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Gunnery Sergeant Neal G. Williams (MCSN: 157491), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an airplane pilot attached to Aircraft Squadrons, Second Marine Brigade, operating in the Republic of Nicaragua, on 6 July 1932, as pilot of an amphibian plane engaged with another on a liaison and combat patrol over thick jungle, after his plane had been struck five times within two feet of the cockpit by fire from the ground. In the face of continuing heavy fire he dropped bombs again and again on the area from which the fire came although he could not distinguish the enemy because of the heavy jungle. His courage and skill in attacking the enemy resulted in heavy casualties being inflicted on them by himself, the accompanying plane and a Guardia patrol that was directed to the area by the planes. As a result of this action the bandits never thereafter while airplanes were maintained at Puerto Cabezas attempted operations in that vicinity. On many other occasions Gunnery Sergeant Williams has carried out, often under dangerous flying conditions, reconnaissance and combat missions against hostile bandits with determination, skill and courage.

Action Date: July 6, 1932

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Gunnery Sergeant

Company: Aircraft Squadrons

Regiment: 2d Marine Brigade (Nicaragua)