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Leslie P. Matheson


Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Gulf War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Major Leslie P. Matheson, United States Air Force, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as AC-130A Electronic Warfare Officer over northern Kuwait on 26 February 1991. During this period, Major Matheson demonstrated the highest degree of courage, perseverance, and aerial skill while flawlessly accomplishing an intense, high-risk combat interdiction mission across heavily defended enemy lines in support of the ground assault phase of Operation Desert Storm. His crew led a daring, three-gunship assault which contributed to the quick capture and decisive defeat of enemy forces in the area. At great risk to their own safety, they skillfully inflicted significant damage on numerous enemy combat transportation assets and personnel. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Major Matheson reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

General Orders: Citation Courtesy of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society -

Action Date: 26-Feb-91

Service: Air Force

Rank: Major