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William J. Capehart


Airman's Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Airman's Medal to Staff Sergeant William J. Capehart, United States Air Force, for heroism involving voluntary risk of life on Highway 73/75, north of Plattsmouth, Nebraska, on 26 August 1994. On that date, at approximately 0930 hours, Sergeant Capehart arrived upon the scene of a one-vehicle accident. Noticing that the passenger side of the vehicle was on fire, Sergeant Capehart determined it was imperative that the victim be removed from the vehicle. Despite the hazard of exploding fuel, Sergeant Capehart and an unidentified individual pried the severely damaged door open and pulled the steering column out of the way. Sergeant Capehart then removed the limp body of the victim from the burning vehicle. Sergeant Capehart administered first aid to the victim until paramedics arrived on the scene. These actions saved the victim from almost certain death in the fire. Sergeant Capehart showed total disregard for his own safety while performing this courageous act of heroism. The exemplary courage and heroism displayed by Sergeant Capehart reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

General Orders: Department of the Air Force, Special Order GB-162 (March 31, 1995)

Action Date: August 26, 1994

Service: Air Force

Rank: Staff Sergeant