Distinguished Flying Cross Society (DFCS) Military National

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Distinguished Flying Cross Society (DFCS)
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Military National


Contact Phone Number
1-866-DFC-MEDAL (332-6332)

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HQ Address
The Distinguished Flying Cross Society
P.O. Box 530250
San Diego, CA 92153


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Distinguished Flying Cross Society (DFCS)


The Distinguished Flying Cross Society is founded on fraternity and fellowship among military flyers - of all our armed services and of all ranks who have been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Our society's focus and our principal goal is to build the Society in two major ways: 
(1) To build our organization and its Chapters, so as to increase the Society's effectiveness in serving all our members and associates, and 
(2) To look outward as well, toward public service and education about the Distinguished Flying Cross and about aerospace in America. By pursuing this two-part strategic goal, the Society will grow. And, as importantly, the Society will become ever more effective in spreading its educational message - and awareness of the Society - ever more widely among American citizens. 


Our vision is to preserve and grow The Distinguished Flying Cross Society (DFCS) as America's champion of the one military medal awarded to aviators for heroism and/or extraordinary achievement during aerial flight. The Society is a unique organization in that it represents all five military services, all wars and campaigns from World War I forward, all ranks, all aviation crew positions, and both genders. The Society educates the general public and enhances public records by documenting, publishing, and presenting the history of the DFC medal and its recipients. DFCS fosters fellowship among its members and creates innovative plans for securing funding for future programs and growth. The Society takes great pride in aviation and space exploration, as an American and global treasure.

Unfortunately, the government did not keep a cumulative record of DFC recipients, therefore no one knows how many have been awarded or to whom. We do know that the first Distinguished Flying Cross award citations were presented to the Pan American Flight crew on 2 May, 1927 by President Coolidge, for their five ship, 22,000 mile flight.

President Coolidge presented the first Distinguished Flying Cross medal, on 11 June, 1927, to Captain Charles A. Lindbergh of the Army Corps Reserve for his solo flight of 3600 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927, a feat which electrified the world and "Lindy" one of America's most popular heroes. The first Distinguished Flying Cross awarded to a Navy man was to Commander Richard E. Byrd of the Navy Air Corps for his exciting flight to and from the North Pole. Both of these famous aviators also received the Medal of Honor. The aviatrix, Amelia Earhart, was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. At the time hers was the first such award to a civilian. An executive order in March 1927 ruled that the Distinguished Flying Cross should not be conferred on civilians.


Direct Reporting All Chapters  
Wiregrass Chapter (Dothan, AL) Wiregrass Chapter (Ozark, AL 36360, AL)
Tucson Arizona Chapter (Mariana, AZ) Tucson Arizona Chapter (Mariana, Arizona , AZ)
Ira Eaker Chapter (Jacksonville, AR) Ira Eaker Chapter (Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076-9394, AR)
Southeast Florida Chapter (Hollywood, CA) San Diego Lindbergh Chapter (Lakeside, CA)
San Diego Lindbergh Chapter (Lakeside, California 92040, CA) Desert Fliers Command Chapter (Palm Springs, CA 92262, CA)
Inland Empire Chapter (Riverside, CA) Inland Empire Chapter (Riverside, CA 92518, CA)
Orange County Chapter (San Clemente, CA) Orange County California Chapter (San Clemente, California , CA)
Fort Walton Beach Pitsenbarger Chapter (Fort Walton Beach, FL) Fort Walton Beach Pitsenbarger Chapter (Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, FL)
Southeast Florida Chapter (Hollywood, Florida 33021, FL) Tampa Bay Area Chapter (New Port Richey, FL)
Tampa Bay Area Chapter (New Port Richey, Florida 34654, FL) Pensacola Chapter of the DFCS (Pensacola, FL)
Pensacola Chapter of DFCS (Pensacola, FL , FL) The Villages DFCS Chapter (The Villages, FL 32162, FL)
Mid-America Chapter ( Wichita, Kansas , KS) Mid-America Chapter (Wichita, KS)
Kentuckiana Chapter (Louisville, KY) Kentuckiana Chapter (Louisville, KY 47126, KY)
Wilbur Wright Nation's Capital Region Chapter (Lanham, MD) Wilbur Wright Nation's Capital Region Chapter (Lanham, MD , MD)
Great Plains Chapter (Papillion, NE) Great Plains Chapter (Papillion, Nebraska , NE)
Las Vegas Chapter (Las Vegas, NV) Las Vegas Wings Chapter (Las Vegas, NV , NV)
Southwestern Ohio Chapter (Troy, OH) Southwestern Ohio Chapter (Troy, Ohio 45373, OH)
Lewis and Clark Chapter (Milwaukie, OR) Lewis and Clark Chapter (Milwaukie, Oregon, OR)
San Antonio Alamo Chapter (Helotes, TX) San Antonio Alamo Chapter (Inactive, TX)
North Texas Chapter (Plano, TX) North Texas Chapter (Plano, Texas 75024, TX)

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AV Anderson, Charles, CPT USA Burrington, Jere (Crusader 15), CW2
AV Cannon, Howard, MAJ -Deceased   AV Casey, Donald, Emmett, 2LT -Deceased 
AR Church, Bill, CPT AR Davidson, James, CPT 2
TC Faught, Ed, CW2 2 AV Geary, Joseph, Jr., CPT -Deceased 
IN Geertson, Daniel, SGT 2 AV Gibson, William (Bill / Gib ), CW4 32
AV Gipson, Thomas, Jr. (HOOT, DUSTOFF 39), CW2  TC Goff, Ed (Musket 39), CW2
TC Heda, Duane (Jayhawk 714), SP 5  TC Helmig, William, CW3
TC Hoffman, Dwight, CW2 1 MS Jetter, Arthur, Jr. (Blue Max 12), CPT 55 
TC Jetter, Sr, Arthur, 1LT -Deceased  AV Kimbrough, William, Jr., CPT 6
AV Le Penske, James, Jr. (Dustoff 28, Stallion 26, Warrior 3), LTC AV Legener, Richard G. (Dick), COL -Deceased 
USA Loop, Curtis (Curt), MG 2 AV Mainardi, Barry, CPT -Assisted 
QM McAnally, Loren (Saber Blue 36), MAJ 2 AV Moore, Douglas, COL -Assisted 
SC ODell, Edwin, CPT AV ONeil, Michael (Cobra 10), CPT 44
MS Pennington, Charles, Jr., CW2 AV Pucket, Donald Dale, 1LT -Fallen 
TC Rawlinson, Donald L (Blackjack895 ), CW2 17 AV Resch, Dean, CW4
SC Roberts, Glenn, Sgt -Deceased  AR Rubin, Kenneth, LTC
QM Tavana, Joseph, SP 4 2 TC Terry, Bruce, CW3
AV Thatcher, David J., S/SGT -Deceased  AV Trent, Eugene, 2LT -Deceased 
AV Truscott, Jim, COL -Assisted  AV Urick, Dennis (CONDOR 48), LTC 3
TC Vitale, Paul (Phillip), SP 5 1 AV Wenzel, Paul (gunslinger 36), COL 7

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