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First Name: Alvin

Last Name: Mueller

Birthplace: Seguin, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Air Force (1947 - present)



Home of Record: Seguin, TX
Middle Name: J.



Date of Birth: 28 October 1910

Date of Death: 24 October 1985

Rank: Major

Years Served:
Alvin J. Mueller

   
Engagements:
•  World War II (1941 - 1945)

Biography:

Alvin J. Mueller
Major, U.S. Air Force

On 25 December 1941, then-First Lieutenant Alvin J. Mueller was serving as Pilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber in the 19th Bombardment Group (Heavy), Far East Air Force, U.S. Army Air Forces.

On that day, 1LT Mueller was in aerial action against Japanese forces while participating as a B-17 pilot in a bombing raid made by two B-17s on the aerodrome at Davao, Mindanao, Philippine Islands, which was then being used by the enemy. During the attack, 1LT Mueller's airplane was twice hit by anti-aircraft bursts. A short time later, both B-17s were attacked by 10 Japanese pursuit planes. The formation leader's airplane lost an engine during the enemy's first attack and his tail gunner was killed. The loss of an engine required the leader's bomber to proceed at a much slower speed. Although his airplane had already been hit twice, 1LT Mueller remained in formation with the leader and, for 20 minutes, fought off the attacks of the Japanese planes. The effectiveness of the protection 1LT Mueller provided the leader was evidenced by the fact that, upon returning to his home base, it was found that the leader's bomber had about 12 enemy hits on it while 1LT Mueller's airplane had more than 100 hits. 1LT Mueller's airplane was so badly disabled that it was only his superior flying skill that avoided a serious crash upon landing. 1LT Mueller’s courageous actions and extraordinary heroism that day earned him the U.S. Army's second highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross.

Medals, Awards and Badges

Distinguished Service Cross
Silver Star Medal
Distinguished Flying Cross
Purple Heart
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Award
Army Air Force Pilot Badge

Distinguished Service Cross Citation

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Alvin J. Mueller, Jr., United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 19th Bombardment Group (H), FAR EAST Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 25 December 1941. On that date, First Lieutenant Mueller participated as pilot in a bombing raid made by two B-17s on the aerodrome at Davao, Mindanao, Philippine Islands, which was then being used by the enemy. During the attack, his airplane was twice hit by anti-aircraft bursts. Shortly afterward both airplanes were attacked by ten enemy pursuit planes. The formation leader's airplane lost an engine on the enemy's first attack and his tail gunner was killed. This necessitated the taking up of a much slower speed by the leader. Despite the fact that his airplane had already been hit twice, Lieutenant Mueller stayed in formation with the leader and for twenty minutes fought off the attacks of enemy pursuit. The effectiveness of the protection he thus afforded the leader was evidenced by the fact that upon returning to his field, it was found that the leader's airplane had barely more than a dozen enemy hits on it while Lieutenant Mueller's airplane had more than a hundred. The airplane was so badly disabled that it was only by extreme skill that Lieutenant Mueller avoided a serious crash upon landing. Such display of courage and protection afforded a combat team is indicative of the highest traditions of the service.

Office of the Department Commander, South West Pacific Command, General Orders No. 2 (1942)

Death

Major Alvin J. Mueller died on 24 October 1985 at Valley Lutheran Hospital in Mesa, AZ. The location of his remains is unknown.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/162647842/alvin-j._h.-mueller



Honoree ID: 315212   Created by: MHOH

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