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First Name: John

Last Name: Lackey

Birthplace: Colorado Springs, CO, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Air Force (1947 - present)

Home of Record: San Antonio, TX
Middle Name: E.

Date of Birth: 08 June 1945

Date of Death: 01 May 1978

Rank: Captain

Years Served:
John Edgar Lackey

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


John Edgar Lackey

Captain, U. S. Air Force

Air Force Cross

Department of the Air Force, Special Order GB-722 (November 22, 1972)
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Captain John Edgar Lackey (AFSN: 0-15834289), United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as an A-1E Tactical Fighter Pilot of the 1st Special Operations Squadron, 34th Tactical Group, Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, in action in Southeast Asia from 18 to 19 March 1972. During this period, Captain Lackey was the commander of an extremely hazardous and complex search and rescue mission that was attempting to recover two American crew members located in one of the most heavily defended segments of the Ho Chi Minh Trail in southern Laos. In order to force the hostile gunners to disclose their positions, Captain Lackey exposed himself to their lethal fire for more than four hours, directing tactical air strikes on each of the more than thirty large caliber weapons as they opened fire, thereby eliminating the threat and allowing the vulnerable rescue helicopter to effect a safe and successful recovery of both crew members. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, Captain Lackey reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Earned the Distinguished Flying Cross seven times, one Silver OLC and one Bronze OLC.

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Texas Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 318558   Created by: drjones46




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