16 Special Operations Squadron
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KIA - see Roll of Honour
ROLL OF HONOUR:https://www.specialforcesroh.com/index.php?threads/grimm-william-david.20888/
Silver Star : The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Captain William David Grimm, United States Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against the forces of the Republic of Iraq, while serving as Navigator of AC-130H Spectre Gunship "Spirit 03", of the 16th Special Operations Squadron, U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command, in action near the Kuwaiti border while supporting U.S. Marine Corps operations during the first Iraq offensive, on 31 January 1991. On that date, while performing an Operation DESERT STORM AC-130 armed reconnaissance mission, Captain Grimm was tasked to engage a free rocket over ground missile site. As the gunship navigator, Captain Grimm navigated his aircrew to the position of the missile site. Upon his confirmation of the target, the pilot began firing 40 and 105 millimeter munitions at the missiles. While engaging the target, the aircrew received heavy fire from numerous anti-aircraft artillery sites. His courageous and aggressive attack continued while under unceasing anti-aircraft artillery fire preventing a missile attack on allied coalition forces. The actions of Captain Grimm aided the allied forces in repelling the Iraq Army incursion south into the Saudi Arabia border town of Khafji. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Grimm in the dedication of this service to his country reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
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