Silver Star : The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain William A. Guenon, Jr. (AFSN: FR-3136432), United States Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force during the Prisoner of War Search and Rescue Operation at Son Tay, North Vietnam, on 21 November 1970. On that date, Captain Guenon performed as Pilot on the lead aircraft of a force penetrating deep into enemy territory to rescue United States Prisoners of War interned at Son Tay. Completely aware of the enemy antiaircraft and surface-to-air missile threats en route and in the objective area, Captain Guenon totally disregarded his personal safety and skillfully and accurately performed his pilot duties, thereby enabling the crew to lead the force precisely to the target. As a result of Captain Guenon's heroic efforts, the force arrived at Son Tay as planned, the enemy forces were completely surprised, and the mission was successfully completed. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Captain Guenon has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Distinguished Flying Cross : The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain William A. Guenon, Jr. (AFSN: FR-3136432), United States Air Force, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as C-130 Skyhook Co-Pilot on 25 January 1967. On that date, Captain Guenon was flying a critical combat mission in support of an unconventional warfare operation in Southeast Asia. With great determination and superior airmanship, Captain Guenon completed the mission successfully though faced with extremely adverse weather conditions and the highly sophisticated hostile weapon systems. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Guenon reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.