Service: A Navy Seal at War
By Marcus Luttrell, James D. Hornfischer

John Robertson

Staff member
Jon Keith
  • UNIT
Son Tay Volunteer Task force
  • RANK
Staff Sergeant
Silver Star,Distinguished Flying Cross
South East Asia 1969(DFC) North Vietnam (Son Tay) 1970
born 5.4.1946 Los Angeles, California
son of Clarence P. and Mary (nee Hull) Hoberg
entered service 15.6.1964
retired as Master Sergeant
awards Silver Star,DFC with 4 oak leaf clusters, Purple Heart, Air Medal with 12 oak leaf clusters
died 25.5.2008 Phoenix, Arizona
Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia Section 54 Site 2589


Silver Star : The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Staff Sergeant Jon K. Hoberg, United States Air Force, for gallantry in the all-volunteer Joint United States Army and Air Force military operation 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, Sergeant Hoberg, as a Paramedic-Gunner, flew deep into the heart of enemy territory in a bold night attempt to rescue American Prisoners of War. Throughout the entire mission, he manned his position with bravery and aggressiveness. Upon leaving the area, he provided warnings and evasion assistance to the aircraft commander in order to avoid surface-to-air missiles fired at the aircraft. The personal skill and extreme courage displayed by Sergeant Hoberg in this very hazardous rescue attempt contributed immeasurably to the ultimate effectiveness and tactical success of the mission. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Hoberg has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

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