John Robertson

Staff member
  • UNIT
4 Air Commando Squadron (14 A.C. Wing)
  • RANK
Air Force Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal
South Vietnam 1968
born 11.8.1945
son of Nacey and Marjorie Elizabeth (nee Porter) Kent
entered service 3.8.1962
basic training,Lackland AFB
flight mechanic training,Sheppard AFB,Texas
4 ACS August 1967 - May 1968
19 Military Airlift Squadron 1969
left USAF 1969
flight mechanic
C-47D (43-76207)
injured in air crash (broken leg) 5.5.1968 South Vietnam
for rescuing fellow crew members
died 1.5.2004 Eatonville,Washington
Tahoma National Cemetery,Kent,Washington Section P Row D Site 101


Air Force Cross : 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 Sergeant Nacey Kent, Jr. (AFSN: 19739570), United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as an AC-47 Flight Engineer in the 4th Air Commando Squadron (Fire Support), 14th Air Commando Wing, in action near Pleiku, Republic of Vietnam on 5 May 1968. On that date, Sergeant Kent and the AC-47 crew were defending Pleiku Air Base against a hostile mortar and rocket attack when their aircraft was critically damaged by a hostile projectile. Although Sergeant Kent's leg was broken in the ensuing crash, he helped the enlisted crew to evacuate, re-entered the burning aircraft to carry the seriously wounded navigator to safety, and then entered the aircraft again to aid the other crew members and to fight the fire. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Sergeant Kent reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
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