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Jerry Donald Driscoll

Date of birth: February 21, 1940
Place of Birth: Illinois, Chicago
Home of record: Chicago Illinois
Status: POW

Jerry Driscoll was interned as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam after he was shot down on April 24, 1966, and was held until his release on February 12, 1973.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

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 Major Jerry Donald Driscoll (AFSN: 1528K), United States Air Force, for gallantry and intrepidity in action in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force on 15 June 1966, while a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam. Ignoring international agreements on treatment of prisoners of war, the enemy resorted to mental and physical cruelties to obtain information, confessions, and propaganda materials. Major Driscoll resisted their demands by calling upon his deepest inner strengths in a manner which reflected his devotion to duty and great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: 15-Jun-66

Service: Air Force

Rank: Major

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, 20 July 1942, takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit to Major Jerry Donald Driscoll (AFSN: 1528K), United States Air Force, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from April 1966 to April 1969. His ceaseless efforts, by a continuous showing of resistance to an enemy who ignored all international agreements on treatment of Prisoners of War, in the extremely adverse conditions of the communist prisons of North Vietnam, demonstrated his professional competence, unwavering devotion, and loyalty to his country. Despite the harsh treatment through his long years of incarceration, he continued to perform his duties in a clearly exceptional manner which reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: April 1966 - April 1969

Service: Air Force

Rank: Major

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, 20 July 1942, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Legion of Merit to Colonel Jerry Donald Driscoll (AFSN: 1528K), United States Air Force, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commander and Professor of Aerospace Studies, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 085, University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, California, from 2 July 1984 to 30 June 1987. In this important assignment, the leadership, exemplary foresight, and ceaseless efforts consistently demonstrated by Colonel Driscoll resulted in a detachment that is in a much stronger position structurally, financially, and politically than ever before. The continuation of Air Force reserve officer production at this leading public institution, in spite of crippling manning shortages, a catastrophic fire, and a virulently hostile anti-military environment reflects the tenacity, swift planning, and extraordinary efforts displayed by Colonel Driscoll. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Colonel Driscoll culminate a distinguished career in the service of his country and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: July 2, 1984 - June 30, 1987

Service: Air Force

Rank: Colonel

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: First Lieutenant Jerry Donald Driscoll (AFSN: 1528K), United States Air Force, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight in Southeast Asia.

Action Date: Vietnam War

Service: Air Force

Rank: First Lieutenant

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: First Lieutenant Jerry Donald Driscoll (AFSN: 1528K), United States Air Force, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight in Southeast Asia.

Action Date: Vietnam War

Service: Air Force

Rank: First Lieutenant

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting a Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to First Lieutenant Jerry Donald Driscoll (AFSN: 1528K), United States Air Force, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a Fighter Pilot near Hanoi, North Vietnam, on 24 April 1966. On that date, Lieutenant Driscoll's aircraft came under heavy attack by surface-to-air missiles and anti-aircraft artillery while attempting to destroy one of the most difficult targets - the Bac Giang railroad bridge. Pressing the attack against extremely hazardous conditions, Lieutenant Driscoll without regard for his own safety pursued his target. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Driscoll reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: April 24, 1966

Service: Air Force

Rank: First Lieutenant

Prisoner of War Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

Major Jerry Donald Driscoll (AFSN: 1528K), United States Air Force, was held as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from April 24, 1966 until his release on February 12, 1973.

Action Date: April 24, 1966 - February 12, 1973

Service: Air Force

Rank: Major

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)