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Cuthbert A. Pattillo , Jr.

Date of birth: 3-Jun-24
Place of Birth: Georgia, Atlanta
Home of record: Atlanta Georgia
Status: POW

Cuthbert Pattillo served as a P-51 Pilot in World War II before he was shot down over Germany and taken as a Prisoner of War on April 16, 1945. After the war he assisted in organizing the SKYBLAZERS, an Air Force aerial demonstration team in Europe. He flew combat again in Vietnam, and retired as an Air Force Major General on September 1, 1980. His identical twin brother, Charles C. Pattillo, also served in the Air Force and retired as an Air Force Lieutenant General.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Air Force Distinguished Service Medal

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The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal to Major General Cuthbert A. Pattillo, Jr., United States Air Force, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States. General Pattillo distinguished himself as Deputy Director and then Director of Operations, Deputy Chief of Staff/Plans and Operations, Headquarters United States Air Force from 1 September 1972 to 20 May 1974. In those important assignments, the forceful leadership and the outstanding and dedicated efforts of General Pattillo resulted in significant contributions to the combat capability of the United States Air Force and to the furtherance of national and free world objectives. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of General Pattillo reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

General Orders: Department of the Air Force, Special Order GB-417 (June 17, 1974)

Action Date: September 1, 1972 - May 20, 1974

Service: Air Force

Rank: Major General

Air Force Distinguished Service Medal

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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, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal to Major General Cuthbert A. Pattillo, Jr., United States Air Force, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States. General Pattillo distinguished himself as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Intelligence and as the Senior United States Representative at Headquarters Allied Forces Central Europe, Brunssum, The Netherlands, from 26 May 1974 to 10 June 1977. In this important assignment, General Pattillo directly supervised all activities relating to Land and Air Operations, Exercises, Plans, Intelligence, Nuclear Policy, and Communications and Electronics. The forceful leadership and the outstanding and dedicated efforts of General Pattillo were significantly displayed in the extensive improvements in combat capability of the Central European Command. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of General Pattillo reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: May 26, 1974 - June 10, 1977

Service: Air Force

Rank: Major General

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 Colonel Cuthbert A. Pattillo, Jr., United States Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force while serving as a Pilot in the 31st Tactical Fighter Wing, in action near Quan Long City, South Vietnam, on 8 November 1968. On that date, Colonel Pattillo was flying an F-100 in close air support of friendly troops in contact with a hostile force. In spite of intense, accurate ground fire and with total disregard for his own personal safety, he repeatedly pressed his attack causing devastating destruction to the hostile forces. Although his aircraft was severely damaged as a result of the hostile fire he elected to, and successfully did, land his crippled aircraft at a nearby airfield. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Colonel Pattillo has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

General Orders: Headquarters, 7th Air Force, Special Order G-930 (May 10, 1969)

Action Date: 8-Nov-68

Service: Air Force

Rank: Colonel

Company: Vice Commander

Regiment: 31st Tactical Fighter Wing