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John P. Cerak

Date of birth: 1944
Place of Birth: New Jersey, Clayton
Home of record: Clayton New Jersey
Status: POW

John Cerak graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Class of 1967. He was interned as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam after he was shot down on June 27, 1972 and was held until his release on March 28, 1973.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

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 the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain John P. Cerak (AFSN: 0-674542), United States Air Force, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an A-37 fighter pilot near Phuoc Long, Republic of Vietnam, on 13 May 1970. On that date, Captain Cerak provided close air support for friendly forces who were in contact with a hostile force of unknown size. His pinpoint ordnance delivery in spite of a restricted attack heading, poor visibility, and close proximity of friendly troops evoked commendation from the Forward Air Controller. Captain Cerak's tenacity and outstanding airmanship contributed immeasurably to the relief of the besieged friendly forces. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Cerak reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: May 13, 1970

Service: Air Force

Rank: Captain

Prisoner of War Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

Captain John P. Cerak (AFSN: 0-674542), United States Air Force, was held as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from June 27, 1972 until his release on March 28, 1973.

Action Date: June 27, 1972 - March 28, 1973

Service: Air Force

Rank: Captain

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)