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Robert J. Flynn

Date of birth: September 15, 1937
Place of Birth: Wisconsin, LaCrosse
Home of record: Houston Minnesota
Status: POW

Robert Flynn was interned as a Prisoner of War in Communist China after he was shot down on August 21, 1967 and was held until his release on March 15, 1973.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" to Lieutenant Commander Robert J. Flynn, United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States while interned as a Prisoner of War in Southeast Asia from August 1967 to February 1973. Under the most adverse of conditions, he resisted all attempts by his captors to use him in causes detrimental to the United States and his fellow prisoners. Despite the adversities of confinement, he performed such duties and responsibilities as required by the Code of Conduct in an exemplary and highly professional manner. Displaying extraordinary courage, resourcefulness, and dedication throughout this period of imprisonment, he reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Naval Service and the United States Armed Forces. (Lieutenant Commander Flynn is authorized to wear the Combat "V".)

Action Date: August 1967 - February 1973

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant Commander [then Lieutenant] Robert J. Flynn, United States Navy, for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight on 14 August 1967 as a naval flight officer in Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED NINETY-SIX (VA-196) embarked in U.S.S. CONSTELLATION (CVA-64). As a bombardier/navigator in a four-plane flight, Lieutenant Commander Flynn participated in a coordinated air-wing strike against the Route 189 Bridge across the Song Gai River at Haiphong, North Vietnam. Under marginal weather conditions, he skillfully maintained an accurate and current plot of his position throughout the lengthy flight to the target area. As the target was obscured by the adverse weather, he provided constant steering information, which ultimately led to a sudden visual acquisition of the target through a break in the clouds. In the face of heavy automatic weapons fire, Lieutenant Commander Flynn continued to monitor and operate his electronic-countermeasures equipment, and assisted his pilot in compensating for the unusual attack parameters resulting from the unavoidably unorthodox attack initial point. In the ensuing attack, two spans of the bridge were dropped into the river. By his outstanding professional skill, courage, and perseverance in the face of hazardous flying conditions, Lieutenant Commander Flynn upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: August 14, 1967

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Company: Attack Squadron 196 (VA-196

Division: U.S.S. Constellation (CVA-64)

Bronze Star

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" to Lieutenant Commander Robert J. Flynn, United States Navy, for heroic achievement while serving as a Prisoner of War in Southeast Asia in January 1970. Under constant pressure from camp interrogators and guards, he experienced harassment, intimidation and ruthless treatment in their attempt to gain military information and cooperative participation for propaganda purposes. He heroically resisted their routine cruelties and never wavered in h is devotion and loyalty to the United States. These actions served to inspire and improve the morale of his fellow prisoners in the camp. Displaying extraordinary courage, resourcefulness, and devotion to duty, he reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service and the United States Armed Forces. (The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.)

Action Date: January 1970

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)

Bronze Star

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" to Lieutenant Commander Robert J. Flynn, United States Navy, for meritorious service as a Prisoner of War in Southeast Asia from August 1968 to January 1971. Through his ceaseless efforts, in an atmosphere of enemy harassment, threat of torture and brutal treatment, he established and maintained intra-camp communications. At great risk and in spite of further cruelty, he continued to devise many unusual and ingenious methods in communications, resulting in American and Allied prisoners resisting the enemy's demands and at the same time improving the prisoners' morale. By his heroic endeavors, exceptional skill, and devotion to duty, he reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service and the United States Armed Forces. (The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized)

Action Date: August 1968 - January 1971

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)

Bronze Star

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" to Lieutenant Commander Robert J. Flynn, United States Navy, for heroic achievement while serving as a Prisoner of War in Southeast Asia in January 1971. Under constant pressure from camp interrogators and guards, he experienced harassment, intimidation and ruthless treatment in their attempt to gain military information and cooperative participation for propaganda purposes. He heroically resisted their routine cruelties and never wavered in h is devotion and loyalty to the United States. These actions served to inspire and improve the morale of his fellow prisoners in the camp. Displaying extraordinary courage, resourcefulness, and devotion to duty, he reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service and the United States Armed Forces. (The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.)

Action Date: January 1971

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)

Prisoner of War Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

Lieutenant Commander Robert J. Flynn, United States Navy, was held as a Prisoner of War in Communist China from August 21, 1967 until his release on March 15, 1973.

Action Date: August 21, 1967 - March 15, 1973

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Division: Prisoner of War in Communist China