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Monte Larue Moorberg

Date of birth: 18-Jul-39
Date of death: MIA: December 2, 1966
Burial location: Colorado Springs, CO
Place of Birth: Nebraska, Lincoln
Home of record: Grand Island Nebraska
Status: MIA

Monte Moorberg Graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado, Class of 1961. His remains were recovered and returned to the United States on August 14, 1985.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Air Force Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pride in presenting the Air Force Cross (Posthumously) to Captain Monte Larue Moorberg (AFSN: 0-62699), United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force while serving as Pilot of an F-105 Thunderchief of the 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, Korat Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, in action on 2 December 1966. On that date, Captain Moorberg led a flight of F-105 Thunderchiefs against the Phuc Yen Petroleum and Oil Storage Facility, located 14 miles north of Hanoi, North Vietnam. Despite intense anti-aircraft fire, at least three SA-2 missile launches, a constant threat of MiG fighter attacks, and exceptionally adverse weather, he led his flight to, and successfully put his ordnance on the target. His calm and courageous leadership was instrumental in enabling his flight to return safely. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Captain Moorberg reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: 2-Dec-66

Service: Air Force

Rank: Captain

Company: 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 388th Tactical Fighter Wing

Division: Korat Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand

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 Monte Larue Moorberg (AFSN: 0-62699), United States Air Force, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an F-105 Pilot over North Vietnam on 27 September 1966. On that date, Captain Moorberg was a member of a flight of F-105's assigned to support a large strike force by preceding it to the target and suppressing the flak in the immediate target area. Despite extremely accurate and intense anti-aircraft fire, reduced visibility, and threats from nearby SA-2 surface-to-air missile sites, he delivered is high explosive ordnance directly into the target area causing extensive destruction and immediately silencing the gun emplacements. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Moorberg reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: September 27, 1966

Service: Air Force

Rank: Captain

Company: 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 388th Tactical Fighter Wing