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Max J. Volcansek , Jr.

Place of Birth: Minnesota, Eveleth
Home of record: Eveleth Minnesota

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Colonel Max J. Volcansek, Jr. (MCSN: 0-5435), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a Pilot and Commanding Officer of Marine All Weather Fighter Squadron FIVE HUNDRED FORTY-TWO (VMF(AW)-542), during operations against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 25 September 1950. Assigned the mission of reducing an enemy strong point opposing friendly ground forces in the center of Seoul, Lieutenant Colonel Volcansek led his four-plane flight in a determined attack against the objective through heavy smoke in the face of intense hostile anti-aircraft fire. Although his aircraft was damaged on the first run, which later necessitated his abandoning it by parachute, and despite shrapnel wounds in his leg, he steadfastly refused to discontinue his attacks until his ammunition was expended and the target was destroyed. By his superb airmanship, outstanding courage and inspiring devotion to duty, Lieutenant Colonel Volcansek upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: September 25, 1950

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Company: Marine All Weather Fighter Squadron 542 (VMF(AW)-542)

Division: 1st Marine Aircraft Wing

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Max J. Volcansek, Jr. (MCSN: 0-5435), United States Marine Corps, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight during World War II.

General Orders: Heroes U.S. Marine Corps 1861 - 1955 (Jane Blakeney)

Action Date: World War II

Service: Marine Corps