The Air Medal
Awarded for "any person who, while serving in any capacity in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard of the United States subsequent to Sept. 8, 1939, distinguishes, or has distinguished himself by meritorious achievement while participating in an aerial flight."
It features an eagle swooping down to attack with lightening bolts clutched in its talons.
Why the lesson in military awards?
Because today is Veterans Day. We must never forget to honor their sacrifices.
Because there was a job that needed doing.
And because my father flew 65 missions during World War II and was awarded this medal 13 times.
Thanks Dad. Job well done.
Ernie W Wilkowski
Air Force Personnel Center website
Author's personal collection