Below is part of a letter describing the loss of Ray's plane, sent from
the Office of the Commanding General, FIFTEENTH AIR FORCE on 6 November
| The Air
Medal is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity in
or with the U.S. Army, will have distinguished himself or herself by meritorious
achievement while participating in aerial flight. Awards may be made to
recognize single acts of merit or heroism, or for meritorious service. Award
of the Air Medal is primarily intended to recognize those personnel who
are on current crew member or non-crew member flying status which requires
them to participate in aerial flight on a regular and frequent basis in
the performance of their primary duties.
Examples of personnel whose combat duties require them to fly include those in the attack elements of units involved in air-land assaults against an armed enemy and those directly involved in airborne command and control of combat operations.
In the U.S. Air Force subsequent awards are annotated with the traditional oak leaf clusters.
A note on medals