1960s

In Chronological Order

SP5 DEAN LeROY WUCHTERL
Headquarters and Headquarters Battery
1st Howitzer Battalion, 138th Field Artillery
Kentucky Army National Guard
Buechel, Kentucky

23 April 1960
SP5 Wuchterl who was a passenger in a wrecked and burning aircraft on 23 April 1960, was able to free himself and aid in the rescue of the trapped pilot. After freeing himself he found that the pilot's foot was pinned in the burning aircraft and with the aid of another soldier (SP4 Liter) was able to loose the pilot's boot and free his foot and then move the injured pilot to a safe distance from the burning plane. While aiding in releasing the pinned pilot he found the plane's fire extinguisher and aided in keeping the fire from reaching the pilot. Although SP5 Wuchterl was a passenger in the crashed plane he remained very calm and was instrumental in saving the pilot's life. He remained with the burning aircraft without regard for his personal safety while the pilot was removed knowing that at any time the burning gas tanks of the plane might explode. SP5 Wuchterl's deed was one of personal bravery beyond the call of duty.

SP4 EUGENE HERMAN LITER
Headquarters and Headquarters Battery
1st Howitzer Battalion, 138th Field Artillery
Kentucky Army National Guard
Buechel, Kentucky

23 April 1960
SP4 Liter did on 23 April 1960, with intent of rescuing a pilot trapped in a crashed and burning aircraft did aid the pilot's rescue without regard to his own personal safety. SP4 Liter entered the pilot'' compartment and aided the trapped pilot in disengaging his foot that was pinned in the already burning wreckage. After aiding in moving the injured pilot to a safe distance he attempted with a fire extinguisher to put out the fire in the burning plane. SP4 Liter's deed was one of personal bravery and one without regard for his personal safety, above and beyond the call of duty. His act of courage was instrumental in saving the pilot's life.

SGT HUGO MUELLER
Battery A
1st Howitzer Battalion, 138th Field Artillery
Kentucky Army National Guard
Buechel, Kentucky

23 April 1960
SGT Mueller was some distance from a crashed and burning aircraft on 23 April 1960. He first ordered some of his men to get and bring fire extinguishers. He then ran to the crash and seeing that he could not help on the right side of the aircraft because there were already some men there trying to remove the pinned pilot, proceeded to the left side. With the aid of his helmet liner he broke out the windshield of the burning aircraft and with a soft cap found in the plane was trying to beat out the flame s to keep them from reaching the trapped pilot. As soon as the pilot was removed and seeing he could do nothing else to help, he ordered his men to move back a safe distance from the burning aircraft. Because of his quick thinking and action and without regard for his personal safety he was instrumental in aiding the rescue of the pilot from the burning aircraft.

SFC JOSEPH JAMES LORD
Battery A
1st Howitzer Battalion, 138th Field Artillery
Kentucky Army National Guard
Buechel, Kentucky

23 April 1960
SFC Lord was some distance from a crashed and burning aircraft on 23 April 1960, but without regard for his personal safety and not knowing when the burning tanks of the aircraft might explode, ran to the crash and aided in releasing the pinned pilot from the aircraft. He helped the other men that were able to reach into the pilot's compartment in getting the pilot's pinned foot free and to carry him to a safe distance. SFC Lord's act was one of courage and valor above and beyond the ordinary call of duty.

2LT RANDY L. CARTER
Signal Corps
Headquarters and Headquarters Battery
4th Battalion (8" SP), 138th Field Artillery
Kentucky Army National Guard
Glasgow, Kentucky

23 October 1967

Second Lieutenant Randy Lee Carter, did on 23 October 1967, without regard for his personal safety, assist in the arrest of a bank robber. LT Carter, while eating lunch with Mr. N. R. Hoover, Vice-President, Caneyville Bank, received information that the bank had been robbed. LT Carter and Mr. Hoover left the café immediately for the bank. Thinking ahead, LT Carter stopped at a local service station, borrowed a .22 caliber pistol and proceeded to the bank. Without regard for his personal safety , LT Carter approached the thief, fired 2 shots, and ordered the thief to surrender. When the thief made a break, quick action by LT Carter brought him down with a shot to the leg. The thief surrendered, the money was returned to the bank.
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CPT ALVIN K. SMITH
Armor
Company C
2nd Battalion, 123rd Armor
Kentucky Army National Guard
Russellville, Kentucky

04 April 1968
For valorous service in preserving life and property during flood disaster at Russellville, Kentucky.

1SG WILLIAM B. GREGORY
Company C
2nd Battalion, 123rd Armor
Kentucky Army National Guard
Russellville, Kentucky

04 April 1968
For valorous service in preserving life and property during flood disaster at Russellville, Kentucky.