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Uniting Veterans in East Tennessee - The DFC Society Chapter News

A founding member of a new chapter of The Distinguished Flying Cross Society in East Tennessee says during his two tours and 180 missions as a combat pilot in Vietnam he survived roughly 40 close calls.

“We pulled the plane up to a really low speed got the thing feathered but they've been a lot of damage. In fact, the crew had already put the chutes on to jump out we had about 14 guys in the back,” recalled veteran fighter pilot J. Grover Wilson about the mission that earned him the military’s fourth highest award for heroism.  During that top secret mission he managed to save himself and the other souls aboard a reconnaissance flight under heavy fire. READ MORE