John K. Hoberg | Silver Star
Citation to accompany the award of the Silver Star to Technical Sergeant Jon K. Hoberg.
Technical Sergeant (then Staff Sergeant) Jon K. Hoberg distinguished himself by gallantry in the all-volunteer Joint United States Army and Air Force military operation against an opposing armed force during the Prisoner of War search and rescue operation at Son Tay, North Vietnam, on 21 November 1970. On that date, Sergeant Hoberg, as a Paramedic-Gunner, flew deep into the heart of enemy territory in a bold night attempt to rescue American Prisoners of War. Throughout the entire mission, he manned his position with bravery and aggressiveness. Upon leaving the area, he provided warnings and evasion assistance to the aircraft commander in order to avoid surface-to-air missiles fired at the aircraft. The personal skill and extreme courage displayed by Sergeant Hoberg in this very hazardous rescue attempt contributed immeasurably to the ultimate effectiveness and tactical success of the mission. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Hoberg has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.