About Joe James Rhiley
Joe Rhiley Gets DFC In Korea (no date)
First Lt. Joe J. Rhiley of Oshkosh, has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for service in the Korean War. Presented by Brig Gen. James Ferguson, vice commander of the Fifth Air Force tactical arm of the Far East Air Forces.
The award was in recognition of a mission flown by Lt. Rhiley on Sept. 30. On this mission the Oshkosh pilot led a flight of six F-80 Shooting Star jets of the 8th Fighter Bomber Wing on a prebriefed armed reconnaissance strike against heavily defended Sinanju, Korea.
Rhiley led his flight through scattered thundershowers and later through heavy overcast. Through skillful navigation he located the target area and brought the flight out of the clouds almost directly over his target.
A Few minutes later he located and enemy force of 100 trucks. It was moving along a road leading from Sinanju south toward the fighting front. It was heavily defended by small arms, anti-aircraft and several tanks. Rhiley so skillfully arranged the passes of his flight that all came through the terrific fire thrown at them without damage.
Later reconnaissance of the
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