|Pilot Awarded Air Medal for Combat Service|
Lieutenant Chester Hullberg, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hullberg, Route 1, Elk Mound, has been decorated with the Air Medal.
He was cited for meritorious achievement, while participating in aerial flights in the Southwest Pacific area from June 9, 1944 to September 10, 1944.
According to a letter from Lieutenant General George C. Kenney, the award was made in recognition of courageous service to his combat organization, his fellow American airmen, his country, his home, and his parents.
The commander writes, "Your son took part in sustained operational flight missions, during which hostile contact was probable and expected. These flights included dropping supplies and transporting troops over territory that was continually patrolled by enemy fighter aircraft. Often, landings were made on fields which were only a few miles from enemy bases. These operations aided considerably in the recent successes in this theater.
"I would like to tell you how genuinely proud I am to have men such as your son in my command and how gratified I am to know that young Americans with such courage and resourcefulness are fighting our country's battle against the aggressor nations."
Lieutenant Hullberg entered the Air Corps in April 1942 and received his wings and commission at Montgomery, AL in May 1943.
He was at Cambridge, GA for 10 months, as an instructor, and went overseas in April 1944. He is now stationed somewhere in the Philippines.
On November 7, 1944, he was promoted to First Lieutenant, while serving in New Guinea.