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He served in WWII but didn't see combat. He participated in the Berlin Airlift from Jun 1948 to Jan 1949. Between Feb 1968 and Aug 1970, he flew 643 combat missions in Southeast Asia. He also served in several instructional and advisory positions and flew a variety of aircraft.
His AF Cross citation:
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Lieutenant Colonel William Boyd, Jr. (AFSN: 0-16690), United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as a C-130 pilot of the 50th Tactical Airlift Squadron, 314th Tactical Airlift Wing, Ching Chuan Kang Air Base, Taiwan, in action at Kham Duc, Republic of Vietnam on 12 May 1968. On that date, Colonel Boyd flew an emergency evacuation mission into Kham Duc Airfield as it was being overrun by hostile forces. Realizing that the friendly ground forces and Vietnamese civilians remaining at Kham Duc had virtually no chance for survival except evacuation by his aircraft, Colonel Boyd, without regard for his personal safety, flew through a veritable hail of hostile fire into the besieged field and successfully evacuated more than one hundred troops and civilians. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Lieutenant Colonel Boyd reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Action Date: 12-May-68
Service: Air Force
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Company: 50th Tactical Airlift Squadron
Regiment: 314th Tactical Airlift Wing
Division: Ching Chuan Kang Air Base, Taiwan