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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 Captain Michael C. Francisco (AFSN: 0-3195558), United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as an F-4E Aircraft Commander of the 366th Tactical Fighter Wing, DaNang Air Base, Vietnam, in action in Southeast Asia on 6 April 1972. On that date, Captain Francisco entered North Vietnam on four separate occasions to lead F-4 fighter-bombers against surface-to-air missile sites threatening air operations in South Vietnam. With complete disregard for his own personal safety and in the face of extremely heavy anti-aircraft fire and hostile surface-to-air missiles, Captain Francisco repeatedly descended to dangerously low altitudes to insure the destruction of two missile sites in North Vietnam. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, Captain Francisco reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Action Date: 6-Apr-72
Service: Air Force
Regiment: 366th Tactical Fighter Wing
Division: DaNang Air Base, Vietnam