My Dad always played down the significance of this medal by saying
got one of those".
This medal was developed in 1944 just for guys like my Dad. People who did more than they had to to help win a war! I hope that I don't embarrass him too much by putting up his CO's recommendation here. It really tells a great deal about what he did in the CBI Theater of WWII.
CHANGTING AIR BASE
17 May 1945
SUBJECT: Recommendation for Award of Bronze Star Medal,
1st Lt. CHARLES E. HACKING, 0-579965, 18TH
Officer, 18 Airways Detachment,
APO 430 c/o Postmaster, New York, N.Y.
1. It is recommended that 1st Lt. CHARLES E. HACKING, be awarded the Bronze Star Medal for outstanding achievement in support of combat operations during the period 1 May 1944 to 1 May 1945.
exceptional service has been outstanding throughout critical days at
LIUCHOW, SUICHWAN, KANCHOW AND CHANGTING. At the first four (4)
bases, Lt. Hacking remained to the evacuation stage and performed in a
superior manner under the diversity of exacting assignments for which
the best individuals are selected in such operations. During the
evacuation phase of HENGYANG and LINGLING, Lt. Hacking was sent from
to recon escape route via KUKONG to LIUCHOW by road. Lt. Hacking
succeeded, by indomitable energy and ingenuity, in getting through road
washouts and ferry obstacles that had blocked others, reaching KUKONG
eventually bringing out approximately twenty-five (25)
Also at KWEILIN, Lt. Hacking, as Air Rescue Officer went within a few
of Jap lines two (2) days before evacuation and brought out a crashed
At LIUCHOW Lt. Hacking, in addition to other duties, brought in
(17) crashed pilots and crew members in thirty (30) days. Lt
established an advance bivouac at HOSHIEH and four (4) days before
put it into operation. Continuing from there in command of a
Lt Hacking delivered part of the convoy to KWEIYANG, then continued to
KUNMING with the remaining vehicles. Assigned to SUICHWAN, by
request of the Base Commander, Lt. Hacking demonstrated the same high
of skill and executive ability in virtually every department in
that Base. At evacuation Lt. Hacking had full charge of getting
supplies and material via a fleet of thirty (30) beat-up Chinese
and found time to render valuable assistance as Executive Officer in
evacuation, including the hard physical task of destroying hostels and
other installations. Arriving at CHANGTING, sleeping in jeeps two
nights along the road after three days and nights without rest
KANCHOW, Lt. Hacking plunged into another Base activation and has been
invaluable through his energy, experience, resourcefulness, judgement
ability to handle all types of personnel.
3. At five (5) successive Bases, four (4) of which were active combat centers, and the fifth a staging field from which valuable missions have been run by as many as thirty-two (32) Fighters at one time, LT. Hacking has consistantly maintained a high degree of professional, physical and mental output identifying the superior type of Officer, and as such definitely merits the award of the Bronze Star Medal.
4. NAME - CHARLES E. HACKING.
ASN - 0-579965.
DATE OF BIRTH - 2 August 1916.
NEXT OF KIN - Mrs Ruth E. Hacking.. (Wife)
HOME ADDRESS - 68 Lorraine Ave., Providence, R.I.
STATE OF ENLISTMENT - Rhode Island.
DECORATIONS SINCE 7 Dec. 41 - Bronze Star on Theater Ribbon.
5. The entire service of Lt. Hacking during and since the
period has been honorable and exemplary.
W. F. BULL
Major, Air Corps,