Distinguished Enlisted By While thousands of airmen have performed their duties with honor, there were a select few whose actions reflect the highest ideals of bravery, dedication and sacrifice. Highlighted here are some examples of exceptional enlisted service in the history of the U.S. Air Force. World War I Sgt. 1st Class Fred C. Graveline Sgt. 1st Class Harold O. Nicholls World War II Staff Sgt. Maynard H. Smith Tech. Sgt. Forrest L. Vosler Staff Sgt. Archibald Mathies Staff Sgt. Henry E. Erwin In addition to these Medal of Honor recipients, there were about 150 enlisted Army Air Forces personnel awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in WWII. Korea Private 1st Class Desmond R. Wilkerson Tech. Sgt. James H. Ledford Southeast Asia Airman 1st Class William H. Pitsenbarger Airman 1st Class John L. Levitow Staff Sgt. John D. Harston In addition to Harston, 19 enlisted personnel received the Air Force Cross for their service in Southeast Asia. Somalia Sgt. Timothy A. Wilkinson Afghanistan Senior Airman Jason D. Cunningham Tech. Sgt. Keary J. Miller Senior Airman Zachary J. Rhyner Staff Sgt. Robert Gutierrez, Jr. Staff Sgt. Christopher G. Baradat Master Sgt. Ivan M. Ruiz Senior Airman Dustin H Temple Staff. Sgt. Richard B. Hunter Click here to return to the History of the Enlisted Overview. Find Out More Related Fact Sheets Medal of Honor Awards in the Air Force Note: The appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the National Museum of the USAF, the U.S. Air Force, or the Department of Defense, of the external website, or the information, products or services contained therein.