Meritorious Service Medal


The Meritorious Service Medal was established on Jan. 16, 1969 and is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who distinguished themselves by outstanding non-combat meritorious achievement or service to the United States.

Col. Charles W. “IE” Hardie served in the U.S. Air Force from 1959 to 1989. As a pilot he flew C-124, C-7, C-123, and C-141 aircraft for a total of 11,002 flying hours. He served at Cam Ranh Bay, South Vietnam, in 1969. He was stationed at Dover AFB, Delaware, from 1980-1989. This Meritorious Service Medal was awarded to him.

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Era: Cold War
Clothing & Insignia: Medals
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I rescued my door gunner Harold Devos who lives in Rock Rapids, Iowa, after we were shot down on 3/5/68. He fell out with a bullet wound in the head before we hard landed in a rice paddy in south Vietnam in our UH1D (Huey) helicopter. My pilot yelled to me to “Sanford, get Devos!!!” I jumped from the helicopter, and under enemy fire made my way through the rice paddy to pull him from the mud. I never received any award for this act and believe it falls into the category of a DFC or a Metorious service medal.