(Trail of Honor VIP: 2022)
Citation: The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to First Lieutenant Kenneth Roth Wells, United States Air Force, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an F-4D Aircraft Commander at Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, on 6 December 1971. On that date, Lieutenant Wells participated in a flight of two F-4D tactical fighters against a truck park concentration in Southeast Asia. Even though Lieutenant Wells had limited combat experience, he quickly adapted to the marginal weather conditions and antiaircraft fire. Despite these marginal working conditions, Lieutenant Wells delivered his ordnance with pinpoint accuracy destroying one truck and heavily damaging another. By immobilizing the trucks, the influx of supplies to hostile forces was halted. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Wells reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.