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Coast Guard Awards Distinguished Flying Cross to Rescue Swimmer

Petty Officer 3rd Class Tyler Gantt, an aviation survival technician at Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, is presented the Distinguished Flying Cross medal by Rear Adm. John Nadeau, commander, Eighth Coast Guard District, at ATC Mobile, Alabama, December 20, 2019. Gantt’s aeronautical skill and heroism were instrumental in the rescue of 59 people during the Coast Guard’s response to Hurricane Harvey in 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy asset)

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard presented the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal to members involved in rescues during Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Tyler Gantt was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for being “instrumental in the rescue of 59 people during the Coast Guard’s response” to the storm.

Rear Adm. John Nadeau, commander, Eighth Coast Guard District, also presented the medals as follows to:

  • Cmdr. Scott Sanborn – Distinguished Flying Cross
  • Lt. John Briggs – Distinguished Flying Cross
  • Petty Officer 1st Class James Yockey – Air Medal

The Distinguished Flying Cross is America’s oldest military aviation award. It is awarded for heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight, in a manner that is distinctive and not routine.

The Air Medal is awarded for heroism or exceptional meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight to a lesser degree than that of the Distinguished Flying Cross.