Posted 2 years ago
My grandfather's medals.
Chris A Kumnick Jr. was a Col. In the USAF and was a Master Navigator/Observer. My favorite quote to sum up his duties is...
"It's been said that.... "The pilot flys the plain... While the Navigator/Observer fights the plain".
Col. Chris A Kumnick Jr. served in WWII, The Korean War and The Vietnam War. He was part of the A.A.F. (Army Air Force), F.E.A.F. (Far East Air Force), R.A. (Regular Army), U.S.A.F. (United States Air Force) and S.A.C. (Strategic Air Command). He served his Country for 29 year's.
He was Born on Feb, 6, 1919 in Bryan Ohio and died on March, 17, 2017 in Fairfield CA. He began his Air Force carrier in October 1942 and Retired at Travis Air Force Base in Dec 1971.
The medal descriptions are from - Left to right/Top to Bottom - As they are displayed.
The Legion of Merit (Bar - Medal not shown)
Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
American Defense Medal
American Campaign Medal
Presidential Unit Citation (Bar) with One Oak Leaf Cluster
Outstanding Unit Award with One Oak Leaf Cluster and a V for Valor
European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two Campaign Star's
World War Two Victory Medal
Army of Occupation Medal for Austria
Army of Occupation Medal for Japan
National Defense Medal
Korean Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal with Three Bronze Star's
Air Force Longevity Service Bar (29 year's of service)
United Nations Service Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Thank you grandpa for your service. You are fiercely loved and missed dearly.