JOHN R. BODE was awarded the Air Force Cross for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as a Forward Air Controller at Fire Support Base Crook, Republic of Vietnam, from 5 June 1969 to 7 June 1969. During that period, Major Bode planned, directed, and controlled the employment of all the combined Air Force and Army tactical air assets in the decisive defeat of a numerically superior ground force. Displaying exceptional gallantry under intense and sustained hostile groundfire and unparalleled devotion to duty, Major Bode flew 6 missions and more than 17 hours at tree top level under overcast ceilings of less than 1000 feet, both day and night. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and agressiveness in the face of the enemy, Major Bode reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Col. Bode is a life member and resides in New Mexico.