CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR
The Vietnam War - Southeast Asia - The Republic of Vietnam
Staff Sergeant Billie W. Slayton
Staff Sergeant Billie W. Slayton distinguished himself by gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force at Katum Special Forces Camp, Republic of Vietnam on 24 September 1968.
On that date, Sergeant Slayton repeatedly exposed himself to intense and accurately directed hostile ground fire while controlling incoming resupply aircraft bringing vital munitions and supplies to the beleaguered camp.
Sergeant Slayton assisted in derigging the dropped loads and removing them to the security of the camp. Sergeant Slayton later that day manned a machine gun position that saw an intense ground probe thwarted within 70 yards of his position.
By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Slayton has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.