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Press Release | Dec. 13, 2023

Photo Release: Coast Guard rescue swimmer receives Distinguished Flying Cross Award



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MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. — Aviation Survival Technician Second Class Spencer T. Manson received the Distinguished Flying Cross Award at Coast Guard Sector/ Air Station Humboldt Bay Tuesday morning. 

Manson received the award for his heroic efforts during a rescue operation on June 19, 2021, which occurred 70 miles offshore from the California–Oregon border, resulting in all six persons lives aboard a disabled 79-foot schooner being saved. 

The prestigious Distinguished Flying Cross Award is the highest honor that can be achieved in aviation and is awarded to any Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard personnel who distinguish themselves for heroism or outstanding achievement while participating in aerial flight.