Aeronautics: Cross for a Corporal

As operations clerk at the Navy's Rockwell Field in San Diego, Calif, the job of Corporal Kilmer N. Torner, U. S. M. C.. was mostly that of recording other men's flying hours. Once in a while he was given a flight as a passenger but he never had a chance to touch the controls. In such a job Corporal Torner could scarcely be expected to win a Distinguished Flying Cross. Yet last week he got one for an "extraordinary achievement ... of self-sacrificing heroism." . . .

One day last March Corporal Torner was riding as a passenger in the rear cockpit...