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OK Military HOF Inductee Father of OSS Exec.

Captain Gary W. Vance, Sr., father of OSS Executive Greg VanceEDMOND,OK (October 24, 2010) - Gary W. Vance, Sr., father of OSS Executive Greg Vance, will be one of 10 selected for induction into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame on November 11, 2010. The ceremony will begin with a 6:30 p.m. reception at the Gaylord Center at Oklahoma Christian University, 2501 E. Memorial Road.

After joining the Nation Guard while still in high school, Capt. Vance transferred to an Army Special Forces Reserve unit in Stillwater while attending Oklahoma State University. In 1961, he attended Infantry Officer Candidate School and the Army Airborne course at Fort Benning, Ga. After graduating from Oklahoma State University, he attended Pathfinder School and in 1965 was accepted for fixed-wing flight school.

"From the time I can remember, I have always been proud of my father and his service to our country."

During this training, Vance was awarded the Soldiers Medal for saving the life of a passenger who survived a plane crash during flight school training.

Capt. Vance, a Pawnee native, was assigned to the Headhunters, flying an O-1 Bird Dog, a reconnaissance aircraft, out of Cheo Reo, southeast of Pleiku, where he served two tours of duty, during which time he flew 800 missions. His awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Bronze Star Medals, 36 Air Medals and the Army Commendation Medal with V for Valor.

According to the book, Distinguished Flying Cross Society Vance was awarded the coveted Distinguished Flying Cross as follows:

  • Vance made several low passes under hostile fire to establish contact with friendly ground forces. He went in to mark the target area, and executed low passes through intense enemy fire to pinpoint the Viet Cong positions.
  • Through his accurate marking of the enemy positions, and his guidance to the gunships, the Viet Cong attack was stalled and the enemy was forced to change their direction.
  • After disrupting the Viet Cong attack, Vance directed two more gunships in on two Viet Cong villages causing havoc to the entire enemy-held area.
  • He served as a forward air controller for a group of gunships on a mission to support friendly elements, which were suddenly attacked by the Viet Cong.

Vance’s Army Commendation Medal with V for Valor was awarded on 6 Aug 1967:

For heroism while engaged in aerial flight in connection with military operations against a hostile force: Captain Vance distinguished himself by heroic action on 1 June 1967, while flying a visual reconnaissance mission near Phu Bon Province, Republic of Vietnam. While performing his reconnaissance mission over suspected enemy controlled territory, he was subject to intense automatic weapons and small arms fire. He called for helicopter gunships and an air strike, and then continued his reconnaissance of the area in order to pinpoint the positions of the enemy. Repeatedly brought under fire, he observed three anti-aircraft positions and a bunker complex. While awaiting the arrival of tactical air support, he assaulted the positions with his aerial rockets, in order to keep the enemy fixed. He later marked the targets for the forward air controller. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military and the United States Army.

"From the time I can remember, I have always been proud of my father and his service to our country. Although I was very young when he served in both tours in Vietnam, he made it a point to tell us that he was going to help a country in desperate need, and if I could see how the people of Vietnam had to live, I would understand why he was going back," said Orion Security Solutions COO Greg Vance.

Captain Vance has always been humble about his many accomplishments, often stating that all service men and women deserve recognition.

For those unable to attend the induction ceremony on November 11, 2010, a reception will take place on November 13, 2010, at the First Christian Church in Pawnee, OK, at 6:00 p.m. to honor Captain Vance’s induction into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame.

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