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Richard Delbert Jensen

Born July 16, 1920
Died February 11, 1952, Killed In Action
Service Branch Navy
Rank Ensign
Rating or Job Pilot
Unit Fighter Squadron 653, USS Valley Forge
Campaign Korea
Military Citations Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Purple Heart
Family Parents: Mr & Mrs Delbert Jensen
Sisters: Mrs. Jack Bartlett, Donna Jensen
Notes Service Number 537907 Enlisted from Oroville. Ensign Jensen was the pilot of a F4U-4 Corsair fighter with Fighter Squadron 653 aboard the carrier USS VALLEY FORGE (CV-45). On February 11, 1952, while on a combat air patrol, his aircraft was struck by anti-aircraft fire, crashed and exploded one and a half miles southeast of Munchon, North Korea. His remains were not recovered. For his leadership and valor, Ensign Jensen was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.