Jess Minter Gets Air Medal, Promotion
Jess Minter Gets Air Medal Promotion ' Cited for "meritorious achieve. ment while participating in a night aerial flight during the invasion of Sicily'* was Jess W. Minter, son of Mrs. Mary L. Caufficld, 1700 Niles street, who has just been awarded the Air Medal and promoted to the rank of first lieutenant in a Ninth Air Force troop carrier group in England. The award credits Lieutenant •Minter for his flight in "unarmed, unarmored and tnes'corted troop carrier aircraft, at an altitude of less than 500 feet, under adverse flying ^conditions, over enemy-held terrain while receiving hostUe ground fire." For similar missions over tho Salerno bridgehead aren.h" received '' an Oak Leaf Cluster to his Air Medal. Lieutenant Minter, a former Bakersfield Junior College student, began his overseas service as a staff sergeant pilot, flying for 14 months ' in the North African theater of operations. At the close of the Egyptian-Lybian campaign in February, 1943, he became a flight officer and later .was commissioned a second lieutenant while engaging in the Sicilian campaign.