Coast Guard Aviation Association

Conversation with a Hero CDR Lonnie Mixon, USCG (Ret)

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CDR Mixon, a rated Naval Aviator, served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1951 to 1973 primarily in search and rescue operations. During a tour as an exchange pilot with the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam, he flew 395 combat search and rescue missions as a Jolly Green Giant of the 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron. His Service earned him recognition with the Silver Star Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross with Bronze Star and the Air Medal with 10 Oak Leaf clusters. CDR Mixon repeatedly exposed himself to life threatening situations in order to rescue others in times of war and peace. Learn more about CDR Mixon here:
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