Jordan, John A.

John Alton Jordan was born on 27 October 1936 in California. He joined the US Navy in 1963 and trained as a naval aviator.   Lieutenant Jordan was assigned to Attack Squadron TWENTY-FIVE, embarked in USS Coral Sea off Vietnam from January to September 1967. As a Lieutenant Commander, he was assigned to Attack Squadron FIFTY-TWO embarked in the USS Kitty Hawk off Vietnam. On 16 April 1972, in the darkness of the early  morning, LCDR Jordan conducted a single plane all weather strike on a surface-to-air missile site, thereby silencing the site and creating a diversion for enemy defenses to allow a massive strike  to hit an adjacent target largely unapposed. The mission was executed at night in the face of determined, intense and formidable enemy defenses and surface-to-air missiles. Lieutenant Commander John Jordan was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism for this action.