Watch the video–Joe Moser receives his DFC 63+ years late

February 4, 2009 at 6:34 pm (429th Fighter Squadron, 474th Fighter Group, Buchenwald, Fighter Pilot, Joe Moser, P-38) (, , , , , , , , , )

Here is the video slide show of Joe Moser receiving his Distinguished Flying Cross on January 29, 2009. Originally awarded on June 22, 1945, the medal was lost in the shuffle of after-war activities and Joe never received it. Col. Jeffrey Stephenson, Wing Commander of 62nd Military Airlift Command at McChord Air Force Base near Tacoma, Washington presented the medal to Joe. Accompanying Joe were two of his squadron mates: Captain Alfred Mills, himself a DFC honoree, and First Lt. Bob Milliken, the 429th FS’s only ace with five confirmed kills and four probables.

As you will see, Joe, his buddies and about 30 family members were treated to a VIP tour of McChord including time in the cockpit of a c-17 and even simulator time. A memorable day for everyone involved.



  1. Fred Koch said,

    Uncle Joe,
    The Mariners really did a nice tribute to you, and a Yankee game WOW that’s a big game! Seeing you up on the screen in the cockpit of your P-38 brought tears to my eyes. I am so glad I got to expierence that with you. I will always cherish that Sunday in August. Mom had a great time! She told me all night that was the best day she has had in a long time. It was her first time in Safeco. She said, she couldn’t believe that was her brother throwing out the first pitch in front of 45,000 people.
    Your one of a kind Uncle Joe.
    Thank you,


  2. Pete said,

    Joe is my neighbor and he is the sweetest man in the world. Everytime i see him I tell everyone around that “there goes a REAL hero!” God bless Joe and all the military that keeps us free. Read the book it is excellant. Thaks Pete

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