- Second World War (1939-1945)
- 1st Lieutenant
- 97th Bombardment Group, U.S. Army Air Forces
- Awarded on:
- April 1st, 1944
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Soldier's Medal to First Lieutenant (Air Corps) John E. Abdallah (ASN: 0-733505), United States Army Air Forces, for heroism at great risk of life and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 340th Bombardment Squadron, 97th Bombardment Group, FIFTEENTH Air Force. On 16 July 1943, after a forced landing at sea caused some damage to his aircraft by intense anti-aircraft fire during a combat mission over Northern Italy, Lieutenant Abdallah, although painfully wounded, assisted the crew into rafts. Noticing that the navigator was missing, he returned to the rapidly sinking airplane, entered it, and found the navigator there in a semi-conscious condition. Despite his own wounds and the fact that the aircraft was nearly under water, Lieutenant Abdallah brought the injured crew member out of the sinking plane in time to save his life, even though the plane sank within one and one-half minutes. By his selfless courage and heroism, together with his cool judgment and devotion to duty at a time of great danger, Lieutenant Abdallah has reflected great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States of America.
Headquarters, 15th Air Force, General Orders No. 157