Captain John Opeka, Jr.
U.S. Army Air Corps
310th Bombardment Group
Coast of Southern France
January 21, 1944

Wall of Valor:
Captain John Opeka, Jr. was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross while serving as a navigator of a B-25 aircraft flying attack against the enemy on January 21, 1944.

Opeka was lead navigator of a formation attacking a 10,000 ton enemy tanker off the coast of southern France. Displaying superior professional skill and determination, he guided the formation above a heavy undercast directly to the target. He then aided his bombardier in setting course for a perfect bomb run, enabling the B25s to register direct hits which heavily damaged the enemy vessel.

Throughout an excess of fifty missions, Opeka's outstanding proficiency and steadfast devotion to duty has reflected great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces.