Duane Hackney

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Date of Birth June 5, 1947
Place of Birth Michigan
Date of Death Sep 3, 1993 (46)
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Duane D. Hackney, of Flint, Michigan, a United States Air Force Pararescueman, was the most decorated enlisted man in USAF history and the recipient of 28 decorations for valor in combat and more than 70 awards and decorations in all. He served in the Air Force from 1965 to 1991, retiring as a Chief Master Sergeant. A recipient of the Air Force Cross, he was the first living enlisted man to receive the medal, and at the time of its award he was its youngest recipient.

Born: 05, 1947, Flint, Michigan, U.S.
Died: 03, 1993, Pennsylvania, U.S.
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Years of service: 1965–1991
Rank: Chief Master Sergeant
Unit: 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
Battles/wars: Vietnam War
Awards: Air Force Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross (4) w/ Combat V, Airman's Medal, Purple Heart (2), Meritorious Service Medal (2), Air Medal (18), Air Force Commendation Medal (3) w/ Combat V, Cheney Award

About Duane Hackney

Decorated United States Air Force officer and Vietnam War hero. During a rescue mission to retrieve a downed pilot, he courageously gave his parachute to the rescued pilot before escaping himself.

Before Fame

He passed up a college athletic scholarship to join the U.S. Air Force.


He received numerous military honors, including a Silver Star, a Purple Heart, and an Air Force Cross.

Family Life

He grew up in Flint, Michigan.


Jay Zeamer was another pilot and United States war hero.

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