Episode 976 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will delve into a dark story about a brave Vietnam Veteran who in subsequent years succumbed to temptation and violated the trust instilled upon him by stealing money from a veterans organization. This instance of dishonor was covered in a story coming from KSWB Fox5 TV in San Diego, California titled: Decorated combat pilot accused of stealing $124K from veterans group. It came from the City News Service.
Anthony Ventura, 71, of Lincoln in Northern California pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in San Diego, where he admitted that he stole $124,000 from the Distinguished Flying Cross Society. Ventura is a decorated Navy pilot who flew combat missions in Vietnam, earning numerous awards including a Bronze Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He served as treasurer for the Distinguished Flying Cross Society from July 2012 thru January 2016. He apparently did the dastardly deed in 2014 to cover his lavish life style including the maintenance of his personal horse stable, Sovran Star Stables.
This disgraceful act strikes at the heart of all military aviators. The Distinguished Flying Cross medal is awarded to aviators and aircrew for heroism or extraordinary achievement during aerial flight, the Distinguished Flying Cross is the only medal conferred by all five military services, in all wars and campaigns from World War I to the present.
The first Distinguished Flying Cross award citations were presented to the Army Air Corps crews of the 1926-27 Pan American Goodwill Flight on 2 May, 1927 by President Coolidge, for their five ship, 22,000 mile flight.
The Distinguished Flying Cross Society was founded in 1994 and is composed of DFC recipients who either joined the Society or whose loved ones made them members posthumously and their names are listed on our Honor Roll in perpetuity. The Distinguished Flying Cross Society (DFCS) exists to honor those men and women who have demonstrated their heroism or extraordinary achievements in difficult situations in aerial flight that resulted in the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Get the full story of how one Naval Aviator had lapse of good judgment that put a stain on a highly respected organization.
Go to episode 976 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast