Tester thanks Montana veteran for WWII heroism

Jack Gamble of Great Falls received distinguished medal nearly 70 years after saving his B-17 crew

(U.S. SENATE) – U.S. Senator Jon Tester, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, today released the following statement in honor of Jack Gamble, a Montana combat veteran who this week received a Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroism in World War II:

“On behalf of all Montanans and all Americans, our deepest thanks to Jack Gamble for putting his service before his own safety. Jack’s bravery is one of the countless acts of heroism that defined the Greatest Generation and won the victory and freedom that no American should ever take for granted. It is our responsibility to honor and to never forget each of these tremendous sacrifices.”

Nearly 70 years after saving an entire crew in his B-17 Bomber during a 1943 mission, Gamble was a awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross during a hospital room ceremony Thursday, as reported by the Great Falls Tribune.

Tester works closely with Montana veterans and their families to ensure that no military heroism goes unnoticed. Since 2008 he has presented 339 medals, ribbons, and badges to 43 American veterans.