Nesbit Lofton ‘66 was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement while engaging in armed conflict in Vietnam.

A citation that accompanied his award describes Lofton, who commanded two different patrol boats in Vietnam, conducting more than forty gunfire support missions in an eight-month period resulting in the destruction of thirty-eight enemy structures and bunkers accounting for several enemy killed in action.

He and his crew maintained a more than 68 percent underway time during Operation Market Time, which continued for eight and a half years and denied the enemy a means of delivering tons of war materials into South Vietnam.