In the name of the President of the United States, the Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific takes pleasure in presenting the NAVY COMMENDATION MEDAL to
CORPORAL MICHAEL LOVELL FRY
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following
"For heroic achievement as a Helicopter Crew Member serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron THREE HUNDRED SIXTY- FOUR on 27 April 1964. Corporal FRY flew as an aerial gunner in a troop lift operation in support of the Forces of the Republic of Vietnam into the heart of an insurgent communist guerilla (Viet Cong) stronghold. This operation was conducted against an extremely well deployed and well armed anti-aircraft unit that brought the fire of many heavy automatic weapons to bear on the incoming and departing waves of helicopters as well as laying down a destructive fire on the landing zone. Despite the extremely dangerous situation, Corporal FRY carried out his duties calmly and effectively contributing measurably to the success of the mission by returning enemy fire with great effectiveness. Corporal FRY participated successfully in four heliborne assault landings into this very fire to complete the mission which had been assigned. By his heroic and coura- geous actions, Corporal FRY upheld the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
Corporal FRY is authorized to wear the Combat "V".
FOR THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
/s/ V. H. Krulak
V. H. KRULAK
Narrative of the Do Xa Strike Mission
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