Ministry of Defense
Awards and Decorations Division
OFFICIAL ORDER #73/TTL
The Commander in Chief Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces
Considering Decree #144/SL/CT dated 12 May 1964 prescribing the authority to award all medals,
MERITORIOUSLY CITES BEFORE THE DIVISION
RICHARD P. BLAND - First Lieutenant - U. S. Marine
"A brilliant pilot possessing broad battlefield experience.
Although encountering many dangerous mountain jungles and poor weather during Quyet-Thang 202 operation, from 27 April to 28 May 1964 at the Viet Cong's Do-Xa secret base, he completed his heliborne flights perfectly, and in this manner assisted units to descend rapidly on the designated objective, thus keeping the enemy from reacting in time and finding a route of escape."
This commendation is to include the Gallantry Cross with Silver Star
Lieutenant General NGUYEN-KHANH
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