HEADQUARTERS, FLEET MARINE FORCE, PACIFIC
FPO, SAN FRANCISCO 96602
In the name of the Secretary
of the Navy, the Commanding General, Fleet Marine
Force, Pacific takes pleasure in presenting
SERGEANT NORMAN BURTON SUMNER
for service as set forth in the following
"For meritorious achievement while serving as a Helicopter Crew Chief with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 in the Republic of Vietnam. On 28 March 1966, Sergeant SUMNER's aircraft flew two separate sorties into an area dominated by insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces to effect the emergency medical evacuation of twenty-five wounded Vietnamese soldiers and deliver a load of badly needed ammunition to defending friendly forces. On both approaches and departures from the confined landing zone, intense automatic weapons and small arms fire was received. As a result of Sergeant SUMNER's professional skill and courage in returning accurate suppressive fire into the enemy positions, informing the pilot of enemy positions and aiding the wounded aboard, the mission was completed with a minimal amount of damage to the aircraft and no injury to the crew. By his skill and devotion to duty, Sergeant SUMNER upheld the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
Sergeant SUMNER is authorized to wear the Combat "V".
FOR THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
/S/ A. R. Kier
MAJOR GENERAL, U. S. MARINE CORPS
ACTING COMMANDING GENERAL