SERGEANT GERALD MATTHEW THOMAS
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following
"For heroic achievement in connection with operations against insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces while serving a Crew Chief with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 in the Republic of Vietnam. On 28 March 1966, Sergeant THOMAS' aircraft landed in a pick up under intense hostile fire to effect the emergency medical evacuation of four seriously wounded Marines. As his aircraft landed, Sergeant THOMAS, observing Marines in the area were actively engaged in combat with enemy troops, leaped from the cabin and raced about twenty-five yards through withering enemy fire across the landing zone to reach the casualties. Without regard for his own safety, he courageously made repeated trips to the area where four casualties awaited evacuation, and helped carry them to the aircraft. After all had been embarked, he manned the guns of the helicopter to provide suppressive fires while departing the dangerous zone. After reaching a safe altitude, he efficiently administered first aid to the woun- ded passengers. Sergeant THOMAS' courage, determination and disregard for his own safety were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
Sergeant THOMAS is authorized to wear the Combat "V".
FOR THE PRESIDENT
/s/ V. H. Krulak
LIEUTENANT GENERAL, U. S. MARINE CORPS
Sergeant Gerald M. Thomas'
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