HEADQUARTERS, FLEET MARINE FORCE, PACIFIC
FPO, SAN FRANCISCO 96601
In the name of the President of the United States, the Commanding General Fleet Marine Force, Pacific takes pleasure in presenting the AIR MEDAL (Bronze Star for the first award) to
MAJOR WILEY ROBERT CABLE
UNTIED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following
"For heroism and extraordinary achievement as a pilot serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 on 22 January 1966. Major CABLE flew as a section leader assigned to retract a 13-man reconnaissance team that had been split into two groups and was surrounded by a large Communist Viet Cong force. Flying in marginal weather, he fearlessly proceeded into the Viet Cong controlled mountain terrain and skillfully located the first group of Marines off a steep hillside covered with tall elephant grass. Then, hovering for for eight minutes while under direct enemy automatic weapons fire, Major CABLE expertly held his aircraft in position while the hard pressed Marines were hoisted aboard, one of them seriously wounded. On the second trip to extract the remaining group, flying in steadily deteriorating weather conditions, Major Cable located the men on a ridge line. While executing an excellent approach to the confined landing zone, he once again came under intense enemy automatic and small arms fire. Undaunted by the hazardous conditions, he quickly embarked beleaguered Marines and returned them to safety at Ba To. By his courage, professional skill and selfless actions under continuos enemy fire Major CABLE upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service."
FOR THE PRESIDENT,
/s/ A. K. KIER
A. K. KIER
Webmaster's note: This is not a reproduction of the original citation. It has been constructed from information printed in the Valley Courier of Lockland, Ohio shortly after Major Cable was killed in the training accident in 1968.
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