The President of the United Sates takes pleasure in presenting the AIR MEDAL (Gold Star in lieu of the Fifth Award) to
CORPORAL JOHN W. ALLEN
UNTIED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following
"For heroic achievement in aerial flight while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364, Marine Aircraft Group Sixteen, First Marine Aircraft Wing in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 26 February 1969, Corporal Allen launched as Crew Chief aboard a CH-46 transport helicopter assigned to insert a nine-man recovery team at the site of another CH-46 which had been downed by hostile fire in Quang Nam Province. Arriving over the designated area, he ignored the extremely heavy volume of enemy small arms fire directed against his aircraft as he ably provided a continuos flow of clearance information which enabled his helicopter to land and disembark the Marines. Clearing his pilot to lift out of the hazardous position, he proceeded to An Hoa, and when the recovery team became heavily engaged with a hostile force and required immediate extraction, Corporal Allen's aircraft returned to the dangerous area. Disregarding the intensity of the enemy fire, he again provided effective and accurate clearance data, enabling his CH-46 to land within five meters of the beleaguered Marines. With complete disregard for his own safety, he jumped from his aircraft and boldly assisted in embarking the team members and their equipment. After assuring that all the Marines were aboard, he cleared his pilot to lift out of the fire-swept area and proceeded to the Marble Mountain Air Facility. Corporal Allen's courage, superior professionalism and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service."
FOR THE PRESIDENT
/S/ W. H. Buse, Jr.
W. H. BUSE, JR.
Crew of YK-20
|1stLt. William A. Beebe||Pilot|
|1stLt. Carmine A. Casciano||Copilot|
|Cpl. John W. Allen||Crew Chief|
|Cpl. Stephen E. Russo||Gunner|
After Action Report
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