The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the SILVER STAR MEDAL to
CAPTAIN ALAN FRANCIS DAVIS
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following
"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Pilot with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262, Provisional Marine Aircraft Group Thirty-Nine, First Marine Aircraft Wing in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. Late on the night of 20 September 1968, Captain Davis launched as Section Leader of a flight of two CH-46 transport helicopters assigned to medically evacuate wounded Ma- rines from a ridge line north of the Rockpile in Quang Tri Province. Arriving over the designated area, he was informed by the Forward Air Controller that the landing zone was surrounded by high trees and that the best avenue of app- roach to avoid possible enemy fire was from the southeast. Undaunted by the adverse weather conditions and a heavy volume of hostile fire directed at his aircraft as he approached the landing zone, Captain Davis fearlessly continued his approach until the increased intensity of enemy mortar, small arms and automatic weapons fire forced him to abort his landing. Electing to attempt another landing, he skillfully coordinated his second approach with gunship attacks and directed his crew in delivering a heavy volume of continuous sup- pressive fire as he skillfully maneuvered his CH-46 to a landing in the hazardous area. Although subjected to intense mortar and automatic weapons fire, he steadfastly remained on the ground until eight casualties were embarked before expeditiously departing the dangerous location. Delivering two critically woun- ded men to a hospital ship, he then proceeded with the remaining casualties to the medical facility at Quang Tri. By his courage, superb airmanship and self- less devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Captain Davis was instrumental in saving the lives of several Marines and thereby upheld the high- est traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service."
FOR THE PRESIDENT
/S/ H. W. Buse, Jr.
H. W. BUSE, JR.
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