The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS to
CAPTAIN ROBERT CURTIS MOORE
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following
"For heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight while serving as a Pilot with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364, Marine Aircraft Group Thirty-Six, First Marine Aircraft Wing in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 12 March 1968, Captain Moore launched as Aircraft Commander in a flight of eight CH-46 transport helicopters assigned to resupply a Marine outpost on Hill 881 South near theKhe Sanh Combat Base. Due to deteriorating weather conditions, he maneuvered his aircraft with its external load of approximately two tons above the cloud cover and orbited the drop area until fixed wing aircraft had com- pleted their air strikes. Undaunted by a heavy volume of hostile mortar, rocket and automatic weapons fire that damaged his helicopter as he neared the land- ing zone, he resolutely continued his approach and successfully released his vital cargo in the drop zone. Sustaining additional battle damage as he departed the hazardous area, he rapidly determined that he could continue his mission while rendezvousing with the flight over Khe Sanh. When informed that four cri- tically wounded Marines needed immediate medical evacuation from the Khe Sanh Airfield, Captain Moore elected to attempt the extraction despite a heavy enemy mortar and rocket attack against the base. Skillfully maneuvering his CH-46 through the hostile fire, he landed at the medical evacuation point and steadfastly remained in the exposed position until the four casualties were em- barked before expeditiously departing for the medical facility at Dong Ha. Captain Moore's courage, superior airmanship and selfless devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger contributed significantly in saving the lives of several Marines and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service."
FOR THE PRESIDENT
/S/ H. W. Buse, Jr.
LIEUTENANT GENERAL, U. S. MARINE CORPS
COMMANDING GENERAL, FLEET MARINE FORCE, PACIFIC
|Capt. Robert C. Moore||Pilot|
|Capt. Kenneth A. Kuhn||Copilot|
|Cpl. John W. Allen||Crew Chief|
|PFC. Charles L. Peddy||Gunner|
|Sgt. Donald M.Weller||Gunner|
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