The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS to
MAJOR JOHN ALFRED CHANCEY
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 28 March 1968, Major CHANCEY launched as Aircraft Commander of the third aircraft in a flight of ten CH-46 helicopters assigned to resupply the Marine outpost on Hill 881 near Khe Sanh. When he learned that one of the aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing in enemy controlled terrain due to battle damage, Major CHANCEY volunteered to extract the downed crew which was heavily engaged with North Vietnamese soldiers. In an attempt to draw hostile fire from the Marines, he landed 100 meters from the damaged aircraft and directed machine gun fire against the enemy positions. Ignoring the heavy volume of hostile small arms and automatic weapons fire, he lifted from the area and maneuvered his helicopter to within twenty-five meters of the beleaguered crew. Despite the increased intensity of enemy fire that damaged his aircraft and wounded his aerial gunner, he steadfastly held his position on the ground until he was aware that he continuing heavy volume of North Vietnamese fire would prevent the downed crew from embarking. Lifting out of the hazardous zone, he orbited the area and directed armed helicopter attacks against the enemy emplacements. Realizing the urgency of extracting the Marines before their position was over- run, he courageously commenced a third approach into the fire-swept zone and landed close to the disabled aircraft, fearlessly remaining on the ground until the crew embarked. He then expeditiously departed the area for the medical facility at Dong Ha. Major CHANCEY's courage, resolute determination and selfless devotion to duty at great personal risk were in keeping with the highest tradi- tions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service."
FOR THE PRESIDENT,
/s/ H. W. Buse, Jr.
H. W. BUSE, JR.
Crew of YK-4
|Maj. John A. Chancey||Pilot|
|1stLt. William O. Hopper||Copilot|
|Sgt. Kenneth A. Altazan||Crew Chief|
|Cpl. Lawrence A. Igl||Gunner|
|Sgt. William M. Williams||Gunner|
After Action Report
John A. Chancey further describes the above mission.
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