The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the AIR MEDAL (Bronze Star for the First Award) to
SERGEANT RONALD EUGENE CLEMONS
UNITED 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 the morning of 20 November 1968, during Operation Meade River, Sergeant Clemons launched as an Aerial Gunner aboard a CH-46 transport helicopter in a flight of fourteen aircraft assigned to helilift the assault elements of a Marine battalion into an enemy controlled area southeast of Da Nang. Arriving over the designated location, he resolutely manned his machine gun and delivered intense suppressive fire which enabled his aircraft to land in the fire-swept landing zone, disembark its assault unit, and depart expeditiously for An Hoa to embark additional Marines. During subse- quent insertions of Marine assault increments, he ignored an extremely heavy volume of hostile mortar, small arms, and automatic weapons fire as he skill- fully manned his machine gun and delivered accurate and highly effective suppressive fire against the enemy positions. Sergeant Clemons' courage, super- ior professionalism and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger were instrumental in the accomplishment of the hazardous mission 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.
H. W. BUSE, JR.
Crew of YK-7
|LtCol. Melvin V. Statzer||Pilot|
|Maj. George H. Grossfus||Copilot|
|Cpl. Richard J. Barton||Crew Chief|
|MGySgt. Dennis T. Rhodes||Gunner|
|Sgt. Robert E. Clemons||Gunner|