The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the AIR MEDAL (Bronze Star for the First Award) to
LANCE CORPORAL RONALD L. DION
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 17 December 1968, Lance Corporal Dion launched as an Aerial Gunner aboard a CH-46 transport helicopter assigned to insert elements of a Marine infintry battalion into enemy controlled territory east of An Hoa in Quang Nam Province. Arriving over the designated area, the aircraft commenced its approach to the landing zone and came under a heavy volume of hostile fire. Undaunted by the intense enemy fire, Lance Corporal Dion delivered suppressive .50 caliber machine gun fire upon the enemy emplacements, enabling his aircraft to land in the hazardous site, debark its passengers, and depart the area. During four additional inser- tions of the Marine unit, he continued to effectively employ his weapon against the enemy and was instrumental in the successful accomplishment of the hazard- ous mission. Lance Corporal Dion's courage, resolute determination and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger inspired all who observed him 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
|Maj. Ernest C. Cunningham||Pilot|
|1stLt. Robert W. Armenio||Copilot|
|Cpl. Dean A. Reiner||Crew Chief|
|Sgt. Ralph H. Herbin||Gunner|
|LCpl. Ronald L. Dion||Gunner|
After Action Report
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