The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the AIR MEDAL (Bronze Star for the First Award) to
CORPORAL LAWRENCE ALLEN IGL
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 28 March 1968, Corporal IGL launched as an Aerial Gunner aboard the third aircraft in a flight of ten CH-46 helicopters assigned to resupply the Marine outpost on Hill 881 near Khe Sanh. When one of the aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing in enemy controlled territory due to battle damage, his pilot volunteered to extract the downed crew which was heavily engaged with North Vietnamese soldiers. The first landing was made 100 meters from the disabled helicopter. As his aircraft came under intense hostile fire, Corporal IGL delivered a heavy volume of suppressive fire which enabled his pilot to lift the aircraft from the area and maneuver the helicopter to a landing within twenty-five meters of the beleaguered Marines. Ignoring the increasing intensity of North Vietnamese fire, he continued to man his weapon and delivered a heavy volume of fire against the enemy positions, He fearlessly maintained his exposed position until he was subsequently wounded in the face by hostile fire. Corporal IGL's courage, superior professionalism and steadfast devotion to duty at great personal risk were instrumental in the evacuation of the downed crew members from the hazardous area 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-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
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