The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the AIR MEDAL (Bronze Star in lieu of the First Award) to
LANCE CORPORAL LEONARD LEROY LASAC
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 Thirty-Six, First Marine Aircraft Wing in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the morning of 20 November 1968, during Operation Meade River, Lance Corporal LaSac 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 southwest of DaNang. 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, disembarking its assault unit, and depart expeditiously for An Hoa to embark additional Marines. During numerous subsequent insertions of Marine assault increments, Lance Corporal LaSac ignored the intense hostile mortar, small arms, and automatic weapons fire as he skillfully manned his weapon and delivered highly effective suppressive fire against the enemy positions. Lance Corporal LaSac's courage, superior professionalism and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger were instrumental in accomplishment of the hazardous mission and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service."
/S/ H. W. Buse, Jr.
H. W. BUSE, JR.
Crew of YK-6
|1stLt. Richard P. Hardin||Pilot|
|1stLt. George Kontrabecki||Copilot|
|LCpl. Michael L. Johnson||Crew Chief|
|Cpl. Franklin B. Jones, III||Gunner|
|LCpl. Leonard L. LaSac||Gunner|
After Action Report
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