The Air Medal


           The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the   AIR MEDAL (Bronze Star for the First Award) to



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 operations  against  the enemy in  the Republic of  Vietnam.  On  the  morning  of  17 December  1968,   Corporal  Reiner  launched  as  a  Crew  Chief  aboard  a   CH-46 transport  helicopter  assigned  to  insert elements  of  a  Marine  infantry 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,  Corporal Reiner  accurately pinpointed  the  hostile  emplacements,   enabling  the  aerial  gunners  to deliver  effective  suppressive  fire.  As the  aircraft  entered  the zone,  he boldly  leaned  out  of  the helicopter  to guide the  pilot into the position and   directed  the  debarkation  of   the  passengers.   As   the  helicopter departed the site,  it received intense enemy small arms fire and sustained battle  damage.   Realizing  the  seriousness  of  the  situation,   Corporal Reiner  skillfully  assisted in  assessing the  damage and  in inspecting  all systems for proper operation,  and when the pilot elected  to continue the mission,    he   provided   effective   assistance   during   four   additional insertions  into the fire-swept area.   Corporal Reiner'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.


/S/  H. W. Buse, Jr.



After Action Reports for 17 December 1968 reflect this mission (Mission #55) consisted of four CH-46 transports that departed Marble Mountain Air Facility at 0750.  The pick up point for all infantry troops was AT898464, a spot about 2,000 meters east of An Hoa Combat Support Base.  The insertion point for all was AT962553, the southern bank of the Song Thu Bon (river) which was commonly known as the Hoi An River since it flowed eastward to the coastal town of Hoi An.  The flight made three trips into this hot zone with 15 troops each time.  The flight refueled at An Hoa Combat Base and delivered another two sorties of troops into the landing zone.  After Action Reports indicate enemy fire was received by all aircraft on each of the five trips to the zone.  A total of 300 infantry troops were inserted and the aerial gunners expended 6,100 rounds of .50 caliber ammunition.  No information on the gun ships that supported them.  The flight returned to Marble Mountain Air Facility at 1110. 

Aircraft and Crews of the Mission

Swift 1-1, YK-2
Swift 1-2, YK-19
Maj. E. W. Graham Pilot Maj. Owen C. Baker Pilot
1stLt. Carmine A. Casciano Copilot 1st Lt. Donald E. Macharg Copilot
Cpl. George W. Wharton, III Crew Chief Rank F & M Wallace Crew Chief
Cpl. Lenny L. Lasac Gunner Sgt. Ronald E. Clemons Gunner
Sgt. Dolph Quijano, Jr. Gunner Cpl. Stephen E. Russo Gunner
. . .
After Action Report #1
After Action Report #2
Swift 1-3, YK-7
Swift 1-4, YK-26
Maj. Ernest C. Cunningham Pilot 1stLt. John J. Brennan Pilot
1stLt. Robert W. Armenio Copilot 1stLt. C. L. Story Copilot
Cpl. Dean A. Reiner Crew Chief LCpl. R. Mike Clausen Crew Chief
Sgt. Ralph H. Herbin Gunner Cpl. Robert H. Edwards Gunner
LCpl. Ronald L. Dion Gunner LCpl. J. R. Nelson Gunner
After Action Report #3
After Action Report #4


Dean A. Reiner, Crew Chief of YK-7, states that a wingman thought YK-7 was on
fire for a moment due to the smoke emanating from the .50 caliber rounds being
pumped out by Sgt. Ralph H. Herbin and LCpl. Ronald L. Dion

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