The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the AIR MEDAL (Bronze Star in lieu of the First Award) to
CORPORAL STEPHEN E. RUSSO
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 17 December 1968, Corporal Russo launched as an Aerial Gunner aboard a CH-46 transport helicopter assigned the mission of inserting a Marine infantry unit into an area near An Hoa in Quang Nam Province. A total of five landings were necessary to complete the mission, and during each of these, Corporal Russo delivered accurate suppressive fire at hostile emplacements. Seemingly ignoring the intense enemy fire directed at his aircraft, he continued to pinpoint hostile positions and deliver fire with his .50 caliber machine gun until the helicopter was safely out of the hazardous area. Corporal Russo's courage, superb professionalism and steadfast devotion to duty earned the respect of 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.
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