The President of the United Sates takes pleasure in presenting the AIR MEDAL (Silver Star in lieu of the Sixth Award) to
CORPORAL JOHN W. ALLEN
UNTIED 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 April 1969, Corporal Allen launched as Crew Chief aboard a CH-46 transport helicopter assigned the mission of insert- ing a reconnaissance team into enemy-controlled territory approximately twenty miles southwest of DaNang in Quang Nam Province. Arriving over the objective, the pilot initiated a high-speed approach to the zone and, encountering intense enemy fire, used evasive maneuvers to climb to a safe altitude. When the pilot selected an alternate point of debarkation, Corporal Allen directed the aerial gunners to deliver suppressive fire at suspected hostile positions while the pilot approached the designated area and landed the aircraft. When the helicopter ramp was lowered, the aircraft came under a heavy volume of small arms and automatic weapons fire from a large and well-concealed North Vietnamese Army force and the pilot immediately left the hazardous zone. Alertly observing that two Marines had left the helicopter during the fire fight and were heavily engag- ed in combat with the enemy, Corporal Allen informed the pilot of the situation and, re-entering the fire-swept zone, assisted the two Marines aboard. After checking the aircraft for possible battle damage, he advised the pilot that it was safe to depart the landing zone. His bold initiative and timely actions inspired all who observed him and contributed significantly to the accomplishment of the vital mission. Corporal Allen's courage, superb professionalism and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service."
FOR THE PRESIDENT
/S/ W. H. Buse, Jr.
W. H. BUSE, JR.
Crew of YK-12 7/8
|1stLt. Joseph P. Donovan||Pilot|
|1stLt. John R. Harris||Copilot|
|Cpl. John W. Allen||Crew Chief|
After Action Report
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