The Navy Cross

                  The  President  of  the United States  takes pleasure  in presenting the NAVY CROSS to


for service as set forth in the following citation:

           For  extraordinary  heroism  and  intrepidity  in  action  while  serving  as Commanding  Officer  of  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  15  May  1969, Lieutenant Colonel Brady  launched as aircraft  commander of  a transport heli- copter assigned the mission of  medically evacuating several  seriously  wounded Marines from  an area northwest  of An Hoa in Quang Nam Province.   Arriving over the designated location, he was advised by  the ground commander that the vastly  outnumbered unit  was surrounded by  the enemy, some as close as thirty meters  to  the  Marines  positions.   Fully  aware  of  the  dangers  involved, and despite  rapidly  approaching  darkness  and  deteriorating  weather   conditions, Lieutenant Colonel Brady elected to complete  his mission.  As he commenced a high speed,  low altitude approach to  the confined zone, he came under a heavy volume of hostile automatic weapons fire which damaged his aircraft but did not deter  him  from  landing.  During  the  considerable  period  of time required to embark  the casualties, the landing zone was subjected to intense enemy  mortar fire, several rounds of which landed perilously close to  the transport,  rendering additional  damage to  the helicopter.  However,  Lieutenant Colonel Brady  dis- played  exceptional  composure  as  he  calmly  relayed hostile firing positions to fixed   wing  aircraft  overhead  and   steadfastly  remained  in  his   dangerously exposed position until all  the wounded men were safely aboard.  Demonstrating superb  airmanship, he executed a series of evasive maneuvers as  he lifted  from the  fire  swept  zone,  and  subsequently  delivered  the  casualties to the nearest medical  facility.  His  heroic and  determined actions  inspired all  who observed him  and were instrumental  in saving  the lives of eight  fellow  Marines.  By  his courage,  superior aeronautical  ability  and unfaltering  devotion to duty in  the face  of  grave  personal  danger,  Lieutenant  Colonel  Brady upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. 

                                                                            For the President,

                                                                          /s/ John H. Chafee

                                                                            Secretary of the Navy

Crew of YK-2

Pilot LtCol. Eugene R. Brady
Copilot 1stLt. Jerry Skibinski
Crew Chief Cpl. Larry M. Neuman
Left Gunners LCpl. Thomas J. Snow
Cpl. John Britt
Right Gunners Cpl. Ronald J. Lamoree
LCpl. Stephen C. Lovelady
Corpsman HM2 R. W. Bell

After Action Report

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