The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS to
FIRST LIEUTENANT LARRY W. BRITTON
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE
for service as set forth in the following
"For heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight while serving as a Pilot 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 the afternoon of 25 August 1969, First Lieutenant Britton launched as Section Leader of a flight of two CH-46 transport helicopters assigned the emergency mission of helilifting reinforcements to a Marine unit which was heavily engaged in combat with a large North Vietnamese Army force north of Landing Zone West in Quang Nam Province. Embarking his first incre- ment at Landing Zone Baldy, he proceeded to the designated area and resolutely ignored the intense hostile fire directed at his aircraft as he skillfully coordinated his approach with the fire of supporting gun ships, landed in a fire-swept area, debarked the Marines, and lifted out of the hazardous zone. Following the successful insertion of the second and third increments, First Lieutenant Britton responded to an urgent request to extract thirty-four Marines, including four casualties, who were isolated from their unit and in imminent danger of being overrun by a numerically superior hostile force which had managed to gain positions to the front and on both flanks of the Marines. Undaunted by darkness and the extremely heavy volume of North Vietnamese fire, he fearlessly maneuvered his CH-46 into the precarious area, extracted the beleaguered Marines, quickly return- ed them to their parent unit, and then proceeded to Landing Zone Baldy with the casualties. When informed of an emergency request to resupply the embattled Marine unit with ammunition, First Lieutenant Britton unhesi- tatingly responded. Acquiring a double external load of ammunition, he completely disregarded his own safety as he braved the intense hostile fire for the fifth time that day to enter the perilous area and discharge the vitally needed cargo. First Lieutenant Britton's courage, superior airmanship, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger were instrumental in accomplishing the hazardous mission 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.
Crew of YK-14
|1stLt. Larry W. Britton||Pilot|
|1stLt. Vernon L. Dutton||Copilot|
|Sgt. Ralph D. Miller||Crew Chief|
|Cpl. Larry L. Lawrence||Gunner|
|Cpl. Ivan L. Sage||Gunner|
After Action Report
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