The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the AIR MEDAL (Gold Star in lieu of the Second Award) to
FIRST LIEUTENANT LARRY W. BRITTON
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE
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 12 February 1969, First Lieutenant Britton launched as Copilot aboard the second aircraft in a flight of two CH-46 transport helicopters assigned the emergency medical evacuation of seven cas- ualties from a Second Republic of Korea Marine Brigade unit heavily engaged with a hostile force south of DaNang. Resolutely concurring with his pilot to continue the mission after the section leader's aircraft was forced to land due to control difficulties, he skillfully monitored his instruments and equipment and provided a continuous flow of vital information which enabled his helicopter to approach the landing zone. When the intensity of enemy fire forced the landing attempt to be aborted, he effectively coordinated his second approach with the fire of supporting Marine gunships, enabling his CH-46 to land, embark the wounded men, and depart for DaNang. Informed that the friendly unit had sustained eight additional casualties who required immediate extraction, First Lieutenant Britton, undaunted by the extremely heavy volume of hostile rocket propelled grenade, mortar, rocket, small arms, and automatic weapons fire directed into the landing zone, calmly and efficiently manned his flight instru- ments and radio and aided in maneuvering his helicopter through intense fire to land in the dangerous area. Oblivious to the hostile rounds impacting near his aircraft, he boldly directed the suppressive fire of supporting gunships against enemy positions during the ten minutes required to embark the injured Korean Marines. Providing clearance data, he enabled his CH-46 to lift out of the fire-swept area and depart for the Marble Mountain Air Facility. First Lieutenant Britton's courage, superior airmanship and unwavering devotion to duty at great personal risk were instrumental in the accomplishment of 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-20
|1stLt. Jacob L. LaRue||Pilot|
|1stLt. Larry W. Britton||Copilot|
|Sgt. Royce B. Johnson||Crew Chief|
|Pvt. Gregory Havenhill||Gunner|
|Sgt. John F. Gruenewald||Gunner|
After Action Report
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