The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a gold star in lieu of the second DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS posthumously to
FIRST LIEUTENANT CHARLES K. BUTLER
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE
for service as set forth in the following
"For heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364, Marine Aircraft Group Sixteen, First Marine Aircraft Wing in connection with combat opera- tions against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 5 October 1969, First Lieutenant Butler launched as Section Leader of a flight of two CH-46 transport helicopters assigned the mission of medically evacuating a seriously wounded Marine from an area south of DaNang. Arriving over the designated location, he observed that the site was obscured by dense cloud cover and was advised that the Marine unit on the ground had been under sporadic hostile fire. Des- pite these adversities, First Lieutenant Butler located a break in the clouds and commenced his approach to the landing zone, but was forced to regain altitude because of intense enemy fire. A second attempt to complete the mission was aborted due to the rapidly deteriorating weather conditions. After completing an alternate mission nearby, he learned of improved weather conditions at the initial evacuation site and, although fully aware of the possibility of encounter- ing hostile fire, elected to extract the casualty. Disregarding the lack of support- ing aircraft, he boldly commenced his approach, immediately coming under a heavy volume of fire. Undaunted by the fusillade directed at his aircraft and the restrictions imposed by the confined zone, he achieved a partial hover with only his rear wheels on the ground, fearlessly remaining in his dangerously exposed position until the wounded man was embarked. He then executed a series of evasive maneuvers and expeditiously directed his aircraft out of the hazardous area. First Lieutenant Butler's courage, superb airmanship, and unwavering devotion to duty at great personal risk saved the life of a fellow Marine 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.
LIEUTENANT GENERAL, U. S. MARINE CORPS
COMMANDING GENERAL, FLEET MARINE FORCE, PACIFIC
After Action Report Not Found
1stLt. Charles K. Butler's squadron history index
Citation provided by:
Franklin A. Gulledge, Jr., Major USMC (Ret) and,
Awards Branch, Headquartes, United States Marine Corps
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