The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS to
FIRST LIEUTENANT CARMINE A. CASCIANO
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE
for service as set forth in the following
"For heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight while serving as 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 15 April 1969, First Lieutenant Casciano launched as Pilot of a transport helicopter assigned the emergency medical evacuation of a critically wounded Marine from an area approximately five miles northwest of An Hoa in Quang Nam Province. Arriv- ing over the designated area, he was informed by his supporting gunships that the landing zone was not secure and that he could expect to encounter intense hostile fire during the evacuation mission. As First Lieutenant Casciano com- menced his approach to the zone, his aircraft came under a heavy volume of enemy automatic weapons fire. Skillfully directing the accurate fire of his men on the enemy position, he successfully landed his helicopter and boldly main- tained his exposed position while the casualty was being embarked. First Lieutenant Casciano then departed the hazardous area and delivered the woun- ded Marine to a medical facility. His bold initiative and superb airmanship inspired all who observed him and contributed significantly to the accomplish- ment of the dangerous mission. First Lieutenant Casciano's courage, superior aeronautical ability and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger 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-15
|1stLt. Carmine A. Casciano||Pilot|
|1stLt. Tom McCarthy||Copilot|
|Sgt. Dennis J. Peterson||Crew Chief|
|LCpl. J. Veney||Gunner|
|Cpl. John Britt||Gunner|
After Action Report
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