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. Late on the night of 5 June 1969, First Lieutenant Casciano launched as Section Leader of a flight of two CH-46 transport helicopters assigned the emergency medical evacuation of three casualties from an Army of the Republic of Vietnam unit which was heavily engaged in combat with a hostile force five miles southwest of DaNang. Arriving over the designated area, he found that the friendly unit was under intense mortar, small arms, and automatic weapons fire and that the condition of one of the wounded men was extremely critical. Despite the difficulties of maneuvering his aircraft in the darkness over the hazardous mountain terrain and a dense ground haze which further restricted visibility, First Lieutenant Casciano, guided only by a flashlight at the western edge of the landing zone, commenced his approach to the confined zone. When his CH-46 reached an altitude of 200 feet, it suddenly came under an extremely heavy volume of enemy fire and was struck by several round which caused him to abandon his landing attempt. However, after rapidly assessing the damage and performing several system checks, he found that all systems functioned properly and elected to continue his vital mission. Undaunted by the intensity of the hostile fire directed at his CH-46, First Lieutenant Casciano coordinated his approach with the fire of supporting gunships, boldly maneuvered his aircraft to a landing in the small zone, and fearlessly remained in his precarious position until the casualties were embarked. Lifting out of the dangerous area, he then departed for the hospital at DaNang. First Lieutenant Casciano's courage, superior air- manship, and unwavering 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-11
|1stLt. Carmine A. Casciano||Pilot|
|1stLt. Louis I. Thomas||Copilot|
|Unknown Miller||Crew Chief|
|Cpl. Thomas V. Crow||Gunner|
|HN Shelby C. Bell||Corpsman|
After Action Report
1stLt. Carmine A. Casciano's Squadron History Index
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