The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the AIR MEDAL (Gold Star in lieu of the Second Award) to
FIRST LIEUTENANT CARMINE A. CASCIANO
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 the afternoon of 26 February 1969, First Lieutenant Casciano launched as Copilot aboard a CH-46 transport helicopter assigned to insert a nine-man recovery team at the site of another CH-46 which had been downed by hostile fire in Quang Nam Province. Arriving over the designated area, he skillfully monitored his instruments and flight controls and provided a continuous flow of vital information which enabled his pilot to commence an approach to the disabled helicopter. Undaunted by an extremely heavy volume of enemy small arms fire directed against his aircraft, he resolute- ly aided the aircraft commander in maneuvering through a hail of hostile fire to land and disembark the Marines. Lifting out of the dangerous area, he cleared his CH-46 to depart for An Hoa. Informed shortly after his arrival that the recovery team was heavily engaged with the hostile force and required immed- iate extraction, First Lieutenant Casciano ably manned his radio and instru- ments as he returned to the hazardous area. Coordinating his approach with the rocket and strafing runs of supporting gunships, he ignored the intense enemy fire as he assisted in maneuvering his helicopter to a landing within five meters of the beleaguered team. Rapidly embarking the Marines, he cleared his pilot to lift out of the dangerous location and proceeded to the Marble Mountain Air Facility. First Lieutenant Casciano's courage, superior airmanship and unwaver- ing devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger 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. William A. Beebe||Pilot|
|1stLt. Carmine A. Casciano||Copilot|
|Cpl. John W. Allen||Crew Chief|
|Cpl. Stephen E. Russo||Gunner|
After Action Report
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