The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the SILVER STAR MEDAL to
FIRST LIEUTENANT JOSEPH P. DONOVAN
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE
for service as set forth in the following
"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a 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 9 May 1969, First Lieutenant Donovan launched as Section Leader of a flight of two CH-46 transport helicopters assigned the emergency medical evacuation of ten casual- ties from a Marine company which was heavily engaged in combat with a large North Vietnamese Army force near the village of My Hiep (3) in Quang Nam Province. Arriving over the designated area, he found that the wounded Marines were located in five separate positions scattered about the open rice paddies and that the proximity of the opposing forces precluded the delivery of suppressive fire by supporting aircraft. Undaunted by the extremely heavy volume of hostile fire directed at his aircraft, First Lieutenant Donovan fear- lessly maneuvered into the precarious area, located the first group of casualties, skillfully executed a landing, and resolutely remained in his dangerously exposed position until all the casualties were embarked. With complete disregard for his own safety, he continued to brave the intense North Vietnamese small arms and automatic weapons fire as he boldly air-taxied his helicopter at low altitude across the rice paddies to each of the four other positions and succeeded in extracting all of the remaining casualties. By his courage, superior airmanship, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, First Lieutenant Donovan was instrumental in accomplishing the hazardous mission and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service."
FOR THE PRESIENT,
/S/ H. W. BUSE. JR.
Crew of YK-3
|1stLt. Joseph P. Donovan||Pilot|
|1stLt. Jeffry D. Monaghan||Copilot|
|Sgt. Kenneth A. Altazan||Crew Chief|
|Cpl. Donald M. Chamberlin||Gunner|
|LCpl. Stephen C. Lovelady||Gunner|
|HN John L. VanDamme||Corpsman|
After Action Report
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