The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a gold star in lieu of the second DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS to
LIEUTENANT COLONEL CHARLES R. DUNBAUGH
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following
"For heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight while serving as Commanding Officer of 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 27 September 1969, Lieutenant Colonel Dunbaugh launched as Section Leader of a flight of two CH-46 transport helicopters assigned the mission of rappelling a seven-man Marine reconnaissance team into an area on the western slope of the Que Son Mountains approximately nineteen miles southwest of DaNang, to re- cover the body of a Marine who had been killed earlier during a fierce fire fight with a large hostile force. Arriving over the designated area, he selected an in- sertion site on a steep slope, under a dense jungle canopy, and only 200 meters from a trail used as a main enemy infiltration route. Following the completion of air strikes on hostile positions, Lieutenant Colonel Dunbaugh coordinated his approach with the screening smoke of an OV-10 aircraft and the rocket and strafing runs of supporting gunships and was within 1,000 meters of the site when his helicopter came under an extremely heavy volume of enemy fire and sustained battle damage. Undaunted by the intensity of the hostile fire, he resolutely continued his approach and skillfully maneuvered to a hover forty feet above the ground and remained in his precarious position until the recon- naissance team had lowered itself to the zone. Lifting out of the hazardous area, Lieutenant Colonel Dunbaugh established an orbit until the Marines had recovered their fallen comrade and returned to the pick-up site. With complete disregard for his own safety, he again braved the hostile fire as he maneuvered under the cover of fire from supporting aircraft to a hover above the patrol and remained in his dangerously exposed position until the Marines had attached themselves and their fallen comrade to the suspended straps. Expertly executing a slow, vertical lift to avoid the tall trees, he climbed to 150 feet and with the Marines dangling 125 feet below the helicopter, departed the perilous area. Lieutenant Colonel Dunbaugh's courage, superior airmanship, and unwavering 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-14
|LtCol. Charles R. Dunbaugh||Pilot|
|1stLt. Paul Stansel||Copilot|
|Sgt. Marvin F. Brown||Crew Chief|
|Cpl. Ronald J. Lamoree||Gunner|
|Cpl. Ivan L. Sage||Gunner|
|Sgt. Bob Duerschmidt||Gunner|
After Action Report
Citation provided by:
Mary Dunbaugh (Mrs. Charles R. Dunbaugh)
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