The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a gold star in lieu of the third 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. Late on the morning of 6 October 1969, Lieutenant Colonel Dunbaugh launched as Section Leader of a flight of two CH-46 transport helicopters assigned the miss- ion of transporting medical supplies and personnel to An Hoa under extremely adverse weather conditions, including a ceiling of 100 to 200 feet and heavy rains which had grounded flights earlier that morning. While en route, his flight was diverted to Liberty Bridge where four Marines were stranded in a fifty-foot tower by the river which was swollen by monsoon rains.With complete disregard for his own safety, Lieutenant Colonel Dunbaugh resolutely maneuvered his aircraft through torrential rains and winds gusting to twenty knots to the tower which threatened to collapse at any time. Undaunted by the constant threat of hostile fire and the lack of communication with the men on the tower, he boldly maneuvered his CH-46 to hovering positions and adopted other means during the ensuing five hours in an attempt to rescue the endangered Marines. As a last resort, he dropped a line with four life preservers attached into the water for their use should the tower collapse. The Marines immediately grabbed the line and signaled the pilot to tow them ashore. When one of the men lost his grip and began to float downstream, Lieutenant Colonel Dunbaugh skillfully man- euvered his helicopter to match the speed of the river and succeeded in rescuing the Marine. Subsequently receiving an urgent request to evacuate a seriously wounded Marine, he continued to ignore the hazardous weather conditions as he maneuvered at low altitude into an area infested with enemy mines to extract the casualty. He then responded to an emergency request for the retrograde of equipment and ammunition from a flood-stranded element of a Marine regi- ment and successfully completed the mission. 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-13
|LtCol. Charles R. Dunbaugh||Pilot|
|1stLt. Bruce E. Jensen||Copilot|
|Sgt. Marvin F. Brown||Crew Chief|
|Cpl. Henry B. Parsons, III||Gunner|
Citation provided by:
Mary Dunbaugh (Mrs. Charles R. Dunbaugh)
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