The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a gold star in lieu of the fourth 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 the afternoon of 5 November 1969, Lieutenant Colonel Dunbaugh launched as Division Leader of a flight of four CH-46 transport helicopters assigned the mission of helilifting supplies and elements of one Marine battalion from Antenna Valley to defensive positions around Landing Zone Baldy and elements of another battalion to its command post in the foothills of the Que Son Moun- tains in Quang Nam Province. Despite a low cloud cover which covered the tops of the mountains and enshrouded the valley, heavy rainstorms, the turbulence created by winds gusting on occasions from 40 to 50 knots per hour, and intense hostile automatic weapons fire directed at his aircraft, he boldly led his Division on repeated flights into landing zones which were only large enough to accom- modate one helicopter at a time. Undeterred by the inability of fixed-wing air- craft to support the operation because of the extremely adverse weather, Lieutenant Colonel Dunbaugh skillfully directed the actions of two sections of gunships to provide covering fire for each of the landings and successfully deliv- ered all essential supplies and transported the required ground forces to the designated areas. Upon the receipt of an urgent request to evacuate five woun- ded Marines from one of the battalions and to deliver two external loads of vitally needed supplies to another isolated ground unit, he resolutely braved the hazardous conditions of maneuvering in th e darkness, over rugged terrain, and through continually deteriorating weather to extract the casualties and deliver the supplies. As a result of his heroic and determined actions during the six and one-half hours required to accomplish his missions, his flight successfully trans- ported 440 Marines and delivered in excess of ten tons of supplies. 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. Buss, Jr.
H. W. BUSS, JR.
Crew of YK-15
|LtCol. Charles R. Dunbaugh||Pilot|
|1stLt. Kenneth B. K. Kozai||Copilot|
|Sgt. Dennis J. Peterson||Crew Chief|
Citation provided by:
Mary Dunbaugh (Mrs. Charles R. Dunbaugh)
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