The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the LEGION OF MERIT to
LIEUTENANT COLONEL CHARLES R. DUNBAUGH
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following
"For exceptional meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service with Marine Aircraft Group Sixteen, First Marine Aircraft Wing in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam from 14 June 1969 to 6 June 1970. Throughout this period, Lieutenant Colonel Dunbaugh performed his demanding duties in an exemplary and highly professional manner. Initially assigned as Group Logistics Officer, he quickly familiarized himself with the current tactical situation and initiated a logistics program which ensured a consistently high level of support to his command. Reassigned as Commanding Officer of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 on 23 August 1969, he molded his air and ground crews into a well-coordinated force and planned and supervised the execution of hundreds of aerial missions in support of Marine and other allied ground units operating in the I Corps Tactical Zone. Under his dynamic leadership, his Squadron com- pleted thousands of combat sorties, delivered tons of cargo to forward areas, and evacuated casualties from even the most hazardous zones in a safe and expeditious manner. In addition, Lieutenant Colonel Dunbaugh was instrumen- tal in perfecting a concept of reconnaissance team support involving the coord- inated actions of fixed-wing aircraft, helicopter gunships, transport helicopters, and reconnaissance aircraft, and initiated several other aerial innovations which greatly enhanced the operational effectiveness of the Wing's helicopters. Assuming command of Marine Air Base Squadron Sixteen on 26 February 1970, he closely monitored flight line operations at the Marble Mountain Air Facility, supervised the distribution of large quantities of jet fuel, and expanded his security force to assume base provost marshal responsibilities. Constantly con- cerned for the well-being of his Marines, he initiated many improvements in living and working facilities and repeatedly disregarded his own safety to visit his widely dispersed sub-units and provide assistance wherever needed. His reso- lute determination and seemingly unlimited resourcefulness earned the respect and admiration of all who served with him and contributed immeasurably to the accomplishment of his command's mission. By his leadership, extraordinary professionalism, and unwavering devotion to duty, Lieutenant Colonel Dunbaugh rendered distinguished service to his country and thereby upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service."
The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.
FOR THE PRESIDENT
/S/ Wm. K. Jones
WILLIAM K. JONES
Index of Lieutenant Colonel Dunbaugh's squadron history
Citation provided by:
Mary Dunbaugh (Mrs. Charles R. Dunbaugh)
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