The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the AIR MEDAL (Gold Star in lieu of the Second Award)
LIEUTENANT COLONEL CHARLES R. DUNBAUGH
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following
"For heroic 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 com- bat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the morning of 17 November 1969, Lieutenant Colonel Dunbaugh launched as Section Leader of a flight of two CH-46 transport helicopters assigned to conduct the medical evacuation of casualties from elements of a Marine regiment engaged in operations in the Que Son Mountains approximately nine miles northwest of Fire Support Base Baldy in Quang Nam Province. The initial extraction involv- ed the evacuation of two seriously wounded Marines from an area where one transport helicopter was shot down and another damaged by hostile fire the previous day. Despite the constant threat of enemy fire and adverse weather conditions, Lieutenant Colonel Dunbaugh skillfully air-taxied his helicopter below a one hundred foot overcast to the Marines' position and maintained a steady hover while the two casualties were hoisted aboard. After transporting the wounded men to the hospital at DaNang, he returned to the Que Son Mountain area. Following the successful extraction of a seriously ill Marine, Lieutenant Colonel Dunbaugh was enroute to a medical facility when he received an urgent request for the emergency medical evacuation of three casualties from a densly- jungled area on the steep slope of a mountain. Arriving over the designated area, he maneuvered to a hover above the seventy-five to one hundred and twenty-five foot tall trees and lowered his jungle penetrator down through an opening in the dense canopy. After one of the casualties was hoisted aboard, his aircraft came under intense hostile fire. Undaunted, Lieutenant Colonel Dun- baugh resolutely remained in his precarious position until all of the wounded Marines were hoisted aboard and then departed for the hospital at DaNang. Lieutenant Colonel Dunbaugh's courage, superior airmanship, and unwavering devotion to duty at great personal risk during five medical evacuation missions that day resulted in the safe extraction of many fellow Marines and 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-8
|LtCol. Charles R. Dunbaugh||Pilot|
|1stLt. Stephen M. Wistrand||Copilot|
|MGySgt. Dennis T. Rhodes||Crew Chief|
|SSgt. Leroy M. King||Gunner|
|HM3 Bruce L. Burden||Corpsman|
|Cdr. Melvin Lederman (USN)||Doctor|
After Action Report
Citation provided by:
Mary Dunbaugh (Mrs. Charles R. Dunbaugh)
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