The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the BRONZE STAR MEDAL to
CORPORAL JAMES V. KING
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following
"For heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364, Marine Aircraft Group Sixteen, First Marine Aircraft Wing. On 14 April 1969, Corporal King volunteered to launch as Aerial Gunner aboard a CH-46 transport helicopter assigned to medically evacuate the crew of another transport which had crashed in a heavily-wooded area approximately twelve miles south of DaNang in Quang Nam Province. Despite the deteriorating weather conditions and approaching darkness, the pilot decided to attempt the rescue and, arriving over the designated location, the CH-46 came under a heavy volume of enemy fire. Reacting instantly, Corporal King volunteered to descend on the hoist and render emergency first aid to the casualties. Assisted by another crew member, he conducted a search for the five wounded Marines and, placing his comrades aboard the hoist, was thereby instrumental in saving their lives. His bold initiative and sincere concern for the welfare of his fellowmen inspired all who observed him and contributed significantly to the accomplishment of the hazardous mission. Corporal King's courage, resolute determination and steadfast 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."
The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.
FOR THE PRESIDENT
/s/ H. W. Buse, Jr.
H. W. BUSE, JR.
Crew of YK-3
|Maj. Ernest C. Cunningham||Pilot|
|LtCol. Eugene R. Brady||Copilot|
|Sgt. John F. Gruenewald||Crew Chief|
|Cpl. James V. King||Gunner|
|PFC. Bruce A. Pankuch||Gunner|
|SSgt. J. L. Wood||Gunner|
|LCpl. Jerome T. Meyers||Gunner|
|Cpl. Franklin B. Jones||Gunner|
After Action Report
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