The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS to
LANCE CORPORAL RONALD J. LAMOREE
UNTIED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following
"For heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364, Marine Aircraft Group Sixteen, First Marine Aircraft Wing in connection with combat opera- tions against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 7 May 1969, Lance Corporal Lamoree launched as an Aerial Gunner aboard the lead aircraft in a flight of three CH-46 transport helicopters assigned the mission of inserting a Marine reconnaissance team into an area near a suspected enemy base camp five miles southeast of An Hoa. When the first approach to the landing zone was aborted because of the intense hostile fire, an alternate insertion site was selected and a landing made in an area covered with tall elephant grass and dense under- growth. The eight-man team was disembarking when it suddenly came under an extremely heavy volume of enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire. Reacting instantly, Lance Corporal Lamoree boldly manned his weapon and delivered highly effective, suppressive machine gun fire which enabled members of the team to quickly reboard the CH-46. After his aircraft lifted out of the area, his crew chief sighted three Marines on the ground who had failed to embark. Undaunted by the intensity of the enemy fire directed against his helicopter, Lance Corporal Lamoree skillfully delivered such a heavy volume of accurate fire that his aircraft was able to land in the fire-swept area and remain in its dangerously exposed position until the three men had climbed aboard. As the CH-46 began to lift out of the hazardous area, one of the team members was struck by an enemy round and thrown from the ramp to the ground. When his CH-46 again maneuvered to a landing, Lance Corporal Lamoree completely dis- regarded his own safety as he fearlessly manned his machine gun and delivered accurate and effective covering fire during the fifteen minutes required to locate and carry the injured and unconscious Marine to the awaiting helicopter. Lifting out of the hazardous area, the aircraft then proceeded to the medical facility at An Hoa. Lance Corporal Lamoree's courage, superior professionalism and un- wavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger were instrumental in saving the lives of several of his 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.
|Maj. George W. Cox||Pilot|
|1stLt. John R. Harris||Copilot|
|Sgt. Dennis J. Peterson||Crew Chief|
|Cpl. Thomas V. Crow||Gunner|
|LCpl. Ronald J. Lamoree||Gunner|
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