The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS to
FIRST LIEUTENANT JACOB L. LARUE
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE
for service as set forth in the following
"For heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight while serving as Pilot with 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 12 February 1969, First Lieutenant Larue launched as Wingman in a flight of two CH-46 transport helicopters assigned the emergency medical evacuation of seven casualties from a Second Republic of Korea Marine Brigade unit heavily engag- ed with a hostile force south of DaNang. Electing to continue the mission when his section leader's aircraft developed control difficulties and was forced to land in a nearby friendly position, he commenced his approach to the landing zone but was forced to wave off because of the intensity of the enemy fire. Coor- dinating his next approach with four supporting Marine gunships, First Lieuten- ant Larue, undaunted by the extremely heavy volume of hostile rocket-propelled grenade, rocket, mortar, small arms, and automatic weapons fire directed into the landing zone, skillfully maneuvered his CH-46 to a landing in the fire-swept area, embarked the wounded Korean Marines, and departed for the medical facility at DaNang. When informed that the friendly unit had sustained eight additional casualties who required immediate evacuation, he resolutely returned to the hazardous area and fearlessly maneuvered his helicopter through intense enemy fire to land in the dangerous area. Oblivious to the hostile rounds im- pacting near his CH-46, he boldly remained i n his dangerously exposed position for approximately ten minutes to ensure that all the wounded were embarked before lifting out of the perilous area and departing for DaNang. First Lieuten- ant Larue's courage, superior airmanship and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger were instrumental in the accomplishment of the hazardous mission 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-20
|1stLt. Jacob L. LaRue||Pilot|
|1stLt. Larry W. Britton||Copilot|
|Sgt. Royce B. Johnson||Crew Chief|
|Pvt. Gregory Havenhill||Gunner|
|Sgt. John F. Gruenewald||Gunner|
After Action Report
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