The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the AIR MEDAL (Gold Star in lieu of the Second Award) to
LANCE CORPORAL LARRY L. LAWRENCE
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following
"For heroic achievement in aerial flight while serving 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 the afternoon of 2 November 1969, Lance Corporal Lawrence launched as an aerial Gunner aboard a CH-46 trans- port helicopter assigned the emergency mission of extracting a seven-man Marine reconnaissance team which had discovered an enemy staging area base camp five miles west of An Hoa and was heavily engaged in combat with a large North Vietnamese Army force. Arriving over the designated area as fixed-wing aircraft were completing air strikes, he was informed that the beleaguered patrol was surrounded by the enemy and under intense hostile small arms and auto- matic weapons fire. Undaunted by the extremely heavy volume of enemy fire directed at his helicopter, Lance Corporal Lawrence ably coordinated his fire with the rocket and strafing runs of supporting gunships and OV-10 Bronco aircraft and boldly delivered accurate and highly effective machine gun fire on the North Vietnamese positions. As a result of the devastating friendly fire, the enemy fire was suppressed sufficiently to allow his CH-46 to be maneuvered to a landing with only its main mount resting on the edge of a narrow ridge line above a deep ravine. With complete disregard for his own safety, Lance Corporal Lawrence continued to deliver effective machine gun fire until the reconnaissance team was aboard and his aircraft departed the area for DaNang. Lance Corporal Lawrence's courage, superior professionalism, and unwavering devotion to duty at great personal risk were instrumental in accomplishing 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-10
|1stLt. Alan T. Robillard||Pilot|
|1stLt. Bruce E. Jensen||Copilot|
|Cpl. John Nolan||Crew Chief|
|Rank? Kenneth Santos||Gunner|
|Rank? Bob Deurschmidt||Gunner|
|Cpl. Larry L. Lawrence||Gunner|
After Action Report
Cpl. Larry L. Lawrence's
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