The President of the United States takes pleasure
in presenting the
FIRST LIEUTENANT JEFFRY D. MONAGHAN
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 operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the afternoon of 8 April 1969, Fist Lieutenant Monaghan launched as Copilot aboard a CH-46 transport helicopter assigned the emergency medical evacuation of a casualty from a nine-man Marine reconnaissance team which was heavily engaged in combat with a large North Vietnamese Army force deep in enemy-controlled territory in Quang Nam Province. When the decision was made to extract the entire team and the outnumbered Marines moved with the wounded man toward a river, First Lieutenant Monaghan skillfully monitored his instruments and equipment and provided a continuous flow of vital information which enabled his pilot to avoid the tall trees and execute a hover with a portion of his aircraft submerged in the river. Unable to break contact with the hostile unit, the Marines fought their way to the river's edge and began wading out to the helicopter while continuing to return fire on the enemy. Undaunted by the intensity of the hostile fire directed at his aircraft, First Lieutenant Monaghan ably assisted his pilot at the controls as his CH-46 remained in its precarious position until all members of the reconnaissance team had boarded the aircraft. When the water inside the aircraft caused its nose to suddenly pitch into the air as it was lifting out of the river, endangering the passengers who started to fall toward the open ramp, he expertly recycled the ramp to close before any of the Marines were washed overboard. Although his aircraft's rotor blades were cutting tree branches and water was draining from the fuselage, he remained calm and expertly provided precise clearance data as his helicopter lifted out of the perilous area and departed for the nearest medical facility. First Lieutenant Monaghan's courage, superior airmanship, and unwavering devotion to duty at great personal risk 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.
|1stLt. William A. Beebe||Pilot|
|1stLt. Jeffry D. Monaghan||Copilot|
|Cpl. Ernesto Gomez||Crew Chief YK-5|
|Cpl. John W. Allen||Crew Chief YK-8|
|SSgt. J. L.Wood||Gunner|
|LCpl. Lewis C. Gruber||Gunner|
|Lt. (MC) USN Clay E. Linkous||Flight Surgeon|