The President of the United States
takes pleasure in presenting the
FIRST LIEUTENANT JEFFRY D. MONAGHAN
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE
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 21 April 1969, First Lieutenant Monaghan launched as Copilot aboard a CH-46 transport helicopter assigned the emergency medical evacuation of three casualties from a Marine unit which was heavily engaged in combat with a large hostile force northwest of Liberty Bridge in Quang Nam Province. Undaunted by the intensity of the enemy fire which had thwarted three previous attempts to extract the wounded Marines, he skillfully monitored his instruments and equipment, assisted at the controls, alertly located and reported the sources of hostile fire, and provided a continuous flow of vital information which enabled his pilot to enter the hazardous area and maneuver his aircraft to cover behind a tree line. While his helicopter air taxied to the landing zone, First Lieutenant Monaghan directed his crewmen to concentrate their suppressive fire on the enemy positions. Although his CH-46 was struck by numerous enemy rounds, he completely disregarded his own safety as he aided in maintaining the aircraft in a stable position until the casualties were placed aboard. Departing the perilous area, he ably navigated his aircraft to the An Hoa Combat Base where the wounded men received emergency medical treatment and then continued his flight to the hospital at Da Nang. Later the same day, First Lieutenant Monaghan returned to the same dangerous zone in response to another urgent request to extract additional casualties. Although his aircraft came under intense enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire as it approached the landing zone, he remained calm and provided precise flight data which enabled his pilot to land in the fire-swept zone, embark the casualties, and depart safely despite serious battle damage to his aircraft. First Lieutenant Monaghan's courage, superior airmanship, and unwavering 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.
FOR THE PRESIDENT
/S/ H. W. BUSE, JR.
A related narrative to this award:
Pat Donovan's Second Navy Cross
Information provided by:
Jeffry D. Monaghan, former 1stLt. USMCR
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