The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a gold star in lieu of the second DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS to
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 9 May 1969, First Lieutenant Monaghan launched as Copilot aboard the lead aircraft in a flight of two CH-46 transport helicopters assigned the emergency medical evacuation of ten casualties from a Marine company which was heavily engaged in combat with a large North Vietnam Army force near the village of My Heip (3) in Quang Nam Province. Arriving over the designated area, he found that the wounded Marines were located in five separate positions scattered about in the open rice paddies and that the proximity of the opposing forces precluded the delivery of suppressive fire by supporting aircraft. Undaunted by the extremely heavy volume of hostile fire directed at his helicopter, First Lieutenant Monaghan skillfully monitored his gauges, coordinated the actions of the crew, aided at the controls, and provided a continuous flow of vital information which enabled his pilot to air-taxi at low altitude above the fire-swept, open rice paddies to all five positions and remain in the precarious landing zones until all the casualties were embarked. Then, he assisted his pilot in lifting out of the perilous area and navigated his CH-46 to the nearest medical facility. First Lieutenant Monaghan's courage, superior airmanship, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger 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.
|1stLt. Joseph P. Donovan||Pilot|
|1stLt. Jeffry D. Monaghan||Copilot|
|Sgt. Kenneth A. Altazan||Crew Chief|
|Cpl. Donald M. Chamberlin||Gunner|
|LCpl. Stephen C. Lovelady||Gunner|
|HN John L. VanDamme||Corpsman|
After Action Report
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