The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the AIR MEDAL (Bronze Star in lieu of the First Award)
CORPORAL LARRY M. NEUMAN
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 5 October 1969, Corporal Neuman launched as Crew Chief aboard the lead aircraft in a flight of two CH-46 transport helicopters assigned the emergency medical evacuation of a seriously wounded Marine from an area south of DaNang. Arriving over the designated area he observed that the site was obscured by a dense cloud cover and learned that the Marine unit on the ground was under sporadic hostile fire. When a break in the clouds was located and his aircraft began its approach to the landing zone, Corporal Neuman ably coordinated the actions of his aerial gunners and gave verbal references to his pilot during the approach until the intensity of enemy fire directed at his CH-46 forced his pilot to regain altitude. A second attempt to complete the mission was aborted due to rapidly deteriorating weather con- ditions. After his flight completed an alternate mission nearby, he was informed that weather conditions at the initial evacuation site had improved and that his flight would return to the hazardous area. Undaunted by the lack of supporting aircraft, the extremely heavy volume of enemy fire, and the restrictions imposed by the confined zone, Corporal Neuman alertly located and reported the sources of hostile fire and provided a continuous flow of vital clearance information which enabled his helicopter to be maneuvered to a partial hover with only its rear wheels on the ground and remain in its precarious position until the wounded man was embarked. He then provided precise flight data which aided his pilot in executing a series of evasive maneuvers as he expeditiously departed the perilous area. Corporal Neuman's courage, superior professionalism, and unwavering devotion to duty at great personal risk were instrumental in saving the life of a fellow Marine 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.
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