The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS to
FIRST LIEUTENANT ZEBEDEE L. RUSH
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following
"For heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight while serving as a Pilot 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 28 January 1969, First Lieutenant Rush launched as Copilot of a CH-46 transport helicopter assigned a mission of inserting three groups of Marines into an area of Quang Nam Province. During his initial approach to the designated zone, he came under intense hostile automatic weapons fire from a nearby tree line and, disre- garding the enemy activity, calmly pointed out enemy emplacements to the gunners as he closely monitored the gauges and provided his aircraft comman- der with descriptive commentary which enabled the pilot to concentrate his attention on landing the helicopter. During the second insertion, despite again being subjected to concentrated fire, he continued to aid his pilot and direct the efforts of the aerial gunners. Returning with a third group of Marines, First Lieutenant Rush was at the controls and, when his pilot was wounded by hostile fire, steadfastly retained control of the aircraft during lift-off. While the pilot was maneuvering away from the dangerous area, another round penetrated the helicopter, causing severe damage to the transmission. Aware of the flying limitations thus imposed, First Lieutenant Rush displayed superb airmanship as he furnished altitudes and airspeeds, thereby enabling the pilot to execute an emergency landingat an alternate secure location. His heroic and persistent efforts inspired all who observed him and contributed significantly to the success of the mission. First Lieutenant Rush's courage, superior aeronautical ability and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of grave 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.
H. W. BUSE, JR.
Crew of YK-6
|1stLt. Rudolpf D. Kaiser||Pilot|
|1stLt. Zebedee L. Rush||Copilot|
|Sgt. John W. McRae||Crew Chief|
|Cpl. Curtis P. Knox||Gunner|
|Cpl. M. S. Opalka||Gunner|
1stLt. Zebedee L. Rush's Historical Index
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