The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of the second 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 the evening of 8 April 1969, First Lieutenant Rush launched as Aircraft Commander of a CH-46 transport helicopter assigned the emergency medical evacuation of two casual- ties from a Marine company which was heavily engaged in combat with a hostile force in a jungled, mountainous area nine miles southwest of DaNang. Despite extremely adverse weather conditions, he skillfully navigated to the designated area and found that heavy rain showers, dense fog, and a ceiling of only 100 feet above the landing zone would severely restrict visibility and his area of maneuv- erability. Undaunted by the hazards of maneuvering his aircraft in the darkness over the rugged terrain while under the constant threat of enemy fire, First Lieutenant Rush utilized his radar altimeter and, guided by M-79 flares fired by the ground unit, expertly executed a landing with his aircraft's rear main wheels on the edge of abomb crater and the nose wheel suspended above the ground. Although his rotor blades were nearly touching the surrounding trees, he reso- lutely remained in his precarious position until the two wounded Marines were placed aboard, and then departed for the medical facility at DaNang. First Lieutenant Rush'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.
H. W. BUSE, JR.
Crew of YK-9 & YK-2
|1stLt. Zebedee L. Rush||Pilot|
|1stLt. Jerry G. Soukup||Copilot|
|LCpl. Cecil A. Collier||Crew Chief|
After Action Report
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