The Secretary of the
Navy takes pleasure in
FIRST LIEUTENANT ZEBEDEE L. RUSH
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for outstanding achievement in the superior performance of his duties in the field of professional achievement as set forth in the following
"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 from 27 October 1968 to 20 November 1969, First Lieutenant Rush performed his duties in an exemplary and highly competent manner. Initially assigned as Material Control Officer, he displayed outstanding professionalism and initiative despite extremely adverse conditions and the difficulties of a combat environment. Dis- tinguishing himself by his consistent high level of efficiency, he enhanced the operational effectiveness of his unit. Demonstrating exceptional initiative and professional ability, he completely reorganized his section and implemented im- proved procedures which greatly enhanced the efficiency of his entire unit. Working tirelessly, he ably assisted in the timely displacement of his squadron from Phu Bai to Marble Mountain with no loss of normal operations. Reas- signed as Quality Assurance Officer on 30 July 1969, he skillfully conducted test flight inspections of assigned helicopters to ensure their operational readiness and contributed significantly to the high aircraft availability rate achieved by his unit. As a result of his diligence and seemingly unlimited resourcefulness, he gained the respect and admiration of all who observed him and contributed significantly to the accomplishments of his unit's mission. First Lieutenant Rush's outstanding professional ability, untiring determination, and steadfast devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself, the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service."
The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.
FOR THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY,
/S/ H. W. Buse, Jr.
H. W. BUSE, JR.
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