The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the AIR MEDAL (Gold Star in lieu of the Third Award) to
FIRST LIEUTENANT ZEBEDEE L. RUSH
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 1 March 1969, First Lieutenant Rush launched as Copilot aboard a CH-46 transport helicopter assigned the emergency medical evacuation of three casualties from an area five miles west of An Hoa. Arriving over the designated area, he found that the fifty-foot high trees surrounding the pick-up site would require the use of his jungle penetrator and hoist cable with a litter attached. Forced to abort his first attempt to establish a hover because of the intense hostile fire, several rounds of which struck his aircraft, First Lieuten- ant Rush skillfully monitored his gauges and flight systems and provided a con- tinuous flow of vital information which enabled his pilot to coordinate his second approach with the fire of a supporting Marine gunship and maneuver to a hover above the wounded men. Undaunted by the extremely heavy volume of enemy automatic weapons fire directed against his CH-46, he ably assisted his aircraft commander in remaining in their dangerously exposed position for the twenty minutes required to lift the casualties through the dense jungle canopy. When all three evacuees were safely aboard, First Lieutenant Rush cleared his helicopter to depart the dangerous area and proceeded to the nearest medical facility to disembark the patients. First Lieutenant Rush's courage, superior air- manship and unwavering devotion to duty at great personal risk were instru- mental in the accomplishment of 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-4
|1stLt. James D. Hintz||Pilot|
|1stLt. Zebedee L. Rush||Copilot|
|Cpl. P. C. Takovich||Crew Chief|
|Sgt. William N. Hill||Gunner|
|Cpl. Ronald J. Lamoree||Gunner|
|HN R. C. Beckman||Corpsman|
After Action Report
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