The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the AIR MEDAL (Bronze Star in lieu of the First Award) to
CAPTAIN CHARLES J. SCHOENER
for service as set forth in the following
For heroic achievement in aerial flight on 29 and 30 April 1975 as a Flight Leader of two CH-46D Sea Knight helicopters while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-FIVE, embarked in USS HANCOCK (CV-19) during Operation FREQUENT WIND, the evacuation of Saigon, Republic of Vietnam. Upon being directed to rendezvous with a second section of aircraft, Captain Schoener proceeded inbound to the U. S. Embassy, Saigon. Flying primarily at night, under marginal visual and actual instrument meteorological conditions, he experienced antiaircraft and surface-to-air missile fire en route and small-arms fire in the landing zones. Accomplishment of his mission without crew rest, injury, or loss of a single passenger, crewmember, or aircraft further attests to his heroic actions. By his outstanding leadership, superb professional skills, and exemplary airmanship, Captain Schoener con- tributed directly to the successful accomplishment of Operation FREQUENT WIND; thereby upholding the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.
For the President,
/s/ (name not readable)
Secretary of the Navy
Index to all of Lt. Shoener's history.
Citation provided by:
Charles J. "Chic" Schoener, Colonel, USMC (Ret.)
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