The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a gold star in lieu of the third DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS to
MAJOR ROBERT D. SCHREIBER
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following
"For heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight while serving as 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 4 April 1969, Major Schreiber launched as Aircraft Commander of a CH-46 transport heli- copter assigned the mission of inserting a casualty recovery team into an enemy controlled jungle area west of An Hoa where previous rescue attempts had failed because of intense hostile fire. Informed that the landing zone was studded with obstacles, he elected to insert the team by means of a ladder and proceeded to the designated location with the Marines suspended beneath his aircraft. After executing a precise approach, he came to a steady hover over the zone, fearlessly remaining in his dangerously exposed position long enough to ascertain that the team was in no danger of enemy fire. During the interval between insertion and extraction, Major Schreiber performed other routine missions and when advised that the team had recovered the casualties and was prepared to depart, he again attached the ladder to his helicopter and proceeded to the zone. His second approach was complicated by the fact that the area was under hostile fire and the lightweight ladder swayed into the trees, forcing him to waste precious time raising and lowering his aircraft to free the device from entanglements. After twenty minutes of painstakingly dedicated maneuvering, the team and the cas- ualties were firmly attached to the ladder and Major Schreiber, displaying exceptional airmanship, skillfully lifted his helicopter and departed the fire swept zone. Major Schreiber's courage, superior aeronautical ability and unfaltering devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger contributed significantly to the accomplishment of the vital 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-20
|Maj. Robert D. Schreiber||Pilot|
|1stLt. John R. Harris||Copilot|
|Sgt. Jack E. Oliphant||Crew Chief|
|LCpl. Michael F. Gramlick||Gunner|
|LCpl. J. Veney||Gunner|
After Action Report
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