The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a gold star in lieu of the second DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS to
FIRST LIEUTENANT THOMAS J. SULLIVAN
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE
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 20 January 1969, First Lieutenant Sullivan launched as Aircraft Commander of a CH-46 transport helicopter assigned a medical evacuation mission near An Hoa in Quang Nam Province. Arriving over the designated area, he immediately realized that a hoist extraction would be necessary due to the dense jungle canopy. As he executed his approach, the aircraft came under intense enemy fire, forcing First Lieutenant Sullivan to abandon the attempt. Completely disregarding his own safety, he maneuvered twice more into position for the evacuation, only to abort the approach due to the heavy volume of hostile fire. Returning to the hazard- ous area after refueling at An Hoa, he fearlessly directed the CH-46 over the wounded Marine's location and, seemingly disregarding the fire directed at his helicopter, skillfully maintained a hover during the twenty minutes required for boarding of the casualty. His heroic and resolutely determined actions were instrumental in saving the life of the injured Marine. First Lieutenant Sullivan's courage, superb aeronautical ability and steadfast devotion to duty at great personal risk inspired all who observed him 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.
LIEUTENANT GENERAL, U. S. MARINE CORPS
COMMANDING GENERAL, FLEET MARINE FORCE, PACIFIC
|1stLt. Thomas J. Sullivan||Pilot|
|1stLt. Larry W. Britton||Copilot|
|Cpl. Ernesto Gomez||Crew Chief|
|Cpl. James Moczygemsa||Gunner|
|Cpl. Jerome V. Ostapowicz||Gunner|
After Action Report
1stLt. Thomas J. Sullivan's squadron history index