The President of the United
States takes pride in presenting the
FIRST LIEUTENANT BENJAMIN L. WILLIAMS
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE
for service as set forth in the following
"For heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364, Marine Aircraft Group Sixteen, First Marine Aircraft Wing in connection with combat opera- tions against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the afternoon of 26 August 1969, First Lieutenant Williams launched as Copilot aboard the second aircraft in a flight of two CH-46 transport helicopters assigned the emergency medical evacuation of Marine casualties from an unsecured zone in a mountain- ous area of Quang Nam Province. When his section leader's aircraft reached an altitude of approximately 800 feet during its approach to the landing zone, it came under an extremely heavy volume of enemy machine gun fire from hostile positions on ridges along both sides of its run-in heading, was extensively damaged, and crash landed in flames fifty meters from the medical evacuation site. When his pilot commenced a tight, spiral approach to the downed CH-46, First Lieutenant Williams ignored the intense hostile fire as he skillfully moni- tored his instruments and equipment, alertly located and directed the fire of his crewmen on enemy positions, and provided a continuous flow of vital infor- mation which enabled his pilot to maneuver to a landing 100 meters from the burning aircraft. Undaunted by the intensity of the hostile fire directed at his helicopter and enemy rocket-propelled rounds impacting in the area, he oper- ated the ramp, called out sources of hostile fire, and assisted his pilot in holding his CH-46 in its precarious position until all six members of the downed aircraft had embarked. Providing precise flight data, he then aided his pilot in man- euvering out of the perilous area. First Lieutenant Williams' courage, superior airmanship, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger were instrumental in saving the lives of his fellow Marines 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-10
|1stLt. Glenn F. Burgess||Pilot|
|1stLt. Benjamin L. Williams||Copilot|
|LCpl. John F. Gruenwald||Crew Chief|
|Unknown (Illegible Last)||Gunner|
After Action Report
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