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 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 the night of 30 March 1970, First Lieutenant Williams launched as Section Leader of a flight of two transport helicopters assigned the emergency medical evacuation of four seriously wounded Marines from a unit which was operating in the southern foothills of the Que Son Mountains north of Landing Zone Ross in Quang Nam Province. Despite a low ceiling which varied from two hundred to three hundred feet along his approach route, the difficulty of maneuvering his aircraft in the darkness over the rugged terrain, and the intensity of the hostile fire directed at his helicopter on six separate occasions during his low-level flight, he skillfully navigated his transport to the designated area. After receiving a brief from the Forward Air Controller (Airborne) and information that the casualties were located in a small landing zone on top of a five hundred foot high hill, First Lieutenant Williams, undaunted by the heavy volume of enemy fire directed at his aircraft, boldly maneuvered his transport down through the hostile fire to a two-wheel landing and fearlessly remained in his precarious position while the casualties were embarked. Lifting out of the dangerous area he proceeded to Landing Zone Baldy where he extracted two Vietnamese who required imme- diate medical attention and then continued on to the medical facility at DaNang. First Lieutenant Williams' courage, superior airmanship, and unwa- vering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger were instrumental in accomplishing the hazardous mission and were in keeping with the highest tra- ditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service."
FOR THE PRESIDENT,
/s/ Wm. K. Jones.
WILLIAM K. JONES
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