The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the BRONZE STAR MEDAL to
SERGEANT DAVID T. HOWELL
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following
"For heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364, Marine Aircraft Group Sixteen, First Marine Aircraft Wing. On the morning of 9 October 1970, Sergeant Howell launched as Crew Chief aboard the lead aircraft in a flight of two CH-46 transport heli- copters assigned the emergency medical evacuation of a seriously wounded Marine from a unit which was engaged in combat with a hostile force south of Hill 270S in Quang Nam Province. Arriving over the designated area, he was informed that the casualty was located at an unsecure zone on a steep, boulder strewn slope, that no gunships were immediately available to provide covering fire, and that the Marines were receiving a heavy volume of enemy fire. Undaun- ted, he calmly provided such precise clearance information that his pilot was able to maneuver his aircraft to a one-wheel landing on a huge boulder. With complete disregard for his own safety, Sergeant Howell ignored the intense hostile fire directed at his transport, several rounds of which severely damaged the helicopter and severed the communication lines between the cabin and the cockpit, as he jumped from his helicopter, rushed across the fire-swept terrain, and assisted in carrying the wounded Marine back to the aircraft. After signaling the pilot that the medical evacuee was aboard, Sergeant Howell reso- lutely manned one of the machine guns and delivered a steady stream of highly effective fire which suppressed the enemy fire sufficiently to enable his helicopter to lift out of the dangerous area and proceed to a secure zone where the casualty was transferred to the wingman's aircraft. Sergeant Howell's courage, bold ini- tiative, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger were instrumental in saving the life of a fellow Marine and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service."
The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.
FOR THE PRESIDENT
/s/ Wm. K. Jones
WILLIAM K. JONES
After Action Report Not Found
David T. Howell relates, "1stLt. Doug Orahood was
my pilot. He did a fantastic job.
I hope he was appropriately recognized for this mission. I don't remember the rest of the crew."
Citation submitted by:
David T. Howell, former Sgt., USMC
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