The Secretary of the Navy takes
pleasure in presenting the
CORPORAL JAMES L. BUCKLAND
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following
"For heroic achievement while serving 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 afternoon of 20 September 1970, Corporal Buckland launched as an Aerial Gunner aboard the lead aircraft in a flight of two CH-46 transport helicopters assigned the emergency medical evacuation of two casualties from a Marine unit which was heavily engage in combat with a hostile force in a densely-jungled moun- tainous area approximately twenty-five miles southwest of DaNang. Although unable to bring his machine gun to bear upon the sources of enemy fire because he could not elevate his weapon above the path of the transport's rotor blade tip, he boldly ignored the intense enemy fire as he resolutely remained at his machine gun to deliver fire should the target be clear, while his helicopter entered the hazardous area and safely extracted the two wounded Marines. Undaunted by the heavy volume of hostile fire directed at his aircraft on two more emergency medical evacuation missions that afternoon, Corporal Buckland, despite his inability to deliver covering fire because of the proximity of the Marines to the enemy forces, boldly remained in his dangerously exposed position to man his weapon while the casualties were safely extracted and transported to Landing Zone Ross where they were transferred to another helicopter and transported to DaNang. By his courage, resolute determination, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Corporal Buckland upheld the finest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service."
The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.
FOR THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY,
/S/ Wm. K. Jones
WILLIAM K. JONES
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