1 Reply Latest reply on Jan 5, 2022 2:33 PM by Rebecca Collier

    Seeking 1st Aviation Brigade GO for Air Medal Dated 21 June 1968 Vietnam War

    Michael McGown Newbie

      Hi,

       

      I am seeking a copy of a 1st Aviation Brigade General Orders for award of the Air Medal for Heroism with date of the general order being 21 June 1968 that was awarded for valor in Vietnam. The citation reason was "For heroism while engaged in aerial flight in connection with military operations against a hostile force: These men distinguished themselves by valorous actions while serving as crewmembers on armed helicopters attacking an enemy battalion.  They raked the entire area with their weapons at times leaning precariously out of the ships to suppress the enemy.  Even though three helicopters had been shot down earlier, these men continued to brave intense fire until the enemy unit was totally routed.  Their devastating and accurate fire was greatly responsible for the success of the mission.  Their actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon themselves, their unit, and the United States Army."

       

      Awarded during: Vietnam War Record Group 472

      Award: Award of the Air Medal (Twenty-Second Oak Leaf Cluster) with "V" Device Section IV for General Order 4005 (reverse side of paper or page 2)

      Award: Award of the Air Medal (Forty-Fourth Oak Leaf Cluster) with "V" Device Section IV for General Order 4006 (reverse side of paper or page 2)

      Date of General Order: 21 June 1968

      General Orders Numbers: 4005 and 4006

      Date of Action: 2 February 1968

      Headquarters Authority: 1st Aviation Brigade

       

      Thanks,

      Michael McGowan

        • Re: Seeking 1st Aviation Brigade GO for Air Medal Dated 21 June 1968 Vietnam War
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Mr. McGown,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the General Orders of the 1st Aviation Brigade, 1/3/1967 - 3/17/1973 in the Records of the U.S. Forces in Southeast Asia (Record Group 472) that includes 1st Aviation Brigade, General Orders No. 3301, 28 May 1968 to 1st Aviation Brigade, General Orders No. 4048, 23 Jun. 1968 in Box 14. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

           

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