Academic journal article Military Review

LTC Bruce P. Crandall: U.S. Army, Retired Is Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor

Academic journal article Military Review

LTC Bruce P. Crandall: U.S. Army, Retired Is Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor

Article excerpt

On 26 February 2007, President Bush presented the Congressional Medal of Honor to retired LTC Bruce R Crandall for his heroic actions at the Battle of Landing Zone X-Ray, la Drang Valley, Republic of Vietnam, 14 November 1965.

LTC Crandall's citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:

Major Bruce P. Crandall distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism as a Flight Commander in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company A, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). On 14 November 1965, his flight of sixteen helicopters was lifting troops for a search and destroy mission from Plei Me, Vietnam, to Landing Zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley. On the fourth troop lift, the airlift began to take enemy fire, and by the time the aircraft had refueled and returned for the next troop lift, the enemy had Landing Zone X-Ray targeted. As Major Crandall and the first eight helicopters landed to discharge troops on his fifth troop lift, his unarmed helicopter came under such intense enemy fire that the ground commander ordered the second flight of eight aircraft to abort their mission. As Major Crandall flew back to Plei Me, his base of operations, he determined that the ground commander of the besieged infantry battalion desperately needed more ammunition. Major Crandall then decided to adjust his base of operations to Artillery Firebase Falcon in order to shorten the flight distance to deliver ammunition and evacuate wounded soldiers. …

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