Academic journal article Military Review

Medal of Honor: Vietnam War

Academic journal article Military Review

Medal of Honor: Vietnam War

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On 15 May 1967, soldiers from 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne were battling hundreds of heavily armed North Vietnamese in a rural riverbed near Due Pho, Republic of Vietnam. They made an urgent request for aviation support to evacuate the wounded and to bring more soldiers into the fight. Answering the early morning call, then Maj. Charles Kettles led a flight of six Huey helicopters, carrying replacements and supplies, to a landing zone near the battle area.

Under heavy enemy fire, Kettles landed his aircraft and kept it there, exposed, until the wounded could be loaded for the return to base. After evacuating them, he returned to drop off more soldiers and supplies, and to pick up additional wounded. On the second trip, his gunner was seriously wounded and his aircraft severely damaged. However, Kettles was able to make it back to base.

Approaching evening, forty-four American soldiers still were pinned down, including four from Kettles' unit. Disregarding the danger, he volunteered to fly his units one remaining functional helicopter for a third trip, in which he led five additional evacuation helicopters from another unit. …

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