The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS to
FIRST LIEUTENANT MAURICE J. QUINLAN
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following
"For heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364, Marine Aircraft Group Thirty-Six, First Marine Aircraft Wing in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the morning of 20 November 1968, during Operation Meade River, First Lieutenant Quinlan launched as the Copilot aboard the second aircraft in a flight of fourteen CH-46 transport heli- copters assigned to helilift the assault elements of a Marine battalion into an enemy controlled area southwest of DaNang. Arriving over the designated area, he diligently monitored his instruments and controls as he provided his pilot with continuous flow of vital information and directed the delivery of suppress- ive machine gun fire, enabling his aircraft to land and disembark its assault unit. Ignoring the heavy volume of hostile fire, he assisted his aircraft com- mander in returning to An Hoa where a second increment of Marines was embarked. Undaunted by the extremely intense enemy mortar, small arms, and automatic weapons fire and resolutely determined to continue the mission of expediting the landing of reinforcements for the heavily engaged ground units which were condoning a large hostile force, First Lieutenant Quinlan skillfully aided his aircraft commander in maneuvering his CH-46 into the fire-swept landing zone to disembark the second assault team. When his pilot was seri- ously wounded during his third insertion approach to the battle area, First Lieutenant Quinlan, despite fragment wounds and plexiglass splinters which injured his eye and blurred his vision, immediately took control of the battle damaged helicopter, initiated a spiraling climb out of the dangerous area, and skillfully maneuvered his crippled CH-46 to a safe landing at An Hoa. First Lieutenant Quinlan's courage, superior airmanship and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger were instrumental in the accomplish- ment of the hazardous mission and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service."
FOR THE PRESIDENT
/s/ H. W. Buse, Jr.
H. W. BUSE, JR.
Crew of YK 12 7/8
|LtCol. Herbert J. Blaha (MAG-36)||Pilot|
|1stLt. Maurice J. Quinlan||Copilot|
|Cpl. John W. Allen||Crew Chief|
|LCpl. Raymond M. Clausen||Gunner|
|LCpl. Leonard L. LaSack||Gunner|
After Action Report
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