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Captain Charles E. Brinnon Class of 2005

					Distinguished Flying Cross

United States Army

Distinguished Flying Cross

For heroism while participating in aerial flight as evidenced by voluntary actions above and beyond the call of duty: Captain Brinnon distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions while serving as mission commander of a helicopter gunship team on a mission to extract the crew of a helicopter downed by enemy fire near Loc Ninh. He established radio contact with the downed crew and learned that they were receiving heavy fire, he led his team on a low level reconnaissance to locate the enemy positions and draw the hostile fire away from the downed crew and rescue helicopters. Intermittent rain showers prevented the fire team from pinpointing the well-concealed enemy positions, but Captain Brinnon continued to lead his fire team in a search for the hostile locations. When the pilot of the wing ship located the source of the enemy fire and marked the location with a stream of tracer fire, Captain Brinnon directed his fire team in repeated gun runs until the enemy positions were silenced. Through his courage and tenacity, he contributed immeasurably to the success of the rescue operation and the destruction of the enemy automatic weapons positions. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

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