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Major Richard J. Mottl Class of 2005

					Distinguished Flying Cross

United States Army

Bronze Star with "V" Device

For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force: Major Mottl distinguished himself by heroic action on 25 March through 6 April 1969 while serving as an advisor, Cam Vu Relocation Operation, Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam. On 25 March, a United States Army ¾ ton vehicle traveling on Route 8B detonated a mine. Major Mottl, with complete disregard for his personal safety, immediately proceeded in his own vehicle over the heavily mined road to the scene of the incident to render aid. Upon his arrival he found the vehicle completely destroyed and several injured Americans. Major Mottl administered immediate aid and evacuated the men to a safe area where medical treatment could be provided. On 27 and 28 March, Major Mottl courageously led vehicles to recover the vehicle that was destroyed. On each consecutive day vehicles hit mines causing damage and injury. Major Mottl each time traveled the heavily mined road to render aid and call for medical evacuation of the wounded personnel. Major Mottl’s heroic actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.

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