Robert J. Drew

#1) The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Robert J. Drew for heroism while participating in aerial flight in the Republic of Vietnam. Captain Drew distinguished himself on 4 December 1967 while serving as Aircraft Commander of a UH-1H helicopter on a routine resupply mission. When an emergency radio call was monitored stating that a UH-1H helicopter with a personnel detector device had crashed, he proceeded to the crash site, establishing radio contact with the two gunships circling near the rising column of smoke. Briefed on the situation which included the reception of hostile ground fire, Captain Drew hovered his aircraft over the crash site at tree top level while he and his crew searched for survivors despite the intense heat from the burning wreckage. Hampered by the thick foliage, the helicopter was held almost motionless as the door gunner descended a rope to search for survivors. Captain Drew returned to Dak To to refuel but soon returned with a Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol to be inserted into the crash area. Although darkness was approaching and he was fully aware that his aircraft was not equipped for night flying, Captain Drew requested that he be allowed to act as flight leader and exercise command and control over the mission. A survivor was found and extracted by an evacuation helicopter. When he was assured that there was no remaining survivors, Captain Drew ordered the extraction of the patrol. Captain Drew’s outstanding flying abililty and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. ***********************

#2) The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Robert J. Drew for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty in the Republic of Vietnam. Captain Drew distinguished himself while serving as an Aircraft Commnader of a UH-1H helicopter with Company A, 4th Aviation Battalion, 4th Infantry Division. On the night of 2 January 1968, Captain Drew and his crew were informed that a Long Range Reconnaissance patrol was in heavy contact with an enemy force of unknown size east of Plei Do Lim and that one of the patrol members had been wounded. Immediately proceeding to the embattled area, he established radio contact with the friendly unit and requested that they use smoke to mask the landing zone. As Captain Drew began executing his approach, radio contact was garbled and then lost and his aircraft came under intense enemy automatic weapons fire. At great risk to his own life, he calmly continued toward the objective and succcessfully landed his aircraft in the stump-filled clearing. He then remained on the ground and under fire for more than five minutes before the patrol had safely boarded the helicopter. With the door gunners directing heavy volumes of fire at the enemy positions, Captain Drew executed a maximum-performance take-off which enabled him to clear the one-hundred foot trees in his departure path, successfully completing his mission. Captain Drew’s courage in the face of enemy fire, outstanding pilotage and exemplary devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.