Harry F. Baldwin

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Major Harry F. Baldwin for heroism while participating in aerial flight as evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty. Major Baldwin distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 10 and 11 July 1967 in the vicinity of Duc Pho, Republic of Vietnam. During the late night hours of 10 July a company of the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division made contact with a numerically superior enemy force of the 21st North Vietnamese Army Regiment and were pinned down by intense enemy fire. Despite hazardous flying conditions, Major Baldwin led three armed helicopters into the area and commenced placing suppressive fire on the enemy locations. Major Baldwin made numerous runs, drawing heavy enemy fire each time. When a helicopter relief force attempted to land, the enemy directed intense fire at the formation. Realizing that the other two gunships in his fire team must remain with the landing troop carriers to provide security, Major Baldwin immediately broke off and attacked the enemy automatic weapons position at tree-top level. Having expended all rockets and machine gun ammunition, Major Baldwin made several passes over the enemy position, utilizing only the door guns, until he succeeded in silencing it. Major Baldwin’s outstanding flying skill, resolute courage and determination were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Americal Division and the United States Army.