Charles J. Farrell, Jr.

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Charles J. Farrell, Jr., Chief Warrant Officer W2, United States Army, 243rd Aviation Company (Assault Support Helicopter), Republic of Vietnam, for action dated 6 May 1969 for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary actions above and beyond the call of duty: Chief Warrant Officer Farrell distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions while serving as aircraft commander in a CH-47 helicopter on an artillery fire base extraction west of Bu Prang.  With the weather deteriorating rapidly and night approaching, the tactical situation around the beleaguered fire base became critical.  It was receiving both small arms and sporadic mortar fire when Chief Warrant Officer Farrell elected to complete the final extraction.  With total disregard for enemy fire, he executed the extraction of forty-five friendly troops under cover of suppressive fire delivered by UH-1H gunships.  His extraordinary achievement and performance under fire as aircraft commander had a definite bearing on the fate of the fire base and its besieged personnel.  He exposed his aircraft to enemy fire on three separate occasions to complete the extraction.  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.