Richard D. Duerr

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Major Richard D. Duerr for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary action, above and beyond the call of duty in the Republic of Vietnam. Major Duerr distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 14 November 1966 while serving as Aircraft Commander during a command and logistics mission supporting a Vietnamese unit engaged in battle with the Viet Cong. When Major Duerr was notified of a need for a medical evacuation of several wounded personnel, he immediately proceeded to the area. Under extremely hazardous conditions, a heavily flooded landing zone, and lack of concealment from the enemy, Major Duerr flew his aircraft at low level to the wounded soldiers. He was forced to remain at a hover as he assisted the men in boarding the helicopter. Major Duerr completed the evacuation by skillfully maneuvering the aircraft out of the area without sustaining a single hit. He received another request, this time for extraction of a lone American advisor confined in an exposed position by Viet Cong fire. Major Duerr entered the battle zone and extracted the advisor while receiving hostile fire. Major Duerr’s outstanding flying ability and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.