Ormond C. Fowler, Jr

#1 The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant Ormond C. Fowler for heroism while participating in aerial flight while serving with the SEAWOLVES of Helicopter Attack (Light) Squadron THREE engaged in armed conflict against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the night of 3 October 1970, Lieutenant Fowler was Trail Aircraft Copilot in a Light Helicopter Fire Team which scrambled to assist units of River Patrol Division FIFTY-EIGHT, then under attack. Arriving overhead, his aircraft immediately and aggressively attacked enemy concentrations in a series of firing runs and was subjected to heavy return fire, yet he continued to provide highly accurate machine gun fire. Early in the engagement, a Vietnamese sailor was critically wounded by enemy shrapnel and was bleeding profusely. Amid intense hostile fire, the SEAWOLVES elected to evacuate the wounded sailor. As the lead aircraft approached the pickup area, Lieutenant Fowler displayed highly proficient airmanship as he skillfully placed machine gunfire on the many sources of enemy fire, thus permitting the successful evacuation of the seriously wounded man. Expeditiously returning to the contact area after rearming, he participated in two additional series of effective air strikes on several enemy positions until all ground fire was suppressed and the safety of the river unit was no longer in question. Lieutenant Fowler’s courage under fire and total devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. ************

#2 The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant Ormond C. Fowler, Jr. for heroism while participating in aerial flight as Command Pilot and Fire Team Leader of a light helicopter fire team attached to Helicopter Attack (Light) Squadron THREE, Detachment EIGHT in the Republic of Vietnam. On 26 March 1971, a United States Army boat convoy came under a vicious enemy ground attack as one fuel-carrying boat contacted a mine and exploded violently, spewing flaming fuel over the water. Lieutenant Fowler, whose helicopter team was flying in support of the convoy, descended to below tree top level over the canal in search of any possible survivors of the explosion and spotted a critically wounded United States soldier struggling toward the shore. He hovered a few feet over the canal to effect pickup of the wounded man and, in doing so, flew into the midst of a fierce crossfire between the enemy and and friendly forces. Due to heavy foliage on the shore and uneven terrain, he was forces to remain at a hover over the very narrowly restricted canal. Unwilling to depart and leave his crewman who had entered the water to rescue the wounded soldier, Lieutenant Fowler repositioned his aircraft to minimize its vulnerability to the intense crossfire. The force of his rotor wash prevented pickup of his crewman and the casualty so, having no communications with friendly boats, Lieutenant Fowler used his helicopter to gain attention of one of the craft which effected a successful rescue. Lieutenant Fowler’s courage under fire, outstanding judgement and daring actions in the face of personal danger were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.