Charles W. Angel

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Charles W. Angel, Chief Warrant Officer CW2, 282nd Aviation Company (Assault Helicopter), Republic of Vietnam, for action dated 13 February 1970 for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary actions above and beyond the call of duty: Chief Warrant Officer Angel distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions while serving as aircraft commander of an armed helicopter and as team leader of a light fire team in support of Allied ground troops on a search and destroy operation near Da Nang. Despite poor visibility and intense enemy fire, Chief Warrant Officer Angel provided constant fire on the enemy positions. Although his ship suffered a number of multiple hits, he unhesitatingly volunteered to return to the area after refueling to help the friendly troops. Upon his return, he found that not only had the cloud ceiling lowered and the rain showers become heavy storms, but the enemy fire had increased severely. As he began his first gun run, a sudden burst of enemy fire struck his aircraft, resulting in numerous hits in the cockpit and cabin area and inflicting several shrapnel wounds to Chief Warrant Officer Angel. Disregarding his painful wounds, he courageously continued to place a wall of suppressive fire on the enemy. Demonstrating dynamic aerial leadership and undaunted courage, Chief Warrant Officer Angel was highly instrumental in the success of the mission. 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.