Lonnie S. Beasley

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lonnie S. Beasley, Captain, United States Army, 335th Assault Helicopter Co, Republic of Vietnam, for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary actions above and beyond the call of duty: Captain Beasley distinguished himself on 10 December 1966, while serving as aircraft commander of an aircraft involved in support of long range recon patrols of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, when he received a call for emergency extraction of a patrol in heavy contact with the enemy force. Without hesitation he directed his ship to the patrol and braving intense enemy fire, extracted three American soldiers to safety. His actions in the face of enemy fire were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.