Steven R. Andresen

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Steven R. Andresen, Private First Class E3, USA, 334th Armed Helicopter Company, for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary actions above and beyond the call of duty: Private First Class Andresen distinguished himself by heroic actions on 26 December 1966 while serving as crew chief-gunner on a ‚ÄúFire Fly‚Äù mission near Can Giuoc, Republic of Vietnam. The fire team arrived at the area of a suspected Viet Cong river crossing and discovered numerous sampans. The low ship immediately engaged these targets, with Private First Class Andresen putting out a tremendous volume of suppressive fire. At this time the enemy ground fire was very intense. It was his suppressing fire, given even to the extent of his hanging out of the aircraft to the limits of his safety belt to shoot under the ship, that enabled the aircraft commander to concentrate on the sampans rather than the enemy fire. During the entire action, his skill with the M-60 machinegun and his determination contributed to the destruction of 111 sampans, and the destruction of a large quantity of Viet Cong rice. Because of his extreme aggressiveness, the Viet Cong’s transportation system has been dealt a severe blow. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.