William W. DuBose

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain William Waller DuBose, United States Marine Corps, for heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight while serving as a Pilot with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 164, Marine Aircraft Group Sixteen, First Marine Aircraft Wing in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 8 November 1968, Captain DuBose launched as Aircraft Commander of a CH-46 transport helicopter assigned an emergency medical evacuation mission in support of a Marine unit that was heavily engaged with a large hostile force on a mountainside northwest of DaNang. Arriving over the designated area, he observed that the landing zone was obscured by a high jungle canopy, necessitating the utilization of the mechanical hoist. Advised that intense enemy fire had forced the abortion of previous evacuation attempts, he nevertheless fearlessly commenced his approach and, although subjected to sporadic sniper fire, skillfully maneuvered to a hover over the beleaguered Marine unit. Disregarding his own safety, he ignored the enemy fire as he resolutely remained in his dangerously exposed position until his aircraft was loaded to capacity and the departed to deliver his passengers to the hospital at DaNang. Captain DuBose’s courage, superior aeronautical ability, and unwavering devotion to duty at great personal risk were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.