Gerald F. Dooley

In the name of the President of the United States the Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, takes pleasure in presenting the DISTINGUISUED FLYING CROSS to CAPTAIN GERADL FRANCIS DOOLEY UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS for service as set forth in the following CITATION ‚ÄúFor heroism and extraordinary achievement in action while serving as a Helicopter Aircraft Commander and Flight Leader with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 on 10 Decei,ther 1966. Captain DOOLEY led a mission to recover an essential crashed helicopter and crew noruwest of Khe Sanh, Republic of Vietnam in connection with Project ‚ÄòShining Brass‚Äù. The mission required a helicopter lift of U. S. Army Special Forces troops deep into North Vietnamese controlled country, recovery of a crashed helicopter and the pickup of the landed troops. Displaying an usually high degree of daring and professional skill, Captain DOOLEY coordinated the lift with all agencies involved and executed the helicopter lifts in such a manner as to bring credit upon himself and the U. S. Marine Corps. While executing the retraction of the friendly troops Captain DOOLEY’s helicopter came under intense enemy fire and severe battle damage was inflicted on his aircraft. Displaying exceptional aeronautical skill and courage, Captain DOOLEY successfully completed the mission and returned all personnel to the safety of a secure area. His action were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.‚Äù _________________________________________________________________________ UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS HEADQUARTERS. FLEET MARINE FORCE. PACIFIC FPO. SAN FRANCISCO 96610 In the name of the President of the United States, the Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific takes pleasure in presenting the DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS to CAPTAIN GERALD FRANCIS DOOLEY UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS for service as set forth in the following CITATION: ‚ÄúFor heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight while serving as a Pilot with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group Sixteen, First Marine Aircraft Wing in connection with operations against insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces in the Republic of Vietnam. On 14 January 1967, Captain DOOLEY launched as Flight Leader of two CH‚Äî46A helicopters assigned to evacuate casualties from an area near the village of Ban Lanh prior to the retraction of a combat assault force. During the approach and landing in the zone, Captain DOOLEY’S aircraft came under intense enemy automatic weapons and mortar fire. Because of knee deep water, mud in the rice paddies and continuous enemy fire, movement of the wounded to the helicopter was difficult and slow, however, Captain DOOLEY, disregarding his own safety and displaying calm presence of mind, fearlessly remained in the pickup zone until eighteen wounded Marines had been placed aboard the aircraft. Despite extensive damage to his helicopter as a result of mortar fragments, Captain DOOLEY, exhibiting exceptional aeronautical skill, launched his aircraft through increasing hostile fire and, with weather conditions rapidly deteriorating, flew to the nearest medical facility. His exemplary leadership and outstanding professional ability undoubtedly were instrumental in saving the lives of several Marines and contributed significantly to the accomplishment of the mission. Captain Dooley’s uncommon courage, superior professionalism and unswerving devotion to duty at great personal risk, were an inspiration to all who served with him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.‚Äù FOR THE PRESIDENT, V. H. KRULAK LIEUTENANT GENERAL, U. S. MARINE CORPS COMMANDING