Peter W Barber

#1 The President of the United States is pleased to present the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Peter W. Barber for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary actions above and beyond the call of duty. Captain Barber distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions while serving as aircraft commander of a utility helicopter on a mission involving a rescue attempt into the beseiged city of Quang Tri where a small group of Americans and some South Vietnamese high-ranking officials were holding out against four North Vietnamese divisions. A white team had the task of attempting to slip into the city under the cover of darkness and extract the friendlies. Captain Barber’s duty was to maintain radio communications with the two scouts in the event one should go down. Approximately twenty minutes after the team was airborne, Captain Barber received a distress call informing him both scouts had gone down. He immediately scrambled the two gunships at the staging area and flew at maximum speed, low level, to the crash site. He then skillfully maneuvered his aircraft into the pick-up zone which had been marked by smoke by the downed crews. On short final, Captain Barber noticed a strong enemy force not more than fifteen to twenty meters either side of the downed crews. He ordered his doorgunners to fire a 1500 round uninterrupted burst which caused the enemy to take cover. He then skillfully flew into and out of the pick-up zone without taking any friendly casualties. Due to Captain Barber’s personal gallantry, outstanding professionalism, and calm evaluation of the situation, the extraction was successful. Captain Barber’s gallantry in action was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. **********************************************

#2 The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Peter W. Barber for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary actions above and beyond the call of duty. Captain Barber distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions while serving as aircraft commander of a utility helicopter in Military Region I. Although not having a map of the area or any body armor for any of the crew, Captain Barber volunteered to assist in the recovery of the Air Force pilot. As the other aircraft located the downed pilot and came to a low hover over a rice paddy to pick him up, Captain Barber left his position of relative safety and hovered behind his wing man to attract some of the enemy fire and to provide as much suppressive fire as possible with his machine guns. His efforts were instrumental in the successful rescue of a downed American pilot. 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.