Robert C. Berg

#1) The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to First Lieutenant Robert C. Berg for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty. Lieutenant Berg distinguished himself by heroic actions on 23 December 1966 while serving as Pilot of the light ship, the nucleus of the “Fire Fly” team. Their mission was the interdiction and destruction of enemy transportation and supply routes. As he and the team began their reconnaissance, they were immediately brought under attack by automatic weapons fire. As the fire was directed mainly at the light ship, he maneuvered the ship expertly to escape the oncoming fire. During the attack, he maneuvered away from the fire and called a strike to the low ship of the team, thus ending the enemy fire. He aided in the discovery of several hidden sampans. His monitoring of instruments and navigation procedures helped the team to maintain strict altitude clearance. His superior performance aided the team in sinking seventy-one enemy sampans in that area. The next mission that night, called the team to operate in an area ten miles northwest of Tan An. With haze and ground fog moving in, the mission continued on, and he flew his aircraft under the most strenuous and almost impossible conditions. The lighting ship had to descend to a dangerously low altitude, but the light was never turned off. He was able to spot three enemy sampans along a canal bank and, despite the restricted visibility, he stayed over the enemy and with the aid of the illumination of the light ship, the team intercepted the target. Because of his alertness, courage, and devotion to duty the “Fire Fly” team was able to destroy a total of seventy-four sampans, three enemy killed and a large amount of supplies were sunk. His outstanding 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.

#2) The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Robert C. Berg for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty. Captain Berg distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious achievement while serving as Maintenance Officer and Executive Officer of 173rd Aviation Company. Assigned the position of Unit Maintenance Officer and operating with a severely limited stock of tools and maintenance facilities, he developed a solid maintenance program to consistently guarantee aircraft availability to meet the demands of air support commitments. Responsible for the final determination of an aircraft’s combat readiness, he performed as many as forty and fifty test flights a month. His combat aviation experience rendered him a meticulous judge of aircraft readiness and an invaluable contributor to the effective performance of company missions and defense. Assuming the job of Company Executive Officer, Captain Berg simultaneously shouldered the aerial duties of ‚Äúair mission commander‚Äù. Flying command and control he provided aggressive and outstandingly professional guidance in the execution of numerous combat assault and support missions throughout the III Corps area. He was further instrumental in establishing the physical security of the unit area, flight line, and post power plants. Captain Berg’s qualities of professionalism, dedicated efforts, and intense devotion to duty greatly insured the success of the unit. 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.