Luis A. Fuentes

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Warrant Officer Luis A. Fuentes, W1, 187th Aviation Company (Assault Helicopter) Armor, United States Army, Republic of Vietnam, for action dated 8 January 1970 for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary actions above and beyond the call of duty: Warrant Officer Fuentes distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions while flying a combat mission in support of friendly infantry which had made contact with a large enemy force. Many casualties were sustained and the friendly elements were constantly exposed to sniper, rocket grenade and machine gun fire from the enemy. Day long battles made night resupply missions necessary and Warrant Officer Fuentes made two such resupply trips to the mountain. Warrant Officer Fuentes was forced to hover his ship while crew members dropped the resupply. During both missions his ship became the target of intense enemy ground fire. With complete disregard for his own safety, he sacrificed his own security for the welfare of the ground troops. Warrant Officer Fuentes efforts kept the infantrymen supplied with vital food and ammunition and were an immeasurable aid to the success of the mission. Warrant Officer Fuentes actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.