Raoul Archambault, III

#1) The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Raoul Archambault, III, WO1, United States Army, 57th Cbt AVN Co, Republic of Vietnam, for action dated 12 April 1972 for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary actions above and beyond the call of duty: Warrant Officer Archambault distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions while serving as an aircraft commander in one of four helicopter gunships providing tactical air support for an ARVN airborne regiment in the vicinity of Tan-Canh, Republic of Vietnam. When fire base Charlie, one of seven key fire bases west of Tan Cahn, was subjected to a coordinated human wave ground attack by enemy forces, Warrant Officer Archambault was instrumental in defeating the enemy assault. Having been made aware of the overwhelming strength of the enemy force and the presence of highly concentrated anti-aircraft positions, Warrant Officer Archambault entered into an attack pattern without hesitation. During his first attack against the enemy, through a hail of large caliber and small arms fire, he encountered electrical difficulty within his aircraft armament system. He was unable to fire thirty-eighth of the forty-eighth rockets arming his aircraft. Nevertheless in a display of courage and decisiveness, he chose to remain in the attack pattern and eliminated the leading element of the enemy ground assault which was closing in on the fire base perimeter. With the knowledge that the majority of his aircraft’s remaining power was inoperative, he continued to feign attacks to draw the enemy fire thus enabling his fellow pilots to concentrate their attacks on the enemy assault. He skillfully maneuvered his aircraft through the barrage of enemy fire to place continuous and accurate fire against the enemy antiaircraft positions. One large caliber weapon northwest of the fire base was silenced. Warrant Officer Archambault, as a member of the gunship fire team, halted the enemy assault enabling the ARVN ground commander to regroup his forces and hold the position. His display of courage and gallantry under intense enemy fire and professionalism 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 award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (First Oak Leaf Cluster) to Raoul Archambault, III, WO1, United States Army, 57th Cbt AVN Co, Republic of Vietnam, for action dated 28 May 1972 for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary actions above and beyond the call of duty: Warrant Officer Archambault distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions while serving as a pilot in one of three helicopter gunships supporting an American advisory team to the 44th Regiment, 23rd Division, located in the vicinity of Kontum, Republic of Vietnam. While a company size element of enemy troops were advancing upon the city of Kontum, Warrant Officer Archambault displayed the aggressiveness and courage to attack the enemy forces, he was subjected to a high volume of small arms fire, and received fire from three various enemy positions. While halting the advance of the enemy forces, by his suppressive fire, Warrant Officer Archambault assisted in destroying two of the three positions. This mission of halting an advancing enemy force and destroying several enemy positions, took a courageous and professional soldier and aviator. His display of courage and determination, and professionalism as a pilot were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

#3) The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Raoul Archambault, WO1, United States Army, 57th AHC, Republic of Vietnam, for action dated 16 October 1972 for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary actions above and beyond the call of duty: Warrant Officer Archambault distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions while serving as aircraft commander of a cobra gunship covering the extraction of several wounded Vietnamese and United States soldiers from a fire base, south of Pleiku, Republic of Vietnam. After receiving a detailed briefing on the situation at the fire base, Warrant Officer Archambault determined the most advantageous tactics to be utilized for covering the medevac aircraft. As the extraction aircraft began its descent into the pick-up zone Warrant Officer Archambault’s placed suppressive rocket and mini-gun fire on the enemy. Warrant Officer Archambault’s 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.