Ronald J. Biddle

#1) The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Ronald J. Biddle for heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight while serving as a Pilot with Marine Fighter/Attack Squadron 314, Marine Aircraft Group Thirteen, First Marine Aircraft Wing in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the morning of 27 January 1967, Captain Biddle launched as Section Leader of a flight of two F-4 Phantom aircraft assigned to provide close air support for a Marine reconnaissance patrol which was surrounded by a numerically superior enemy force northwest of Khe Sanh. Two Marine helicopters had been shot down by enemy ground fire in the area and another had crashed after colliding with trees while attempting to land near the beleaguered team. Arriving over the designated area, he was briefed on the friendly and enemy situation by the Tactical Air Controller (Airborne) and unhesitatingly commenced his attack, despite adverse weather conditions. Although his aircraft immediately came under intense enemy anti-aircraft fire, Captain Biddle fearlessly continued his attack and delivered his ordnance with unerring accuracy on the hostile positions. His superb airmanship and determined efforts were an inspiration to all who served with him and were instrumental in the subsequent safe extraction of the besieged Marines. Captain Biddle’s courage, exceptional aeronautical ability and unwavering devotion to duty at great personal risk contributed significantly to the accomplishment of the hazardous mission and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.

#2) The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Ronald J. Biddle for heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight while serving as a Naval Aviator with Marine Fighter/Attack Squadron 314, Marine Aircraft Group Thirteen, First Marine Aircraft Wing in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. As Flight Leader of a section of F-4B aircraft on 24 February 1967, Captain Biddle had just completed a helicopter escort mission when he was diverted to conduct a strike against an estimated force of forty North Vietnamese troops infiltrating through the Demilitarized Zone in the vicinity of Dong Ha. Enroute to the target area, his wingman developed control problems with his aircraft and was forced to return to Chu Lai. Undaunted, Captain Biddle decided to execute the mission with a single aircraft, despite a low fuel level and extremely limited visibility. Receiving target positions from the forward air controller, he displayed exceptional aeronautical skill and determination as he chose a heading to penetrate the overcast and commenced his descent. In a series of high speed diving attacks through intense enemy fire, Captain Biddle delivered his ordnance with pinpoint accuracy on the enemy troops, inflicting heavy casualties and driving them in panic and confusion north across the Demilitarized Zone. His courage and bold initiative undoubtedly saved numerous Marine lives and contributed significantly to the accomplishment of the extremely hazardous mission. Captain Biddle’s exceptional skill as an aviator, fearless determination and selfless dedication to duty at great personal risk were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.