Charles M. Anclien

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Specialist Five Charles M. Anclien for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary actions above and beyond the call of duty. Specialist Five Anclien distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions while serving as an Aerial Observer conducting a scouting mission to locate enemy positions from which the enemy was firing mortars and initiating ground attacks against the village of Plei Katu. While following the enemy’s trail to the east of the village, the lead aircraft came under intense enemy small arms fire and subsequently impacted the ground in flames. The wing aircraft hovered over the downed aircraft until it became apparent that there were no survivors. While hovering over the downed aircraft, Specialist Five Anclien continually maintained effective suppressive fire on the enemy positions. Specialist Five Anclien’s heroic 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.