Richard C. Ashman

Ashman, Richard C. Chief Warrant Officer, Troop B, 3rd Armored Squadron, 17th Air Cavalry, APO 96289. Date of Service: May 3, 1970, awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary actions above and beyond the call of duty: These men distinguished themselves by exceptionally valorous actions while piloting helicopter gun ships on a hunter-killer mission. They were directing a scout aircraft into a target area that was to receive a visual reconnaissance, when the scout aircraft came under accurate and intense machinegun fire, wounding both pilots. They then ordered the scout aircraft to break away from the area and with complete disregard for their own safety and immediately began a gun run on the machinegun emplacement. After firing two pairs of rockets, they realized that their aircraft was experiencing hydraulics failure. Disregarding the obvious danger to themselves, they continued on the gun run to allow the scout aircraft a safe departure from the enemy location. After requesting and obtaining another ship, they returned to the contact area accompanied by another scout aircraft and two ship loads of ground troops. They continued to cover the ensuing operation which resulted in one enemy killed, the capture of a personal weapon, and numerous enemy supplies and documents. Their actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon themselves, their unit, and the United States Army. ——————————————————————————————————– Date of Service: May 7, 1970, is awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (1st Oak Leaf Cluster) for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary actions above and beyond the call of duty: These men distinguished themselves by exceptionally valorous actions while serving aboard a team of helicopter gunships in support of friendly ground forces in Cambodia. While enroute from Tay Ninh Airfield to Di An, they received a call for gunship support near Ka Chek. Upon arrival in the contact area, they found that an allied convoy had been ambushed by a large enemy unit and was receiving extremely heavy fire. They continued to deliver highly accurate fire on the enemy positions, disregarding their personal safety, until the enemy retreated. Because of their great courage and outstanding flying ability, the ambushed friendly unit was able to break contact with the enemy with minimal casualties. Their actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon themselves, their unit, and the Untied States Army. ———————————————————————————————————— Date of Service: November 30, 1970, is awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster) for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary actions above and beyond the call of duty: Chief Warrant Officer Ashman distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions while serving as pilot of a helicopter gunship during a combat operation in support of a friendly ground unit in contact with a well entrenched enemy machinegun position. Coordinating with the Allied ground forces and light observation helicopters which marked the enemy positions, he boldly rolled in and unleashed a devastating barrage of fire upon the enemy emplacements. Regardless of the target of heavy enemy automatic weapons fire which struck his gunship, he nevertheless courageously continued to maneuver in over the enemy to place a hail of fire upon the hostile positions. Unrelenting in his efforts until the enemy gunners were effectively silenced, Chief Warrant Officer Ashman was directly responsible for the success of the mission. His outstanding flying ability and great personal courage in the face of intense enemy fire were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.