Mendenhall Benbow descendent

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Mendenhall Benbow descendent - answered. c i a l . a m e high but MAN ABOUT...
answered. c i a l . a m e high but MAN ABOUT TOWN MendenhalVs Silver Star Reminder Of Viet Action Sgt. William E. Mendenhall holds tho nation's third highest military award, a Silver Star Medal, which the Anderson Marine received for saving a line of Skyhawk jets in a Viet Cong attack in Vial Nam. (Bulletin Photo): It's certain that Sgt. William E. Mendenlmll will never forget . his experiences in Viet Nam, but he has a valuable and prized reminder to help him remember remember a particular incident. It's a Silver Star Medal, third higliest military award accorded accorded by the United States, which was presented the Anderson Marine for helping save a line or Skyhawk jets in an attack by the Viet Cong. Sgt. llendenhall, son of Mrs. Mary Marble, 220 E. 29th St., and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Benbow, 2728 Jefferson Jefferson St., is home on leave. His grandfather is a veteran machinist machinist and pressman with Anderson Anderson Newspapers. Born, reared and educated here, Sgl. Mendenhall enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in September of 1955 and went to Viet Nam about year ago. The attack in which Sgt. Mendenhall Mendenhall played a vital role in saving Marine planes took place last October, and it was in January that he was presented the Silver Star Medal. Formal presentation was made by Gen. Keith B. McCoutcheon, Commanding General, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, F l e e t Marine Force, Pacific, on Jan. 29. Sgt, Mendenhall was in Japan Japan at the time on special assignment, assignment, and his medal was presented by Col. 0. E. Howe, Commanding Officer, Marine Aircraft Croup-13, at the Marine Corps Air Station at Iwakuni. A citation given the local Marine, outlining a brief report report of his action in saving the Skyhawk jets, reads as follows: "In the name of the President of the United States, the Commanding Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Sergeant William E. Mendenhall, United S t a t e s Marine Corps, for service as set forth in the follpwing citation: citation: "For conspicuous gallanfry and intrepidity in action 'while serving as an Ordnance Noncommissioned Noncommissioned Officer with Marine Marine Attack Squadron 214 in th» Republic of Vietnam. "During the early morning hours of 28 October 1965, Marina Aircraft Group Twelve, based at the Marine Corps Expeditionary Airfield at Chu Lai, was suddenly suddenly attacked by insurgent communist (Viet Cong) suicide squads in a vicious attempt to destroy aircraft on the flight line. "Hearing an explosion on lh« flight line, Sergeant Mendenhall Mendenhall rushed to the vicinity where a second explosion had caused an aircraft carrying heavy ordnance lo be engulfed . in flames. "Disregarding the small arms fire and satchel charges exploding exploding throughout the area, Sergeant Sergeant Mendenhall advised the crash crews of the extremely hazardous situation and directed them lo keep the fire away from the wing bombs. While the crash crew was spraying the ordnance with foam as directed, two bombs exploded in low order detonations. "Observing a fire under the wing of an adjacent aircraft, Sergeant Mendenhall extinguished extinguished it before further damage damage could occur. Then, with complete disregard for his personal personal safety and with the knowledge that the remaining overheated and unstable bombs could explode at any time, Sergeant Mendenhall fearlessly removed the fuses from the ordnance of the two aircraft and supervised and assisted in carrying the bombs away from the flight line. "Due to the slick foam under the aircraft, movement w a 3 treacherous; and, In addition, jet fuel from the destroyed and damaged aircraft, if ignited, could have caused an instantaneous instantaneous conflagration. "By his prompt and coura-

Clipped from Anderson Daily Bulletin10 May 1966, TuePage 4

Anderson Daily Bulletin (Anderson, Indiana)10 May 1966, TuePage 4
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