Wings the Marines of HMM-165
1969
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Citation - The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael T. Everett (2372400), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-FIVE (HMM-165), Marine Aircraft Group SIXTEEN, FIRST Marine Aircraft Wing in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the night of 15 April 1969, Lance Corporal Everett launched as Crew Chief aboard the lead aircraft in a flight of two CH-46 transport helicopters assigned a medical evacuation mission near DaNang. Arriving over the designated area, he skillfully guided the pilot as he maneuvered the aircraft into a hover over the pick-up zone, then lowered a stretcher on a hoist. When it did not reach the ground, he again assisted the pilot as he lowered the helicopter below the level of the treetops, then kept him advised of the situation during the entire ten minutes it took to complete the extraction. After the casualty was transported to a medical facility, his helicopter was assigned to extract three seriously wounded Korean Marines. Two previous medical evacuation attempts had failed when the aircraft were badly damaged by enemy fire. While his pilot maneuvered the aircraft into the zone, under the suppressive fire from two supporting gunships. Lance Corporal Everett unhesitatingly exposed himself to hostile fire as he leaned out of the right door of the helicopter and guided the pilot to a safe landing in the hazardous zone. After helping to embark the injured men, he again assisted the pilot as they departed the landing zone. A few hours later, he launched on a mission to extract the wounded members of a reconnaissance team which was surrounded by the enemy. By the time his aircraft arrived over the designated area, it had become necessary to extract the entire eight-man team, seven of whom had been wounded. When the helicopter landed on a small knoll thirty meters up the slope from the team's position, Lance Corporal Everett, accompanied by the corpsman, fearlessly left his aircraft and, for twenty-five minutes, searched in the darkness for the wounded Marines. Upon locating each casualty, Lance Corporal Everett braved the intense enemy fire, raking the area as he carried the wounded back up the hill and placed them on the helicopter for evacuation and, as the helicopter departed the area, he assisted the corpsman administer first aid to the casualties. By his courage, resolute determination and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Lance Corporal Everett inspired all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
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