Captain Donald R. Howie

Captain Donald R. Howie distinguished himself by gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force at a landing zone in Northern Cambodia, from 23 June 1970 to 25 June 1970. On those dates, Captain Howie was providing Air Traffic Control to C-47, C-123, and C-7A aircraft in the evacuation of three thousand Cambodian refugees when his field came under attacks by rockets, mortar and advancing ground forces. With complete disregard for his own personal safety he orchestrated the departure to three C-7A aircraft who were helpless targets of the attack. From his open and unprotected position he directed the immediate and safe departure of three aircraft. His courageous action saved the lives of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam Rangers and the Cambodian defenders who were waiting departure from the field, as well as 200-300 Cambodian refugees; men, women and children who were still at the field. By his gallantry and devotion to duty. Captain Howie has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force. (occurred in Boung Long, Cambodia)*

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