Adkins, Norman Dale, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Transportation Corps
Last Primary MOS
67A-Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 67A, 189th Aviation Company, 52nd Aviation Battalion
Service Years
1968 - 1970

Private First Class

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Bedford, OH
Last Address
Bedford, OH

Casualty Date
Apr 25, 1970
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Kontum (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Crown Hill Cemetery - Twinburg, Ohio
Wall/Plot Coordinates
11W 048

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1970, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Aviation Badge (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
189th Aviation Company, 52nd Aviation Battalion1st Aviation Brigade
  1969-1970, 67A, 189th Aviation Company, 52nd Aviation Battalion
  1969-1970, 1st Aviation Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Private First Class Norman Dale Adkins, United States Army, for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty. Private First Class Adkins distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions while serving as door gunner aboard a helicopter gunship during a mission to drop ammunition and food to a friendly regiment which was in heavy contact with the enemy. His ship received heavy automatic weapons fire during its first two gun runs, but he was able to suppress it with deadly minigun and rocket fire. As the ship broke out of its gun runs, Private First Class Adkins covered the aircraft with devastating machine gun fire. On the third pass over the landing zone the aircraft received vital hits to his control mechanisms. The aircraft commander and pilot struggled desperately to keep their ship under control, but due to the numerous hits received they started loosing altitude. As the aircraft went down Private First Class Adkins continued to fire his machine gun until the ship hit the trees and burst into flames. His selfless devotion to duty and courageous 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.

General Orders: Headquarters, 1st Aviation Brigade, General Orders No. 7389 (July 21, 1970)
Action Date: April 25, 1970
Service: Army
Rank: Private First Class
Company: 189th Aviation Company (Assault Helicopter)
Regiment: 1st Aviation Brigade
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