McMurray, Fred Howell, Jr., CPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Service Branch
Cavalry
Last Primary MOS
1981-Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 1981, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment (Air Cavalry)
Service Years
1966 - 1968

Cavalry

Captain


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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
1943
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Charleston
Last Address
Charleston

Casualty Date
Apr 07, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Thua Thien (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
48E 045

 Official Badges 

1st Cavalry Division


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Ribbon Bar

Aviator Badge (Basic)

 
 Unit Assignments
1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment (Air Cavalry)
  1968-1968, 1981, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment (Air Cavalry)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Colleges Attended 
Clemson University
  1962-1966, Clemson University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Silver Star

Citation to Accompany the Silver Star Medal awarded to Fred H. McMurray by direction of the President, under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved 9 July 1918, for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam.

First Lieutenant McMurray distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action on 10 March 1968, while serving as a pilot of an armed observation helicopter during a reconnaissance mission in Phong Dein, Republic of Vietnam. Upon detecting large enemy concentrations, Lieutenant McMurray, disregarding his own safety, exposed himself to the hostile ground fire as he hovered his aircraft over enemy positions, enabling the observer to successfully engage the hostile force. Disregarding his own safety, he maneuvered over the enemy, placing suppressive fire and marking the positions for friendly ground troops.

His courageous action inflicted numerous casualties on the enemy force and contributed greatly to the successful completion of the ground element’s mission. Lieutenant McMurray’s gallant action was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.



Distinguished Flying Cross Citation

Citation to Accompany the Distinguished Flying Cross awarded to Fred H. McMurray by direction of the President, under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved 2 July 1926, for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty in the Republic of Vietnam.

First Lieutenant McMurray distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action on 31 January 1968, while serving as a pilot of an armed helicopter, during a reconnaissance mission in the Republic of Vietnam. While flying at low altitude over enemy controlled terrain, First Lieutenant McMurray observed and engaged a large and well entrenched enemy force. During the action First Lieutenant McMurray made numerous passes over the insurgent’s positions and placed a large volume of effective suppressive fire against them. Disregarding his own safety, First Lieutenant McMurray braved the intense ground fire and neutralized the insurgent’s fighting ability and contributed greatly to the successful completion of his unit’s mission.

His outstanding flying ability and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
   
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