Durand, Dennis Charles, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
67A-Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1970-1971, 67N10, 1st Aviation Brigade
Service Years
1969 - 1971

Specialist 4

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Allen Park
Last Address
Allen Park

Casualty Date
May 25, 1971
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Kontum (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Acacia Park Cemetery - Beverly Hills, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
03W 054

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1971, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator Badge (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
227th Aviation Battalion (AHB)1st Aviation Brigade
  1970-1971, 67N10, 227th Aviation Battalion (AHB)
  1970-1971, 67N10, 1st Aviation Brigade
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Specialist Fourth Class Dennis Charles Durand, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with A/227th Assault Helicopter Company, 52d Combat Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade.

Specialist Four Durand distinguished himself on 25 May 1971 while serving as doorgunner on an emergency medical evacuation mission near Dac To. His helicopter was embarked on a mission to rescue a seriously wounded survivor of a U.S. helicopter which had crashed the day before. This involved braving intense enemy anti-aircraft fire since an estimated two enemy regiments completely surrounded the besieged firebase.

Specialist Durand realized the enemy situation and strength, but his concern for the life of a fellow American soldier overshadowed this knowledge. It was further learned that two ARVN soldiers were also critically wounded and in dire need of medical evacuation.

Specialist Durand's aircraft proceeded through the hail of enemy fire to the firebase and picked up the seriously wounded American as well as the Allied soldiers. Upon departing the firebase, his aircraft received heavy enemy fire and lost its motor before it burst into flames and crashed into the jungle.

It was during this period that Specialist Durand was killed. Specialist Durand's personal bravery and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, are 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, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 3423 (December 6, 1971)
Action Date: May 25, 1971
Service: Army
Rank: Specialist Fourth Class
Company: A/227th Assault Helicopter Company
Battalion: 52d Combat Aviation Battalion Regiment: 1st Aviation Brigade

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