Award of Air Force Cross to Charles D. McGrath, a War Memorial

Award of Air Force Cross to Charles D. McGrath, a War Memorial (HM1STL)

Location: Montgomery, AL 36115 Montgomery County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 24.261', W 86° 14.975'

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Citation to Accompany the Award ofThe Air Force Cross

Charles D. McGrath

Sergeant Charles D. McGrath distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as a Pararescue Recovery Specialist on an HH-53C rescue helicopter in North Vietnam on 27 June 1972. On that date, while penetrating dense jungle to rescue a severely injured American airman, Sergeant McGrath exposed himself to intense ground fire in order to drag the incapacitated survivor to a suitable recovery area. Seeing his rescue aircraft crippled by the hostile fire, he directed air strikes against surrounding hostile ground forces until he was able to secure the survivor and himself to the penetrator of a backup helicopter. Rising through constant accurate ground fire, he shielded the survivor with his own body until they were successfully recovered into the aircraft where he immediately began providing the vital medical assistance required to save the lives of the survivor and an injured crewmember. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, Sergeant McGrath reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Year Placed2007
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Maxwell-Gunter AFSNCOA Class 07-B
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Date Added Monday, June 27th, 2016 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 570568 N 3585503
Decimal Degrees32.40435000, -86.24958333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 24.261', W 86° 14.975'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 24' 15.66" N, 86° 14' 58.5" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Williamson St, Montgomery AL 36115, US
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