Eugene R. Brady

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Eugene R. Brady
Born (1928-03-27)March 27, 1928
York, Pennsylvania
Died June 9, 2011(2011-06-09) (aged 83)
Buried Arlington National Cemetery
Service/branch Globeanchor.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service 4 June 1946 – 1 October 1980
Rank US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
Commands held MABS-33
HMM 364 LOGO.jpgHMM-364
US Marine Corps Air Station Tustin badge.pngMCAS(H) Tustin
MAG-16 insignia.jpgMAG-16
Wars Korean War, Vietnam War
Awards Navy Cross
Silver Star
Legion of Merit with Combat "V"
Purple Heart

Eugene R. Brady was a United States Marine Corps officer and recipient of the Navy Cross.

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Navy Cross citation[edit]

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to

Lieutenant Colonel Eugene R. Brady (MCSN: 0-51664), United States Marine Corps

for extraordinary heroism and intrepidity in action while serving as Commanding Officer of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron THREE HUNDRED SIXTY-FOUR (HMM-364), Marine Aircraft Group SIXTEEN (MAG-16), First Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 15 May 1969, Lieutenant Colonel Brady launched as Aircraft Commander of a transport helicopter assigned the mission of medically evacuating several seriously wounded Marines from an area northwest of An Hoa in Quang Nam Province. Arriving over the designated location, he was advised by the ground commander that the vastly outnumbered unit was surrounded by the enemy, some as close as thirty meters to the Marines' positions. Fully aware of the dangers involved, and despite rapidly approaching darkness and deteriorating weather conditions, Lieutenant Colonel Brady elected to complete his mission. As he commenced a high-speed, low-altitude approach to the confined zone, he came under a heavy volume of hostile automatic weapons fire which damaged his aircraft but did not deter him from landing. During the considerable period of time required to embark the casualties, the landing zone was subjected to intense enemy mortar fire, several rounds of which landed perilously close to the transport, rendering additional damage to the helicopter. However, Lieutenant Colonel Brady displayed exceptional composure as he calmly relayed hostile firing positions to fixed-wing aircraft overhead and steadfastly remained in his dangerously exposed position until all the wounded men were safely aboard. Demonstrating superb airmanship, he then executed a series of evasive maneuvers as he lifted from the fire-swept zone, and subsequently delivered the casualties to the nearest medical facility. His heroic and determined actions inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in saving the lives of eight fellow Marines. By his courage, superior aeronautical ability, and unfaltering devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger, Lieutenant Colonel Brady upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.[1]


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