Colorado State University SigEp, Class of 1950s

Dale N. Amend '54

Capt. Dale N. Amend, Colorado State 54, recently added the Distinguished Flying Cross to his Bronze Star, 19 Air Medals and the Presidential Unit Citation for Vietnam service. Amend spent a year in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam in the Pleiku area as a Forward Air Controller. He flew 423 combat missions, totaling 773 combat hours. Flying low and alone over enemy territory in an unarmed single engine 0-1 observation aircraft. Captain Amend's job was to locate and identify enemy troops, mark their location with a smoke rocket, and then request and direct an air strike by U. S. tactical aircraft. The citation for the Distinguished Flying Cross reads, "Capt. Dale N. Amend distinguished himself by heroism while participating in aerial flight as a Forward Air Controller near Pleiku Air Base, Vietnam, from May 17, 1966 to May 24, 1966. During this time he responded to three emergency situations in which special-forces patrols were ambushed by vastly superior hostile forces. Disregarding his own safety, he successfully directed numerous combat air support missions, enabling the friendly patrols to successfully conclude their reconnaissance mission."

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