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Roy Gordon Azbill

Date of birth: 1-Jan-40
Date of death: December 30, 1964
Home of record: Weaverville California
Status: KIA


Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Warrant Officer Roy Gordon Azbill (ASN: W-3151203), United States Army, for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations in the Republic of Vietnam, on 30 December 1964. As a Pilot of an Army aircraft, Warrant Officer Azbill was participating in a reconnaissance and support mission to provide aerial cover for a Vietnamese unit which had sustained heavy casualties on the previous day in a battle with the Viet Cong, near Binh Gia. Although he was wounded early in the day when his helicopter was hit by enemy small arms and .50 caliber machine gun fire, Warrant Officer Azbill engaged the enemy until the ammunition was expended. After his departure to return, refuel, and get two replacement crew members for his aircraft, he voluntarily returned to the battle zone and continued to detect and strike enemy positions throughout the afternoon. At dusk, when his aircraft became the prime target of the Viet Cong gunfire, he demonstrated fortitude, perseverance, and professional skill by retaliating with the utmost effectiveness until his ship crashed after being struck by enemy gunfire, taking the lives of all aboard. Throughout the seven hours in which he participated in the defense effort, he inspired other aviators in the air and the troops on the ground by his indomitable courage and devotion to duty. Warrant Officer Azbill's conspicuous gallantry is in the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflects great credit upon himself and the military services.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 15 (April 28, 1965)

Action Date: 30-Dec-64

Service: Army

Rank: Warrant Officer

Company: 68th Aviation Company

Battalion: 145th Aviation Battalion

Regiment: 1st Aviation Brigade