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Ronnie L. Tremain


Distinguished Flying Cross

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The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Chief Aviation Survival Technician Ronnie L. Tremain, United States Coast Guard, for heroism while participating in serial flight as the Rescue Swimmer of Coast Guard MH-6OJ Jayhawk Helicopter CG-6022 on 4 December 2007. With the Pacific Northwest in the throes of a tremendous storm marked by torrential rain and hurricane force winds, CG6022 was launched from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Oregon, just prior to midnight, in response to hundreds of citizens in peril in the vicinity of Chehalis, Washington. At great personal risk, Chief Petty Officer Tremain was lowered nine times into rolling flood waters filled with hidden hazards that included live power lines, logs and debris. Placing himself at extraordinary peril by entering several flooded and unstable houses in darkness, Chief Petty Officer Tremain demonstrated exceptional skill and physical stamina by shepherding victims together and then setting up the hoists needed to transport them to safety. Chief Petty Officer Tremain waded through swift, chest- deep water contaminated with debris and concealed obstacles to enter the home of an elderly, diabetic man. Demonstrating superior technical expertise, Chief Petty Officer Tremain guided the rescue basket beneath a car port and into sheltered waters when the man could be evacuated safely. Chief Petty Officer Tremain led the precision rescue of a pregnant women and her family by preparing a platform just big enough for the rescue basket to be loaded in the midst of live downed power lines and broken tree limbs. Chief Petty Officer Tremain's actions, skill and heroism were instrumental in the rescue of 21 people. His courage, judgment, and devotion to duty in the face of hazardous conditions are most heartily commended and are In keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard.

Action Date: 4-Dec-07

Service: Coast Guard

Rank: Colonel