Stewart C. Brooks, of Lakeland, was recognized for his heroism. Below is an account of his efforts provided by Bachmann’s office:
For Heroism: while participating in aerial flight on 18 August 1969, as a UH-1 Helicopter Door Gunner with the 71st Aviation Company, 14th Aviation Battalion, 16th Aviation Group, 23d Infantry Division, in the Republic of Vietnam.
Specialist Four Brooks voluntarily participated in an ammunition resupply mission in the Song Chang Valley. He knowingly leaned out from the relative security of his gun well into effective enemy fire without gunship cover to ensure that they were positioned in the right area.
Despite his aircraft sustaining multiple hits, Specialist Four Brooks maintained his vulnerable position, off loading the critically needed ammunition, clearing the aircraft for take off and helping direct the pilot away from additional enemy fire. His courageous and timely actions were instrumental in saving a company sized element from being overrun and contributed to the overall success of the mission.
Specialist Four Brooks' distinctive accomplishments are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 71st Aviation Company and the United States Army.