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Original U.S. Vietnam War Pararescue Recovery Specialist KIA Named Silver Star Grouping

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Original Items: One-of-a-kind set. This grouping which belonged Staff Sergeant Michael F. Dean of the 40th Air Rescue/Recovery Squadron is best summed up by the Silver Star citation which reads:

CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF
THE SILVER STAR (POSTHUMOUS)
TO
MICHAEL F. DEAN
Staff Sergeant Michael F. Dean distinguished himself by gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia on 30 June 1970. On that date, Sergeant Dean, an HH-53C Pararescue/Recovery Specialist, twice penetrated an area of known hostile concentration in a valiant effort to rescue an injured American pilot. Undaunted after being repelled during the first attempt, and with complete disregard for his personal safety, he elected to make a second attempt. As the helicopter neared the downed airman, it sustained severe battle damage, resulting in an uncontrollable fire. Bravely returning the hostile fire until the end, Sergeant Dean lost his life while trying to save another when the helicopter impacted the ground and exploded. By his gallantry and devotion to duty in the dedication of his service to his country, Sergeant Dean has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF
THE AIR MEDAL
(SEVENTH THRU THIRTEENTH OAK LEAF CLUSTER) (POSTHUMOUS)
TO
MICHAEL F. DEAN
Staff Sergeant Michael F. Dean distinguished himself by meritorious achievement while participating in sustained aerial flight as a combat crew member in South-east Asia from 29 January 1969 to 25 June 1970. During this period, Sergeant Dean participated superbly in accomplishing highly intricate missions to support Free World Forces that were combatting aggression. The energetic application of his knowledge and skill were significant factors that contributed greatly to furthering United States goals in Southeast Asia. The professional skill and airman-ship displayed by Sergeant Dean in the dedication of his service to his country reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Staff Sergeant Michael F. Dean remains were recovered in 1993, an account of the crash, search and ultimate recover and be read at this link.

Included in this set are the following items:
- Original Silver Star Medal and Citation.
- Original Air Medal and Citation.
- Original Purple Heart Medal and Citation.
- Original letter signed by President Nixon on White House stationary regarding a letter he wrote to Nixon regarding Nixon's decision regarding incursion to Cambodia.
- Original letter from California Governor signed by Ronald Reagan.
- Original Vietnam War era documents
- Dozens of original photos of his service in Vietnam.
- 2 photo albums of his service in Vietnam.
- Original ID, passes, orders, correspondence, News clippings etc.
- Research Binder.
- Original Badges, patches, name tags, and so much more!!!

40th ARRS was activated at Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base in September 1967 with HH-3s which were known as the “Jolly Green Giants” or “Jollys” (after the H-53's arrived they were nicknamed "Nitnoy.", Thai for 'small') When HH-53s arrived they were called the “Super Jollys” or "BUFF."(Big Ugly Fat F—kers”.

March 1968, Detachment 2 of the 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron at Udorn RTAFB operating HH-3s and HH-53Bs was transferred to the 40th ARRS.

The 40th moved to Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base on 21 July 1971.

30 June 1970, Jolly Green 54, HH-53C BuNo 66-8283 was on a CSAR mission for the crew of Nail 44 an OV-10A, over Savannakhet, Laos. Abandoning the first rescue attempt due to heavy fire, the pilot Capt Leroy C Schaneberg decided to make a second rescue attempt. JG54 was hit by ground fire and crashed. The 5 man crew were all KIA. The crash site was excavated in December 1993 and remains were identified as a group on 7 March 1995. Capt Schaneberg was posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross.
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