Michael E. O'Neil Back

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Michael E. O'Neil, First Lieutenant, United States Army, an AH-1G Cobra helicopter Pilot with D Company, 227th Aviation Battalion, 1st Air Cavalry Division, operating in Vietnam in 1970, for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary actions above and beyond the call of duty in the Republic of Cambodia. First Lieutenant O'Neil distinguished himself by valorous action on 1 May 1970 as a gunship Co-pilot when called upon to place suppressive fire on enemy positions along a route of flight and in the vicinity of a landing zone. His outstanding flying ability and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.