First Class Charles B. Aldean distinguished himself by
extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial
flight as a Pararescue Specialist on an HH-53 Rescue
Helicopter near Bien Hoa, Republic of Vietnam, on 12
November 1971. On that date, Airman Aldean’s outstanding
airmanship and extensive technical skill, displayed under
hazardous conditions, culminated in the rescue of seven
Vietnamese aircrewmen from their crashed helicopter. Airman
Aldean exposed himself to hostile ground fire while manning
his defensive gun position throughout the rescue effort,
thus insuring the successful recovery of the seven airmen.
The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to
duty displayed by Airman Aldean reflect great credit upon
himself and the United States Air Force.