United States Army, Company A, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airborne). Born Olympia, Washington in 1933 and cited for action on 14 November 1965 in the la Drang Valley, Republic of Vietnam. Disregarding intense enemy fire that had halted his original mission on the fifth troop lift, Major Crandall marshaled assets, adjusted his base of operations to a more forward location, and flew continuing missions to deliver ammunition and to evacuate wounded soldiers from the landing zone thereby instilling others to follow his lead and enhancing morale and the will to fight at a critical time. Lasting through the day and into the evening, he completed a total of 22 flights, most under intense enemy fire, retiring from the battlefield only after all possible service had been rendered to the infantry battalion.
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