Thank you for your service as an Utility & Light Cargo Single Rotor Helicopter Pilot. Merry Christmas. It has been too long, and it's about time for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
Remembering Marty Given on Memorial Day, May 28 2018
Final Mission of WO1 Martin G. Given
Distinguished Flying Cross Citation
Date of birth: June 2, 1948
Date of death: November 21, 1968
Home of record: Northfield Massachusetts
AWARDS AND CITATIONS
Distinguished Flying Cross
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Warrant Officer (W-1) Martin Gehring Given (ASN: W-3160763), United States Army, for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty on 21 November 1968. Warrant Officer Given distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions while serving as aircraft commander of an unarmed helicopter on a reconnaissance mission. His ship had been equipped with a personnel detection device which required the aircraft to be flown at low levels over enemy terrain. He skillfully maneuvered the aircraft over an area that was known to have a large concentration of enemy forces. The detection device registered heavily many times revealing the enemy position. On the last pass, the aircraft came under intense enemy fire and crashed, mortally wounding Warrant Officer Given, His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: Headquarters, 1st Aviation Brigade, General Orders No. 32 (January 2, 1969)
Action Date: November 21, 1968
Rank: Warrant Officer
Company: 119th Assault Helicopter Company
Regiment: 1st Aviation Brigade
Remembering an American Hero
Dear WO Martin Gehring Given, sir,
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for the ultimate sacrifice that you made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. And please know that men and women like you have stepped forward to defend our country yet again, showing the same love for country and their fellow Americans that you did- you would be proud.
With respect, and the best salute that a civilian can muster for you.