Resolution J2905-2013

Honoring Charles Nesbitt upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross

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  • Jan 23, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Jan 23, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 15, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring  Charles Nesbitt, a member of the 57th
Assault Helicopter Company upon  the  occasion  of  his  designation  as
recipient  of  the  Distinguished  Flying  Cross  for  his extraordinary
achievement in an aerial flight during the Vietnam War

WHEREAS, Members of the Armed Services from the State of New  York,  who
have  served  so valiantly and honorably in wars in which this country's
freedom was at stake, as well as in the preservation of peace in  peace-
time, deserve a special salute from this Legislative Body; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the intent of this Legislative Body to commend those
who have served in times of active conflict, as well  as  to  those  who
have served in times of peace; and
  WHEREAS,  Residents  of this great State must never forget the courage
with which these men and women served their country, and must  recognize
that  no  greater  debt  is  owed than that owed to those who gave their
lives for their beloved Nation and to those who continue to  be  missing
in action; and
  WHEREAS,  This  Legislative  Body  is  justly  proud  to honor Charles
Nesbitt, a member of the 57th Assault Helicopter Company upon the  occa-
sion  of  his designation as recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross
for his extraordinary achievement in an aerial flight during the Vietnam
War; and
  WHEREAS, A former New York State Assemblyman, Charles Nesbitt's  medal
was  awarded  for  heroism  while  participating  in  aerial flight that
occurred on November 14, 1968, while on a mission in extracting a United
States Army Special Forces team out of Laos; the task was supposed to be
routine, until one helicopter unexpectedly crashed into the jungle; and
  WHEREAS, Amid enemy fire, Charles  Nesbitt  and  a  second  helicopter
moved  in  to  pick  up  the downed crew; believing they had everyone on
board, the aircraft lifted off, but soon realized one man  was  missing;
and
  WHEREAS,  After depositing their rescued soldiers at a secret outpost,
Charles Nesbitt and the other helicopter flew back to the crash site; he
hovered his Huey in the treetops, trying to see the  jungle  floor;  now
running low on fuel, he made the decision to make one final pass direct-
ly  over  the  downed  aircraft,  where they spotted the wounded soldier
lying on the ground; and
  WHEREAS, Trees being more than 100 feet tall and broken bamboo  stumps
all  over  the  ground  prevented  the  helicopter from landing; Charles
Nesbitt and the other helicopter would have to return to base  for  fuel
along  with  a  specially  trained  Special  Forces Bright Light Team to
extract the wounded soldier with a McGuire rig; and
  WHEREAS, Arriving back at the crash site, one helicopter unloaded  the
Special  Forces  team  while  Charles  Nesbitt  hovered over the wounded
soldier, receiving enemy gunfire; he called for cover from the escorting
Cougars, whose mini-guns scattered the enemy and slowed the North  Viet-
namese Army's rate of fire; and
  WHEREAS,  The  rescue team had not yet arrived, however, and the enemy
was near the crash site, in a position to kill or  capture  the  wounded
soldier,  when Charles Nesbitt made the decision to lower his helicopter
into the landing zone, hearing bullets going off  around  them  as  they
began  the  descent; however, it was too risky trying to cut through the
canopy, and Charles Nesbitt was forced to hover back up to  the  top  of
the canopy, while his crewmen fired their M60 machine guns at anyone who
moved near the downed aircraft; and

  WHEREAS,  When  the  rescue  team  finally  arrived, they fastened the
wounded soldier into the McGuire  rig  and  Charles  Nesbitt  began  his
ascent, with the gunships firing constantly to disengage the enemy; and
  WHEREAS, Charles Nesbitt mentioned that getting to an area of elephant
grass  where  they  could lower and recover the wounded soldier into the
aircraft took slow and precise flying; after  the  rescue,  20  year-old
Charles Nesbitt had been flying more than nine hours, three and one-half
of them under enemy fire, and his helicopter was nearly out of fuel; and
  WHEREAS,  A  true  asset  to society, Charles Nesbitt is worthy of the
Distinguished Flying Cross; and
  WHEREAS, Having exhibited their patriotism both at  home  and  abroad,
these  men and women demonstrated their love for their country and merit
forevermore, the highest respect of their State and Nation; and
  WHEREAS, Our Nation's veterans deserve to be recognized, commended and
thanked by the people of the State of New York for their service and for
their dedication to their communities, their  State  and  their  Nation;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Charles Nesbitt, a member of the 57th Assault  Helicopter  Company
upon  the  occasion of his designation as recipient of the Distinguished
Flying Cross for his  extraordinary  achievement  in  an  aerial  flight
during the Vietnam War; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Charles Nesbitt.

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