CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR
The Vietnam War - Southeast Asia - Republic of Vietnam
Captain Kent L. Helber
Captain Kent L. Helber distinguished himself by gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force at Katum Special Forces Camp, Republic of Vietnam on 24 September, 1968
On that date, Captain Helber was the team leader of a Combat Control Team who was deploying to the camp to provide air traffic control and ground support for the aerial resupply of the beleaguered Vietnamese camp which was under pre-siege mortar and rocket barrage.
With complete disregard for his personal safety Captain Helber helped clear the drop zone and recover the load before it was recovered by hostile forces and used against the camp.
By the successful recovery of these much needed supplies, the imminent hostile ground attack was bolted and the Vietnamese camp kept from being overrun by a determined hostile force.
By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Captain Helber has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.