This Army pilot shielded troops with his helicopter . . . twice
During Robert A. Hefford's two assignments as a pilot, and later as commander of a unit of “gunship” helicopters, there were many intense engagements with the enemy; that being the nature of their work. The aircraft that he flew were hit and damaged by enemy fire on numerous occasions. By the time he had seen his last combat he had received the Purple Heart and multiple awards for valor, including the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism, the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Army Commendation Medal with V-Device.