The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*LUCAS, ANDRE C.
Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel,
U.S. Army, 2d Battalion, 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. Place and date:
Fire Support Base Ripcord, Republic of Vietnam, 1 to 23 July 1970. Entered service at:
West point, N.Y. Born: 2 October 1930, Washington D.C.
Lt. Col. Lucas distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism while serving as the
commanding officer of the 2d Battalion. Although the fire base was constantly subjected to
heavy attacks by a numerically superior enemy force throughout this period, Lt. Col.
Lucas, forsaking his own safety, performed numerous acts of extraordinary valor in
directing the defense of the allied position. On 1 occasion, he flew in a helicopter at
treetop level above an entrenched enemy directing the fire of 1 of his companies for over
3 hours. Even though his helicopter was heavily damaged by enemy fire, he remained in an
exposed position until the company expended its supply of grenades. He then transferred to
another helicopter, dropped critically needed grenades to the troops, and resumed his
perilous mission of directing fire on the enemy. These courageous actions by Lt. Col.
Lucas prevented the company from being encircled and destroyed by a larger enemy force. On
another occasion, Lt. Col. Lucas attempted to rescue a crewman trapped in a burning
helicopter. As the flames in the. aircraft spread, and enemy fire became intense, Lt. Col.
Lucas ordered all members of the rescue party to safety. Then, at great personal risk, he
continued the rescue effort amid concentrated enemy mortar fire, intense heat, and
exploding ammunition until the aircraft was completely engulfed in flames. Lt. Col. Lucas
was mortally wounded while directing the successful withdrawal of his battalion from the
fire base. His actions throughout this extended period inspired his men to heroic efforts,
and were instrumental in saving the lives of many of his fellow soldiers while inflicting
heavy casualties on the enemy. Lt. Col. Lucas' conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in
action, at the cost of his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the
military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit and the U.S. Army.