First Lieutenant James Puhala
U.S. Army
227th Aviation Battalion
Vietnam War
8 November 1967







Wall of Valor:
For heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty in the Republic of Vietnam. First Lieutenant Puhala distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action on 8 November 1967, while serving as an aircraft commander on a UH-1C armed helicopter during a night patrol mission in a Republic of Vietnam. When an infantry unit became heavily engaged with a large enemy force, Lieutenant Puhala exposed himself to the hostile ground fire as he flew his helicopter at a low altitude over enemy positions, placing accurate machine gun and rocket fire. His actions were largely responsible for successfully repelling the enemy attack. His outstanding flying ability and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.