Marquesate (marquesate) wrote in little_details,

US Military Award for foreign national in 1991

My question is as follows: A British civilian (ex-British Special Forces SAS soldier) working as close security in a crisis zone in 1991 is being taken to another location by a US military flight in a helicopter. The purpose of the flight is non combatant and there is no expected enemy action any more, since the enemy had surrendered. The helicopter is shot down by insurgents (who could be classed as enemies? Or do they have to be "official" enemies?) co-pilot dies, pilot and two crew are injured. To cut a long story short, extraction by US military is not possible at that stage and the British character gets them all to safety, including one incidents of enemy/insurgent confrontation. Without the character, the chances of the injured crew would have been very slim (insurgents knew the crash site).

I am not interested in if any of the above is realistic (it has been written, is finished, and reads very well), but the question is would the British national receive a medal for his fairly heroic deeds, putting his own life on the line (injured as well, but functional) to get them all out of the danger zone?

If yes, what would it be? I have been searching on several sites for information on US military medals and when they are given out, but alas, I am an expert in all things British army, but know nothing about US military.

Now, I have found quite a bit of information on US medals, like the Soldier's medal and the Legion of Merit and its Legionnaire degree, but what it does not tell me is the nitty gritty detail of would someone who is not working directly for the US army (thus for Soldier's medal "or of a friendly foreign nation who, while serving in any capacity with the Army of the United States" does not apply) but neither does it apply that the character is still in the British Forces nor government (thus for Legion of Merit "decoration is issued both to United States military personnel and to military and political figures of foreign governments.") does not apply either.

Furthermore, the Soldier's medal is not for direct contact with an enemy, but I cannot find out if the scenario described above classifies as direct contact or not. Neither have I been able to find out (through the descriptions of awards) if the incident would even warrant as medal-material at all, let alone the Legion of Merit (legionnaire class). I do have to say that the British Forces are a lot more reluctant to award medals than the US military, thus the information that I found is all very nebulous to me.

Any and all insider information is most highly appreciated.
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