||124k||George Milton Neal, born Springfield, Ohio, 29 August 1930, served with Helicopter Squadron One, a helicopter rescue unit that embarked from the Australian light cruiser HMAS Sydney. On July 3, 1951, Neal and pilot Lt. j.g. John Koelsch attempted to rescue Marine Corps Capt. James Wilkins, who crashed near Yondong, North Korea after his Corsair was hit by antiaircraft fire.
Koelsch and Neal found Wilkins, but as they came under increased enemy fire and lowered their rescue sling their helicopter became disabled and crashed.
“For nine days, Neal assisted Koelsch and Wilkins in evading enemy forces before being captured and held as a prisoner of war,” the release said.
Koelsch died during captivity. Wilkins and Neal were released and returned to the United States with more than 320 fellow POWs in 1952. Neal was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions. He passed away 01 December 2016 and was interred in Arlington National Cemetery.