The Distinguished Flying Cross

                          The  President  of the  United States  takes pride  in presenting the DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS posthumously to


for service as set forth in the following


                              For heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight as Aircraft  Commander  of  a  UH-34  transport  helicopter  with  Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364,  in the  Republic  of  Vietnam  on  the  evening  of  19 November 1967.  While returning to its base after a search and rescue mission in support of a large helicopter borne assault force, Major Demko's  helicopter was diverted  to an  emergency  medical  evacuation  mission  in support of a Marine rifle company.  He arrived over the designated area  and approached the landing zone.  Just prior to  landing,  his aircraft  came under  intense enemy  automatic weapons fire and was directed away from the site by the ground force.  Orbiting over An Hoa and establishing radio contact with the Marine unit, Major Demko was  informed that the wounded Marines were  being moved to the landing zone. Then, after  an hour,  he was requested  to return to  the hazardous area  for  the evacuation.  In complete darkness and  guided by a  single strobe light, he  skill- fully landed  in the zone as a  heavy volume of  tracer fire passed just above  the rotor blades of his aircraft.  Embarking six wounded Marines, he  lifted from the site and,  effectively  utilizing  the  terrain as cover  from the  hostile fire, moved beyond  range of  the enemy's  weapons  before  gaining  altitude  for the  return flight to a medical facility.  His exceptional  ability and  determined efforts  were an inspiration to all who  served  with  him  and  were  instrumental  in  accomp- lishing the hazardous mission.   Major Demko's courage, superb airmanship and unswerving  devotion  to duty  at great  personal  risk were in  keeping  with  the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

                                                                  For the President

                                                                   /S/ L. F. Chapman, Jr.

                                                                  Commandant of the Marine Corps

Citation provided by:
    Franklin A. Gulledge, Jr., Major USMC (Ret) and,
    Awards Branch, Headquarters United States Marine Corps

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