|COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS|
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS posthumously to
FIRST LIEUTENANT ROBERT W. ARMENIO
for service as set forth in the following
"For heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 in the Republic of Vietnam on 12 February 1969. First Lieutenant Armenio launched as Copilot aboard the lead aircraft in a flight of two CH-46 transport helicopters assigned the emerg- ency medical evacuation of a casualty from a Second Republic of Korea Marine Brigade unit heavily engaged with a hostile force in Quang Nam Province. Forced to abort his first approach because of the intensity of the enemy fire, he requested the Korean Marines to pinpoint the hostile position by ground flares, skillfully monitoring his instruments and controls and coordinating his second approach with the supporting fire of Marine gunships as he aided his pilot in landing in the fire-swept area. Quickly embarking the wounded man, he cleared his aircraft to depart the hazardous area and proceeded to the nearest medical facility. Forced to ground his CH-46 because of extensive battle damage, he obtained another helicopter when informed that three more casualties required immediate extraction at the same landing zone and resolutely returned to the dangerous area. Undaunted by the extremely heavy volume of enemy fire again directed against his CH-46 and the lack of gunship support, First Lieutenant Armenio boldly assisted his aircraft commander in maneuvering through the withering fire to land near the injured men. Ignoring the hostile rounds impact- ing in the area, he directed his aerial gunners in the delivery of such effective suppressive fire that the casualties were quickly embarked and the CH-46 departed the fire-swept area and proceeded to the medical facility. First Lieutenant Armenio's courage, superior airmanship and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger were instrumental in saving the lives of the Korean Marines and 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
Crew of YK-4
|1stLt. John L. Brennan||Pilot|
|1stLt. Robert W. Armenio||Copilot|
|Rank?? G. A. Simpson||Crew Chief|
|LCpl. W. Sarrellana *||Gunner|
|HN Ron Franz||Corpsman|
After Action Report
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