The President of the United States takes pride in presenting a gold star in lieu of the second DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS posthumously to
FIRST LIEUTENANT ROBERT W. ARMENIO
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following
"For heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight while serving as a Pilot with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364, Marine Aircraft Group Sixteen, First Marine Aircraft Wing in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 8 June 1969, First Lieutenant Armenio launched from Marble Mountain Air Facility as Aircraft Commander of a CH-46 transport helicopter assigned the emergency medical evacuation of four seriously wounded Marines from an area southwest of DaNang. Arriving over the designated location, he observed that the landing zone was under small arms and automatic weapons fire and that the Marines were unable to move their casualties to a more favorable area because hostile soldiers held tree lines on two sides of the friendly unit. Fully aware of the possible consequences of his daring actions, but thinking only of the welfare of the injured men, First Lieutenant Armenio commenced a high-speed, low- altitude approach to the landing zone through the enemy fire. During the con- siderable length of time required to embark the wounded Marines, he ignored the rounds impacting around his aircraft and resolutely maintained his vulner- able position until assured that all casualties were aboard. Displaying superb airmanship, he then expeditiously departed the dangerous area, skillfully execu- ting evasive maneuvers which prevented damage to his helicopter or further injury to the Marines. His heroic and selfless deeds inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in saving the lives of several Marines. First Lieutenant Armenio's courage, superior aeronautical ability and unwavering devotion to duty at great personal risk contributed significantly to the accomp- lishment of the vital mission and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps an of the United States Naval Service."
FOR THE PRESIDENT
/s/ H. W. Buse, Jr.
H. W. BUSE, JR.
Crew of YK-2
|1stLt. Robert W. Armenio||Pilot|
|1stLt. Jim R. Stewart||Copilot|
|Cpl. Larry M. Neuman||Crew Chief|
|LCpl. Martin T. Rabbitt||Gunner|
|Cpl. John Nolan||Gunner|
After Action Report
1stLt. Robert W. Armenio's History Index.
Citation and After Action Report provided by:
Franklin A. Gulledge, Jr., Major, USMC (Ret.), and
Headquarters, United States Marine Corps
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