The President of the United States takes pride in presenting a gold star in lieu of the third DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS posthumously to
FIRST LIEUTENANT ROBERT W. ARMENIO
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE
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 27 July 1969, First Lieutenant Armenio launched as Aircraft Commander of a CH-46 trans- port helicopter assigned an emergency medical and prisoner evacuation mission near An Hoa in Quang Nam Province. Unhesitatingly commencing his appro- ach, he skillfully landed in the obstacle-studded zone and steadfastly remained in his vulnerable position until the casualties were embarked. Displaying superb airmanship, he then executed a takeoff, however, before clearing the area, the transport came under a heavy volume of hostile fire, sustained extensive damage, and crashed, mortally wounding all aboard. First Lieutenant Armenio's courage, superior aeronautical ability and unwavering devotion to duty inspired all who observed him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country."
FOR THE PRESIDENT
/s/ H. W. Buse, Jr.
H. W. BUSE, JR.
Index to all of Lt. Armenio's history.
Citation provided by:
Franklin A. Gulledge, Jr., Major, USMC (Ret.), and
Awards Branch, Headquarters, United States Marine Corps
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