Remembering An American HeroPosted on 12/17/13 - by Curt Carter firstname.lastname@example.orgDear SP4 Paul Allen Demaline, sirMORE
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
Never ForgottenPosted on 6/27/11 MORE
Accident Summary of Helicopter UH-1H 67-17587Posted on 11/24/10 - by email@example.comAT APPROXIMATELY 1530 HOURS, 17 AUGUST 1970, A SINGLE UH-1H HELICOPTER, SERIAL NUMBER 67-17587, OF THE 119TH AVIATION COMPANY, DEPARTED FROM LANDING ZONE POWDER AT COORDINATES BS 635178. THE THREE PASSENGERS, SP4 DEMALINE; SP4 ATER; AND SP4 PUDLO, WERE BEING FLOWN TO LANDING ZONE NORTH ENGLISH AT COORDINATES BS 881058, WHICH IS APPROXIMATELY 25 KILOMETERS TO THE SOUTHEAST OF LANDING ZONE POWDER. SP4 CHESTER A. PUDLO, WAS BEING FLOWN TO LANDING ZONE NORTH ENGLISH FOR DEROS PROCESSING. THE AIRCRAFT, RATHER THAN GOING TO LANDING ZONE NORTH ENGLISH, DEVIATED FROM ITS COURSE AND FLEW TOWARD THE COAST WHERE IT CRASHED. BOE, A PLT. SGT. WITH THE 278TH R.F AN INTERPRETER, LE TAI, KIT CARSON FOR THE 2ND BN 503RD INF., 173RD AIRBORNE BDE., WAS USED TO OBTAIN MORE COMPLETE INFORMATION FROM SGT. PHAN BOE. ACCORDING TO SGT. PHAN BOE, THE AIRCRAFT APPROACHED THE BEACH FROM THE SOUTHWEST ON A HEADING OF APPROXIMATELY 040 DEGREES. THE AIRCRAFT WAS VERY LOW LEVEL OVER THE RIVER, BELOW THE CREST OF THE SANDBARS ON EITHER SIDE. THE AIRCRAFT MADE AN ABRUPT, CLIMBING TURN TO THE RIGHT, TO AVOID HITTING A BAMBOO FISHING TOWER NEAR THE EAST BANK OF THE RIVER. . AT THIS TIME THE TAILBOOM OF THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK THE TOP OF THE SANDBAR, THE AIRCRAFT BEGAN TO SPIN OUT OF CONTROL. FURTHER INVESTIGATION REVEALED WHEN THE TAILBOOM STRUCK THE SANDBAR, ONE OF THE TAIL ROTOR BLADES WAS TORN LOOSE CAUSING THE AIRCRAFT TO SPIN UNCONTROLLABLY. IT WAS IN THIS SPIN THAT SP4 CHESTER A. PUDLO, THE ONLY SURVIVOR, WAS THROWN FROM THE AIRCRAFT. AFTER IMPACTING LEFT NOSE LOW, THE TAILBOOM, COMPLETE WITH 90 DEGREE GEARBOX AND ONE (1) TAIL ROTOR BLADE, WAS TORN FROM THE AIRCRAFT AND CAME TO REST, UP-SIDE DOWN, APPROXIMATELY TEN (10) METERS TO THE WEST OF THE FUSELAGE. THE MAIN ROTOR ASSEMBLY CAME TO REST ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE SANDBAR AT THE EDGE OF THE RIVER, APPROXIMATELY ONE HUNDRED (100) METERS FROM THE FUSELAGE. NO FIRE RESULTED FROM THE CRASH. AS FAR AS THIS INVESTIGATION HAS DETERMINED, AIRCRAFT 67-17587 WAS NOT IN RADIO CONTACT IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE CRASH, NOR WAS THERE A DISTRESS CALL. THE BODIES WERE TAKEN TO LANDING ZONE ENGLISH AND LATER TO QUI NHON, WHERE AN AUTOPSY WAS PERFORMED. THE RESULTS WILL BE FORWARDED WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE. SP4 CHESTER A. PUDLO WAS EXAMINED AND TREATED IN THE 67TH EVACUATION HOSPITAL IN QUI NHON, RVN, THEN REMOVED TO JAPAN ON 19 AUGUST 1970. AT 1730 HOURS, 17 AUGUST 1970, 1LT RICHARD F. STEWART, THE APPOINTED INVESTIGATING OFFICER, ARRIVED AT THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT. HE INSURED THE SECURITY OF THE AIRCRAFT AND HAD A MILITARY PHOTOGRAPHER TAKE PICTURES OF THE CRASH SITE. FUEL AND OIL SAMPLES WERE NOT TAKEN AT THIS TIME BECAUSE SAMPLE BOTTLERS WERE NOT AVAILABLE. RIGGING OF THE AIRCRAFT FOR EXTRACTION WAS POSTPONED UNTIL THE NEXT AFTERNOON, DUE TO IMPENDING DARKNESS AND INCLEMENT WEATHER. SECURITY WAS PROVIDED BY ELEMENTS OF THE 137RD AIRBORNE BDE. UNTIL THE AIRCRAFT WAS REMOVED THE FOLLOWING AFTERNOON, 18 AUGUST 1970. [Taken from vhpa.org]MORE
REFLECTIONSPosted on 8/16/08 - by John Linn, Sydney, Australia firstname.lastname@example.orgI remember and honour the memory of Paul A.Demaline who I said farewell as he boarded the ill fated helicopter on August 17, 1970. I was the last person he spoke on the ground just before he and the rest jumped aboard for take off. I also remember and honour all the mates on the flight that day, 38 years ago. Paul and I were drafted from Northwest Ohio, attending Basic and AIT at Fort Campbell and Fort Polk,in the same training companies. We departed the USA for Vietnam on the same flight and should have returned to the USA on same flight. We were in the same unit in Viet Nam: I in Bravo Company and Paul in Charlie Company (2/35th 4ID).MORE
Thanks Paul for your sacrifice to duty, honour and country.....I remember.
We RememberPosted on 7/6/08 - by Robert Sage email@example.comPaul is buried at Zion Cemetery in Wauseon, OH.
DemalinePosted on 6/10/06 - by John Edwards firstname.lastname@example.orgPaul was getting pretty short when I showed up in his platoon, he might've had three months or so to go on his tour. I liked him right away, he was outrageously funny. I was assigned to walk point, and I remember one day very early on I was faced with this huge solid wall of bamboo, and the more I hacked at it, the thicker it got. It was really hot, and the guys were getting impatient to get in under the canopy out of the sun, and what exactly was the matter with this FNG up there on point? Well, I felt a tap on my shoulder, and there was Demaline, machete in hand, ready to take over and give me a break, and I let him. Thing is, when the other guys saw him do that, busting his hump to get the job done, they all quit mouthing and jumped in to help, and together we broke through pretty quick. That is called leading by example, and I've never forgotten how cool that was, his motivating all those hairy ass grunts without saying a word. I liked him before that, he was a friendly guy who would go out of his way to show you the little things you need to know to live in the bush, but I respected him after that. I remember the day he left with a resupply helicopter, going home, or at least going back to the rear to prepare to go home, and somebody saying his bird went down, and not wanting to believe it, and still not really believing it till a while ago when I finally saw the truth of it here. He was a rare, genuine person, and I'm happy I got to meet him.MORE
Thank YouPosted on 8/17/02 - by Donald LytleAs a fellow Buckeye, I say "THANK YOU"MORE
As a Veteran, I say "JOB WELL DONE"
As an American, "YOUR DEATH WAS NOT IN VAIN"
And as a Believer, "YOUR SPIRIT IS ALIVE AND STRONG"
Again, thank you for your honorable and faithful service, contribution, and most ultimate of sacrifices given this great country of ours! PEACE MY FRIEND
CACTI FOREVERPosted on 7/4/01 - by Ben YoumansA Company, 2/35th, 3rd Brigade, 4th Inf Division.MORE
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
Memorial Day 2001Posted on 5/28/01 - by Steve HollingsworthToday I put flags out at the Sugar Hill Babtist church in western Kentucky.....I thought about you Paul...and then I cried; I miss you buddy;MORE
Time can't erase the loss of one good manPosted on 11/18/98 - by Steve HollingsworthPaul & I were great freinds through high school and the period after, before we were drafted. I never got to see him again, he didn't make it back. I will always miss him, and I will always Honor the great sacrifice he made to his country.MORE
God Bless You Paul
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I think of Paul always...Posted on 11/16/98 - by Steve HollingsworthPaul and I grew up 8 miles apart, I in Wauseon he in Delta; He was my friend. He was drafted about 6 months before me, He died in nam as I was going, I miss him.MORE
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