Final Mission of SP4 Paul A. DemalinePosted on 1/7/16 - by email@example.comAt approximately 1530 hours, August 17, 1970, a single UH-1H helicopter (serial number 67-17587) from the 119th Aviation Company departed from Landing Zone Powder. The crew included aircraft commander WO1 Merlyn L. Wentzel, pilot WO1 Patrick R. O’Brien, crew chief SP4 Richard K. Johnston, and gunner SP4 Raymond L. Stansbury II. The three passengers, SP4 Paul A. Demaline, PFC Robert A. Ater, and SP4 Chester A. Pudlo, were being flown to LZ North English, which is approximately 25 kilometers to the southeast of LZ Powder. SP4 Pudlo was being flown to LZ North English for DEROS processing (preparation for rotating home). The aircraft, rather than going to LZ North English, deviated from its course and flew toward the coast where it crashed. According to a witness, 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 tail boom of the aircraft struck the top of the sandbar and the aircraft began to spin out of control. Further investigation revealed when the tail boom 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 Pudlo, the only survivor, was thrown from the aircraft. After impacting left nose low, the tail boom, 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 the post-crash investigation could determine, aircraft 67-17587 was not in radio contact immediately prior to the crash, nor was there a distress call. The bodies were taken to LZ English and later to Qui Nhon, where an autopsy was performed. SP4 Pudlo was examined and treated in the 67th Evacuation Hospital in Qui Nhon, RVN, then removed to Japan on August 19, 1970. At 1730 hours, August 17, 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 Brigade. The aircraft was removed the following afternoon, August 18, 1970. [Taken from vhpa.org]MORE
My cousinPosted on 11/17/15 - by Diana Morse firstname.lastname@example.orgPaul was a combination of a cousin, a big brother. I adored him. Losing him left an empty space in my heart, still feel the pain after all these years. He was always able to make us laugh, loved to play jokes on us. Miss him every day. RIP Paul. Love you.MORE
My big brotherPosted on 11/17/15 - by Sheila Demaline McCabe email@example.comPaul is my big brother. I was ten years old when he died. He was an amazing person. He was so funny. He always made us laugh. I am very moved by the postings on this Wall. I miss him everyday and love him more than words can say. A piece of my heart is missing, but will some day be whole again the next time we meet.MORE
paulPosted on 11/12/15 - by paulWell my Dad was his brother and he has told me many good stories about paul... I wish i could have known him... he sounds like a good man God Bless Paul Demailne my dad name(his brother) Is Darrel Demaline LOvE YOU PAUlMORE
Paul demalinePosted on 11/10/15 - by keyleeI rember paul he is my uncle and my dad was with him it was heartbraking to me... I will rember you paul.
Happy Birthday, today, Paul, from your home state Sept. 30th, 2015Posted on 9/30/15 - by Sandi BelliveauHappy Birthday today, Paul, from your home state of Ohio, and close to your home town, Toledo, Ohio.. We didnt forget you :) Not ever..MORE
We remembered...:) Sept. 30, 2015
Happy Birthday :)
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
REFLECTIONSPosted on 8/16/08 - by John Linn, Sydney, Australia email@example.comI 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 firstname.lastname@example.orgPaul is buried at Zion Cemetery in Wauseon, OH.
DemalinePosted on 6/10/06 - by John Edwards email@example.comPaul 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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