LEONARD R DEMKO
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HONORED ON PANEL 37E, LINE 34 OF THE WALL

LEONARD RICHARD DEMKO

WALL NAME

LEONARD R DEMKO

PANEL / LINE

37E/34

DATE OF BIRTH

07/15/1938

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/05/1968

HOME OF RECORD

POTTSVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Schuylkill County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

MAJ

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR LEONARD RICHARD DEMKO
POSTED ON 7.15.2020
POSTED BY: Edward Klek Delta 1-1 Vietnam 1966

True American Hero

I'm sure there are many marines who are walking this earth today,because of your great skill in able to recuse them after they had been wounded.
Semper Fi Major Demko
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POSTED ON 2.5.2019
POSTED BY: AGNES BOYWITT

REMEMBERING YOU....

HONORING YOU AND THE OTHER MEMBERS OF CREW YK-13 WHO DIED IN THE HELO CRASH ON THIS DAY 51 YEARS AGO...REMEMBERING YOU ALL, TODAY AND MANY DAYS, KNOWING YOU ALL ARE IN GODS' LOVING HANDS FOR ETERNITY...REST IN PEACE MAJOR. SEMPTER FI ~AGGIE~
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POSTED ON 2.5.2019

Lenny Demko

visit the wall annually and say a prayer for you and other friends lost in VN...
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POSTED ON 2.5.2019
POSTED BY: A Marine - Vietnam

Distinguished Flying Cross Citation

Leonard R. Demko

Distinguished Flying Cross
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Vietnam War
Service: Marine Corps
Battalion: Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 (HMM-364)
Division: 1st Marine Aircraft Wing
GENERAL ORDERS:

CITATION:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Major Leonard R. Demko (MCSN: 0-79209), United States Marine Corps, for heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight as Aircraft Commander of a UH-34 transport helicopter with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron THREE HUNDRED SIXTY-FOUR (HMM-364), Marine Aircraft Group 16, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in the Republic of Vietnam on the evening of 19 November 1967. While returning to its base after a search and rescue mission in support of a large helicopter borne assault force, Major Demko's helicopter was diverted to an emergency medical evacuation mission in support of a Marine rifle company. He arrived over the designated area and approached the landing zone. Just prior to landing, his aircraft came under intense enemy automatic weapons fire and was directed away from the site by the ground force. Orbiting over An Hoa and establishing radio contact with the Marine unit, Major Demko was informed that the wounded Marines were being moved to the landing zone. Then, after an hour, he was requested to return to the hazardous area for the evacuation. In complete darkness and guided by a single strobe light, he skillfully landed in the zone as a heavy volume of tracer fire passed just above the rotor blades of his aircraft. Embarking six wounded Marines, he lifted from the site and, effectively utilizing the terrain as cover from the hostile fire, moved beyond range of the enemy's weapons before gaining altitude for the return flight to a medical facility. His exceptional ability and determined efforts were an inspiration to all who served with him and were instrumental in accomplishing the hazardous mission. Major Demko's courage, superb airmanship and unswerving devotion to duty at great personal risk were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
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POSTED ON 4.30.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Major Leonard Demko,
Thank you for your service as a HMH/M/L/(I) Chinook Pilot. Today is the 43rd anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. It has been too long, and it's about time for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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