A War Without Heros?

Hi to All the Ships at Sea,


Silver Star
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Corporal Denis James Dermody (MCSN: 2242960), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Fork Lift Operator with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY TWO, FIRST Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with military operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the afternoon of 17 March 1968, the Khe Sanh Combat Base came under intense North Vietnamese artillery fire, and an ammunition storage area received a direct hit which ignited a fire. Reacting instantly, Corporal Dermody unhesitatingly maneuvered across the fire-swept terrain toward the site. As he approached the storage area, a large secondary explosion occurred. Undaunted by the explosion, Corporal Dermody continued to the location and, upon arriving at the site, fearlessly approached the flaming ammunition and commenced spraying an extinguishing agent on the blaze. Despite the enemy rounds impacting near him, he ignored several additional secondary explosions and continued his resolute efforts until the fire was extinguished. His heroic and timely actions prevented numerous nearby personnel from being seriously injured and detonation of large quantities of ammunition. By his courage, calm presence of mind under fire and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Corporal Dermody inspired all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.

All the Best,

Joe D

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