|Petty Officer Dementer was assigned to a group of Marines near An Nasariyah, Iraq, when insurgents attacked his unit's command headquarters on March 26, 2003.|
Wounded by shrapnel and dodging heavy enemy fire, Dementer moved to another part of the compound where a group of Marines were pinned down. He proceeded over a wall to reach six wounded Marines and provided life-saving emergency treatment.
After Dementer stabilized them, he directed and helped move the wounded to the compound's battle aid station. His actions led to the safe evacuation of 31 injured Marines.
Dementer was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat “V” on Feb. 23, 2004.