Newman, Dennis Earl, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1204-Armored Reconnaissance Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Armor (Officer)
Primary Unit
1969-1969, G Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
Service Years
1967 - 1969


First Lieutenant

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Home Town
Monrovia, Ca
Last Address
Monrovia, CA

Casualty Date
Jul 15, 1969
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Tay Ninh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Los Angeles National Cemetery - Los Angeles, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
20W 001

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1969, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Unit Assignments
Officer Candidate School (Armor) Fort Knox, KY11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
  1967-1967, 0006, Officer Candidate School (Armor) Fort Knox, KY
  1969-1969, G Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Silver Star
The Silver Star Medal

1LT Dennis Earl Newman
G Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
For gallantry in action.  On 15 Jul 69 while serving as a platoon leader with Troop G, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry, in the Republic of Vietnam, Lt. Newman and Troop G were conducting a reconnaissance mission when they were suddenly engaged by an unknown size North Vietnamese Army force. The assualt vehicle in front of Lt. Newman's received a direct hit from a rocket propelled grenade, immobilizing it. Lt. Newman maneuvered his vehicle along side of the other and provided excellent protection so that the injured crewman could be treated and evacuated. As an intense hail of hostile fire continued to rain about him, he crawled to the side of an infantryman who had been seriously injured. He rendered vital first aid while under the most intense fire and was returning fire so the man could be transferred when automatic weapons raked his body, seriously wounding him. Despite his painful injuries, he continued to fire against the determined enemy untill he collasped from the loss of blood and later died. First Lieutenant Newmans's devotion to duty and giving his life in the defense of his comrades were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Lt. Dennis Newman was one of 81 classmates of OCS 30-67(top left of group photo). Going through our 180 days of training certain things stand out in my mind pertaing to specific individuals. Dennis was always the serious soldier who concentrated on every task as assigned, while many of us, myself included, were not as serious. Little did i know at the time that these qualities that Dennis possessed would make him a hero. Dennis was killed on 15 July 69 after being in country for less than 3 months. He was awarded the Silver Star for Valor. I will not forget Lieutenant Dennis Earl Newman.

God Bless Dennis, the United States Army and the United States of America.
Posted by: Craig R. Garvin, LTC, USAR(Ret)
Relationship: We served together
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

  I remember Denney from OCS, and he did take the task more seriously than a lot of us. But I mainly remember him as the kind of person who also enjoyed life and liked to have fun. When we became senior candidates and were allowed to have vehicles, Denney would thoroughly enjoy the simple pleasure of ‘handling’ his 66 Ford Fairlane 500 on those beautiful Kentucky backroads. I took notice at the time, and shall never forget, the simple innocence of the boyish grin on his face as we cruised thru those country byways so green in the autumn of 1967. Not quite two years later, when I checked the casualty list and read his name, I told the Top I didn’t want to be disturbed, went into my office, locked the door and cried like a baby.

When “Mother Rowe” sent the update to the rest of the class and I read the letter which Denney’s mother had sent, I thought to myself; “that sounds just like Denney”, and I was confident then and there that the old Irish toast was indeed again fulfilled: “May you be in Heaven half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.”
God bless you Dennis.
Posted by: Richard Wade
Relationship: and we were friends
Sunday, November 9, 2008

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