William Luther Denman

Private First Class
Army of the United States
25 August 1946 - 05 November 1966
Maxwell, California
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for William Luther Denman

27 May 2006

Well, Bill, ya been gone but not forgotten for 40 years this Memorial day. A lot of the family is there with ya now and I know it don't mean much but you didn't die in vain. Semper Fi, bro.

From his cousin,
Ron Merrill

30 May 2006

Buddy, we miss you so much.
I love you

From a cousin,
Mavis Merrill

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Dau Tieng, Tay Ninh Province, 03 Nov 1966 - elements of the 196th Infantry Brigade and the 25th Infantry Division got into a heated fight with entrenched and bunkered VC troops, a fight that grew into a full-fledged battle fought over a three-day period. Landing Zone Lima Zulu, slightly north of where the 1st Bn, 27th Infantry fought on 03/04 Nov, drew some of the heaviest fighting beginning after C Company, 2/27 Inf, was inserted at about 1400 on 04 Nov.

C/2/27 moved south from LZ Lima Zulu, intending to link with 1/27, but could go only a few hundred meters before being stopped by VC dug into a tree line. Unable to move forward, with enemy troops infiltrating to their rear, the battalion and company commanders dead, and under fire from three sides, C/2/27 pulled together after nightfall, using a left flank displacement to get out of the "horseshoe" and avoid encirclement. The maneuver worked, and C/2/27 held out through the night amidst sporadic hand-to-hand fighting. By 1030 on 05 Nov, Alpha 1/27 fought through and relieved C/2/27.

At the same time, HHC and A Company, 2/27, were coming into LZ Lima Zulu, intending to take the VC from the rear, pounding them against the anvil formed by A/1/27 and C/2/27. It didn't work; the VC anticipated the move and the arriving troops found themselves in a "hot" LZ. As the day progressed additional forces were brought in, eventually encouraging the VC to break contact and withdraw from the field.

While the engagements cost the VC dearly, with several hundred known dead, the US infantrymen paid a high price - 50 men killed in action over the three day period. Bill Denman was one of twenty Americans who were killed at LZ Lima Zulu on the 3rd day of the fight.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his cousin,
Ron Merrill

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 27 May 2006
Last updated 06/19/2006