Robert Anthony Denton

Staff Sergeant
Army of the United States
30 September 1948 - 06 May 1970
Wichita Falls, Texas
Panel 11W Line 110


Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Robert Anthony Denton

18 Apr 2008

Robert is my first cousin and he was a few years older than me. When he died, this war became more real to me. I want him to be remembered on this Virtual Wall and allow other family and friends to add their thoughts.

From his first cousin,
Cheryl Westbrook

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 06 May 1970 Fire Support Base Henderson, about 9 nautical miles south-southwest of Camp Carroll, was occupied by elements of the 2nd Battalion, 501st Infantry, as well as artillerymen. FSB Henderson came under attack, first by heavy mortar fire, then assault by a North Vietnamese Army battalion. By the time the fight stopped, 24 US soldiers were dead and two missing:
  • B Btry, 2nd Bn, 11th Artillery
    • SSG Michael F. Brown, Baltimore, MD
    • CPL John E. Granath, McHenry, IL
    • SP4 David Yeldell, Greenwood, SC

  • 2nd Bn, 501st Infantry
    • CPT Richard A. Hawley, Devon, PA, E Co
    • SFC Gary F. Snyder, Toledo, OH, E Co
    • SSG Robert A. Denton, Wichita Falls, TX, B Co
    • SSG Larry G. Kier, Omaha, NE, A Co (MIA)
    • SSG David E. Ogden, Paramount, CA, E Co
    • SSG Refugio T. Teran, Westland, MI, E Co (MIA)
    • SSG John J. Willey, West Covina, CA, A Co
    • SSG Frederick P. Ziegenfelder, St Marys, OH, A Co
    • SGT Michael L. Antle, Tulsa, OK, C Co
    • SGT Melvin Bowman, Iva, SC, C Co
    • SGT Gregory A. Chavez, Colorado Springs, CO, A Co
    • SGT Jay T. Diller, Chambersburg, PA, E Co
    • SGT James D. Jennings, Brandon, MS, HQ Co
    • SGT Frank F. Lewis, Affton, MO, A Co
    • SGT Dickie W. Reagan, Lumberton, NC, E Co
    • SGT Edward Veser, Milwaukee, WI, E Co
    • SGT John G. Widen, Owatonna, MN, E Co
    • CPL George W. Bennett, Dallas, TX, A Co
    • CPL Douglas W. Day, Hacienda Heights, CA, E Co
    • CPL Lawrence L. Gordon, Noblesville, IN, A Co
    • CPL Tommy I. Hindman, Cedar Rapids, IA, A Co
    • SP4 Ronald D. Van Beukering, Kalamazoo, MI, E Co

  • HQ Co, 3rd Bde, 101st Abn Div
    • SMAJ Raymond L. Long, Little Rock, AR

The two missing men were E Company's SP4 Refugio T. Teran, Westland, Michigan, and A Company's PFC Larry G. Kier of Omaha, Nebraska. Both men were carried as Missing in Action, and promoted while in that status, until the Secretary of the Army approved presumptive Findings of Death for them. And so matters stood for three decades.

FORMER MIAS LAID TO REST - Spc. Refugio Teran and Pfc. Larry Kier, both listed as missing in action from the Vietnam War 32 years ago, were laid to rest in Arlington Cemetery on April 19.

Both soldiers were members of the 101st Airborne Division stationed at Fire Support Base Henderson in Quang Tri province in South Vietnam. When their base was overrun on May 6, 1970, only Teran and Kier were unaccounted for of the 32 Americans killed. Their bodies were discovered in 1993 and sent to the U.S. Army's Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii where they were identified. The families were informed on January 15, 2002.

From ARMY Magazine for June 2002

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his first cousin,
Cheryl Westbrook

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 18 Apr 2008
Last updated 04/26/2008