David Thomas Dickinson

Army of the United States
15 February 1948 - 06 December 1967
Denver, Colorado
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Bronze Star (2 awards), Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, RVN Campaign Medal

The database page for David Thomas Dickinson

12 Jul 2006

My brother David always gave everything he did in life 150%.

In Little League football, he aquired a knee injury that kept him from being a paratrooper, which was his first desire.

He fought in the Golden Gloves for a short time and his trainer told me that he was one of the best he ever worked with.

After finishing boot camp, David received orders in early 1967 to go to Germany. He requested his orders be changed, he wanted to go to Vietnam, he was set on that. His orders were changed and he was home on leave the first part of April, then off to Vietnam.

David called home when he was on R&R in Australia in late October. He said he had already arranged to do a second tour in Nam and was not sure if he would be able to come home in between the two tours.

In December, God had other plans for David.

He was such a caring member of our family, always willing to go the extra mile. I have 5 daughters, and they loved their Uncle Davey dearly. He was one of the best friends I had thoughout my life and he is missed tremendously.

I have been told by several of the men he served with that he was a highly effective soldier and they would trust him with their lives anytime.

He is and always will be a true hero to me, my daughters and our entire family.

Those we love remain with us,
for love itself lives on...
And cherished memories never fade
Because a loved one's gone...
Those we love can never be
more than a thought apart...
For as long as there is memory,
They'll live on in the heart.

From his sister,
Garnet Jenkins

A Note from The Virtual Wall

E Company, 52nd Infantry was the 1st Cavalry Division's Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol company. On 06 Dec 1967, two men from the Company were killed by an "explosive device" - MSG Lewis E. McDermott of Fulton, Missouri, and SGT David T. Dickinson of Denver, Colorado.

On 01 Feb 1969 all the LRRP units in Vietnam were reorganized as separate companies of the 75th Infantry (Ranger) and Echo 52nd Infantry became H Company, 75th Infantry. Today's Rangers remain in the 75th Infantry.

Sergeant David Dickinson's date of birth is given as 02 Feb 1948 in the DoD casualty file, but he actually was born on 15 Feb 1948. He is buried in Site 1811, Section P, Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colorado.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his sister,
Garnet Jenkins

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 12 Jul 2006
Last updated 07/17/2006