Dennis Erwin Mickelson

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
07 December 1949 - 28 December 1968
Eugene, Oregon
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Silver Star

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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29 Aug 2004

Dennis, you are not forgotten. Your classmates and fellow students from South Eugene High School, Eugene, Oregon are remembering you and paying tribute to you and nine other "AXEMEN" who made the ultimate sacrifice.

A memorial will be dedicated on the grounds of South Eugene High School in honor and remembrance of each of you.

God bless!

Bruce Dyer
Class of "66" -
U. S. Navy - MACV Saigon "69-70"

The South Eugene High School Vietnam Memorial will be dedicated Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 2 PM in remembrance of our classmates

* LtCol William R. Andrews, 433rd TFS (09/06/1974)
* LCpl William A. Beckwith, 3rd Bn, 4th Marines (07/04/1968)
* SGT James W. Cartwright, C Co, 3rd Bn, 12th Infantry (05/23/1967)
* Cpl Robert K. Collins, C Btry, 1st Bn, 12th Marines (12/08/1965)
* SP4 Arthur A. Erwin, A Co, 4th Bn, 503rd Infantry (07/10/1967)
* SGT Carlton C. Gray, C Co, 158th AHB (05/18/1970)
* PFC Carl F. Louvring, E Trp, 17th Cavalry (05/13/1967)
* LCpl Dennis E. Mickelson, A Co, 3rd Recon Bn (12/28/1968) (Silver Star)
* PFC William G. Muir, B Co, 3rd Bn, 8th Infantry (11/11/1967)
* PFC Kreg A. Viestenz, C Co, 1st Bn, 5th Cavalry (09/18/1968)

Additional information on these men is available in the Eugene, Oregon, Register-Guard article republished here.

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23 Aug 2005

I remember, I remember - Cpl. Charles Henry A Co. 1968

From a brother-in-arms,
Charles R. Henry

11 Jul 2007

Dennis and Gerald were part of a team that was pulling guard duty for a radio relay on hill 819. They were killed together in the early morning of 28 Dec 1968. Dennis and I were the only Latter-Day Saints in A Co. I arrived on the hill for a month's rotation of guard duty a day after they were killed. I have pictures of the hill and a memorial to them on it.

From a friend,
James Hunter

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Company A of the 3rd Recon Battalion lost two men on 28 Dec 1968 - LCpl Dennis E. Mickelson and LCpl Gerald G. McGinley of Concord, California. LCpl Mickelson received a posthumous Silver Star for his actions three weeks earlier (05 Dec 1968), when A/3rd Recon lost another man from Oregon ... LCpl Henry M. T. Hames, Jr, of Portland.

LCpl Mickelson and LCpl McGinley were killed by a boobytrap on Hill 819, located about 14 kilometers south of Mai Loc airfield. The incident was reported in the 3rd Recon post-patrol report:

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 29 Aug 2004
Last updated 08/10/2009