Dennis R. Decker, 3rd Marine Division 3rd Recon Charlie Company in Da Nang, Vietnam
Dennis was very proud to be a Marine from 1964 to 1970 serving two tours in Vietnam.
[Photo Left is Dennis R. Decker, Marine - Right is Jeff Daley, Army in Vietnam]
Two thousand eight hundred Marines and sailors attached to the battalion served in the Vietnam War and 1,333 were killed in action or declared missing.
Four battalion members—1st Lt. Frank Reasoner, 2nd Lt. Terrence Graves, Pfc. Robert Jenkins and Lance Cpl. Richard Anderson—posthumously received the Medal of Honor for their actions in Vietnam. Thirteen received the Navy Cross and 72 the Silver Star. Approximately 40 percent received Purple Hearts.
Dennis received the following:
Combat Action Ribbon
Presidential Unit Citation – 8 March 1965 to 15 September 1967
Navy Unit Commendation 22 September 1965 to 15 March 1966
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Navy Unit Commendation 16 September 1967 to 31 July 1968
Meritorious Unit Commendation 1 August 1968 to 30 September 1968
Vietnam Service Ribbon
Vietnam Cross of Gallantry Medal
Vietnam Civil Actions Medal
Good Conduct Ribbon