Dennis Stephen Gleason
30 Oct 2002
I never knew you ... but I've grown up hearing about you. Your picture still hangs on the living room wall looking over my step-dad's shoulder. He's never forgotten his best friend and I'm sure I never will either ... Thank you for fighting for our country. We love you, Dennis.From the daughter of a friend.
28 Apr 2004
I'm a former High School friend, Teaneck High School Class of 1964.
I served in the Republic of Viet Nam in 1968 and was in-country when Dennis was killed in action. This was a real wake-up while serving in RVN. Until then we all knew where our friends were, but this hit home. The war was far from Teaneck but this became a reality that no one was exempt.
I arrived home to Teaneck, New Jersey, in June 1968 to continue life, however all friends are still remembered in 2004.
I have his KIA bracelet, 3/26/68, PFC Dennis S Gleason.From a high school friend,
William T Dixon
Cherry Valley, New York
1 May 2004
You were a good guy. Cute and smart.
I always had a crush on you from afar
when we were together in high school.
I think of of you at least once or twice a week.
Lately, much more. I have put flowers on our altar
in memory of you, many times.
I, in my own small way, will work to keep you alive
in this world. Because, you are alive in my heart.
You are alive in many hearts.
I don't even know your family. Dennis, I am old now.
I have grown children. But my sons know your name
and went with me to the Vietnam Memorial in DC.
We placed a red rose at the site.
Somehow, I believe you watched us.
This Memorial Day Weekend,
I am having special flowers in your name.
I love you. Be at peace with our God.
You know who I am.
From a friend.
Fire Support Base 14, later renamed FSB "Incoming" was one of several fire support bases located along the ridgeline which overlooks the northern end of the Plei Trap Valley, about 15 miles east of the Cambodian border in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam. On the night of 26 March 1968 LZ Incoming was attacked by elements of the NVA's 325C Division.
The NVA succeeded in breeching the perimeter wire and capturing two of the artillery pieces which were then used against the US soldiers. Nineteen Americans are known to have died in the fight - they were:
PFC Gleason was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star for Valor. The orders and photographs were provided by his brother John, who still misses Dennis terribly after all of these years.
Orders provided by John J. Gleason , Brother
At the time of his death, PFC Gleason was survived by his parents, Catherine Lennon Gleason (1910-1996) and Michael Gleason (1901-1980), residing in Teaneck, New Jersey; Also surviving were two brothers, Michael B. (1943-2001) and John Gleason; and two sisters, Maureen Wood and Barbara Fagerman.
Dennis and his parents are buried in George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, Bergen County, New Jersey. His brother Michael is buried in Schenevus Cemetery, Schenevus, New York.
Photos used with permission - VickiO, Find A Grave (#47088510)
- - The Virtual Wall, November 12, 2014
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