Dennis Roger HunsleyFirst Lieutenant
C CO, 1ST BN, 5TH INF RGT, 25 INF DIV
Army of the United States
18 June 1946 - 15 March 1969
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The database page for Dennis Roger Hunsley
Photos courtesy of Phyllis J. Hunsley (widow) and Merna Gill (sister)
For his heroic actions in that fight, 1Lt. Hunsley was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. Just two weeks before this action, 1Lt. Hunsley had received the Silver Star for another firefight the previous year when his quick thinking and accurate fire saved his men from injury during an ambush.
Respected by his platoon (his men called him "Baby-San" because of his slight stature), 1Lt. Hunsley was described as a caring person who, before his service in Vietnam had been a Boy Scout, and as a high school student volunteered more than 500 hours at his local hospital in Hannibal, Mo.
REMEMBERED BY HIS FAMILY
Phyllis J. Hunsley
1 April 1969
Dear Mrs. Hunsley,
Words are so inadequate to express sympathy over your great loss, but I feel I must try. Denny was the finest Lieutenant in this battalion and all of us will miss him.
I know that you have already received a letter from Denny's company commander, Captain Bane, who loved your husband like a younger brother, so I will not go into details.
You and your young son deserve to know my feelings about Denny. There are some men who stand out no matter what they do - Lt. Hunsley was one of them. I had just asked him a few days before to be a little less brave. But he was too great a soldier and leader - he felt his place was always "up front".
Denny was one of our real fighting heroes of this war. There are a few others who may have received higher awards, but there have been none any braver. In the night action in which Denny was killed he was all over the battlefield pulling out his wounded and directing fire upon the enemy. For his valorous acts that night, he has been recommended for the Distinguished Service Cross.
I feel certain, that despite your great grief, you are proud of your husband. I wanted you and Denny's son to know that his Dad was one of the finest soldiers to ever serve our country.
Our thoughts and prayers have been very much with you during your difficult days. If I can be of any assistance, please write.
Lt. Col. Wm. E. Klein
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a comrade in arms,
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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