Dennis Irwin Pedersen

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
31 March 1947 - 15 May 1968
Duluth, Minnesota
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
Dennis I. Pedersen

The database page for Dennis Irwin Pedersen

18 Sep 2004


by his niece,
Kerrie Adams

Dennis I. Pedersen - Senior Picture
Graduated from Morgan Park High School, Duluth, Minnesota
Class of 1965

A Company, 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
Group Photo in February of 1968
SP4 Pedersen is seated on the lower left with the rifle.

SP4 Dennis I. Pedersen with friends "Pineapple" and Steve in Di An.

Dennis I. Pedersen
SP4 Dennis I. Pedersen
Dearly loved and always remembered by his family and friends.

07 Sep 2007

I served with Dennis in the 1st Plt in VN. We were good friends and since my Dad was born in Bemidji, Minnesota, we often talked about Minnesota while in the field. He always said to come and visit him in Minnesota when we got home. I was transferred in Feb 68 to Delta Co. and lost track of my A Co. brothers. After 40 years, I have come into contact with my 1st plt brothers again. I was deeply saddened to learn of Dennis' death in battle. Dennis was the 1st Plt RTO while I knew him. He was then promoted to A Company Commander's RTO. This was a very important job in communications during war time. He served ably but died much too young. He was a hero. He will not be forgotten.

Peter Johnson
1st Plt, Co A, 2nd/18th
Big Red One

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On Wednesday 15 May 1968 Company A, 2/18th Infantry, was ambushed while conducting a reconnaissance operation near the village of Thu Duc on the outskirts of Saigon. The Company Commander, Captain Edmond J. Landers, and eight other men were killed in the action:
  • CPT Edmond J. Landers, Vacaville, CA (Commanding Officer)
  • SP4 Benjamin N. Goldberg, Baltimore, MD
  • SP4 Dennis I. Pedersen, Duluth, MN
  • SP4 Donald F. Vogel, Chicago, IL
  • SP4 Robert W. West, Huntington Beach, CA
  • PFC Stanley W. Behm, Escondido, CA (Medic, HHC/2/18 with A/2/18)
  • PFC Homer B. Bell, Tullahoma, TN
  • PFC Thomas W. Bishop, Bluffton, IN
  • PFC Thad B. Jessiman, Castro Valley, CA

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 19 Sep 2004
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