The official Army Casualty Report states: Died 9Jan70 in Quang Nam Province (03) Republic of Vietnam as a result of wounds sustained while a pilot aboard an A-4F aircraft which crashed.
The Department of Defense announced his death in local area newspapers on January 13 and 14, 1970, as: "4 Illinois Men Die In Vietnam - WASHINGTON (AP) - The Department of Defense disclosed Monday the names of four Illinois servicemen killed in Vietnam war. Killed in action: Army
SP4 Reid C. Henningsen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Henningsen, 4054 Prairie Ave., Schiller Park; and
PFC. Donald E. Lewter, son of Mrs. Mamie N: Mathias, 559 W. Briar Place, Chicago. Marine Corps 1LT Dennis L. Peek, son of Mr. and Mrs. August H. Peek, Rural Route 2. Carlyle. Changed from missing to dead-hostile: Army SP4 Robert C. Housman, son of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Housman, 1372 River Lane. Bradley."
Information from Clinton County Illinois Website which contains Memorials for those killed in various wars: "Clinton County gave another son to the cause of war in Vietnam January 9, 1970, when Marine First Lieutenant Dennis Peek of Route 2, Carlyle, was killed as his A-4 aircraft was shot down by enemy ground fire over Quang Nam Province. Lt. Peek, 26, a Mater Dei graduate and son of Mr. and Ws. August Peek, had enlisted in the Marines January 9, 1967, exactly three years before his death."
"He was born at Carlyle July 9, 1943, and after graduation from Mater Dei High School attended the General Motors Institute at Flint, Michigan, with a degree in engineering and was employed by the Fisher Body Plant in St. Louis, Missouri for five years prior to his entry into the service."
Enclosed is a picture of Dennis L Peek who is on the left kneeling next to Randy Cunningham after they completed the formation phase of flying. I do not remember the name of the instructor pilot who is standing. This picture was taken in February. or March of 1968 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian, Mississippi (Photo sent by Mike Richardson, friend, on October 7, 2013).
LT Peek was buried at St Felicitas Cemetery, Carlyle Illinois. He was survived by the family listed on his marker. His father August H Peek, passed away o December 1, 1980 and is also buried in St. Felicitas (Photos from Clinton Co ILGenWeb)
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