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is honored on Panel 2E, Line 4 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Thank You

    Posted on 4/22/18 - by Lucy Micik
    Dear SSGT Donald Dedmon,
    Thank you for your service as a Special Forces Qualified Indirect Fire Infantryman. It is so important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
  • Help!

    Posted on 11/19/16 - by Tom Clark, Teacher
    We need your help! Since 1986, the students of Lake Central High School in Northwest Indiana have been researching men and women from the State of Indiana who gave their lives in the Vietnam War. We are the researchers for the World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War Memorials located in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Of the1621 Vietnam casualties, we have located 1100+ families as of the date of this entry. We are now researching the men and women from the State of Illinois who gave their lives in the Vietnam War. If you have any information or photos that may help please contact us at the following:
  • Silver Star Citation

    Posted on 6/10/14 - by A Grateful Vietnam Vet
    Silver Star

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Staff Sergeant Donald Clay Dedmon (ASN: RA-16502635), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Detachment A-342, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. Sergeant Dedmon distinguished himself by gallantry in action on 10 June 1965, while serving as heavy weapons advisor for an American Special Forces unit in the Republic of Vietnam. When the American compound in which he was stationed came under intense hostile fire from a Viet Cong attack, Sergeant Dedmon remained at his defensive position placing effective fire on the enemy with his recoilless rifle even after he was severely wounded by an enemy grenade. Sergeant Dedmon continued to operate his weapon until his ammunition was expended and then moved through the intense hostile fire to the ammunition re-supply point. As he attempted to secure additional ammunition Sergeant Dedmon was mortally wounded by the Viet Cong. By his aggressive action in holding his position, he was instrumental in preventing the compound from being overrun in the initial attack. Sergeant Dedmon's gallantry in action was in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
    General Orders: Headquarters, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, General Orders No. 1431 (July 1, 1965)

    Action Date: June 10, 1965

    Service: Army

    Rank: Staff Sergeant

    Company: Detachment A-342

    Regiment: 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

    Division: 1st Special Forces
  • Remembering an American Hero

    Posted on 6/10/13 - by Curt Carter

    Dear SSGT Donald Clay Dedmon, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter

  • We Remember

    Posted on 8/28/12 - by Robert Sage

    Donald is buried at Elmhurst Cemetery, Joliet,IL. SS PH

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The Wall of Faces

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