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  • Battle Northwest of Trang Bang

    Posted on 1/19/18 - by Bob Ahles, 2/27 Wolfhound, St. Cloud, Minnesota
    On 10 Oct 1968 Alpha Company 2/12 Infantry was conducting a recon-in-force about 2 kilometers northwest of Trang Bang, Hau Nghia Province. As the lead platoon approached the hamlet of Xa Lom Vo the point squad came under murderous small arms and automatic weapons fire from a treeline, killing or wounding several men, one of whom - SP4 E. A. Handrahan, the left point - fell in a position where he could not be seen by his comrades or by the command and control helicopter. Despite repeated efforts, which resulted in additional US casualties, three of the men hit in the intial exchange of fires could not be recovered - Handrahan, who could not be seen but who was calling out, and two others who lay motionless. The platoon leader pulled his men back so that aircraft could work the treeline while the rest of Alpha 2/12 deployed. As the day progressed, it became clear to the ground commander that all three of his trapped men had died, and heavier air strikes were called as the company formed a night defensive perimeter.

    At daybreak Alpha reentered the engagement area and recovered the bodies of the two men who had fallen in the open. The area where Handrahan went down had been hit by bombs and his body was not found. Three of the five dead were awarded posthumous Distinguished Service Crosses, all for their efforts to protect and recover the men hit by the initial fires.

    The five men were:

    SFC Eugene A. Handrahan, St Paul, MN;
    SGT Baynes B. McSwain, San Marcos, TX (Dist Svc Cross);
    SP4 Stanley G. Denisowski, Utica, NY (Dist Svc Cross);
    CPL Michael E. Evans, Greensboro, GA; and
    CPL Michael E. Randall, Noblesville, IN (Dist Svc Cross).

    Four other men from C Company, 2nd Bn, 27th Infantry, which had been inserted to assist Alpha 2/12, also were killed in the fighting:

    SGT Ronnie Blair, St Marys, OH;
    SP4 John W. Robinson, Charleston, SC;
    SP4 Waymon L. Triggs, Houston, TX; and
    PFC Angel L. Ramos, Jersey City, NJ.
  • Peace with Honor

    Posted on 1/19/18 - by Bob Ahles, 2/27 Wolfhound, St. Cloud, Minnesota
    You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor Stanley.
  • Distinguished Service Cross Citation

    Posted on 10/10/14 - by A Grateful Vietnam Vet
    Stanley George Denisowski
    Date of birth: 27-May-47
    Date of death: Killed in Action
    Home of record: Utica New York
    Status: KIA


    Distinguished Service Cross

    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 act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Specialist Fourth Class Stanley George Denisowski (ASN: US-52967821), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company A, 2d Battalion, 12th Infantry, 2d Brigade, 25th Infantry Division. Specialist Four Denisowski distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 10 October 1968 as a team leader during a reconnaissance-in-force mission near Cu Chi. Specialist Denisowski's company came under heavy small arms and automatic weapons fire from a fortified Viet Cong base camp. During the initial barrage, the point man was wounded in an open, unprotected field. Specialist Denisowski quickly deployed his fire team to a location from which effective covering fire could be rendered while his squad leader attempted to rescue the wounded man. Ignoring a hail of bullets, he then maneuvered across the field and placed accurate and effective fire on the communists which permitted his stricken comrade to be evacuated. Wounded in the leg during the exchange of fire, Specialist Denisowski ignored shouts from his comrades to withdraw and continued to defend his position, inflicting heavy casualties on the Viet Cong until he was mortally wounded by the hostile fusillade. Specialist Four Denisowski's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
    General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 420 (February 6, 1969)

    Action Date: 10-Oct-68

    Service: Army

    Rank: Specialist Fourth Class

    Company: Company A

    Battalion: 2d Battalion

    Regiment: 12th Infantry Regiment, 2d Brigade

    Division: 25th Infantry Division
  • We Remember

    Posted on 7/17/14 - by Robert Sage
    There is a correction on the place of burial for Stanley. He is buried at Holy Trinity Cemetery, Whitestown, Utica,NY.
  • love

    Posted on 11/24/13
    I will always love with all my heart forever. love always carmen austin denisowski
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