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is honored on Panel 9W, Line 103 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Thank You

    Posted on 5/5/18 - by Lucy Micik
    Dear Sgt Merle Dentino,
    Thank you for your service as an Infantryman with the 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry. Monday was the 43rd anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. It has been too long, and it's about time 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.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 6/30/16 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SGT Merle Allen Dentino, 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, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 8/21/11
    Rest in peace with the warriors.
  • We Remember

    Posted on 3/4/11 - by Robert Sage
    Merle is buried at St Josephs Cemetery, West Peoria, Peoria County,IL. BSM-OLC AM ARCOM
  • Photo

    Posted on 1/18/11 - by Mary F. Mucciante
    Merle was 17 years old in 1966 when this photograph was taken for his senior high school picture at Spaulding (Catholic) High School in Peoria, Illinois. He was born on October 15, 1948 in Peoria, IL. Merle is my first cousin. His mother is my father's sister. Merle's uncle and my father, Donald R. Mucciante, served in the US Coast Guard and US Navy in the South Pacific during World War II and is buried at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, IL. Merle's parents, Ella (Mucciante) and James Dentino are now deceased as is his brother, Dr. Ronald Dentino, all of Peoria. Merle and his deceased parents and brother are buried at St. Joseph's Cemetery in West Peoria. After attending the University of Illinois at Champaign, IL for about two years, Merle joined the U.S. Army in 1969 and was then sent to VietNam. He was part of the CCO, 1st Bn, 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. Merle was killed in action on June 30, 1970. His brother, Dr. Ronald Dentino, served in the U.S. Air Force during the VietNam War stationed in the Philippines as a dentist. Merle has two siblings still living in 2011, Richard James Dentino of Groveland, CA and Teresa Marie Dentino who lives near San Francisco, CA. Merle's name can be found at the Vietnam Vieterans Memorial at the wall in Washington, DC, on Panel 09W, Line 103.
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