Denner Astyk, Jr.
Denner Alexander Astyk, Jr.
Denner A. Astyk Jr. was born on October 23,1947 in the city of Buffalo, NY. He went to Burgard Highschool and graduated with a diploma in auto mechanics in 1964. He was drafted into the Army in June 1967 and did 1 tour in Vietnam. He was infantry/ M-60 machine gunner with Delta Company 2-16 Big Red One. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Sharpshooter Medal, Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. After leaving the Army Denner worked for the next 25 years for the New York State Department of Transportation. He married his wife Norah Astyk on a cold Valentine’s Day in 1987. He had 2 children Kelley and Sean. Denner helped in the creation of VVA Chapter 77 in Buffalo, NY, was the POW/MIA chapter member who worked with the local POW/MIA organization in Buffalo and knew most of the families personally. He marched many years in the Chapter 77 color guard, He was able to attend many reunions for Delta company all over the country and even hosted one of his own in 2010. He enjoyed working on cars of which he had a 1965 Impala and a Chevy Truck. He passed away on January 22, 2019 due to diabetes caused by exposure to Agent Orange during his service in Vietnam. Denner is greatly missed by his brothers from Vietnam and his loving family.