DEWEY R DECKER
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HONORED ON PANEL 24W, LINE 15 OF THE WALL

DEWEY RUSSELL DECKER

WALL NAME

DEWEY R DECKER

PANEL / LINE

24W/15

DATE OF BIRTH

07/11/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

CHOUNG THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/15/1969

HOME OF RECORD

IONIA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Ionia County

STATE

MI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

EN3

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DEWEY RUSSELL DECKER
POSTED ON 9.9.2009
POSTED BY: Krys Bodell Simpson

My Friend Dewey

Before his shipmates knew Dewey, I knew him. He was a big gentle teddy bear. We met at the local roller rink in Charlotte, MI. Though he was older than me we became fast friends. Like a big brother, he even gave me a nickname, "Rabbit". This gentle teddy bear will forever be in my heart, forever remembered and forever missed. I am so proud to say he was my dear, dear friend. Everytime I think of him, I whisper a thank you for his friendship and his ultimate sacrifice. I know he hears me.

And for Lew Holley, Dewey is buried at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens, Okemos, Ingham County, MI.
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POSTED ON 5.27.2009
POSTED BY: Lew Holley

Trying to locate Dewey's place of rest

If anyone reading this request knows where Dewey was buried, please contact me, Lew [email protected]. I'm trying to locate Dewey's place of rest.
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POSTED ON 4.24.2003
POSTED BY: Donald Lytle

Thank you Mate

Although we never met personally, I want to thank you Dewey Russell Decker, for your courageous and valiant service, faithful contribution, and most holy sacrifice, given to this great country of ours!

Your Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore, you shall never be forgotten, nor has your death been in vain!

Again, thank you Sailor, for a job well done!

FAIR WINDS, AND ETERNAL PEACE MY FRIEND


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POSTED ON 10.11.2002
POSTED BY: Terry Boone

Picture of a Hero.

To a Fallen brother in arms, may the seas be calm and the winds be fair.
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POSTED ON 5.13.2002
POSTED BY: John Hecker

Crewmates Forever

Dewey Decker, Tom Holloway and Richard Stindl were crewmembers on a US Navy patrol boat known as a Swiftboat. They were on PCF 51 serving in Coastal Division 13, stationed at Cat Lo on the southeastern coast of Vietnam. In early 1969, their boat was transferred to Coastal Division 11 at An Thoi on the island of Phu Quoc near the Cambodian border. From there, they conducted raids into the rivers of the southern tip of Vietnam. This area was controlled by the Viet Cong and had been abandoned by the South Vietnamese after TET, 1968. The US Navy was determined to take it back.
Swiftboats were 50 foot, unarmored patrol boats that had been introduced in 1965 to patrol the coast of Vietnam. In 1968, they began to enter the rivers and by 1969 did so on a regular basis.
On May 15, 1969, four Swiftboats were on a mission on the Song Bay Hap, a river on the Cau Mau Peninsula, when they were ambushed. Dewey Decker and Richard Stindl were killed when a rocket hit their boat.
Tom Holloway had been killed on April 12, 1969, in a similar ambush.
They are now crewmates forever and will always be remembered and honored by the sailors that served on Swiftboats in Vietnam.
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