EARL M DENEEN
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HONORED ON PANEL 26W, LINE 61 OF THE WALL

EARL MERRILL DENEEN

WALL NAME

EARL M DENEEN

PANEL / LINE

26W/61

DATE OF BIRTH

10/18/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/27/1969

HOME OF RECORD

INTERNATIONAL FALLS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Koochiching County

STATE

MN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

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LEFT FOR EARL MERRILL DENEEN
POSTED ON 5.2.2022
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. The remembrance from your high school classmate Gary Gilchrist is touching. As long as you are remembered you will always be with us.
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POSTED ON 12.14.2021

Ground Casualty

The Third Marine Amphibious Force’s (III MAF) logistic supply and support system was located two miles southwest of Da Nang Airbase in Quang Province, RVN. At approximately 10:45 AM on April 27, 1969, sparks from a fire at a Vietnamese civilian trash dump blew across the road and ignited dry grass near the III MAF’s Ammo Supply Point-1 (ASP-1). The fire spread to a storage area for unserviceable ammunition at ASP-1, igniting some of the munitions. That fire spread to the two main ground and air ammunition storage areas and nearby fuel storage area, resulting in a massive fire with explosions until midnight when the blaze was brought under control. Two of the explosions were far greater than the rest, producing fireballs similar to small nuclear explosions, complete with shock waves moving out in a circular pattern through the smoke and haze. In all, over 39,000 tons of ammunition were destroyed. Several buildings and three bulk fuel tanks collapsed from blast overpressure. The Headquarters for Naval Mobile Construction Battalion-5 (NMCB-5) was 50% destroyed, and four buildings of Third Marine Amphibious Force transient facilities were destroyed. Also lost in the conflagration were 842 civilian homes. U.S. casualties were one killed and fourteen injured. The lost American was SGT Earl M. Deneen, a radioman serving with Headquarters & Service Company, 1st Shore Party Battalion, 1st Marine Division. Deneen died after being hit by falling debris launched skyward by the explosions. Despite the destruction, the low casualties were attributed to prompt action by U.S. forces to evacuate the area. Estimated value of the ammunition destroyed exceeded $103 million. On April 30th, restoration of all damaged U.S. living areas began by Navy Seabee and engineer construction teams, and by Third Marine Amphibious Force units themselves. [Taken from the coffeltdatabase.org and “U.S. Military Assistance Command History, 1969, Volume III” at apps.dtic.mil; also, “U.S. Marines in Vietnam High Mobility and Standown, 1969” by Charles R. Smith; and information provided by Ronald Rouggly (November 2021)]
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POSTED ON 3.18.2019
POSTED BY: Lt Col Gary Gilchrist, USAF (Ret)

Fellow Veteran

Next month it will be 50 years since you sacrificed your life for our great country. I remember you from high school and little did I know at that time that two years later I would follow you to Vietnam. I was fortunate enough to come back. Rest in peace my fellow veteran.
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POSTED ON 5.1.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sgt Earl Deneen,
Thank you for your service as a Radio Telegraph Operator. Your 49th anniversary just passed.... Yesterday 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.
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POSTED ON 6.10.2014
POSTED BY: Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Photo remembrance of Earl Merrill Deneen

Photo was provided by Herb Reckinger Jr. with the St. Paul Park, Minnesota Historical Society with the help of Diane from the International Falls, Minnesota Public Library. Thank you Herb and Diane!

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 Earl.
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