WILLIAM L DENT
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HONORED ON PANEL 29W, LINE 97 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM LORANCE DENT

WALL NAME

WILLIAM L DENT

PANEL / LINE

29W/97

DATE OF BIRTH

02/04/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/21/1969

HOME OF RECORD

HILLSBORO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Orange County

STATE

NC

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

1LT

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LEFT FOR WILLIAM LORANCE DENT
POSTED ON 5.6.2022
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. The remembrance from your classmate Tom Meyer is moving. As long as you are remembered you will always be with us.
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POSTED ON 5.5.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Lt William Dent,
Thank you for your service as an Infantry Unit Commander. 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.
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POSTED ON 2.4.2018
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

First Lieutenant William Lorance Dent, Served with Company B, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.
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POSTED ON 2.1.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear 1LT William Lorance Dent, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 3.21.2012
POSTED BY: A Vietnam Vet.

Distinguished Service Cross Citation

Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded posthumously 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 First Lieutenant (Infantry) William Lorance Dent (ASN: 0-5351389), 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 B, 1st Battalion, 502d Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile). First Lieutenant Dent distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 21 March 1969 while conducting a reconnaissance-in-force mission near the A Shau Valley in the province of Thua Thien. As his company moved along a mountain ridge, the point element encountered hostile sniper fire. He at once set up a defensive formation, ordering two machine guns to be brought forward. Suddenly the enemy opened fire with automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenades, and small arms. Lieutenant Dent moved out under the intense fusillade to retrieve several casualties. When a machine gunner fell wounded, he manned the weapon, providing suppressive fire as he directed his men to move back. He operated the machine gun until it malfunctioned. Then he grabbed his M-16 rifle and continued to deliver lethal volleys on the enemy, until he was wounded in the head. Having supervised the withdrawal of his men to safety, he followed but was wounded again. Only after all of his men had reached a secure position, he relinquished command and later succumbed to his wounds. First Lieutenant Dent'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. 2284 (June 27, 1969)

Action Date: 21-Mar-69

Service: Army

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: Company B

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 502d Infantry Regiment

Division: 101st Airborne Division
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