DENNIS E ULSTAD
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HONORED ON PANEL 34W, LINE 89 OF THE WALL

DENNIS ELMER ULSTAD

WALL NAME

DENNIS E ULSTAD

PANEL / LINE

34W/89

DATE OF BIRTH

09/18/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

01/26/1969

HOME OF RECORD

BILLINGS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Yellowstone County

STATE

MT

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

SGT

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POSTED ON 4.7.2009
POSTED BY: Rick Dunn

Dennis' Obituary

Billings Marine Dies in Vietnam
Sgt. Dennis E. Ulstad Obituary Billings Marine Dies in Vietnam: A Billings Marine has been killed in action while on a reconnaissance mission in Vietnam. Sgt. Dennis E. Ulstad, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Ulstad, 29 8th St. W. was being evacuated Sunday from an Enemy controlled area 10 miles southwest of An Hoa, Quang Province, Vietnam, when the mishap occured. He was hanging from an external helicopter ladder when the copter lost power over a stream. Ulstad lost his hold and drowned. His parents were notified Wednesday. Sgt. Ulstad was on his third tour of duty in Vietnam, and had reenlisted twice. He held two purple hearts, the Navy Commendation Medal, and was awarded the Bronze Star in September for bravery in action on July 19, 1967. He was born Sept. 18, 1947 at Fort Dodge, Iowa, and came to Billings when age 10. He attended McKinley Grade School, Lincoln Junior High School, and Graduated from Billings Senior High in 1965. After a half-year at Rocky Mountain College, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. He had been active in Boy Scouts at Billings, was a member of Troop7, First Methodist Church and was an Eagle Scout. Ulstad reenlisted to go back to his old outfit, Alpha Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division-then strung along the Demilitarized Zone north of Da Nang, and bearing the brunt of heavy fighting. His bronze star was for action during three days improving Marine defenses in a mined area. Ulstad was team leader when an enemy mine exploded, wounding two squad leaders. Ulstad took over the squads, helped treat the wounded, and set up Claymore mines to bolster the patrol’s defenses. The Viet Cong attacked, and Ulstad’s Claymore mines cut them down. The Citation with the Navy Commendation Medal cites Ulstad’s taking command while on a 12-man patrol ambushed by 30 Viet Cong the day after Christmas 1967. He maneuvered the remaining patrol members through 300 meters of jungle to a landing zone. Interviewed at Billings in December, 1968, Ulstad said, “A lot of things can happen. . .” his voice trailing off, talking about when he would return and perhaps enroll again at Rocky Mountain College. Survivors, beside his parents, include three brothers and two sisters. Burial will be at Mountview Cemetery, Billings, Mt.
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POSTED ON 1.26.2004
POSTED BY: Donald Lytle

Thank you Sergeant Dennis Elmer Ulstad

Although we never met personally, I want to thank you Dennis Elmer Ulstad, for your courageous and valiant service, years of faithfully contributing, and your most holy sacrifice given to this great country of ours!

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

Again, thank you Sergeant Dennis Elmer Ulstad, for a job well done!

REST IN ETERNAL PEACE MY MARINE FRIEND


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