Setting the Record Straight

High School Advisor - Donald D. Denton, Jr.

NameDonald D. Denton, Jr.
Selected High SchoolManchester High School
Military Career

Mr. Denton was born in Rockford, Illinois, where he lived until graduating from high school in 1966. Both of his parents served in the Marine Corps during World War II. He joined the Marine Corps in June of that year. He attended boot camp at MCRD, San Diego and Advanced Infantry Training at Camp Pendleton, California. He was assigned to basic radio operator's school with Company K, Marine Support Battalion, Corey Field, Pensacola, Florida. There he advanced to the rank of corporal. He successfully completed both the "R" and "T" schools. He also completed various Marine Corps Institute courses on leadership, land mines and demolition. He was then assigned to 2nd Radio Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Geiger, North Carolina. He served on various temporary assignments including duty with the Army Security Agency, Ft. Devens, Massachusetts. His military occupation specialties included Special Radio Operator, Special Electronics Operator and Radio Intelligence Operator.

In August, 1968 he requested transfer to Sub-Unit #1, 1st Radio Battalion, 1st Marine Division, FMFPac, Republic of Vietnam.  He was assigned to 2nd Platoon, H&S Company, which was based at Hill 327 outside of Da Nang. He was deployed to various sites throughout the I Corps TAOR.

He participated in the following operations: Sussex Bay, Dodge Valley, Owen Mesa, Talladega Canyon, Maui Peak, Henderson Hill, Garrard Bay, Sabine Draw, Nicollett Bay, Meade River, Taylor Common, Oklahoma Hills, Muskogee Meadows, Pipestone Canyon, Forsyth Grove and Durham Peak. He left the Republic of Vietnam in August, 1969.

He is authorized to wear the following awards: Navy Achievement Medal with Combat "V"; Combat Action Ribbon; Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (second award); National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with four bronze stars; Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon; Navy Unit Citation Ribbon; Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Medal with Palm; Republic of Vietnam Civic Action Medal. He is a Rifle and Pistol sharpshooter (second awards).

He was promoted to Sergeant and honorably discharged from active duty on September 3, 1969. He served three additional years in the Stand-By Reserves.

He is a life member of the 1st Marine Division Association, the Marine Corps Cryptologic Association, the Marine Corps League, Khe Sanh Veterans Association and the National Association of Vietnam Veteran Ministers. He is a founding member and chaplain for Tet, '68, a philanthropic and educational organization of Vietnam veterans. He has written extensively in professional journals, assists in publishing Lectionary Homiletics and is a consultant to various religious organizations on military - related matters and post-traumatic stress disorder. He is the author of the handbook on diagnosis for the U. S. Army Manual for Military Chaplains.

Civilian Career

Donald D. Denton is a Presbyterian minister and licensed professional counselor. He has three sons. He participates in a variety of outdoor pursuits, enjoys classical and bluegrass music, is a Boy Scout leader, writes poetry and reads biographies for relaxation.