Skip to comments.Navy Pilot Missing Since Vietnam War Buried At Arlington National Cemetery
Posted on 05/19/2013 6:35:39 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th
Forty-six years after being killed in action,
the U.S. Navy honored Lt. Dennis Peterson of Huntington Park
during an interment ceremony on May 2.
Lt. Peterson was 27 when he left to serve in the Vietnam War on March 27, 1967.
May he rest in eternal peace.
May God rest his soul.
ThankYou,Dennis,and GOD Bless you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I just heard a Two Star describe a recent repatriation mission, where he recovered, along with an honor guard detail, six MIA VN GIs.
Full honors, Time taken for each one.
He and, everyone was a mess (crying)
I had just graduated high school in ‘67 and a college degree was on my mind (along with a series of part time jobs to get there.) I finally copped the elusive BA in ‘72 (I was 1-A for one year but things were winding down by then.)
I am retired now. This seems like a very long time ago.
You’re home at last,Sir!
RIP, Lt. Dennis Peterson.
As they say..."all gave some,and some gave all" (like the Naval Aviator we're saluting now).
In the fall of 1969 I learned that my draft number was “8”. I was already slated to be commissioned & later went to Vietnam as a Huey pilot.
But it was in the summer of 1967 that Vietnam combat deaths started to weigh on me as I was 18 and already could have enlisted.
Never forget to honor our fallen brave. My wife & I are retired military & an annual pilgrimage to Arlington is the very least we can do.
I’m starting to get old now,
but I was of age and going to college at the time.
My draft # was 126 in 1971.
My daddy knew somebody that knew somebody
and pulled some strings and found a way out for me
and got me into the national guard (1971-1977).
So I went to basic and AIT, but I did not go “over there”.
Daddy (RIP) was a WWII vet (Honolulu, Solomans, Guadalcanal)
but he could not understand the purpose of vietnam.
I have felt a sense of guilt ever since,
thinking that “somebody” “somewhere”
must have had to sacrifice in my place.
May God bless all of you.
Those were some strange days, indeed.
God bless our troops!
God Bless you for caring, and.... Nobody took your place. The Lord has a plan and we each play our role in it.
If I could take back a million things I did as a kid, I would.... But would I have taken the same path?
Would I have met my beautiful wife and had our kids?
If I had done things differently, my life would’ve turned out differently... And I most certainly would not have the beauty around me that I could not imagine my life without.. ( my wife and children )
Everything happens for a reason.
Thank you for “YOUR” service.
I was never ordered to SE Asia either so it can certainly be said that I didn't sacrifice much...not *nearly* as much as many did.Men like LT Peterson and "elcid1970".I understand your sense of guilt...I've felt the same from time to time.Mine was so great that I felt the need to visit Vietnam a few years ago to try to drive out my demons and pay tribute,in a small way,to those who sacrificed so much.I must say that that boat ride I took up the Mekong was very spooky.But enough of that.
In my own defense I served a full hitch,never ran afoul of the UCMJ and my DD214 reads "honorable".Assuming the same is true of you at least we can both say "hey,there are those who sacrificed far less than I did" at the same time we remain aware of...and honor...those who sacrificed more.
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