In Memory

Dennis Gauthier


John Pintal posted the above piece with these comments: 

If my feeble memory serves me, I believe that Hugh Bissett, and myself and possibly one or two others met up with Dennis after he came home from basic training.  We went to the RHS Friday night football game and just hung out and talked about his basic training experience.  He was shipping out later the following week to Viet Nam.  Hugh ended up enlisting and serving in the Coast Guard and I got lucky and didn’t get the draft board call to serve.  My appreciation and thanks to all of those that did serve.



 
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03/13/18 01:04 PM #1    

Steven/Steve Cypher

Dennis was killed in action in Vietnam on October 31, 1969

On 31 Oct 1969 C Company, 3/12th Infantry was operating in the mountains about 12 kilometers northeast of the old Plei Djereng airfield. Contact was made with a North Vietnamese Army unit and two US soldiers were killed in the subsequent fighting - then-PFC Dennis L. Gauthier and PFC Daniel L. Starkey of Kent, Ohio. A 1994 Joint Task Force - Full Recovery report summarizes the situation as follows:

PFC Gauthier was carried as Missing in Action, and promoted while in that status, until the Secretary of the Army approved a Presumptive Finding of Death on 15 June 1977. As noted above, his remains are considered non-recoverable.


04/07/18 01:47 PM #2    

Suzanne/Sue Van Conant (Bobola)

I looked up his name on the Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall when it was in Cheboygan in 2006. This is the information from the Memorial in Washington. 

PFC Gauthier was carried as Missing in Action, and promoted while in that status, until the Secretary of the Army approved a Presumptive Finding of Death on 15 June 1977. As noted above, his remains are considered non-recoverable.

DENNIS LEE GAUTHIER

 
SSGT - E6 - Army - Selective Service 

His tour began on Oct 31, 1969
Casualty was on Jun 15, 1977
In PLEIKU, SOUTH VIETNAM
Hostile, died while missing, GROUND CASUALTY
Body was not recovered
 
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04/08/18 02:57 PM #3    

James/Chris Wade

Thank you for posting this information Suzanne and Steve. I had no idea that Dennis was MIA/KIA in Vietnam until now. He was a friendly and active student at RHS with a terrific sense of humor...always smiling. Thank you for your service Dennis. You will not be forgotten.

 For SSGT Dennis Gauthier;

I did my duty, I paid the supreme price. I pray you'll remember, my sacrifice. My life was short, I did my best. God grant me peace in my eternal rest.

 


06/03/18 09:56 AM #4    

Beverly/Bev Grund (Delmet)

I remember Dennis, always fun-loving and smiling. My brother was stationed at Pleiku at that same time, after which it was overrun and fell to the Viet Cong.  Thank you for your service and sacrifice, Dennis.


07/27/18 12:23 PM #5    

Scott Bechen

I was so sorry to hear of the passing of a fellow Viet Nam Veteran and a really good friend. We had some really great time in school and Dennis will be forever in my heart and mind, I read about the battle that he was in and how he could not get back to the rest of his team. When they had a chance the next day they could not find him and was declared MIA . While up to visit my parents over Memorial Day I was able to find his brick at the park.

Welcome Home Brother, All gave some ,some gave all. You are my Hero and I miss you so much. May God Bless You.


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