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Donald O. Dencker, Deadeye

Co L, 382 Infantry Regiment, 96th Infantry Division, U.S. Army

Leyte, Okinawa

1st Lieutenant 802nd Engineer Aviation Battalion




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yWebmaster and Historian

The Deadeye Dispatch is published in the Spring and the Fall. Donald Dencker has written many historic articles for the DD


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Dencker served as the Webmaster for the 96th Infantry Division Association Website, which is dedicated to keeping the heritage of the division alive, and keeping the veterans connected. As the webmaster Don has written many articles and features for the publication the Deadeye Dispatch. Don writes many of the articles and gives monthly input still.   


The Deadeye Dispatch, The twice yearly publication of the 96th Infantry Division Association



Don submitted many informational articles and other articles on his own perspectives in the Deadeye Dispatch over the many years he was Historian for the 96th Infantry Division Association.



Check out this feature in the Deadeye Dispatch by Don Dencker.

Dencker says his work with the Web site has been very rewarding, as has the writing of his book, and that he thinks about the men he served quite a bit, especially on Veterans Day.


In an article written by Don Dencker and published in the Deadeye Dispatch Don wrote:

"In 2007 Thirty-two men from the 96th Infantry Division were still listed as Missing in Action from the Battle of Okinawa.  Deadeyes, the 96th Infantry Division, suffered over 10,000 casualties. Their Sacrifices Testify to an Unsurpassed Measure of Devotion, Pride and Courage."   Don Dencker, Historian

Link to complete article.

Here are samples of Don's informational articles published in the Deadeye Dispatch
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96th Composition for Battles

96th Infantry Division at Camp Adair, Oregon

Hershey's Chocolate and the war effort

Leyte Landing Mystery Solved

Typhoon and 96th Infantry Memorial

Fort Snelling Monument to 96th Infantry Division

Army's Best Invention - the P38

The Morning Report

Deadeyes of Today Update


Don tells his story as a member of The Rifle Company


w The Presidential Unit Citation 

"My most recent and most gratifying effort for my Deadeye buddies was the January 10th, 2001, approval of the long-delayed presidential Unit Citation for the 96th Infantry Division for its heroic service during the Battle of Okinawa. After World War II ended, the XXIV Corps had initiated the award of the Presidential Unit Citation to the 96th. This 1946 award had reached the War Department in Washington DC, but for an unknown reason was never signed by the Army Chief of Staff. Our 96th Infantry Division history, published in February 1947, lists the award as "pending." Left in limbo, veterans of the division found out years later that the award did not exist. Then back in the 1970s, some Deadeyes attempted to have the award approved, but with no success. Finally, however, in the summer of 1999, I renewed effort for this well-deserved unit recognition, and have finally achieved our goal.

Although the news of the Presidential Unit Citation Award is too late for thousands of Deadeyes who have passed away, the accomplishments of the 96th Infantry Division and its "citizen soldiers" will long live in the country's memory and in its recorded pages."

An Army General Order Confirming the Award of a Presidential Unit Citation to the 96th Infantry Division was issued in December 2001." We have received the Presidential Unit Citation Certificate and Citation documents. The 96th Infantry Division is now one of only 4 entire Army Division awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for heroic action during World War II. Pertinent documents are posted to the left .

This is the program from the Award Ceremony on July 27, 2001.

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The U.S. Army formally presented The Presidential Unit Citation during an awards ceremony on July 27, 2001 at our Omaha, Nebraska Reunion.

You can read the entire text of the Presidential Unit Citation by Clicking Here   96

The Deadeyes of the 96 Infantry Division was also awarded

The Presidential Unit Citation from the government of The Philippines


The bar of the Presidential Unit Citation of the Philippines



s WWII Deadeye Memorials

Donald Dencker has been instrumental in establishing the heritage fund to support the Deadeye memory with metal plaques and stone memorials in several spots across the country including both Okinawa and Leyte.

Don has worked dilligently to make sure there are Memorials dedicated to the 96th Infantry in the North, East, South and West of the USA.

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Arlington National Cemetery
Camp Adair

Ft. Benning Museum


Pacific War Museum

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Large commemorative plaque and a small Divisional plaque
Fort Snelling National Cemetery

The 96th Infantry Division Deadeye Association provided a granite monument with a bronze plaque to honor the memory or our fallen comrades of the 96th Infantry Division, U.S. Army who were killed on Leyte, Phillippines or Okinawa, Japan.

For all Deadeyes who fought with valor and distinction to defeat Imperial Japan during World War II.

96th Infantry Division monument dedication

96th Infantry Division Okinawa
Restored Monuments to Col. May and Brig. General Easley on Okinawa
Fort Douglas Museum

Eldred World War II Museum

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