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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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v WWII Pacific Trips by Valor Tours

Valor Tours introduced Don Dencker on their brochures for the trips he directed with these words

"Your tour director, Don Dencker, is a veteran of the Battle of Okinawa, 96th Infantry Division. Don received the Bronze Star after the battle for “meritorious achievement” in connection with military operation against the enemy on Okinawa. He serves as the Historian for the 96th Infantry Division and authored the book “Love Company, Infantry Combat Against the Japanese WWII”.

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General Simon B Buckner's daughter Mary Brubaker returned to Okinawa on a Valor Tour with Don Dencker, 2000


At Torri Station with fellow Deadeyes Bill Hill and


James Koslow makes a rubbing of his brother Peter's Name while on a Valor Tour with Don Dencker



Donald Owen Dencker

“The tour to Okinawa was planned to perfection, was thorough, well conducted (by Don Dencker), and, all in all, a wonderful experience. I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Claudius M. Easley, Jr., 1995

Son of General Cladius Easley

Valor Tours

"Valor Tours Ltd. was honored to have Don Dencker, a 96th Infantry Division WWII Veteran of the battles at Leyte and Okinawa, offer to escort our tour groups to both destinations in the 1990's and 2000's. Not only did he have unique knowledge of the battles, but he had excellent management skills which one needs to lead a group. We were fortunate to have him in our ranks".

Comments from some who toured with Don

“We had a wonderful time. We thought it was the best organized and most closely focused tour (with Don Dencker at the helm) we had ever been on.”

Mary and Ed Brubaker,

Daughter of General Simon Boliver Buckner

Mary Brubaker at the Memorial for her father, General Simon Buckner. 2000

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