Donald O. Dencker, Deadeye

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

Leyte, Okinawa

1st Lieutenant 802nd Engineer Aviation Battalion

& Korea


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 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

Link to General Buckner Tribute page


Additional Comments from Valor Tours:

“We wish to thank Valor Tours for all that you have done to have made our trip a memorable one…We certainly hope to travel with you again…Thanks to Don Dencker – a great guy…”

Bob & Betty Hickey, 1995

“Our trip to Okinawa was most meaningful…we were very touched by the service at Torii Station…your guidance throughout the tour by Don Dencker, was extraordinary…I was happy to be with such a spirited group of Vets and their families.”

Albert Goldstein, 2001

“Everything was excellent…Valor Tours did an outstanding job of making the arrangements…Don Dencker was terrific historian guide and helper…one of the most memorable moments was seeing where my Dad fought at Kakazu West and attending the retreat ceremony at Torii Station.”

Craig Fouts, 2002