|Birth: ||Feb. 1, 1944|
|Death: ||Sep. 6, 1978, Laos|
In Memory of Maj. Dennis Paul Neal.
*** Captain Neal was a member of Command and Control, North, 5th Special Forces Group. On July 31, 1969, he was a member of a reconnaissance patrol just inside Laos due west of Hue, South Vietnam. The patrol encountered the enemy and Captain Neal was killed by a B-40 rocket blast. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.
You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in your family who knew you and loved you. You will live on because we remember you!
DENNIS PAUL NEAL - Army - MAJ - O4
Date of Birth Feb 1, 1944 - born in Quincy, IL.
From: TARPON SPRINGS, FL
Religion: ROMAN CATHOLIC
Marital Status: Single - Parents: Father, Charles J. Neal and Mother, Mildred Neal. Twin Brother, David Neal.
***** A business major and Alpha Phi Omega member at Florida State who loved to sail, Neal had barely graduated when he first went to war, leaving behind identical twin David, a graduate of the University of Florida, and brother Michael, an FSU graduate.
***** "United States Social Security Death Index"
Given Name: Dennis
Middle Name: P
Birth Date: 1 February 1944
Social Security Number: 264-70-1719
Event Date: 6 September 1978
Rank/Branch: O3/US Army Special Forces
Unit: C & C North, MACV-SOG, 5th Special Forces Group
His tour began on Jul 31, 1969
Casualty was on Sep 6, 1978
In LZ, LAOS
Hostile, died while missing, GROUND CASUALTY
Service: Army (Reserve)
Grade at loss: O3
Rank: Major (See Note below)
ID No: 264701714
MOS: 31542 Infantry Unit Commander - Special Forces Qualified
LenSvc: Not recorded
Unit: CCN, MACV-SOG, 5TH SF GRP, SPECIAL FORCES
Note: O3 at loss. Promoted while in MIA status
Incident Date: Thursday, 07/31/1969
Change Status: Wednesday, 09/06/1978
Missing to Died while Missing
Age at Loss: 25
Remains: Body not recovered
Type: Hostile, died while missing
Reason: Not Reported - Ground casualty
Body was not recovered
Panel 20W - Line 81
Other Personnel In Incident: Michael P. Burns (missing)
In Vietnam, SP4 Michael P. Burns and Capt. Dennis P. Neal were assigned through the 5th Special Forces to MACV-SOG
On July 31, 1969, Capt. Neal On his second tour of duty, Neal was the team leader on a mission for the 5th Special Forces just inside Laos, due west of the South Vietnamese city of Hue.
The team had completed its mission and were awaiting extraction along with 4 indigenous team members. It was at this time that one of the indigenous opened fire on 5 enemy personnel trying to crawl up to their position.
A B40 rocket hit their position, killing Capt. Neal and SP4 Burns and two of the four indigenous. The other two indigenous team members were slightly wounded.
Capt. Dennis Neal had been wounded in the chest.
Burns was also severely wounded in the head by the same B-40 rocket blast, and was last seen lying on his back, possibly dead, by Pan and Comen, the surviving commandos.
Search teams were later dispatched to the area, but no trace was found of Neal and Burns.
When all details were compared, both from the surviving commandos and the FAC aircraft, it could not be determined that Burns and Neal had, in fact, died.
The two were classfied Missing In Action.
Note: US ARMY
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Section MH Grave 280
GPS (lat/lon): 21.3136, -157.84703
Created by: Eddieb
Record added: Oct 13, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60047734