|Birth: ||Nov. 18, 1947|
|Death: ||Mar. 5, 1968|
Quang Binh, Vietnam
"Ellis" Dennison was in the Mortar Platoon of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 50th Infantry, during the Battle of An Boa in Binh Dinh Province (May 5-7 1968).
At noon, on May 5, 1/50th “A” Company forces were attacked and outnumbered 10 to 1 by a regiment of the North Vietnamese Army. “A” Company forces were overrun and took heavy casualties when Charlie Company was called in to reinforce the besieged Alpha Company. Upon arrival, the enemy, who had fallen silent to allow the “C” Company troops to enter the ambush zone, opened fire with an intense and sustained barrage of small arms, automatic
weapons and B40 Rocket fire from three sides. Former Charlie Company man Bill Bontemps remembers:
"Ellis and I were on the same mortar track as we entered the contact area on May 5th...dropping mortar rounds close-in on the surrounding enemy positions. Sometime after the "A" Company KIAs had been collected, Ellis moved to a different Armored Personnel Carrier where his arm was nearly completely torn off by fragmentation from an RPG round. His platoon Sergeant held him all the way back to the Rear area Aid Station at LZ Uplift and cried when there was nothing he could do to save him. Ellis passed out and never regained consciousness.
Fierce fighting ensued on both 1/50th Companies and additional reinforcements from “B” Company, 1/50th Infantry and “B” Company, 1/69th Armor were called in to battle “C” Company the huge enemy force.
Condensed description of the Battle of An Bao:
Cave City Cemetery
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Record added: Nov 15, 2007
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