Staff Sergeant, United States Army
Full Name: DENNIS GARLAND
The 27-year-old Staff Sergeant joined the Army
in 1962 and served in Korea before being assigned to Company C of the 2nd
Battalion, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, in Vietnam in October
1965. His military jobs included clerk, assistant platoon sergeant, squad
leader and fire team leader. He had attended Murrell Dobbins Vocational
High School and worked for a dress manufacturer before beginning his military
career. Garland died on October 8, 1966. He was survived by his parents,
six brothers and a sister.
Sergeant Garland, 26, wrote home just days before his death that he didn't think he would make it. "Too many are dying here," wrote the career soldier with the 27th Infantry, 25th Division.
Garland was due to return to the States for
Christmas. He died of a rifle wound October 8, 1966. Wounded in battle
on two other occasions, he was the recipient of two Purple Hearts, a Bronze
Star and an Infantry Badge. He is survived by his parents, six brothers
and a sister.
Posted: 29 November 2008