Robert E. Denney – Major, United States Army

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Robert E. Denney, Major, United States Army (retired) died on June 22, 2002.

Major Denney entered military service in 1947 and served with the 8240th Army Unit in Korea and with the 11th Air Assault in Vietnam.

He was awarded the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the the Combat Infantryman's Badge.

Retiring from thr Army in 1967, he completed a Master's degree, and then worked in the computer field for a number of years and authored four books about the Civil War.

Major Denney is survived by his loving wife, Frances A. Denney; his daughters, Paula J. Jacques and Linda A. Morgan; sons, Bruce E. Denney and Craig A. Denney and grandsons, Gillian L. Jacques, Bryson D. Jacques and Neal R. Morgan.

Memorial service August 1, 2002 at 1 p.m. at Ft. Myer Chapel, followed by interment at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.


Robert E. Denney served with the U.S. Marines in China and on Guam. In 1950 he entered the Army, serving in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was wounded in action in Korea and was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star with “V” device, and Purple Heart. Graduating from the Warrant Officer's Flight Program in 1956 as a helicopter pilot, he went on to become an assistant project officer for the testing of low-level navigation systems for helicopters. For his performance during these tests, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal. For various actions in Vietnam, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star (OLC), several air medals, and another Purple Heart.

On retirement in 1967 as a Major in the Signal Corps, Denney pursued his lifelong interest in the Civil War, an avocation which he attributes to the influence of a high school history teacher who in the early 1940s “peppered his American history classes with tales he remembered [from his youth] as told by the veterans, and stories of rural Indiana in the late 1800s.”

A retired computer systems consultant, Denney is married, has four children and three grandsons, and is a member and past president of the Civil War Round Table of Washington, DC. He is also a member of the Lincoln Group of Washington, D.C.

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DENNEY, ROBERT E

  • MAJ   US ARMY
  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 02/01/1943 – 10/01/1967
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 09/26/1929
  • DATE OF DEATH: 06/22/2002
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 08/01/2002
  • BURIED AT: SECTION 66  SITE 6973
    ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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