Dennis Yamamoto

Gender Male
Birth date 1948-1-9
Place of birth Los Angeles CA, U.S.A.
Inducted 1968-4-2, Los Angeles CA
Enlistment type Draftee
Service branch Army
Service type War
Unit type Combat
Units served 199th Light Infantry Brigade
Military specialty Infantry, Driver, Motor Pool
Stationed USA - Ft. Ord, CA
Camp Frenzell-Jones, Republic of South Vietnam
Separated San Francisco CA
Unit responsibility Repel invasion forces at the foremost point of penetration. Search and destroy hidden enemy concentrations.
Personal responsibility Infantry
Drive support commander to hotspots and forward units.
Major battles (if served in a war zone) In the Vietnam 'conflict', there were few names given to the many confrontations that occured. Only the ones 'glamorized' by the press.
Awards, medals, citations (individual or unit) Nominated for Bronze Star during Tet offensive 1968
Army Commendation Medal twice for bravery above and beyond the call of duty during several engagements.
Living conditions Infantry - Slept on the ground and in foxholes or under bushes. etc. Had C rations for meals.

When I was a driver, I slept in the barracks. We built rooms and acquired fans. Bought TV and stereo and refrigerator. The cubicles became an escape from the realities of war. Cold showers. Good mess hall. Played basketball, football and baseball.

Most vivid memory of military experience First attack of base camp - shaking, sweating, heart pounding, blood, dead friends, nervous, clumsy, uncertainty of fate, thoughts of family and friends and above all ... 'what the hell am I doing in Hell?'
Missed most whilst in the military Family and friends, hot showers and baths, home cooked meals, Mexican food.
Most important thing, personally, to come from military experience? Most important was the 'growing-up' process that made me more determined to succeed in life and the pursuit of happiness. Each day I am alive is a bonus, because I should have died with my infantry unit that was wiped out the week I started driving.

Graduated top 10% nationally for associated schools of business from U.S.C. in 4 years (2 + 2).

I value and appreciate life more than most who have never been through war.

Additional information Eagle Scout 1965 - Koyasan Troop 379 - L.A.

379th Drum and Bugle Corp. State Champions 1962-63. 5th nationally.

Assistant Scoutmaster - OCBC Troop 578 - Anaheim.

Manager - Owner Hook Co. - Japanese hooks, Most quality. Highest price. Famous in fishing circles of So. Cal.

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