Denton, Joseph Benjamin, ADCS

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
AD-0000-Aviation Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Machinist's Mate
Primary Unit
1969-1970, AD-0000, HA(L)-3 Seawolves
Service Years
1964 - 1990
AD-Aviation Machinist's Mate
Six Hash Marks

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
1945
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Hemingway, SC
Last Address
Starke, FL

Date of Passing
Apr 28, 2003
 
Location of Interment
Keystone Cemetery - Keystone Heights, Florida
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 20


 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Navy Chief 100 Yrs 1893-1993 Navy Chief Initiated






 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
The Gainsville Sun, April 30, 2003 Obituary
STARKE - Joseph Benjamin Denton died Monday at Naval Air Station Hospital in Jacksonville after an extended illness. He was 58.
Born in Hemingway, SC, he moved to Starke in 1987. He worked in construction and was retired from the U.S. Navy, where he served 26 years as a jet mechanic, including duty during the Vietnam War.

DENTON, JOSEPH BENJAMIN  
SCPO   US NAVY
VIETNAM
DATE OF BIRTH: 01/28/1945
DATE OF DEATH: 04/28/2003
BURIED AT:
KEYSTONE CEMETERY
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS, FL 32656
(352) 473-3176
   
Other Comments:
Not Specified
   


Vietnam War/Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
Start Year
1969
End Year
1969

Description
This Campaign period was from 9 June to 31 October 1969.  In the Mekong Delta proper, Swift boat, PBR, riverine assault craft, SEAL, and Vietnamese ground units struck at the Viet Cong in their former strongholds, which included the Ca Mau Peninsula, the U Minh Forest, and the islands of the broad Mekong River system.

After raiding and harassing operations like Silver Mace II, the combined navies often deployed forces to secure a more permanent Vietnamese government presence in vital areas. In June 1969, for example, the U.S. Navy anchored a mobile pontoon base in the middle of the Ca Mau region's Cua Lon River. This operation, labelled Sea Float, was made difficult by heavy Viet Cong opposition, strong river currents, and the distance to logistic support facilities. Still, Sea Float denied the enemy a safe haven even in this isolated corner of the delta. The allies further threatened the Communist "rear" area in September when they set up patrols on the Ong Doc, a river bordering the dense and isolated U Minh area. Staging from an advance tactical support base at the river's mouth, U.S. and Vietnamese PBRs of Operation Breezy Cove repeatedly intercepted and destroyed enemy supply parties crossing the waterway.

By October 1969, one year after the start of the SEALORDS campaign, Communist military forces in the Mekong Delta were under heavy pressure. The successive border interdiction barriers delayed and disrupted the enemy's resupply and troop replacement from Cambodia. The raiding operations hit vulnerable base areas and the Sea Float deployment put allied forces deep into what had been a Viet Cong sanctuary. In addition, American and Vietnamese forces captured or destroyed over 500 tons of enemy weapons, ammunition, food, medicines, and other supplies. Furthermore, 3,000 Communist soldiers were killed and 300 were captured at a cost of 186 allied men killed and 1,451 wounded.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1969
To Year
1969
 
Last Updated:
Apr 18, 2012
   
Personal Memories
   
Units Participated in Operation

HHC, 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade

USS Mauna Kea (AE-22)

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

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  • Almashy, Danny, PO3, (1968-1974)
  • Baker, Ronald, CPO, (1966-2000)
  • Betts, Perry, PO2, (1967-1970)
  • Blackburn, Larry, CPO, (1968-1988)
  • BREWSTER, TIMOTHY, PO2, (1969-1975)
  • Chiappi, William, MCPO, (1955-1975)
  • Corrigan, James, PO2, (1967-1971)
  • Crane, William, PO3, (1968-1970)
  • Elwood, Steven, PO3, (1968-1971)
  • Estes, Richard, PO3, (1966-1970)
  • Fay, Jerry, PO1, (1966-1973)
  • French, Craig, PO1, (1974-1983)
  • Gaston, Mack, RADM, (1964-1995)
  • Gilreath, James, PO2, (1967-1973)
  • Gingrich, Stewart, LT, (1966-1974)
  • Gisel, Charles, PO2, (1966-1970)
  • Hall, Joseph, CDR, (1968-1996)
  • Hampton, Michael, SN, (1968-1970)
  • Hayes, Wayne, PO3, (1969-1973)
  • Heinz, John, PO2, (1967-1972)
  • Hurtis, Dennis, PO2, (1966-1970)
  • Jackson, Michael, PO3, (1967-1971)
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