Denton, Joseph Benjamin, ADCS

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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
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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
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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
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 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.

DATE OF BIRTH: 01/28/1945
DATE OF DEATH: 04/28/2003
(352) 473-3176
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Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (70-71)
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This Campaign was from 1 July 1970 to 30 June 1971. In July the Vietnamese Navy assumed sole responsibility f or the Ready Deck operation, which was given a Tran Hung Dao designator like the other former SEALORDS areas. Also in July, the U.S. Navy ceased its combat activity on I Corp's Cua Viet and Hue Rivers. The Americans then transferred the last combatant vessels of Task Force Clearwater to the Vietnamese. A final turnover of river craft at the end of 1970 enabled the Vietnamese Navy to take charge of the Search Turn, Barrier Reef, and Breezy Cove efforts deep in the Mekong Delta. Except for continued support by HAL-3 and VAL-4 aircraft and SEAL detachments, the U.S. Navy's role in the SEALORDS campaign ended in April 1971 when Solid Anchor (previously Sea Float and now based ashore at Nam Can) became a Vietnamese responsibility.

The Vietnamese Navy, which grew from 18,000 men in the fall of 1968 to 32,000 men at the end of 1970, instituted organizational changes to accommodate the new personnel, material, and operational responsibilities. The Vietnamese grouped their riverine assault craft in riverine assault interdiction divisions (RAID) and their PBRs into river interdiction divisions (RID) and river patrol groups (RPG). They also augmented the existing RAGs and coastal groups, the latter now consolidated into 20 units for lack of sufficient patrol junks.

This dramatic change in the nature of the allied war effort reflected the rapid but measured withdrawal from South Vietnam of U.S. naval forces. NAVFORV strength dropped from a peak of 38,083 personnel in September 1968 to 16,757 at the end of 1970. As Admiral Zumwalt transferred resources to the Vietnamese Navy, he disestablished U.S. naval commands and airlifted personnel home. With the redeployment of the Army's 9th Infantry Division and the turnover of 64 riverine assault craft in June 1969, the joint Mobile Riverine Force halted operations. When the Riverine Assault Force (Task Force 117) stood down on 25 August 1969, it became the first major naval command deactivated in Vietnam. By December 1970, COMNAVFORV had transferred to Vietnam the remaining river combatant craft in his command, which included 293 PBRs and 224 riverine assault craft. That month, the River Patrol Force was disestablished and the Task Force 116 designator reassigned to Commander Delta Naval Forces, a new headquarters controlling SEAL and naval aircraft units still in-country.
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Last Updated:
Apr 18, 2012
Personal Memories
Units Participated in Operation

1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade

USS Ponchatoula (AO-148)

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  • Barker, Jr., Virgil, PO2, (1967-1971)
  • Barth, Edward, CPO, (1965-1987)
  • Bast, Charles, PO3, (1968-1972)
  • Baxter, Thomas P, PO2, (1967-1973)
  • Bragg, Larry, SCPO, (1959-1989)
  • Bramer, Michael, PO2, (1964-1974)
  • BREWSTER, TIMOTHY, PO2, (1969-1975)
  • Buckingham, James, CPO, (1970-1990)
  • Capitulo, Noli, PO1, (1967-1987)
  • Casey, Lewis, PO3, (1970-1974)
  • Chacon, Alfredo, SN, (1969-1971)
  • Childers, Douglas, PO3, (1969-1975)
  • Clevenger, James, PO2, (1966-1970)
  • Cuaresma, Manuel, MCPO, (1968-1994)
  • Daiute, Paul C., PO3, (1967-1974)
  • De Mott, Thomas, CPO, (1968-1990)
  • Edwards, Roger, CAPT, (1968-2006)
  • Fanning, Michael, PO3, (1969-1976)
  • Fletcher, Robert, CPO, (1968-1997)
  • Gomes, David, PO3, (1968-1974)
  • Guyer, Ken, SN, (1967-1971)
  • Hall, John, LCDR, (1961-1991)
  • Hall, Rodger, PO1, (1961-1982)
  • Holtz, Gary, LT, (1963-1984)
  • Horta, Wilfredo, PO3, (1970-1976)
  • Houle, Richard, MCPO, (1955-1980)
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