President of the United States
Distinguished Service Cross
David D. Dentinger
Rank and Organization: Specialist
Four, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division
Date and Place: 21
February 1968, Republic of Vietnam
Reason: For extraordinary
heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an
armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam: Specialist
Four Dentinger distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on
21 February 1968 while leading a squad against four heavily fortified
North Vietnamese Army bunkers near the city of Hue. Two of the
positions were successfully destroyed, but the remaining fortifications
continued to pour an intense volume of fire on Specialist Dentinger and
his men. He and another soldier advanced to the cover afforded by a
partially destroyed house to come within close range of the enemy.
When his comrade attempted to throw a white phosphorous grenade through a
window in the building at the communistsí positions, he was severely
wounded by sniper fire and fell senseless to the floor. The armed
grenade landed beside him. Unhesitatingly and with complete disregard
for his own life, Specialist Dentinger dove toward the live grenade.
Grasping it in his hand, he rolled over to an opening in the wall and
threw the deadly missile toward the bunkers. As he released the
grenade it detonated, critically burning him. His quick action,
however, caused the primary force of the explosion to be outside the
building, and his wounded comrade was not harmed by the blast.
Specialist Four Dentingerís extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty
were in keeping the highest traditions of the military service and reflect
great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.