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Denzil Dale Pettit

Denzil Pettit
Born 7 Jan 1945, Loma Linda, San Bernardino Co, CA (HOR: Bloomington, San Bernardino Co)
Died 27 Jan 1970, South Vietnam
Service Branch Army
Rank Private First Class
Rating or Job  
Unit Recon Plt, HHC, 2nd BN, 35th INF Regt, 25th INF DIV
Military Citations  
Family Father: Dale Holden Pettit was born on June 16, 1922. He had one son and two daughters with Opie Estelle Moore. He died on March 5, 1992, in Los Angeles Co, CA, at 69, and was buried in Chico, Butte Co, CA.

Mother: Opie Estelle Moore was born on April 10, 1922, in Haworth, McCurtain Co, OK. She married her 2nd husband on April 23, 1990, in Clark Co, NV. She died on March 20, 2014, in Clark Co, NV, at 91.

Pfc. Denzil Pettit

Jan. 7, 1945 - Aug. 2, 1966


Denzil Pettit was nuts over automobiles. Raised in Southern California with his mother, he lived in Chico with his father for three years before the draft notice came.

Pettit learned from his father—-who owns a truck repair business—how to work on diesel engines. The two pitched in together to buy a low truck, which the younger Pettit planned to make a livelihood from after the service.

‘He wanted to take the shop over. He was crazy about the shop and that tow truck,” his father said.

In early 1965, however, Pettit was drafted. After basic and advanced infantry training, he was sent to Vietnam.

On Aug. 2, 1966, after Pettit had been nine months in-country, his unit was jumped by the Viet Cong. When he ran out to retrieve a wounded buddy, he was shot and killed by a sniper.

Chico News & Review, May 26, 1988


56395095 PFC USA (MOS 11B10: Infantryman)

Casualty Details: Killed by small arms fire

Listed on the Gold Star Memorial Glen Oaks Memorial Park

Burial: Green Acres Memorial Park & Mortuary, Bloomington, San Bernardino, Co, CA

Bronze Star Medal w/V Device, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge



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