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Aaron  Svetly
learned about him at school
1869 Tivoli Reedsburg WI 53959 USA
Thank you Dennis for serving the Country
Dear Dennis, Hi my name is Aaron Svetly. I have recently learned about the Vietnam War. I learned all about Dennis and how much of a great soldier he was. I thought all the medals he earned were very interesting. Thank you for serving our country and making the ultimate sacrifice. I hope we never have another war like Vietnam.
May 25, 2011

tyler  brandt
Dennis risked his life for our country and I think everyone is thankful for what he did. From what I read on Dennis he was a sweet man and would be nice and cheer up everyone. He was a leader and made sure that he would keep everyone safe and he would take it for the team before anyone of his men. That is what I call a good man. Thank you Lt. Dennis Calton.
May 25, 2011

Dani† Imhoff
My name is Dani Imhoff and I am a student at Reedsburg Area High school in Wisconsin. Our final project is to research a soldier from Wisconsin who died in the Vietnam War. I just want to say thank you Dennis for fighting for our country. You will be missed.
May 25, 2011

Jen  Calton
My uncle
Thank you to all who have written about Den(including my Dad) I never had a chance to know my uncle as I was born many years after his death, but hearing your stories has given me something to hold on to and treasure. He will always be my hero. I will forever be greatful to you men for these special memories that you have shared. Thank you and God bless.
Sep 25, 2009

James R.† Rhodes
Fellow, Delta, Company, Platoon Leader
Tokyo, Japan
An Unfinished, Warrior's Tale

Photo shows, LT., Carlton (rt.) conversing, with LT., Haddad. (lt.)
I deeply regret, that it has taken me, so long, to post, a message, on Dennisís wall. Dennis and his family have been, in my thoughts and prayers, since that fateful, day, in March, 1971. His death had a profound, impact, on me and the other, men, who knew and respected him. Dennis and I were, both platoon leaders, in Delta, Company, 2-1, Infantry. We worked closely, together, on several operations and became, good friends. Dennis, who was ranger qualified, was a highly, skilled and proficient, small, unit leader. I often sought his advice, on tactics, because there was, no better tactician, in the U.S., Army, at that time. Dennis was also highly respected, for his personal, courage and his consideration, for the welfare, of his men. He would never, ask his men, to do something, that he was, not personally prepared, to do. One, of the reasons, for the delay, in this post, is, that I hoped, to research and report, on an important, incident, that occurred, on 15, November 1971, in the vicinity, of LZ., Baldy. Delta, Company, had frequent contact, with the enemy, during the previous, week, so Delta, platoons, that normally operated, semi-independently, were, in close communication. In the late, afternoon, of November 15th, I received, a message, that LT., Calton had discovered, suspicious activity on, a hill top. I radioed Dennis, to tell him, I was positioning my platoon, to support him. My platoon arrived, on the scene, just in time to ambush, NVA., soldiers, fleeing a raid, on their base camp, led, by LT., Calton. Two, days later, the entire company was extracted, from the field and sworn to secrecy concerning, everything we, had seen. We were told, that information obtained, from this raid, had gone directly, to General Abrams and President Nixon. General Abrams, is reported, to have said, that the intelligence, gained, from the raid, was ďamong the most important, of the year.Ē The Army Reporter and The Southern, Cross, ran feature stories, on the successful hasty ambush, carried out, by my platoon. The real story, about Dennisís, incredible discovery, went unreported. I suspect, the story about my platoon, was meant, to distract, the enemy, from the important, intelligence gained, in Dennisís raid. Shortly, before his death, Dennis told me in confidence, what happened, on the hill top. I hope eventually to uncover, the highly, classified reports, on this incident. The story I believe involves, high, level, strategic concerns. There was, something else Dennis told me, on that day just before, his ill-fated trip, north, to Quang Tri, Province. Dennis had, a premonition, of his death. He had a vision, that this would, be, his last mission. I tried, to shrug off his suggestion, but he, was emphatic. Dennis asked me, to watch over, several prized possessions, from the November, raid, that he had, in a footlocker. They included, two P-38, pistols. Unfortunately, I was not able, to honor, his request, since I was being reassigned, to Echo, Company. Rest in peace, friend and comrade! You will always, be remembered and missed.
Sep 21, 2009

Rich† Calton
My daughter, alerted me to this site, a few, minutes ago. It is, a comfort, to our sisters and me, to know, that others have not forgotten, our brother Den. We have managed to stay, in contact with Peter Gould, over the years. Hearing, from Den's brothers, in arms helps. Both brothers-in-laws, along, with my wife and I, are veterans. I believe, that WE ALL, understand, the true price, of freedom. Until we are called home, again, may, God give us the strength, to remember, our oaths and continue doing, our duty. Rich Calton
Sep 9, 2009

Thomas† Hackler
Served, with Lt., Calton, in Viet Nam
246, Bender Ave., East, Alton, IL., 62024, USA
"Gone, but never Forgotten,'' Think about you, often
Super, Good Friend and a good, officer, enjoyed working, with him. Gone, but Never Forgotten.
Aug 27, 2009

Thomas† Hackler
Lt., I worked with, in Viet Nam
246, Bender Ave., East, Alton, IL., 62024, USA
"Outstanding Officer''
Lt., Carlton was, a super, good Officer. Worked with him Many Times, in Viet Nam. He was a friendly person, to talk, to and a dang, good Officer.
Jul 13, 2009

Paul† Derham
His bunkmate, in OCS20-69
9930, Tall Oaks Ct., Loveland, OH., 45140, USA
My Pleasure to have known, Denny, for those tough, OCS., months. I was, with Denny, for 6, months, of OCS., training, at Ft. Benning, GA.. Denny, myself and Ed Printz, from New York, enjoyed 6, months, of laughter, tough training and wonderful stories, about growing up, during this time! Denny was, a very kind and intellegent guy and I grew, very fond, of him. It was, a shock, to hear, of his death and forty years, later, I can still, see his smiling, face and hear, his words, of encouragement! God is, with you Denny!
Jan 7, 2009

Manuel Pino  B/2/8th Cav,1st Cav 68-69
mpjr54@msn. com
Fellow Army Vietnam Brother
D/2/1st Inf Rgt, 196th Inf Bde

An old warrior's wish 'When I am dead, cry for me a little. Think of me sometimes, but not too much. It is not good for you to dwell too long. Think of me now and again as I was in life, at some moment which is pleasant to recall, but not for long. Leave me in peace as I shall leave you, too, in peace.'
Sep 12, 2008

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