Dennis Allen Sprenkle


US Army Insignia

United States Army

SGT Insignia


7th Cavalry Regiment Insignia  7th Cavalry Regiment Coat of Arms  1st Cavalry Division Patch
"A" Company, 1st Battalion
7th Cavalry Regiment
1st Cavalry Division



Combat Infantryman Badge

Bronze Star  Purple Heart  Air Medal  Army Commendation Medal  Army Good Conduct Medal  National  Defense Medal  Vietnam Service Medal

Vietnamese Gallantry Cross  Vietnamese Military Merit Medal  Republic Of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Fell May 5, 1970

Born on the 23rd of December,1948, Dennis was the son of William and Margurite Sprenkle of York.  He attended local schools and graduated from William Penn High School with the Class of 1966.  Furthering his education at Goldey Beacom College, he graduated with an Associate Degree in 1968.  He assumed a position with the DuPont Company, and married Diona Bender of Lebanon in the same year.

He was drafted in January of 1969, and after training was assigned to Vietnam, arriving there on the 16th of June, 1969.  He assigned to Company B, 7th Cavalry Regiment of the 1st Cavalry Division.  He fell as a result of shrapnel wounds when his position was hit by a mortar round, or rocket, while engaged with the enemy near the Cambodian border.  His remains were returned and interred in Lebanon County, where his wife and son were residing with her parents.

He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, two Air Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.  He was also awarded the Cross of Gallantry with Palm, the Military Merit Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal from the Republic of Vietnam.

Besides his parents he was survived by a brother, William; his wife, Diona; and son, Mark.  Dennis, and Diona, a native of Lebanon, were married in Lebanon on June 22, 1968.

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