LT. W. E. Dennis, USN was killed in action in South Viet Nam after having served on board Davidson as First Lieutenant and CIC Office. The second Westpac cruise book was dedicated to Lt. Dennis.
"In the name of God, let not the cause for which he died, .....live in vain."
Tribute to Lt. W.E. Dennis from a fellow shipmate and friend,
Ralph J. Fries
Bill and I were the same age as we both had prior enlisted service. “Pops” of the section. We were older than the CO. Bill Dennis was my XO of RS-535. Bill and I use to sit in what we called our little XO’s office after I made my reports to him and he to the CO after the day’s patrols and events were done with and just shoot the breeze about every thing every night. I was on my way to my next duty station when our yeoman sent me a message that he and the boat crew members were killed. There were 6 officers and 56 enlisted. We were a close knit outfit. I was very close with all the crews because I had just made warrant officer and sent to Viet Nam.
If you view Kent Hawley’s web site at http://hawley.hispeed.com/vietnam/hawley1.htmyou will see the Death of PBR-750 which shows the boat after it was hit and destroyed. There were 2 survivors of PBR-750, and engineer and a seaman. GMG2 Ford threw them overboard and they were picked up by the cover boat and Ford road the boat into the beach and was later captured. His body was recovered the next day by PBR-729 boat crew from the river bank. It is a gruesome sight. Bill, Scott and Pat died on June 21, 1968. Bill Dennis was a great person and a very fine gentleman.