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Name: Everett Dennis Keaton
Panel/Line: 14W/49
Force: Army
Company: D
Rank: Captain
Pay Grade: O3
CAACF: 283348519
Home of Record: Waverly, OH
Birth Date: January 16, 1941
Race: Caucasian
Gender: M
Religion: Assemblies of God
Married: Y
Death Date: January 20, 1970
Cause of Death: "ground casualty by an explosive device, hostile";
Died in Long An at age 29
The body was recovered.
Everett Dennis Keaton

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Captain Keaton commanded the 6/31 Delta Company late 1969 to 1970.

Comment[Dan Kelley]

Tribute to Everett Dennis Keaton, I met Dennis in the 'O Club' at Can Giuoc (shack with a dirt floor and a few chairs). He asked where I was from and I told him, 'a little piss ass town in southern Ohio, you never heard of, Chillicothe.' He laughed and told me he was from Waverly, a little town even more piss assed than Chillicothe; 20 miles south! I did not serve in the field with Captain Keaton, but I am told he was good. We were discussing whether to bring our newly born children to Hawaii. He decided to have his daughter, Denise, come with his wife in November,1969; I chose not to when I met my wife in December, 1969. As it turned out that would be the only time Dennis got to see his daughter. I on the other hand would get to spend my life with my son. This is the most troubling part of war, why some are chosen others are not. It will always sadden me. Several years ago I read an article in the Columbus Dispatch where Captain Keaton was recognized as the 'most highly decorated veteran' in Pike county. I had been in the presence of greatness.

Respectfully, Dan Kelley

Comment[David Laird]

I was watching cartoon that satuday morning when they knock on the door. I was almost 11 at the time now I am 50 when I think about you I cry I will never be the man you were but I do believe if I was older back then i could have save you from this fate. I never come to see you but I don't need to because you live in my heart everyday.

I wanted you to know I wrote everyday to the President which was Nixon then asking to send you back home but like so many other there was no response. I did like you told me I did my best to take care and protect the family because you told me I was the man of the house when you left. I try to do what was ask of me and to do like you would have done but when you didn't come back it fell apart.

I am crying now but I want you to know I Miss you DAD and I always will Love you.

Your Son,

David

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[Below] Two photos taken by Grady Smith, former Delta company CO, of the grave of Dennis Keaton who was CO of Delta company—killed in January of 1970.  Pictures taken at Arlington.  One was taken on Memorial day, with the flowers.

Dennis Keaton Tombstone, Arlington   Dennis Keaton Tombstone, Arlington

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I served with Dennis in Vietnam. I was fortunate to be able to participate in the dedication Of Rte 23 thru Pike county {Waverly}, Ohio Last spring. Many of his friends and relatives were there. His long lost son was there too. Dennis still has a 'look alike' in this world.

Dan Kelley