Cannan, Dennis Charles


Rank: Private First Class

Unit: L Troop, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11D – Armor Reconnaissance Specialist

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Valorous Unit Award, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 1-Nov-1950

Hometown: Rochester, New York

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 20-Jan-1970

Start of tour: 21-Jun-1970

Incident date: 25-Oct-1970

Date of casualty: 25-Oct-1970

Age at death: 19

Cause of death: Hostile, Died. Explosive Device. Other explosive device.
Dennis Charles Cannan was killed while on a combat operation when a booby trap detonated. / On combat operation, detonated hostile booby trap. / On reconnaissance patrol with two other members of his unit.  One of the men stepped on a trip wire which detonated an anti-personnel mine set by the Viet Cong.

Three Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
PFC Dennis Charles Cannan
SP4 Timothy Robert Ownbey
SP4 Kim William Widmer

Location of fatality: Binh Duong, South Vietnam, XT 972 391

Place of interment: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Rochester, New York, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 06W 020 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)