Dash, David Winthrop


Rank: Sergeant First Class

Unit: 919th Engineer Company, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 12B – Combat Engineer

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal with Star Device, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Drill Sergeant Badge

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

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 4-Jan-1931

Hometown: Orangeburg, South Carolina

Marital status: Married to Vernell H. Dash, one son, two daughters

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 6-Apr-1951

Start of tour: 10-Jul-1969

Incident date: 8-Apr-1970

Date of casualty: 2-May-1970

Age at death: 39

Cause of death: Non-hostile, died of illness/injury. Other Accident. Other accident.
David Winthrop Dash died as a result of injuries received while on a military mission when he tripped a friendly command detonated mine. He was admitted to a military medical facility and later expired. / Individual tripped friendly command detonated mine.  Individual was admitted to 45th Surgical Hospital 8 Apr 1970 at 1115 hrs, placed on Serious Injury (SI) list 8 Apr 1970 at 1530 hrs. Evacuated to United States Army Hospital Camp Zama, Japan, 23 Apr 1970 and later expired.  Incident occurred on 8 Apr 1970 at 1030 hrs.

Three Blackhorse troopers died as a result of this incident:
SFC David Winthrop Dash
SSG Robert James Thompson
SP5 Craig Alden Van Akin

Location of fatality: Tay Ninh, South Vietnam, XT 048 857

Place of interment: Brown Chapel AME Church Cemetery, Elloree, South Carolina, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 11W 083 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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