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Dennis Schumann
War: Vietnam
Branch: United States Army
Unit: Company A - 3rd Batt. 21st Inf - 196 Lt. Inf. Brigade
Highest Rank: E4
Birth Year: August 27, 1944
Place of Birth: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Citations: Purple Heart; Vietnam Campaign; National Defense; Combat Infantry Badge; and Purple Heart.


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Dennis was drafted after his first year at college. He trained at Fort Knox, before being sent to Vietnam. He was assigned to a Light Infantry Battalion. Their duties consisted of going out on patrols to engage the enemy. Coppers flew them to their destinations where they wpent anywhere from a few days to a month.

Dennis reported feeling frustrated because they would clear out an area, only to have the enemy return the next day.

Dessis described the time he was wounded. He received a bullet in the shoulder that went right through. He was also hit in the hip and the stomach. He was sent to a field hospital then to a base hospital and eventually to Japan. There he was given the choice of returning to his Unit, which would have shortened his time be three months, or going home. He choose home. He returned to Fort Knox where he started his military service.

After returning to Ann Arbor, he went back to his job at Jacobsons from where he retired. Since he was only 50, he took a job at the local lumber company where he stayed for eight years. Dennis and his wife have two children and four grandchildren.

A letter to the editor of the local newspaper is how we found this Veteran. He had suggested that the 4th of July parade be led by a true war hero, his buddy Gary Bowen who grew up with Dennis, was drafted and trained with Dennis, and served gallantly in Vietnam.