Dennis John Koewler

Navy Badge
  • Name: Dennis John Koewler
  • Location of Birth: unknown (adopted)
  • Date of Birth: February 14, 1943
  • Date of Death:
  • Parents: James and LouElla Koewler
  • High School and Class: 1961
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: E5
  • Branch: Navy
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: January 2, 1962
  • Place Sworn In: St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge: May 3, 1966
  • Place of Discharge: San Diego, California
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    January, 1962 March, 1962 Boot Camp at Great Lakes, Illinois
    April, 1962 January, 1963 Electronics School at Great Lakes, Illinois
    February, 1963 May, 1966 USS Canberra CAG2
  • Military Awards:
    Good Conduct
    Vietnam Service

  • Military Highlights:
    In the Navy, I took a 9-month Mediterranean cruise. Then we were supposed to go on an "around the world" cruise. Instead, the Canberra went to Vietnam to support the troops on the ground for nine months. While in Vietnam, we were at sea, shelling 24 hours a day. The Canberra had 5" 38 caliber and 8" 55 caliber guns. The 8" guns have a 270-pound projectile using 100 pounds of powder for short range and 200 pounds of powder for long range. At night, we used 5" 38 caliber star shells to light up the Vietnam landscape.

    After being stateside for three months, the monsoons started and we returned to Vietnam for another nine-month cruise.

    While stationed in San Diego for three months, I was extended for four months. The Canberra was called back to Vietnam for nine months. After four months, I was flown back to the United States for discharge in 1966.

  • Wars Involved:
    Vietnam Era

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Navy schooling and on the job training while in the Navy allowed me to maintain, teach, design, and write books about main frame computers with zero college credits.

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