96th Infantry Division Honored at Fort Snelling Monument Dedication

Updated: 07/24/2014 5:18 PM
Created: 07/24/2014 8:39 AM
By: Jennie Olson

An infantry division that fought in World War II was honored Thursday in the Twin Cities.

The 96th Infantry Division, which was one of the premier fighting units in the Pacific Theatre during the war, was recognized at a monument dedication ceremony at Fort Snelling. The division has received the Presidential Unit Citation for extraordinary heroism, and four of the men received the Congressional Medal of Honor. 

The division was popularly referred to as the Deadeyes because of their marksmanship. They have been the subject of documentaries, books and articles.

Don Denker, a Deadeye himself, says "our opposition was tough, so we had to be tough to beat them."

Other Deadeyes attending the ceremony described the monument as "fitting."

"I think it's a fitting ending to the memory that we have and that the country should have of the people, particularly of the guys that were killed and were casualties during the battle," said Bob Siefert, a member of the 96th Infantry Division.

The new monument at Fort Snelling will complete the series honoring the 96th Infantry Division at various locations across the country.

An infantry division that fought in World War II was honored Thursday at Fort Snelling.
Photo: KSTP-TV/Tom Durian
Photo: KSTP-TV/Tom Durian
Fort Snelling National Cemetery
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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