Remembering CW4 Leslie J. Denk, U.S. Army (Ret.),

One of the story tellers of CID memories of way back when mentioned Les Denk, he was my second OPS at Stuttgart while I was still in my probation year of 1977.

One day while talking to Les in his office the phone rang and he took the call but had me wait. It was the CID powers-that-be trying to get Les to pay back a large some of money for several items not accounted for when he was an evidence custodian in Viet Nam! Les got up, walked to his book case, pulled out a binder marked e…vidence with the date and year on it.

Looked through the evidence documents, told the PTB when he receipted for the evidence, when it was released and who too or when it was destroyed. Then told the PTB to go pick on someone else! Les turned to me and advised me to keep detailed records of all I would be doing cause the PTB are not OUR friends.

Remembering CW4 Leslie J. Denk, U.S. Army (Ret.), was born February 13, 1930, in Turlock, Calif., the late Alex and Stella Verschelden Denk. He passed away March 7, 2010. He had retired from the U.S. Army after 30 years of service, which included serving in the Vietnam War, and remained active in the military community by serving on the advisory committees for the hospital and commissary on Ft. Jackson.

He was very devoted to his family and is survived by his children, Sheila M. Denk of Columbia, Steven G. Denk of Portland, Ore., Susanne Mantooth and husband, Mike, of Wilmington, N.C., and Jackie Keating of Columbia; grandchildren, Michael Mantooth and Amanda Keating; great-grandchild, Wynn Mantooth; brother, Gene Denk of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; his sister, Pat Biasotti of Orangevale, Calif. He was blessed to have been married to Ingeborg Denk and Marianne Guthridge Denk, both deceased.

He was also blessed to have many people who loved him and the family would like to thank all those who helped care for him with such love.

The funeral service will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 12, 2010, at the Main Post Chapel on Ft. Jackson. Rosary will be recited 6 p.m. Thursday at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, with the family receiving friends until 8 p.m. The graveside service with full military honors will be held 9 a.m. Thursday, April 22, 2010, in Arlington National Cemetery.

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