Dennis James McCracken

Dennis James McCraken was born 27-FEB 1942 in Chicago Illinois.  His father was James G. McCracken (1912–1985) and his mother was Bernadette Marie Wallace (1912–2008).  He attended Notre Dame Boys High School in Niles Illinois and later Notre Dame University.  While at Notre Dame, he participated in track, concert band, chorus, Focus Staff and was a member of National Honor Society.

Dennis earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE), a broad-based program that covers the department’s six areas of engineering emphasis: construction, transportation, structural, geotechnical, hydrology & hydrodynamics, and environmental engineering from Notre Dame.  He would later earn an MBA in business.

McCracken joined the Army 3-AUG 1966.  His service number was 05533120.  His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was 1328 Construction Engineer.  On 7-JUN 1967, Dennis was appointed 1st Lieutenant.  He was the unit commander.  In Vietnam, the engineers helped provide access to enemy strongholds in support of concerted U.S. search and destroy missions. Engineers built ports and depots, carved airfields and airstrips out of jungle and mountain plateaus, repaired roads and bridges, and constructed bases.

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