Lt. Col. Dickey was in a bunker during a coordinated attack on this evening by VC forces using small arms, rockets, mortars and grenades as well as numerous sappers. I was not with him in the bunker at the time; however, it was my understanding he was hit by a piece of shrapnel. In any case, a piece of metal entered the rear base of his skull between flak jacket and helmet and he was killed instantly. Spec 4 Mike Lynch was one of those with him at the time, as well as others, whom I do not know.
I remember packing his belongings with the chaplain. I recall, as a PA native, that he was from a small town in the Midwest. I packed a picture of his lovely wife and 3 beautiful children, all girls. I later moved to a small town in the Midwest.....Glen Ellyn, unbeknownst to me at the time, LTC Dickey's hometown! In the high school, there is a plaque of students who lost their life in Viet Nam. He was class president in his senior year and later married his high school sweetheart.