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2017 Summer TCA - PBS

Ken Burns participates in the 'The Vietnam War' panel July 30 during the PBS portion of the 2017 Summer TCA's at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. 

Richard Shotwell

If you have been watching "The Vietnam War" documentary by Ken Burns you have been following the story of Denton Winslow Crocker Jr.

His family, led by his mother Jean-Marie, told an emotionally-charged story of his life and what they were going through during his service.

Following Wednesday night's episode, many took to the Web to find more about who Denton Winslow Crocker Jr. was. Crocker Jr. was the first Saratoga Springs resident to die in the war.

I headed to and before I could type in Crocker's name I noticed a story trending.

It was titled: "On Veteran's Day, a father reflects on a son's legacy" written by then-Post-Star reporter Thomas Dimopoulos. It was gaining plenty of traction online and for the right reason. 

The story details Crocker Jr.'s death on his 19th birthday by Denton Crocker Sr. who was paying a visit to the Saratoga County Veterans Monument at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery on Veteran's Day.

Crocker Jr.'s name is included with 23 others on the monument.

The 10-episode series on PBS continues through next week.

 — Adam Colver

Adam Colver is the online editor at The Post-Star. He manages The Post-Star's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and He can be reached at


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Adam Colver is the online editor at The Post-Star. He manages, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram social media accounts.

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