Mr. Nixon entered the Marine Corps in October 1964 at Marine Corp Recruit Training Depot, San Diego, California. After graduation and infantry training he was transferred to 1st Bridge Company, 7th Engineers, to begin his training as a Combat Engineer. In August, 1965, hit battalion was shipped to Viet Nam, where he spent the next 16 months.
In January 1966, he reported for duty with the 3rd Marine Air Wing in a support capacity. He then returned to Viet Nam in April 1969 and, on June 5, 1969, was injured after detonating a booby trap.
After a lengthy hospitalization, culminating in amputation of his left leg above the knee and multiple shell fragment wounds, he was medically retired from the Marine Corps at the rank of Sergeant in March 1970. His decoration include the Purple Heart, Navy Achievement Medal with “V” Device, Combat Action Ribbon, and awards.
He relocated in Carlsbad, New Mexico, to work with this father in the family business while attending New Mexico State University.
Mr. Nixon began his career with DAV as a National Service Officer Trainee in October 1972 at the National Service Office, VARO, Waco, Texas, under the supervision of W. G. “Bill” Lawrence.
He was promoted to Assistant Supervisor in July 1975 under the supervision of Ken Smith.
He actively participated in the successful “One Million Member” campaign, part of which included a tele-market test in Dallas, Texas.
In October 1992, Dennis was promoted to office supervisor.
In 2000, he was promoted to National Area Seven Supervisor with supervision over Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas.
Mr. Nixon has served as Department Adjutant on three different occasions, Department Inspector, and currently as Department Judge Advocate. He has held many positions within his chapter and is currently a member of Blue Bonnet Chapter 20 in Ft. Worth. He is currently the National 2nd Jr. Vice Commander.