SD Vietnam War Memorial Dedication Please Support the Memorial Soldiers, Heroes, and teachers information

SD Vietnam War Memorial Dedication Please Support the Memorial Soldiers, Heroes, and teachers information



In Memory of Army Spec. 4

David LeRoy Arens

Miller, South Dakota, Hand County

July 15, 1946 - June 16, 1967

Killed as the result of injury he received on a jungle clearing operation
in the MaCong Delta, Vietnam


David LeRoy Arens was born in Miller, South Dakota on July 15, 1946, to John and Doris Arens. He had three sisters, Mary, Delores, and Susan, and brothers, Nick and Butch. He grew up in Miller where he attended Miller High School for three years, finishing his final year while taking army training. David worked for Arens Steel Construction located in Redmond, Washington. He enjoyed drag racing and working on fast cars. Susan, his sister, stated: “David was a young man who must have known his life was going to be short, as he lived it to the fullest.”

David was drafted into the army on November 30, 1965. He was trained at Ft. Riley, Kansas, and was sent overseas, arriving in Vietnam on December 12, 1966. He was attached to the 3rd Squadron, 5th Calvary, 9th Infantry Division.

On June 16, 1967 in the MaCong Delta, Vietnam, Army Specialist 4 David Arens was clearing a road in the jungle with a VTR. He was killed instantly when a large tree fell on him as he came up out of his VTR.

Specialist 4 David LeRoy Arens was buried on the 27th of June 1967, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church cemetery in Miller, South Dakota. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. His name can be found on Panel 21 East, Line 111 of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

Spec 4 Arens is survived by his sister, Susan Arens Dornbusch, Howard, South Dakota, and his brothers, Nick Arens, Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Butch Arens, Seattle, Washington.

Samantha Ann Blood, 7th grade, Stanley County Middle School, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, March 30, 2005, respectfully submitted this entry. Mrs. Susan Arens Dornbusch of Howard, South Dakota, sister to Specialist 4 David LeRoy Arens, provided the information.


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