In Memory of U.S. Army Specialist Fourth Class
Arlen John Hunter
Kyle, South Dakota, Shannon County
October 29, 1946 – October 27, 1968
Died of Wounds in Vietnam
Arlen John Hunter was born October 29, 1946, in Kyle, South
Dakota, to Stephen L. and Elvira (Sherman) Hunter. He had two
sisters, Penelope (Penny) and Arlette. Arlen graduated from
Oglala Community High School in Pine Ridge in 1965. He then went
on to Haskell Institute at Lawrence, Kansas, for over a year
before entering the army.
Arlen Hunter enlisted in the army on September 29, 1967, at
Ft. Lewis, Washington. Specialist Fourth Class Hunter was sent
overseas June 12, 1968, as part of the 124th Transportation
Company, First Logistical Command.
Just days before his 22nd birthday, Specialist Fourth Class
Arlen John Hunter died in Vietnam on October 27, 1968, from
wounds received. His body was first returned to Rapid City with
military escort and then on to Kyle, SD. After funeral services,
he was buried in the St. Stephen’s Cemetery with military
In closing, Linda Hardy, Arlen’s high school classmate,
posted this remembrance on the VVMF website in memory of “Johnny
Angel”: “You were a great guy and a wonderful friend. I will
never forget you.”
This entry was respectfully submitted by Christian Cooper,
8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, on
March 29, 2006. Information for this entry was provided by the
Rapid City Journal, November 11, 1968 issue, the VVMF
website, and a South Dakota Vietnam Veteran’s bonus application.
Photo was provided by Pine Ridge High School, via Lou Packard
and Brett “Stoney” Stoneberger. P/S/F/A on 4/2/06; 5/31/06.