In Memory of U.S. Army Specialist Fourth Class
Dale Dean Kenyon
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Minnehaha County
March 27, 1941 – May 24, 1968
Died of Wounds Received in Action in Vietnam
Dale Dean Kenyon was born March 27, 1941, in Sioux Falls,
South Dakota, to Lyle and Margaret (Hayes) Kenyon. He had four
brothers, Verne, Glenn, Michael, and Neil. After his mom died,
Dale’s father, Lyle, married Mary Ann. At times Dale lived with
his grandmother, Blanche Hayes. Dale attended Hawthorne and
Axtell schools in Sioux Falls. After his schooling he worked as
an iron worker crushing cars. He hoped some day to own his own
car-crushing business. Racing cars was one of his favorite
hobbies as was finding and fixing up “an old jalopy or two.”
According to the newspaper, “He used to race cars in Madison and
at Huset’s,” and was a “free spirit,” who “liked a little
Dale Kenyon was drafted into the army just shortly before his
twenty-sixth birthday. He was three months away from being too
old for the draft. He entered active service in Sioux Falls
March 2, 1967; after his training he was sent overseas on
October 18, 1967, where he was stationed in Vietnam. He was in
the Specialist Fourth Class, Headquarters and Headquarters
Company, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry, and 4th Infantry
Division. Kenyon wrote home that he was sometimes called “the
Old Man,” by his Army buddies.
U.S. Army Specialist Fourth Class Dale Dean Kenyon was killed
in action on May 24, 1968. He was one of three men lost that
night near midnight “from wounds received while in a forward
firing position when hit by a fragment from hostile mortar” near
Dak To, Vietnam. His body was returned to the United States and
buried with military honors at Woodlawn Cemetery in Sioux Falls,
next to his mother.
Among his awards were the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
Current survivors include Dale’s stepmother, Mary Ann Kenyon,
Lakeville, Minnesota; and his brothers, Mike, Prescott, Arizona;
and Verne, Neil, and Glenn, all of Sioux Falls. Verne Kenyon
said once of Dale: “I miss him; we were close. Yeah, real close.
I still get teary-eyed.”
We will remember the service and the sacrifice of Dale
This entry was respectfully submitted by Kevin Culbertson and
Seth Harwood, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish,
South Dakota, on March 30, 2006. Information for this entry was
provided by a South Dakota Vietnam Veteran’s bonus application
and the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Wednesday May 29, 1968.
Another Argus Leader article was provided by Mary Ann Kenyon.
Profile approval by Neil Kenyon.