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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 adventure.”

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 Kenyon.

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.


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