In Memory of U.S. Marine Private First Class
Dennis Clark Knutson
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Minnehaha County
November 17, 1945--July 23 1966
Died of Wounds in Vietnam
Dennis Clark Knutson was born November 17, 1945, in Sioux
Falls, South Dakota, to Milferd, a Sioux Falls fireman, and
Doris (Clark) Knutson. He had three sisters: Connie, Lee Ann,
and Debra. Dennis attended grade school at Irving Elementary; he
then went to Patrick Henry Junior High; he later went on to
Washington High School. Dennis was active in sports. Dennis
graduated from Washington High School in 1964, after which he
worked for a time at the State Theater in Sioux Falls.
Dennis Knutson entered the Marines Corps on August 25, 1965.
After basic training in San Diego, California, Dennis was sent
overseas to Vietnam on February 16, 1966, as a Private First
Class with Company M, 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 3rd
Marine Division (Reinforced). According to the newspaper, PFC
Knutson “was involved in four operations” before his death in
Private First Class Dennis Knutson died of wounds received on
July 23, 1966, in the vicinity of DaNang, Republic of Vietnam.
After his parents were notified of his death by telegram on July
26, his body was returned to the United States and “escorted
home by his mother’s brother, S. Sgt. Richard L. Clark.” After a
funeral service at First Lutheran Church, Dennis was buried with
military honors at the Hills of Rest Cemetery in Sioux Falls,
“on a beautifully cool and partly cloudy day” with more than 600
people in attendance.
Dennis Knutson was the second Sioux Falls man to die in
This entry was respectfully submitted by Kelsey Jacobs, 8
grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, on
March 30, 2006. Information for this entry was provided by the
South Dakota Vietnam Veterans Bonus Application, and the
Sioux Falls Argus Leader, July 27, 1966, and August 4, 1966,
issues. Profile approval by Doris Knutson.