In Memory of U.S. Army Specialist Fourth Class
Loren Dallas LeBeau
Wakpala, South Dakota , Corson County
February 27, 1950 – February 1, 1971
Died in Republic of Vietnam
Loren Dallas LeBeau, called Dallas by family and friends, was
born February 27, 1950, at the old Cheyenne River Agency, South
Dakota, to Walter and Anita (Meeter) LeBeau. He had two sisters,
Wilma and Joette (Carmen) and three brothers, Elroy, Verlon, and
Cedric. Dallas was raised by his maternal grandparents, Louis
and Esther Meeter, in Wakpala, Standing Rock Agency, South
Dakota, where he also attended school. A childhood friend posted
a remembrance to the www.vvmf.org
site and in it were memories about days they had spent together,
“playing cowboys and Indians on the hillside, sliding down that
big hill by your grandma’s place, and riding your motorcycle….”
Loren entered active service in the Army and after basic
training was assigned to Troop A, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored
Cavalry Regiment. He commenced his tour of Vietnam on Sunday,
March 22, 1970.
Specialist Fourth Class Loren Dallas LeBeau died in Bien Hoa
Province, South Vietnam on February 1, 1971. His body was
recovered and returned to the United States where on Tuesday,
February 10, 1971, his funeral service was conducted and then he
was buried with military honors provided by the Wakpala American
Legion Post #304 at the Saint Elizabeth Episcopal Cemetery,
Wakpala, South Dakota. His name can be found on the Vietnam
Memorial Wall in Washington, DC on Panel 05W, Row 071.
Dallas LeBeau is currently survived by his sister, Carmen (Joette)
Cutt, Blackfoot, SD; and his three brothers, Cedric LeBeau,
Blackfoot; Elroy LeBeau, Waubay, SD; and Verlon, Wanblee, SD.
This entry was respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen,
teacher, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, SD, May 11, 2006.
Information and approval for this entry were provided by the
LeBeau family via Carmen Cutt, sister.