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In Memory of Army Private First Class

Dale Richard McInnis

Pierre, South Dakota, Hughes County

 March 16, 1943 - February 7, 1966

Killed in action when a hostile mine detonated near Ben Veng, South Vietnam

Dale Richard McInnis was born in Medford, Minnesota, March 16, 1943 to Alpine C. and Orma E. (Hansen) McInnis. He had four sisters: Marie, Lillian, LaVonne, and Darlene, and four brothers: Albert, Robert, Patrick, and John. Dale moved with his family to Pierre when he was two. He went to Riggs High School, but joined the service before he graduated. Dale liked baseball, and attended all of the Pierre Cowboys baseball games. Franklin Hyde, the owner of the team, hired him to be a shagger, one who retrieves the balls that had gone over the fence. He did the job so well that he was awarded the winning homerun ball signed by all the team and Mr. Hyde. Dale enjoyed art, hunting, and music. He was also an Elvis fan, and had all of Elvisís records.

Dale McInnis entered the Army at the age of 17, on June 17, 1960. He completed his education and received his diploma while in the Army. Pfc. McInnis trained at Fort Carson, Colorado, and Fort Hood, Texas. He served in Germany before being shipped to Vietnam in October 1965. He was attached to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry, 1st Calvary Division, and served as the Generalís driver. Pfc. Dale Richard McInnis was killed when the Jeep he was driving and ran over a minefield on February 7, 1966 at Ben Veng, South Vietnam.

Pfc. Dale McInnis was awarded the Purple Heart, the South Vietnames Gallantry Cross with Palm for extraordinary bravery in combat, and the Military Merit Medal. The decree for the Military Merit Medal reads, in part:

Courageous combatants, well known for their sacrifices, who always exhibited a spirit of good will and cooperation. They assisted the Republic of Viet Nam Armed Forces in blocking the Red Wave of aggression from engulfing South Viet Nam and Southeast Asia.

With their enthusiasm and exemplary devoted manner, they willingly executed all of their entrusted missions and set a brilliant example for their comrades-in-arms.

They died in the performances of their missions. Their losses have been greatly mourned by both their American and Vietnamese comrades-in-arms.

Pfc. Dale Richard McInnis was laid to rest with full military honors in Riverside Cemetery in Pierre, South Dakota on February 21, 1966. Pfc. McInnis is remembered on Panel 05E, Line 013 of the Vietnam Veteranís Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., the 1st Division Memorial in Washington, D.C., the 1st Cavalry Division in Fort Hood, Texas, the South Dakota Memorial in Pierre, South Dakota, and in the hearts and memories of his family.


This entry was respected submitted by Ryan Evertte Flood, 8th Grade, Stanley County Middle School, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, April 29, 2005. Information for this entry was provided by John McInnis, Pierre, South Dakota, brother to Pfc. Dale Richard McInnis.


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