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In Memory of U.S. Army Specialist Fourth Class

Orlando Silas Roach

Indian Name: Make Luta Chikala (Little Red Chest)

Eagle Butte, South Dakota, Dewey County

October 21, 1941 – October 27, 1966

Died of Wounds in Vietnam


Orlando Silas “Lanny” Roach, whose Indian name was “Make Luta Chikala” (Little Red Chest), was born at Cheyenne Agency on October 21, 1941, the second son of Anthony (Tony) and Elizabeth Cora Yellow Owl Roach. After their mother died, Lanny’s older brother, Roland, lived mostly with his maternal grandparents in Cherry Creek while Lanny was raised by his father and step-mother, Lydia. His family grew to include three half brothers: Raymond, Dale, and Michael, and four half sisters: Rosie, Annabelle, Antoinette, and June. Lanny grew up in the Cheyenne Agency area but moved with his family to Eagle Butte when the Agency moved there. Lanny went to school both at Cheyenne Agency and later in Eagle Butte. He was a sophomore in 1959-1960 and he participated in basketball, track, and football, which was his favorite sport. His family and acquaintances remembers that he was a good guy who liked to joke around a lot and that he was a nice person who got along with everyone.

Orlando Roach entered active service on February 6, 1964, at Sioux Falls, South Dakota. After his initial training, he went overseas to Korea where he served for almost a year before going on for specialized training in combat construction at Fort Hood, Texas. Before going overseas again, this time to Vietnam, Lanny came home on leave. He commenced his tour of Vietnam on August 6, 1966, as a Combat Construction Specialist, 919th Engineering Company, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.

Just after his 25th birthday, on October 27, 1966, Specialist Fourth Class Orlando Silas Roach died of wounds received in Vietnam. His body was returned to the United States and he was buried on Thursday, November 3, 1966, with military honors provided by the 109th Engineer Group at the All Saints Catholic Cemetery in Eagle Butte. Among his awards was the Purple Heart, which was put at his gravesite. The family is currently working on replacing Lanny’s medals as well as getting the red feather, which is given to families when their soldiers fall in battle.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Kyle Ralston, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, April 29, 2006. Information for this entry was provided by an application for a SD veteran’s bonus, the Eagle Butte News, 11/3/1966 issue. Additional information, photos, and profile approval by Roland and Barbara Roach, brother and sister-in-law.


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