In Memory of U.S. Army Private First Class
Daniel Gilbert Stands, Jr.
Pine Ridge, South Dakota, Shannon County
December 5, 1942 -- March 18, 1966
Died of Wounds Received in Action in Vietnam
Daniel Gilbert “Dan” Stands, Jr. was born on December 5,
1942, in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, to Daniel and Monica Stands.
He had four brothers, Calvin, Francis, Vernon, and Duane; he
also had a sister, Illa Marie. Daniel went to and graduated from
Holy Rosary Mission High School in May of 1964, and then he
moved to Phoenix, Arizona, because he had a chance to go to
school. When he couldn’t find a job to help support himself, he
joined the army.
Daniel entered the service on June 12, 1964, in Phoenix,
Arizona. After his training, he went overseas to Vietnam on
January 4, 1966, with Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry,
2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division.
PFC Daniel Gilbert Stands, Jr. died on March 18, 1966 in
Vietnam. According to the casualty report, he died “as the
result of gunshot wound to stomach received in hostile ground
action.” PFC Daniel Stands’ body was brought back to the U.S. He
was buried with military honors near Sturgis, SD, at the Black
Hills National Cemetery.
Private First Class Daniel Stands was awarded a Purple Heart
along with others awards and was the first Oglala Sioux American
Indian to die in Vietnam. His cousin, Patrick Giago, posted the
following remembrance at <http://www.bobcat.ws/standstrib.htm>:
Cousin, your Relatives know of the
sacrifice that you made for your Country. We know and Honor
your service. Your past Ancestors hold you in high esteem as
the Warrior who gave so that the People may live. And the
Legacy of the Warrior is handed down to those who are now
and in the future ready to lock and load and keep the People
Free. Ho Heche Tu welo! Mitakuyasi!
This entry was respectfully submitted by Shavan Ager and
Amber Meyer, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish,
South Dakota, on March 22, 2006. Information for this entry was
provided by South Dakota Vietnam Veteran’s bonus application and
Rapid City Journal, March 20 1966, issue. Additional
information was found at
http://www.bobcat.ws/standstrib.htm. P/S/F/A 4/4/06.