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In Memory of U.S. Army Corporal

Dennis Bernard Stockwell

(rural) Parker, South Dakota, McCook County

July 15, 1944 – March 21, 1967

Died of Wounds in Vietnam

Dennis Bernard Stockwell was born July 15, 1944, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Cecil Arthur and Opal Mae (Sandstrom) Stockwell. He had four brothers: Cecil Jr., Bruce, John and Lloyd. In 1945 the family moved from Hartford to Salem and moved again to rural Parker in 1948. Dennis graduated from Humboldt High School in 1964. Before entering the service, Dennis worked for Coleman Athey in Sioux Falls and was a member of 147th Artillery, Salem National Guard, from May 22, 1965, until he entered the Army. His brothers said that after the service, Dennis hoped to come home and buy a farm.

Dennis entered active service on June 29, 1966 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He went to Fort Lewis, Washington, for basic training and Fort Jackson, South Carolina for advanced training. Dennis came home on leave the last time for Thanksgiving in 1966 before returning to Oakland, California. From there he went overseas and commenced his tour of Vietnam on December 27, 1966, in Company C, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division.

U.S. Army Corporal Dennis Bernard Stockwell died when hit by hostile small arms fire in Vietnam on March 21, 1967, while on a combat operation. His body was returned to the United States and buried with military honors provided by the Salem National Guard at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Sioux Falls. Among his awards were the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation. He had been promoted from PFC to Corporal just prior to his death.

Dennis is survived by his brothers and his mother, Opal Pody. His father passed away in 2004 and is buried near him at Mt. Pleasant. In closing, Rick Rykowsi, Dennis’ Company Commander posted this memory of Dennis:

He was a great young man, a hard and diligent worker, and was always in a good mood. I never heard him complain one time while humping the radio plus all his gear up and down those mountains in Kontum Province.

Dennis’ brothers said of him, “He was a good brother. And we still miss him today.”

This entry was respectfully submitted by Airka Jensen, 8th Grader, Spearfish Middle School, February 10, 2006. Information for this entry was provided by the Humboldt Journal, 3/30/67 and 4/6/67, an application for a SD Veteran’s Bonus, and <www.cacti35th.org>. Additional information and profile approval by the Stockwell family via John and Bruce.

 


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