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
Additional information and profile approval by the Stockwell
family via John and Bruce.