PENDER, Neb. (KTIV) -- The very first name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is that of a Siouxland native.
Some in Pender, Nebraska may not be aware of the connection their town has to the wall. After all, it was a long time ago.
Dale Buis would be almost 100 years old if he were still alive and he has no family members in the area.
Army Major Dale Buis was born and raised in Pender but graduated high school from a military academy in Missouri. A decorated veteran of World War II and the Korean War, Buis was part of a U.S. Military Advisory Group sent to train South Vietnamese troops in their fight against the north.
Buis was killed by hostile fire on July 8, 1959, five years before the United States had even officially entered the Vietnam War.
Buis and another U.S. soldier were watching a movie in a mess hall when they were ambushed by Viet Cong troops. He was 37 years old.
His name is on Panel 1-E, line one not only at the memorial in Washington D.C. but also in his native Siouxland at the half-scale replica at Siouxland Freedom Park in South Sioux City.
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