35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment Association

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  PFC Dennis Bernard Stockwell    In memory of our fallen brother

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"

Charlie Company
2nd Battalion
35th Infantry Regiment

Vietnam War

"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"

National Defense Service Medal Vietnam Service Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal

The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Dennis Bernard Stockwell, who died in the service of his country on March 21st, 1967 in Kontum Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death Dennis was 22 years of age. He was from Parker, South Dakota. Dennis is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 17E, Line 14.

The decorations earned by PFC Dennis Bernard Stockwell include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star with V, 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.

From Rick Rykowsi, Dennis' Company Commander,

"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 is buried at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Assn.
2001 East 12th Street
Sioux Falls, SD
(His BSV Citation)

Award Of The Bronze Star Medal For Heroism

For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force: Private First Class Stockwell distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 21 March 1967, while serving as an RTO for C, 2/35th Infantry. When his unit became engaged with an enemy force, Private First Class Stockwell immediately returned fire. During the initial moments of contact, Private First Class Stockwell became separated from his company commander. Realizing the need for continuous communications, Private First Class Stockwell, with complete disregard for his own life or safety, left his concealed position and dashed forward to help his commander. During this brave display of devotion to duty, Private First Class Stockwell was mortally wounded. His bravery and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.