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is honored on Panel 1E, Line 1 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Thank You

    Posted on 8/8/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik
    Dear Major Dale Buis,
    Thank you for your service as an Infantry Unit Commander. Your 96th birthday is at the end of the month. Happy Birthday. When I tell my students that our people were dying in Vietnam back in the 50s, they are stunned. I wish it were not so. It is important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
  • Uncle Dale, my dad's brother

    Posted on 5/30/17 - by Gretchen Lynn Buis
    Until today, I was unaware of the “Wall of Faces” and the written remembrances associated with the Viet Nam War Memorial. My first thought is to thank all of you who have shared either your memories of Dale or your words and poems of comfort. My family is grateful to each of you, to all who served with Dale, and to all Americans serving in the United States military. Without you, America would not be. Though Dale’s name was originally the first of more than 58,000 names , to us each name represents a first to family and friends. I would especially like to thank Master Sergeant Ray Bows, U.S. Army (ret.) for his tireless research and writing of his 2012 book First on the Wall in which he recounts the happenings surrounding July 8, 1959. I often remember Dale’s grin, the first time I met him, the stories he told, the day we learned of his death. I was only 12 at the time, but his influence on my life has been pervasive. Dale was 38 years old when he died. My nephew, Army Specialist James Vawter Buis, was 24 when he was killed Oct. 31, 1998, in a military convoy accident while stationed along the DMZ. Korea. It is with love, gratitude, respect and longing that Uncle Dale and James are “ a part of me forever.” We miss you. We love you. Your grins are with us always.
  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 8/29/16 - by Dennis Wriston
    Major Dale Richard Buis, Served with Advisory Team (Bien Hoa), Mililtary Assistance Advisory Group Vietnam Advisors, Military Assistance Advisors Group Vietnam.
  • Ground Casualty

    Posted on 6/4/16 - by
    MAJ Dale R. Buisand and MSG Chester M. Ovnand were assigned to Advisory Team Bien Hoa, MAAGV Advisors, MAAGV. On July 8, 1959, they were killed at Bien Hoa, twenty miles northeast of Saigon, when the Vietcong ambushed the mess hall during intermission of a movie the Americans were watching. The movie, “The Tattered Dress,” was playing before the attack. Ovnand rose to turn on the lights to change the reel when the enemy surrounded their target and opened fire. The advisors were killed instantly. Two Vietnamese guards were also killed. Buis had been part of the Military Assistance Advisory Group sent in 1955 to train South Vietnam troops. He was formerly the first name listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. [Taken from and various web sources]
  • Dale buis

    Posted on 5/30/16 - by
    I found out that Dale Buis is my fathers uncle. I understand that he was the first one out of mess hall and was hit by the percussion of a bomb. He was a strong man. We recently went to see Pender, Nebraska and seen where he lived and saw a memorial in the museum for some of his stuff he had in war. He was working as a doctor in Pender in a beautiful house. He was well known because of loyalty showed people around Pender. Very heartfelt. My dad Delton Buis was a mechanic in the Korean war. He died at 49 and I researched our family after Deltons death and that how I found out about Dale. Pender was very loyal to his memory.
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit