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

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  • To you and your fellow Marine and college roommate

    Posted on 4/18/18 - by Bill Simpson
    I had the pleasure of escorting fellow Marine and former college roommate Pete Hamlin to the Vietnam Memorial through the Honor Flight program. This was his first visit to the Wall. A dozen grade school students were visiting the Wall at the time. Pete shared stories about the two of you. It was an honor to meet Pete and hear about your WWII experiences and to know more about Maj Buis service and ultimate sacrifice during Vietnam.
    God rest in peace,
    HM2 Simpson
  • 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]
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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