Born: North Dakota - USA
State President of the
North Dakota Vietnam Veterans of America
United States Army - Vietnam 1969 - 1970
Military Career in The US Army
- Dan Stenvold enlisted in the US Army on
November 12, 1968 and undertook his basic training at Fort
Lewis, Washington. He then proceeded to Fort Sill, Oklahoma
for his advance individual training.
Republic of Vietnam Service
Dan was twice wounded in the Vietnam War
while serving 3 "Tours of Duty", and refused
to be awarded the "Purple Heart" medals for personal reasons. Everything he was associated
with was the artillery and his first 18 months was with the 2/35
artillery and the 155mm self propelled howitzers, where they fired support for several US military outfits.
His unit was also assigned to the
Australian's, the New Zealander's and the Korean "ROK Army". Their motto was "You yell, we shell like hell, open 24/7", and
we were used a lot. They never went into the northern 1/4 of the country, but were in every other place in Vietnam.
In late 1970 their unit went home and Dan's last tour was spent with towed 155's with the 7/9, out of Pleiku.
Dan spent his 19th, 20th and 21st birthday's in the jungles of Vietnam.
Dan stated, "Vietnam was a good experience
for me if you don't count the 17 pills I have to take everyday
for the Agent Orange shit that's in my body, OR if you don't
count all the sleepless nights because of the nightmares and PTSD," (Post Traumatic Stress
Dan's Civilian Life
He went on to retire from a great company
after 33 years of employment, has 3 great kids and 2 grandchildren
and is also the mayor of Park River, ND, a city of about 1700
residents. Dan's been the State President of the North Dakota Vietnam Veterans
of America for the past 7 years and still loves that job.
Dan is a life-member of the VVA, DAV, VFW,
AMVETS, and a member of the American Legion and the C.V.V.A.
Dan was elected for the position of
National Board of Director At-Large in Springfield IL, at this
year's Vietnam Veterans of America national convention.
Military Medals and Badge Awarded
(Next Page Dan's Military Photos)