On July 8, 1959, Major Dale R. Ruis and Master Sergeant Chester M. Ovnand become the first Americans killed in the American phase of the Vietnam War when guerrillas strike a Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG) compound in Bien Hoa, 20 miles northeast of Saigon.    The group had arrived in South Vietnam on November 1, 1955, to provide military assistance. The organization consisted of U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps personnel who provided advice and assistance to the Ministry of Defense, Joint General Staff, corps and division commanders, training centers, and province and district headquarters.

(R) Maj. Dale R. Buis, Army (L) Master Sgt. Chester M. Ovand, Army

(R) Maj. Dale R. Buis, Army (L) Master Sgt. Chester M. Ovand, Army

 

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3 responses

  1. gpcox says:

    That was one God-awful war!!

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  2. Birgit says:

    I always wondered who the first victims were of this horrible war. I know the French were there before but I always think of the Americans first regarding Vietnam

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