A former high school classmate told us: “He was very young, and left an impact on all of us.”
Date of birth: 28 April 1945 Date of casualty: 14 February, 1966 Home of record: Portland, Oregon Branch and Rank: Army Private E-2 Unit: 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry, B Troop Awards: Combat Infantryman First Award, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Location of name on the Vietnam Wall: 5E, 32 Location of service: Bien Hoa KIA, grenade.
Schools attended: Clackamas High School Burial location: Willamette National Cemetery
Memorials: Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Washington, DC), Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Portland), Vietnam Memorial Plaza (Milwaukie, OR)
The Oregonian, Monday, February 21, 1966 Rites Dated for Soldier Funeral for Spec. 4 Lewis Ray Dietz, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dietz, will be at 1 pm Wednesday in Martin Luther Church. He was killed in action in Vietnam February 14. Mr. Dietz, born in Richmond, Calif., attended grade school in Portland and was graduated from Clackamas High School in June 1963. He enlisted in the Army one month later and was sent to Vietnam last September. Mr. Dietz was stationed near Bien Hoa. Survivors are his parents, one brother Ronald, Milwaukie, and grandmother Mrs. Eva Stockdale, Portland. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery.
The Oregonian, Monday, February 21, 1966 DIETZ – Lewis (Ray); beloved son of Henry and Velma…Member of Martin Luther Church and First Cavalry, 4th Division, Vietnam.