John William Dingus Jr
Unit D Company, 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment, 198th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, USARV
Start Tour 26 August 1968
Incident Date 01 October 1968
Casualty Date 01 October 1968
Age at Loss 25
Location , South Vietnam
Remains Body recovered
Casualty Type Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason Ground casualty
Casualty Detail Gun or small arms fire
Vietnam Wall Panel 42W Line 054
City Soldier War Victim
Army Private First Class John W. Dingus Jr, son of Mr and Mrs John W. Dingus Sr 1908 Park St, has been killed in Vietnam action, his parents were informed by the War Department last night. The 22 year old victim died Oct 1. His parents have not yet been told where he was killed.
Pvt Dingus re-enlisted in the Army in June. He left for Vietnam from Camp Lewis in Washington in August. His parents were informed early Saturday morning that he was missing in action, and confirmation of his death came about 10 hours later.
Dingus was born in Sullivan County and made his home here all his life before re-entering the Army Jun 20, 1968, leaving for Vietnam on Aug 26. He was a member of the Methodist Church of Kingsport.
Surviving besides his parents are five sisters, Mrs Don Lawson, Mrs Scott Hargrove, and Misses Darlene, Debbie and Donna Dingus all of Kingsport maternal grandmother Mrs C.W. Ruff of Hickory, NC Paternal grandfather, Ira Dingus Sr of Kingsport and several aunts and uncles.
Funeral services for CPL Dingus will be conducted at 3 pm Sunday At Carter’s Chapel with Rev Ted R. Whit officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted at the grave site by the US Army Honor Guard from Ft McPherson, GA.
John William Dingus 1917 – 1999
Elizabeth Dingus 1924 – 1996
Oak Hill Cemetery
Plano Tx 75025
Hello, Please note Johnnie died on his 2nd tour to Vietnam.
Hey Cousin I still remember when you came to live with us after you got back from your first tour, I was only 6-7 years old But I can remeber how funny you were and was sad when I found out you were going back. Take care and rest well cousin.
Jul 18, 2007
Johnny was a big strong smiling man who when he came in would pick me up and swing me around. His family loved him so. Johnny reentered Service and was killed shortly after that. His parents were never the same after his death. We will always remember you
–Submitted by his cousin, Wanda Martin