Dickinson veteran reflects on the good times and the bad leading up to Memorial Day


Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor the men and women who died while serving in the military.

Many of us go to cemeteries, memorials or hold family gatherings.

However, what is Memorial Day like for those still around?

Army veteran Dave Logosz of Dickinson, ND served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1971 as an E-5 sniper.

He said still remembers entering the military when he was just a young 21-year old college student in Dickinson.

“I had so many other friends that were drafted. I figured it was something different, and I would try it. I felt a sense of patriotism,” said Logosz. 

On Friday morning while sitting in the living room with his wife Cathy, he looked at a group of pictures from his time in the military, and more than 40 years later he still remembers the men he not only served with but became friends with.

Logosz said he still remembers a lot about Vietnam like how hot and rainy it was but also getting shot at and getting shrapnel in his leg. 

“I learned the definition of two words when I was in Vietnam, one was tired and the other was scared”.

He said when he returned home to Dickinson he was treated very well, compared to how veterans were treated in other parts of the country during that time.

However, he said transitioning back to civilian life was difficult; he currently suffers from PTSD.

“As a result of that you have nightmares at night, and you remember the friends of yours that were killed and injured in combat,” said Logosz. 

The retired Army veteran said he is very active in supporting veterans in the area.

In fact, he is president of the Stark County Veterans Memorial Association, and in 2015 his dream of bringing a memorial to Dickinson finally came true.

“It was my way of giving back to all the veterans in this community”.

He said he visits the Stark County Veterans Memorial once a week, and he has plans for other things he would like to do in the community to remember fallen veterans.

“I and a couple of other people are exploring the possibility of putting a Veterans Cemetery here in Stark County”.

To this day Logosz said the word Veteran means a lot to him.

“I am very proud to be a veteran”.

Logosz said he will be spending his Memorial Day at the Dickinson State University Campus, with other fellow veterans in the area.

He also said he works with the Injured Military Wildlife Project of North Dakota and the District 8 American Legion Riders


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