Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

From Dix To Vietnam

Army 2nd Lt. Stanley A. Belgum Did It His Way

The year, 1968. The country, this country, was deep in political upheaval, assassinations, drugs and demonstrations.

Lyndon B. Johnson was President, Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were assassinated, and the Viet Cong made a valiant attempt at defeating the Americans in the Tet Offensive. America was fighting an unpopular war, but a young man from Dix, Neb., was drafted into the Army and served his country with patriotism, valor and bravery.

Stan Belgum graduated from Dix High School in 1965 and by 1968 he was a second lieutenant in the Army. Shortly thereafter, he was the recipient of...