Bellingham woman recalls Vietnam soldier as helpful young man

(This story was submitted after the Herald ran a story about five Whatcom County soldiers who died in Vietnam and whose photographs were being sought for a “Wall of Faces” memorial affiliated with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. One of the five soldiers was Dewain V. Dubb of Bellingham, who died in 1967.)

Dewain was my best friend’s first cousin, and around 1965 the Beatles movie “Help” was playing at the old Moonlite Drive-in Theater in Bellingham. My friend, Diane, talked Dewain into taking us to the movie.

We were in about the eighth grade at the time and giddy Beatlemaniacs. Dewain was about three or four years our senior. That he agreed to take us at all was brave, as we were quite vocally enthusiastic throughout the movie.

He also stayed so that we could watch the second showing, however the fog rolled in and we watched until we could no longer see the screen. How he got us home safely to Lynden in that thick fog I do not know, but he was my hero then and will always be.

I was lucky enough to find his name on the Wall in Washington, D.C. I am proud of our men that serve, and especially proud and thankful for knowing Dewain Dubb.