As History.com notes, in 1945 OSS Lt. Col Peter Dewey (seen in the above photo) was the first American killed in Vietnam.
Lt. Col. Peter Dewey, a U.S. Army officer with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in Vietnam, is shot and killed in Saigon. Dewey was the head of a seven-man team sent to Vietnam to search for missing American pilots and to gather information on the situation in the country after the surrender of the Japanese.
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