Dan Page Vannoy was born to R. Page and Louise Willis Vannoy on November 18, 1943 in Landenberg, Pennsylvania. Dan graduated from Avon Grove high school in 1962 where his interests included soccer, volleyball, chemistry club, his 1953 Ford, and most of all, horses. Dan was an accomplished equestrian and earned numerous ribbons and awards during competitive events. He attended Western Carolina College, Cullowhee, N.C., for three years before entering the Army.
Dan entered the Army in March, 1967. After completion of basic training and advanced individual training, with the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS 11B20) of Infantryman, he received orders to report to Vietnam.