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Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Second Lieutenant 2
Birth:
23 Sep 1946 2
Death:
05 Apr 1969 2
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Full Name:
Steven Ellis Donaldson 2
Birth:
23 Sep 1946 2
Male 2
Death:
05 Apr 1969 2
Cause: Gun, Small Arms Fire 2
Age at Death: 22 2
Body Recovered: Recovered 2
Casualty Date: 05 Apr 1969 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 2
Residence:
Hometown: Peabody, MA 2
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Single 2
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Second Lieutenant 2
Battalion:
3rd Bn 2
Company:
I Co 2
Enlistment Type:
Reserve 2
Grade:
O1 2
Major Command:
1st Mar Div 2
Regiment:
1st Marines 2
Service:
Marine Corps 2
Specialty:
Basic Infantry Officer (USMC) 2
Tour Start Date:
13 Jan 1969 2
Years Served:
0 2
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Religion:
Roman Catholic 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 16 2
Panel: 27W 2

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On 05 April 1969 India, Kilo, and Lima Companies, 3/1 Marines, were conducting sweeps in Quang Nam Province. At 1120, Lima began a river crossing and found themselves taking fire from a treeline on the opposite side of the river. India 3/1 was in a position to take the enemy in the flank and proceeded to do so - but by 1330 had found the enemy well entrenched and willing to fight. India 3/1 pressed the attack and by 1500 had forced the NVA to withdraw, leaving 72 bodies behind. The assault had been costly, though, with 9 men killed and 32 wounded in the action - and one of the wounded died later in the day. The dead were 2ndLt Steven E. Donaldson, Peabody, MA 2ndLt William S. Geary, Roslyn, PA HM3 William E. Boone, Tuskegee, AL (H&S with India 3/1) LCpl Stephen A. Daniel, Waco, TX LCpl Paul R. Le Houllier, Somersworth, NH (Silver Star) Pfc Richard T. Leavell, Jeffersonville, IN Pfc Robert C. Lira, Indio, CA Pfc Willie L. Lowe, Louisville, KY Pfc Islam Ozger, New York, NY Pfc Richard W. Perdue, Rocky Mount, VA 3/1 suffered another loss as well - LCpl Jimmie L. Forrest of Winona, MS, assigned to Kilo 3/1, was hit and killed by a bomb fragment during an air strike on a separate group of NVA soldiers.

Thank you Lt. for your service to this great nation......

THE WALL

Standing here in front of the Wall
silently reading your name
solemnly I thank you one and all
Each of you different, yet the same

The list seems forever endless
but I remember your faces
you made the supreme sacrifice, I confess
as I walk slowly with measured paces

Each one of you answered the call
willingly or not, you gave your lives
Rest easy, my Brothers - heroes all
The Nation still survives


"War drew us from our homeland

In the sunlit springtime of our youth.

Those who did not come back alive remain

 in perpetual springtime -- forever young --

And a part of them is with us always."

--- Author Unknown ---

 God Bless  You                  ike

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