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DONALD CONSTANDE


is honored on Panel 9E, Line 129 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of GSGT Donald Constande

    Posted on 9/11/18 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    Operation Colorado was a U.S. Marine Corps and Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) search and destroy operation that took place in the Hiep Duc District of Quang Tin Province, RVN, lasting from August 6–22, 1966. At approximately 2:15 AM on August 12th, the 2/5 Marines set up a Battalion perimeter and helicopter fuel area about one-mile west of Tam Ky, when they started receiving 8 to 12 rounds of enemy 81mm mortar fire, an unknown number of 57mm Recoilless rifle rounds, and approximately 200 rounds of small arms fire. The enemy fire was estimated to be coming from the north. Four Marines were killed in the attack and another 21 wounded. Within five minutes, a reaction team force of two platoons with tanks extended the perimeter and returned fire. The enemy withdrew, and no further contact was made. At 6:00 AM, patrols from Companies G & H, 2/5, commenced a sweep with tanks of the area to the north of Tam Ky in search of enemy forces. During the seven-hour sweep, spent Recoilless rifle round casings and mortar base plates were discovered. Several Vietnamese civilians were detained for questioning about the mortar attack. The four lost Marines were GSGT Donald Constande, CPL Joseph B. Crowder, LCPL Ronald E. Frizzell, and SSGT John D. Wyszomirski. PFC Eric B. Barrow Jr. was critically injured in the attack after suffering fragmentation wounds to the back abdomen and chest. He died aboard the Navy hospital ship USS Repose on August 19, 1966. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, 2/5 Marines Command Chronology for August 1966, and wikipedia.org]
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  • Thank You

    Posted on 1/12/18 - by Lucy Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    Dear Gsgt Donald Constande,
    Thank you for your service as an Infantry Unit Leader. It is 2018, Happy New Year. It is so important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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  • Semper Fi

    Posted on 8/12/14 - by A US Marine, Vietnam
    Semper Fi Gunny.
  • The nephew you never new

    Posted on 8/5/14 - by Vincent Constande
    If you were anything like my dad, George Constande, you were a good man and brother.

    With pride and love, your nephew, Vincent Andrew Constande
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  • Remembering an American Hero

    Posted on 1/15/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear GSGT Donald Constande, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for the ultimate sacrifice that you made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. And please know that men and women like you have stepped forward to defend our country yet again, showing the same love for country and their fellow Americans that you did- you would be proud.

    With respect, and the best salute that a civilian can muster for you.
    Curt Carter
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