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  • Date of Birth:8/13/1942
  • Date of Casualty:2/27/1967
  • Home of Record:DES MOINES
  • County of Record:POLK COUNTY
  • State:IA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Row:15E, 104
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM


  • Date of Birth:3/28/1947
  • Date of Casualty:2/27/1967
  • Home of Record:AURORA
  • County of Record:BROOKINGS COUNTY
  • State:SD
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:CPL
  • Panel/Row:15E, 104
  • Casualty Province:TAY NINH


is honored on Panel 15E, Row 104 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Leave a Remembrance


  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 2/28/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC Donald Gary Detmer, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice 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. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Semper Fi, Marine.

    Posted on 2/27/14 - by A Marine, Quang Tri, Vietnam
  • We Remember

    Posted on 10/21/13 - by Robert Sage
    Donald is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens Central, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, FL.
  • I Miss you friend and brother marine

    Posted on 2/1/10 - by curley durham

    Detmer and I were best friends in boot camp. we never used first names then. We went seperate ways after boot camp. thinking about him and decided to check wall. wish his name was not there. RIP Marine. Durham,Ga.

  • An American hero

    Posted on 2/12/06 - by Arnold M. Huskins
    Taken from the website: dh/HendricksonGA01a.htm
  • You Will Always Be Remembered

    Posted on 3/18/04 - by Phoenix Marr
    My name is Phoenix Marr and I am a senior at Gridley High School. My teacher has started the Gridley High School Posting Project that gives all of the students an opportunity to write remembrances for those men and women who gave their lives while serving our country. You were a very courageous individual who stood by this country when we needed you most! Your services are very much appreciated and recognized! You fought for our country without ever giving up! You were an amazing person with amazing strengths. Thank you for everything that you did for this country! You will always be remembered. God Bless.
  • Thank you PFC Detmer

    Posted on 8/17/03 - by Donald Lytle
    Although we never met personally, I want to thank you Donald Gary Detmer, for your courageous and valiant service, faithful contribution, and your most holy sacrifice given to this great country of ours!

    Your Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore Marine, you shall never be forgotten, nor has your death been in vain!

    Again, thank you PFC Donald Gary Detmer, for a job well done!



The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit