Semper FiPosted on 10/14/13 - by A Marine, Quang Tri, VietnamSemper Fi, Marine.
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 10/12/13 - by Curt CarterDear LCPL Donald Anton Gehling, sirMORE
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
RemembrancePosted on 7/5/12 - by firstname.lastname@example.org MORE
We RememberPosted on 11/14/09 - by Robert Sage email@example.comDonald is buried at Saint Finbarr's Cemetery in Grand Meadow, Minn.
The Faces Behind the NamesPosted on 1/19/07 - by Jim McIlhenney firstname.lastname@example.orgDonald Anton GehlingMORE
Marine Corps Lance Corporal
Born: July 9, 1947
Died: October 14, 1967
Donald Anton Gehling was born July 9, 1947 in St. Anthony's Hospital in Carroll, Iowa, the first-born of George and Lillian Gehling. Don lived on a farm outside of Carroll, Iowa for three years, until the family relocated in March of 1950 to a farm north of Grand Meadow, Minnesota. He attended Grand Meadow Public School from first through 12th grade, graduating in May of 1965. Don furthered his education at Rochester Junior College in Rochester, Minnesota for one year before enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1966.
Don took his basic training in San Diego, California, and was stationed in Hawaii from November of 1966 to July of 1967. He had a one-month furlough before being sent to Vietnam in August of 1967.
Donald was injured in battle on September 19, 1967 and was killed in action on October 14, 1967 in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam. He was awarded two Purple Hearts and several other medals during his tour in Vietnam.
Donald's family included his mom and dad and nine brothers and sisters: Mary, Patricia, Jane, Georgia, Allan, Richard, Steven, Barbara and Cathy. During his senior year of high school, Alexis Vasques from Costa Rica joined the family for one year as an AFS Foreign Exchange student. Donald grew up on the family farm north of Grand Meadow and was involved in 4-H, 4-H softball, and FFA. He was an active member of the National Honor Society and he graduated as valedictorian of his class. He could be found most Sunday afternoons playing softball with his friends in some pasture, or enjoying big bowls of popcorn and ice cream at a friend's home. Most of his weekdays were spent going to school, and doing morning and evening chores on the farm. Summers were spent helping his dad on the farm.
Donald's personally was very captivating to young and old alike. He always treated everyone with the utmost respect and dignity. He appreciated a high moral value and was a respected leader in those values. He felt it was his moral obligation to serve his country in the Marine Corps, even if it meant he may have to give up his life. After his death, neighbors reported that Donald had told them that he would not be returning so he wanted to say good-bye. His final farewell to this world, his funeral, was an indication of the respect and love that Donald had obtained during the short 20 years of his life. The funeral procession expanded over the entire distance proceeding to the cemetery two miles north of Grand Meadow.
Even though Donald has been gone from this world for more years than he lived on earth, people from his past have come to his parents' home and expressed appreciation for how much Donald has touched their lives.
The family of Donald Gehling
From "The Faces Behind the Names," by Don Ward
Semper Fidelis, Marine!
Not forgottenPosted on 9/29/05 - by Dave Kruger, 196th LIB. 66-67Donald, Although we never met, I just want you to know you are not forgotten. You gave the ultimate sacrifice, your life for what you believed in. Sleep well my friend, and thank you for protecting the freedoms we enjoy today.MORE
Lance Corpral Donald A. Gehling. He was our Son! Killed in the Viet Nam War. A very good son, person, and a friend to everyone! He loved God and was a very good Catholic. He has 3 brothers and 6 sisters.MORE
Given by his parents...George and Lillian Gehling
(The above message and photo were sent to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund to be placed at The Wall during our Annual Father's Day Rose Remembrance Ceremony. To learn more about the ceremony, please visit www.vvmf.org.)
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 www.buildthecenter.org.