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DAVID LEE MCKINNEY


is honored on Panel 38E, Line 35 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of SGT David L. McKinney

    Posted on 12/3/17 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    SGT David L. McKinney served with Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Division. On February 8, 1968, his company was on a combat operation in support of a Marine unit south of Da Nang, RVN. While his company was moving to the battle area, they suddenly came under intense automatic weapons, mortar, rocket, and small arms fire from an estimated battalion of North Vietnamese Regulars. During the ensuing battle, SGT McKinney’s company became pinned down and sustained several casualties. SGT McKinney and 12 other men of his platoon immediately began laying down a base of fire to enable the wounded members of the company to withdraw to safety. After all the wounded were had been withdrawn, he quickly maneuvered back behind a dike where his platoon regrouped and formed an unyielding defensive line. Along with his fellow soldiers, SGT McKinney made a gallant stand, killing numerous enemy soldiers in extremely close-quarter fighting before being mortally wounded. Through his courage and devastating fire, he contributed greatly to the successful defeat of the enemy force and an estimated 60 or more enemy kills. SGT McKinney’s personal bravery and avid devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflected great credit upon himself, the Americal Division, and the United States Army. [Taken from SGT McKinney’s Bronze Star Medal citation]
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  • Thank You, Sir

    Posted on 2/9/15 - by Weather
    It has been 47 years since you were KIA. I want to take the time to remember you and to thank you for your service to our country. God bless you, Sir, and rest in peace.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/16/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SGT David Lee McKinney, 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
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  • We Remember

    Posted on 9/5/13 - by Robert Sage
    David is buried at Woodland Cemetery, Chase City, Mecklenberg County, VA.
  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 10/26/05 - by Bill Nelson grite@yahoo.com
    FOREVER REMEMBERED

    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
    Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heros you left behind...."

    Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
    KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

    We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heros lost to the War in Vietnam:

    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

    From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
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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.