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DONALD LAWRENCE NELSON


is honored on Panel 38E, Line 8 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • FELLOW MARINE BROTHER "2009"

    Posted on 10/19/15 - by DON FRANK d.frank8888@yahoo.com
    I WAS IN PLATOON 2009 WITH DON AT MCRD IN 1967. I REMEMBER HIM VERY WELL. HE WAS A GREAT MARINE. I REMEMBER TALKING TO HIM ON OCCASION DURING TRAINING .WE ALSO DEPLOYED TO VIET NAM TOGETHER IN DECEMBER 1967. WE FIRST LANDED IN KHE SANH AND THEN HILL 881 IN DECEMBER 1968. THE DAY HE BECAME A CASUALTY WAS A VERY SAD DAY. I KNOW DON IS RESTING WELL AND HE IS TRULY MISSED. I WISH HIS FAMILY ALL THE BLESSINGS THEY DESERVE.
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  • Fellow Marine Recruit "2009"

    Posted on 6/5/15 - by Ken Gable (SSgt) USMC RET. ezg238@gmail.com
    I was in Platoon 2009 when Don went through Boot Camp. It was of course a long time ago. You make friends during training, usually the guys that are standing to the right and left of you while standing on the platoon street. We were organized by alphabetical order. I have a hazy memory of some of the guys, but when I look at his picture, I remember.
    I remember the coming together of the Platoon as a unit. I'm sure that I had talked to Don on occasion during boot camp, we certainly "chewed some of the same dirt" while being motivated with squat thrusts for some actual or perceived sacrilege that offended Sgt Garcia.
    I did not go to the Nam the same time Don did. I went to Panama after training. But I was there in 68/69 as a grunt. I made it home. I often now think of what happened to the guys in our platoon. I think it reasonable to say we were good Marines, and did our best when it counted.
    Rest well Don, and I wish peace to your family.
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  • Marine Brothers

    Posted on 10/6/14 - by Sel J. Wong, visel12@aol.com
    This is his boot camp photo from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Platoon 2009. He earned the title “U.S. Marine” on August 29, 1967.

    Thank you for your service to our great nation, my brother.
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  • Semper Fi

    Posted on 2/7/14 - by A Marine, Quang Tri, Vietnam
    Semper Fi Marine.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/15/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear PFC Donald Lawrence Nelson, 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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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.

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