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is honored on Panel 3E, Line 89 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Drafted to be Medical NCO......HE Died helpings His Friends And Comrades

    Posted on 6/24/18 - by Isabel Bermudez de Espana
    Donald Carl Peterson
    Specialist Five

    PERSONAL DATA Home of Record: Chicago, Illinois Date of birth: Tuesday, 03/18/1941 MILITARY DATA Service: Army (Selective Service) Grade at loss: E5 Rank: Specialist Five ID No: 55777746 MOS: 91B20 Medical NCO LenSvc: Between 2 and 3 years Unit: HQ CO, 2ND BN, 7TH CAVALRY, 1 CAV DIV CASUALTY DATA Start Tour: Monday, 08/16/1965 Cas Date: Wednesday, 11/17/1965 Age at Loss: 24 Remains: Body recovered Location: Ia Drang Valley, South Vietnam Type: Hostile, died outright Reason: Gun or small arms fire - Ground casualty
  • KIA with 151 of his Comrades at Ambush at LZ Albany in Ia Drang Valley Nov. 17, 1965

    Posted on 6/24/18 - by K
    He was his Comrades
    When they were wounded...he was there..
    He was killed helping his friends and comrades
    Surely He has a place in Heaven
    God Bless You Donald and All who died with you that day
    See you in All Heaven
  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 3/18/18 - by Dennis Wriston
    Specialist Five Donald Carl Peterson, Served with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.
  • Thank you

    Posted on 5/30/16 - by Michael Galinger
    Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
    Michael Galinger
    FMM. The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps
  • Remembering and Discovering

    Posted on 4/22/16
    Don Peterson
    Written November 14, 2015 Posted 4/22/2016

    As kids we marched together in our championship drum corps - working hard, competing, traveling, and having fun.

    You were one of the world’s nice people - knowing, humorous, and talented – Good to talk with. One day, you showed up with a mustache, white scarf and bomber jacket. You looked the image of a dashing WW-2 RAF pilot.

    Your later enlistment surprised us. There was no ‘war’ at the time. Your going-away-party at my house was fun. Attending were Dan, Bob, Billy, Jim, myself, and others. Then you were gone. We seldom heard of you.

    In ‘64 I was drafted. Some members of my unit were called to Vietnam. Later, two or three returnees were assigned my unit. They looked strained and lost. They stuck to themselves.

    Word came back that the army offered to cover your college for extending your service. Seemed like a good deal. Shortly, we heard the shocking news of your death. I did not know why or how.

    About 30 years later, I read a book “We were Soldiers Once….And Young”. I also saw the movie. This year, in the horrendous battle’s 50th anniversary, I learned it was your battle.

    It is a privilege to have known you. In our hearts you are forever young and forever Don.

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The Wall of Faces

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