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DONALD LEE TOVEY


is honored on Panel 21W, Line 49 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Air Loss - Crash at Sea

    Posted on 4/23/18 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On July 2, 1969, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 67-17694) from B Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, was on a night maintenance test flight when it crashed into the sea about 200 feet off the coast, five miles northwest of Chu Lai Air Field in Quang Tin Province, RVN. Three crewmen were killed in the incident: pilot CW2 Robert W. Holditch, mechanic SP4 Thomas J. Schneider, and Senior Maintenance Supervisor SFC Donald L. Tovey. Early the following morning, while on routine Market Time patrol, a U.S. Navy Swiftboat, PCF 55, was directed to investigate a downed aircraft. The wreckage was located and was identified as a UH-1H helicopter. Divers on board the PCF were immediately sent over the side in an attempt to recover the bodies trapped in the wreckage. A floating body spotted by a U.S. Army Americal Division helicopter was recovered by the scuba divers along with one M16 rifle, one M60 machine gun, and one survival kit. PCF 55 returned to Chu Lai with the bodies while PCF 24, which was ordered to the scene, towed the wreckage to a salvable position. The aircraft was then recovered by a Navy LCT and taken to a dock where accident board investigators examined the aircraft. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, vhpa.org, and swiftboats.net]
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  • We Still Remember and miss you.

    Posted on 5/29/17 - by Scott Parsley sdparsley@att.net
    Hello Mr. Tovey,

    I still remember meeting you when we moved to Copperas Cove and you were stationed at Fort Hood. We lived next to the "Mighty Mouse" drive in and my sisters and I used to play with the twins and your daughter. It was a very sad day when you had received orders and leaving and even sadder when we had learned of your death. You have missed many things after your passing but I want you to know that we still remember you, miss you and are thankful for your service.

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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 7/2/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear Mr. Donald L Tovey, 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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  • Always in my thoughts

    Posted on 6/27/12 - by Julie Stolz juliejonna@gmail.com

    I wish I would have gotten the chance to meet you. Grandma always spoke very highly of you. I know she still loved you dearly. I hope you two are together now. Love always.

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  • Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial

    Posted on 3/13/06 - by Michael Damien Martin, president, Chapter 392 michaeldamienmartin@yahoo.com
    Alcove 3; Panel 20; Line 14
    You are saluted and remembered every Veterans Day by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 392.
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