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DONALD RAY ALLEY


is honored on Panel 36W, Line 13 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Ground Casualty

    Posted on 3/21/18 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    1LT Donald R. Alley was an Armored Reconnaissance Unit Commander serving with A Troop, 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry, 4th Infantry Division. 1LT Alley’s unit was tasked with keeping open Highway 19, which ran through the rugged Mang Yang Pass, a vital artery which kept the U.S. 4th Infantry resupplied at Pleiku. A Troop ran mine sweeps in order to clear the roads for the convoys to get through, then would escort them through the pass and along the highway. At the end of the day, if not on a mission, they would then set up at night on a small mountain or hill, somewhere between their Blackhawk firebase, the Mang Yang Pass, and/or Pleiku. Alley’s unit occasionally conducted search and destroy missions, and also patrolled at night to keep the Viet Cong at bay. On December 13, 1968, one of the Armored Personnel Carriers that Alley commanded had a dud American LAW (Light Anti-Tank Weapon) round on it. Alley thought it was dangerous and decided to take the defective round to a small trash pit and blow it up with a grenade. After he pulled the pin and laid the grenade under the LAW round, he turned to exit the trash pit when he slipped on something trying to come out. When Alley realized he wasn't going to make it, he tried to retrieve the grenade and throw it. He was unsuccessful. Alley suffered catastrophic injuries in the blast, his body torn apart in the explosion. A track crewmember with him was uninjured, but was traumatized by the incident. Other crewmen spent a long time searching for Alley’s wedding ring. A formal inquiry by Army investigators was conducted and they concluded the incident was an accident. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and information provided by Bob Hogan March 2018)]
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  • Remembered

    Posted on 8/25/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR LIEUTENANT ALLEY,
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS AN ARMORED RECONNAISSANCE UNIT COMMANDER. YOU PASSED ON MY NAME DAY, ST. LUCY - HOPE SHE GUIDES YOU.
    REST IN PEACE.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/12/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear 1LT Donald Ray Alley, 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 4/29/10 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    Donald is buried at Riverview Cemetery in Richmond, VA. BSM PH
  • To my Uncle I never knew

    Posted on 9/30/05 - by SSG Thomas Stone tstone18@gmail.com
    I will always regret never meeting and knowing you. I hope that I serve as I think that you did, with Honor.
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