Donald Yates

Donald Yates


Donald Edward Yates








January 6, 2011


Marine Corps




Donald Edward Yates was born on May 22, 1947, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was the eldest of four brothers, and, graduated from Sacred Heart High School with the class of 1965. He played some football and as a Senior participated in the Talent Show impersonating Elvis singing/dancing "Jailhouse Rock", to the delight of the students. Don was likable with his humor and especially when he rode his Honda motorcycle to school. He was a good-looking guy and really never had to ask girls out on.dat s until me! I always thought of him like Marlon Brando, Elvis, and a James Dean resemblance. Don volunteered for the Marines in hopes of getting better training, to survive Vietnam, on September 20, 1966, as a 19-year-old. He trained his 13 weeks at Camp Pendleton, with the MVT, Truck/Tank Driving and Infantry school in San Diego, California. His unit was the First Marine Division, 1st Tank Battalion, USM C, and ended up stationed near DaNang, Vietnam. He was Honorary Discharged on September 20, 1969 plus 3 years to be inactive duty. Don was seriously injured and received the following Decorations, Medals, Citations, Badges, Commendations, Awards: National Defense Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Rifle Expert Badge, and a PURPLE HEART (while he was Unconscious). However, he did receive a Second PURPLE HEART, but he did not accept it. He felt he did not deserve it. In later years, he did regret doing that. We met through a friend of his who I happen to work with. It was a blind date, including 3 other friends, on October 6, 1969. Engaged a year and married November 28, 1970. Would have been our "50th" last November. We have 4 grown sons and presently 9 grandchildren of which he only got to know 1, a girl. He just missed seeing his first grandson, by one month, after his passing. Our sons were very successful in the sport of Wrestling in HS and achieved masters at their Universities. Could fill a page of their accomplishments. We are so very proud of them. Besides Don's regular job with the USPS as a truck driver and drivers’ instructor and trainer, he worked part-time jobs at: Umpiring Adult Softball and Youth Baseball Leagues, as a Sub-Bus Driver & Field Trips for School Corporation. Enjoyed being a Volunteer Fireman and EMT. a Town Reserve Policeman, a member of the Town Parks Board, member of the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club where he rode to the WALL, member of American Legion and VFW, Purple Heart Club, a Security Guard for a 500 Mile Race, a Bowling League and Coached our boys in different sport Don was a 100% Disabled Vietnam Veteran. Included in those were the amputation of his right leg and Kidney Dialysis. Unfortunately, Don passed on the dialysis machine from a massive heart attack on January 6, 2011 at the VA Hospital.