Lafayette County








POSTED ON 5.30.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Cpl David Donahue,
Thank you for your service as an Infantryman. May 30 was the original Memorial Day, and we remember all you who gave their all. It has been too long, and it's about time for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 1.1.2018
POSTED BY: Bob Ahles, Wolfhound Brother, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Peace with Honor

You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor David.
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POSTED ON 5.29.2014
POSTED BY: Steve Conto, Menasha, WI

The Final Bridge

David is buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Town of Truman,(aka Kenneltown cemetery or Truman Cemetery) far east section, 2nd row in from service road., 9th column in from the north
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POSTED ON 3.4.2014
POSTED BY: Barbara Raisbeck

"M First Day in the Field"

"Dear Mom & Dad and everybody,

I am now a veteran of one day of combat. It was a bit scary, but not too bad. We went to the field last night. The company was set up in a muddy low spot. The whole camp was under about 6 inches of mud. The mosquitoes were almost in layers. It seems like you swat one and 4 or 5 come to his funeral. There were 4 of us under a poncho shelter with air mattresses set on the mud. One guy had to be on watch at all times. We got up at 4:30, took down the huts, had our C ration breakfast and were on the march at 6:15. Before we’d gone a quarter of a mile we went through water waste deep. We were in water a foot deep or deeper about a fourth of the time. By 9:30, we had gone our 12 miles to the temporary camp where we set up. By 11:00 we were on the move again through rice paddies and jungle. Not long after that they found a booby trap and where there’s one there is unusually more. Not long after that there was an explosion about 100 yds from me. I guess it pretty near blew the guy’s leg off, but just injured one guy as we were spread out pretty good. The day before yesterday one mine injured 3 guys. Everybody hit the ground and they called in a dustoff. It took about 5 min for the medical helicopter to get there to take him to the hospital. They said he’d make it but they weren’t sure about the leg. We got to the village soon after that. Most of us were pretty scared especially us new guys. We found a few more booby traps and then spent the next 4 hours going through the houses checking the men’s identification, looking for tunnels, or weapons and such. We threw grenades in the bunkers and blew them up. There were just 4 in a group then. It kinda made me feel like a bad guy, just walk into the people’s hootches with my rifle and snoop around. Of course the hogs, cattle, chickens and ducks went in and out at will. I was pretty nervous at first but after a bit it didn’t bother me much. There were hardly any men around. They were either working in the fields or VC hiding. At one time I thought it would’ve been hard to shoot one but out there if one had pulled a gun or grenade I think I’d have zapped them in a second.

All in all I thought it was pretty nerve racking work. I think I got a pretty good breaking in for the first day. About 4:30 we got back to our temporary camp. We were just getting set up for the night when they said the company was flying back to base camp for the night. Within 2 hours they had 400 people (3 companies in1st 27th) and everything they had moved by helicopters the 20 miles to CuChi base camp. When the word came out that we were coming in for the night there were about 125 awful happy guys in our company. Tonight will be the first time in 3 weeks that most of them will be sleeping on a cot out of the mud and rain. Most of the men have jungle rot and sores on their feet from being wet so much. Also they are pretty scratched, battered and dirty. Other than my hands and face are pretty scratched up and my feet are sore I came through the first day pretty good. I even liked it pretty good although it was pretty hard work and I will admit I was a bit scared, but I think even the old veterans get a few butterflies. One thing for sure, it wasn’t dull. We went through one big village on the long morning march. There were quite a few carts pulled by ponies and some by oxen. We saw one pair of oxen on a cart runaway. Also saw a lot of farmers plowing their rice paddies with water buffalo. I kinda liked the excitement of the whole deal although we didn’t find a single Charlie (VC) all day.

I don’t know how long we’ll be here in base camp. We’ll probably leave tomorrow or the next day, I figure. Right now we’ve got to be ready to go in 30 minutes at anytime during the night. I sure hope we don’t get called though as I could sure use the Z’s.

All figured in my first day in “Charlie’s” country was pretty scary & exciting but I wouldn’t have wanted to miss it. Somehow I feel like a full fledged soldier now. I think we just should be thankful it isn’t going on in our country with soldiers like us banging in and searching the houses and checking identification in our country.

Your son,

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POSTED ON 10.14.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear CPL David John Donahoe, 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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