DONALD L GOLDEN
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HONORED ON PANEL 6W, LINE 98 OF THE WALL

DONALD LEWIS GOLDEN

WALL NAME

DONALD L GOLDEN

PANEL / LINE

6W/98

DATE OF BIRTH

06/06/1942

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TIN

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/30/1970

HOME OF RECORD

MERIDIAN

COUNTY OF RECORD

Lauderdale County

STATE

MS

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SSGT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DONALD LEWIS GOLDEN
POSTED ON 11.30.2020
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Vet

Bronze Star Medal Award for Valor

Staff Sergeant Donald Lewis Golden was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, with Combat Distinguishing Device (V) and Oak Leaf Cluster, for his exemplary gallantry in action. He served as a Medical NCO and was assigned to HHC, 123RD AVN BN, 16TH AVN GROUP, AMERICAL DIV.
See https://army.togetherweserved.com/
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POSTED ON 6.6.2020
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Staff Sergeant Donald Lewis Golden, Served with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 123rd Aviation Battalion, 16th Aviation Group, Americal Division, United States Army Vietnam.
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POSTED ON 1.1.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear SSgt Donald Golden,
Thank you for your service as a Medical NCO. Thank you for the lives you saved. Happy New Year. 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 6.29.2017

Ground Casualty

On November 30, 1970, enemy gunners fired about twenty 100-pound 122mm rockets into the U.S. Americal Division headquarters at Chu Lai Air Base in Quang Tin Province, RVN. At least one rocket hit the 16th Aviation Group dispensary, killing seven. The rocket struck the dispensary after sick call when the medics were relaxing and playing cards, as was their usual practice to occupy time. The lost medical personnel included corpsman PFC Douglas S. Bridgers, lab specialists SP4 Robert A. Bojanek and SSGT Dennis M Smith, and medical NCO’s SGT Clarence E. Baker, SSGT Donald L. Golden, CPL Benjamin R. Nelson Jr., and SP4 Kenneth L. Robertson. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, thewall-usa.com, and the Chicago Tribune, December 1, 1970, p. 1, section 1A]
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POSTED ON 5.21.2017
POSTED BY: Van McCarty

Memorial Day 2017

Following my Vietnam service I returned to Mississippi and soon thereafter relocated to Meridian and have lived here since 1973. You fellows from Lauderdale County probably would not recognize the places and the people you left behind – things have changed drastically since you have been gone. News of your deaths brought much heartbreak and many tears to your loved ones and friends. After all these years we still remember the price you paid for your country and our freedoms. As another Memorial Day ceremony unfolds at the county courthouse, each of your 28 names will be read. In remembrance of your sacrifice, friends and family members will come forward to place a Buddy Poppy at the base of the granite wall honoring all the county’s losses since World War I. The patriotism that you felt as you left Lauderdale County for the war in Vietnam is still alive and well in your hometowns and communities. Many of you died protecting one another, but you all served so that we could keep the things we love the most – God, country and family. By remaining true to these principles, we honor your sacrifices.

Van “Mac” McCarty
Meridian, MS
USMC Vietnam Veteran
1968-69, 1970-71
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