DONALD D HAWKINS
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HONORED ON PANEL 48W, LINE 55 OF THE WALL

DONALD DALE HAWKINS

WALL NAME

DONALD D HAWKINS

PANEL / LINE

48W/55

DATE OF BIRTH

09/10/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

DINH TUONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/19/1968

HOME OF RECORD

PORT ORCHARD

COUNTY OF RECORD

Kitsap County

STATE

WA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

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LEFT FOR DONALD DALE HAWKINS
POSTED ON 9.10.2021
POSTED BY: Jury Washington

Thank You For Your Valiant Service Soldier.

May those who served never be forgotten. Rest in peace SGT. Hawkins, I salute your brave soul. My heart goes out to you and your family.
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POSTED ON 9.10.2021
POSTED BY: Jury Washington

Thank You For Your Valiant Service Soldier.

May those who served never be forgotten. Rest in peace SGT. Hawkins, I salute your brave soul. My heart goes out to you and your family.
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POSTED ON 6.16.2021

Final Mission of SP4 Donald D. Hawkins

On August 19, 1968, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D (tail number 66-00937) from D Troop, 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, was tasked with conducting a low-level “sniffer mission” in Dinh Tuong Province, RVN. During the operation, the aircraft’s tail rotor drive shaft sheared ten miles northwest of Cai Lay causing the helicopter to crash. Two crewmen and two passengers operating the Airborne Personnel Detector (APD) were killed. The lost personnel were crew chief SP4 Bruce C. Brogoitti, gunner SP4 Donald D. Hawkins, and passengers SFC Ralph W. Milbourne and SP5 Victor D. Trujillo from Headquarters & Headquarters Company (HHC), 9th Infantry Division. The sniffer missions used the APD equipment to detect scents unique to human beings and locate enemy soldiers in hidden positions. On this mission, the sniffer aircraft was following a Command-and-Control helicopter. When they were approximately twenty-three miles northwest of Dong Tam, the two aircraft entered a left turn. The tail rotor drive shaft on the sniffer helicopter unexpectedly sheared, causing the crippled aircraft to spin to the right as it lost altitude. It impacted the ground in a level attitude, burst into flames, and rolled on its left side. The cause of the accident was attributed to a ball peen hammer left under the drive shaft cowling which rubbed against the drive shaft resulting in its failure. The pilot and co-pilot survived with injuries. Posthumous promotions were awarded to the crewmen and one of the APD technicians. Brogoitti and Hawkins were elevated to Sergeant, and Trujillo was made Staff Sergeant. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and vhpa.org]
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POSTED ON 4.22.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sgt Donald Hawkins,
Thank you for your service as a Flight Qualified Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice. It is Easter week and Passover. The war was years ago, but we all need 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 9.10.2017
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Sergeant Donald Dale Hawkins, Served with D Troop, 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division.
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