DONALD R SCHAFER
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HONORED ON PANEL 53E, LINE 40 OF THE WALL

DONALD RAYMOND SCHAFER

WALL NAME

DONALD R SCHAFER

PANEL / LINE

53E/40

DATE OF BIRTH

04/15/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/01/1968

HOME OF RECORD

MILWAUKIE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Clackamas County

STATE

OR

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

SA

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DONALD RAYMOND SCHAFER
POSTED ON 6.2.2020
POSTED BY: BJ Costello

Gratitude

I served aboard Genesee at the time of Don’s death and remember a man who cared deeply for his shipmates! I recall his brother tossing off the last line from the pier as we departed Guam for Vietnam.
This is so unfortunate and his children should know that their father was a man of integrity and strenght of character, loved by his shipmates!
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POSTED ON 6.2.2020
POSTED BY: Bryan Bucci

For my Shipmate

Don and I served together on the USS Genesee AOG-8. We fast became best if friends from the first day we met on board. Don and I had dinner together an hour before he was killed. He had told me he was going to re-enlist when it was time. He volunteered to hook up those hoses without hesitation. I have never nor will I ever forget my shipmate. I had the privilege to speak with Don’s father several years ago.
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POSTED ON 4.15.2018
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Seaman Apprentice Donald Raymond Schafer, Served aboard the USS Genesee, Task Force 73 (TF-73), 7th Fleet.
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POSTED ON 12.3.2016

Final Mission of SA Donald R. Schafer

SA Donald R. Schafer was a seaman apprentice serving on the USS Genesee (AOG-8), a gasoline tanker. On May 1, 1968, the Genesee arrived at Tan My and anchored alongside a pipeline buoy. US Army LARC-801 came out to assist the Genesee connecting to the pipeline. Genesee crewmen SA Donald R. Schafer and DC2 Harley Cowans climbed aboard the LARC and hooked the ship's hoses to the connection on the buoy. Those on board Genesee witnessed the LARC explode and burst into flames. The stunned observers saw one of the men blown through the air and into the water. The LARC was completely engulfed by a lake of fire as the motor whaleboat from Genesee got underway to rescue the crew. SF3 Tony Neil, aboard the whaleboat, dove into the flame-covered water to attempt a rescue. Swimming under water and pushing the flames away with his hands when he surfaced for a breath, Neil located the LARC's driver, SP4 Tommy Miller, who was without a life jacket and badly burned. Neil managed to get the burned driver back to the ship. The others on the whaleboat fished Cowans and another LARC crewman out of the water but could not locate Schafer. By this time, LCM-92 and 18 other LARCs were on site searching for the missing seaman but without any luck. Army units recovered Shafer's body a week later. An investigation determined that a spark from the LARC's exhaust caused avgas from the leaking hose line to ignite, destroying the LARC, killing Shafer and injuring three others. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and eaglespeak.us]
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POSTED ON 5.22.2015
POSTED BY: Barbara Schafer Beauchemin

My big brother

Still miss him after all these years. What years that I had with him left an impression on the rest of my life. When I went to High school serval of the teacher would tell me that I had reminded them of Don.
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