DONALD R WENTZ
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HONORED ON PANEL 38W, LINE 32 OF THE WALL

DONALD RAY WENTZ

WALL NAME

DONALD R WENTZ

PANEL / LINE

38W/32

DATE OF BIRTH

10/10/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH DUONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/21/1968

HOME OF RECORD

DREXEL HILL

COUNTY OF RECORD

Delaware County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DONALD RAY WENTZ
POSTED ON 12.17.2007
POSTED BY: Lorraine DiBonaventura Buchakjian

A high school buddy..fondly remembered...

I went to high school with Don...we shared a few classes together and the most prominent thing I remember about him was his super funny personality...the guy cracked me up on a daily basis. I also think he had the cutest nose and profile I had ever seen. Just a sweetheart...I visited the wall in Spring, 2000, but I couldn't bring myself to try to find the section where Don's name would have been. Reliving that ridiculous period in history and the senseless loss of life is pain endured.
Don's short life meant alot to alot of people. Your life and death, not forgotten, dear Don...
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POSTED ON 2.3.2005
POSTED BY: Jim McIlhenney

The Philadelphia Inquirer - November 27, 1968

The Philadelphia Inquirer - November 27, 1968
Soldier Told His Parents Not to Worry

"In his last letter home from Vietnam, a Haverford Township soldier told his parents he was preparing for a 10-day combat mission.
"But don't worry," PFC Donald R. Wentz, 21 reassured them. "There's not supposed to be many Vietcong in the area."
KILLED BY SHELL
Apparently there were not, but PFC Wentz was killed in the blast of an artillery shell fired by "friendly forces."
His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray D. Wentz, of 33 Treaty Rd. Havertown, received the letter the day after his death Thursday at Lai Khe, 25 miles north of Saigon. He had been on duty along the Cambodian border with the 1st Infantry Division.
EX-BELL TECHNICIAN
PFC Wentz, a 1965 graduate of Haverford High School, later attended RETS Electronic School, Upper Darby, and was a technician with the Pennsylvania Bell Telephone Co. at King of Prussia until he was drafted last April. He was sent to Vietnam in September.
He was an only child. His father is employed as an engineer by Bell."
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POSTED ON 10.8.2002

Honoring Vietnam Veterns

I will be honoring the memory of Donald Ray Wentz as our class visits the Vietnam Memorial Wall during our class trip to Washington D.C. Can you help me learn about him? My name is Andrea. I can be reached at through my teacher Mr. Tatum at Upper Darby High School in PA. His email is davetatum@aol.com
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POSTED ON 12.20.1998
POSTED BY: Steve Cool

A Friend Remembers

I knew Don for just a few short summers in Long Point, Maryland, where our parents had summer places. We met the summer of 1960 or 61. Don's friendship over the next five or six years brightned my summers.

He loved the Phillies, the Eagles and rock n' roll. His worst nightmare came when the Phillies 20 games ahead in 61 or 62 lost the division with only 20 games to play, but he still loved the Phills next year.

I learned of Don's death upon returning to the states after 20 months of combat duty off the coast of Viet Nam with the Navy.

Don's loss was more then the loss of a good friend. Don was an only child, and refused to request non-combat duty in order to stay with his company. Thats the kind of guy Don was.

Stephen M. Cool, A friend
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