DONALD W WRIGHT
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HONORED ON PANEL 18W, LINE 22 OF THE WALL

DONALD WOODSON WRIGHT

WALL NAME

DONALD W WRIGHT

PANEL / LINE

18W/22

DATE OF BIRTH

06/17/1939

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/01/1969

HOME OF RECORD

BLACK MOUNTAIN

COUNTY OF RECORD

Buncombe County

STATE

NC

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

CAPT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DONALD WOODSON WRIGHT
POSTED ON 9.1.2018
POSTED BY: Janice Current

An American Hero

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
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POSTED ON 1.25.2018
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of CPT Donald W. Wright

Final Mission of CPT Donald W. Wright
At approximately 7:50 PM on September 1, 1969, a CH-53A helicopter from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 (HMH-361) was returning to Phu Bai after the completion of a resupply mission in the Rockpile area when it crashed in bad weather into Co Pung Mountain in Thua Thien Province, RVN. The last know contact with the aircraft was at 7:45 PM when Phu Bai approach cleared the aircraft for a direct approach. The aircraft acknowledged the clearance and was never heard from again. The wreckage was located September 3, 1969, but the search party was unable to reach the scene until September 4th due to deteriorating weather conditions and terrain. The remains of four crewmen were recovered by elements of 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division, who were lowered to the site. The dead servicemen were removed to the U.S. Army mortuary in Da Nang where they were positively identified. They included CPT Donald W. Wright, 1LT Kent S. Anderson, SGT George D. Hutcheson, and LCPL Robert A. Marsh. One crewman, LCPL Julian Escobedo Jr., could not be located. The recovery team reported that the aircraft had impacted on an NVA bunker complex and there was a presence of an unknown number of enemy personnel in the immediate area of the mishap. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org]
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POSTED ON 9.1.2015
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear Captain Donald Woodson Wright, 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, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 7.19.2012

If I should die...remembrances for CAPT.Donald Woodson WRIGHT, USMC...who died for our coutnry!!!!!!

If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.

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POSTED ON 7.19.2012

If I should die...remembrances for CAPT.Donald Woodson WRIGHT, USMC...who died for our coutnry!!!!!!

If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nervig thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.

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