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Donald Constande

Personal Data:

Birth Date:  2/16/1929

Birth Place:  Springfield, MA

Race:  Caucasian

Religion:  Roman Catholic

U.S. Citizen:  Yes

Father's Name:  Constandinos H. Constande

Mother's Name:  Marie Bernadette (Boulanger) Constande, then Petrick

Sibling Names:  Stephen Constande; Stella (Constande) Rabideau; George Constande; Albert Constande

Marital Status:  Married

Wife's Name:  Frances Virginia (Zara) Constande

Offspring Names:  Maryann Helen Constande (1956); Lisa Veronica Constande (1962)

Education:

School Attended:  Carew Street School, Springfield, MA

School Attended:  Chestnut Street Junior High School, Springfield, MA

School Attended:  Trade High School, Springfield, MA

School Attended:  United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI)

High School Diploma:  GED (USAFI)

Diploma Year:  1954

Selective Service Data:

SSS Local Board Number:  13

SSS Local Board Location:  Springfield, MA

SSS Registration Date:  3/1/49  

SSS Registrant Description:  5' 11"/150 pounds/black hair/brown eyes

Military Service Record:

Entry Date:  2/28/46

Entry Mode:  Enlistment

Entry Location:  Springfield, MA

Home Of Record:  Springfield, MA

Military Branch:  Marine Corps

Military Component:  Regular

Rank:  Gunnery Sergeant

Rank Abbrev:  GSGT

Pay Grade:  E7

MOS:  369

MOS Title:  Infantry Unit Leader

Awards Received:   

Purple Heart Medal; Navy Presidential Unit Citation; Good Conduct Medal with four devices; China Service Medal; World War II Victory Medal; National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star; Korean Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Korean Presidential Unit Citation; United Nations Service Medal (Korea); Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges Earned:  Rifle Marksman Badge

Length Of Service:  20 years

Southeast Asia Tour Data:

Date Tour Commenced:  4/13/66

Major Command:  1st Marine Division (Reinforced), FMF

Sub Command 1:  5th Marines

Sub Command 2:  2nd Battalion

Sub Command 3:  Company H

Base Location:  Chu Lai, South Vietnam

Casualty Data:

Casualty Date:  8/12/66

Casualty Time:  0745

Casualty Age:  37

Casualty Data 1:  Hostile

Casualty Data 2:  Ground Casualty

Casualty Data 3:  Artillery, Rocket, Mortar

Casualty Province:  Quang Tin Province

Casualty Country:  South Vietnam

Located In Or Near:  Tam Ky

Body:  Recovered

Burial/Memorial: 

Burial Location:  Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, CA

Burial Plot Location:  Section K, Grave Number 87

Burial Date:  8/23/66

Consigned Funeral Home:  Johnson, Saum and Noble Funeral Home, San Diego, CA

Escort Name:  GSGT John M. Mitchell, USMC

Springfield 50 Casualty Order:  6th

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  09E

                                                  Line Number:  129

Constande Bio


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