School Attended: Technical High School, Springfield, MA High School Diploma: Yes College: Had planned to study mechanical engineering upon discharge Diploma Year: 1968 Employment: First Employer: Thayer McNeil, Springfield, MA Second Employer: Forbes & Wallace
, Springfield, MA
Selective Service Data: SSS Local Board Number: 83 SSS Local Board Location: Springfield, MA SSS Registration Date: 8/7/68 SSS Registrant Description: 5' 11"/152 pounds/blond hair/blue eyes
Military Service Record: Entry Date: 9/3/68 Entry Mode: Enlistment Entry Location: Springfield, MA Home Of Record: Springfield, MA Military Branch: Marine Corps Military Component: Regular Rank: Private First Class Rank Abbrev: PFC Pay Grade: E2 MOS: 341 MOS Title: Mortarman Awards Received: Purple Heart Medal; Combat Action Ribbon; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Vietnam Military Merit Medal; Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Badges Earned: Rifle Marksman Badge Length Of Service: less than 1 year
Southeast Asia Tour Data: Date Tour Commenced: 6/6/69 Major Command: 3rd Marine Division (Reinforced) Sub Command 1: 3rd Marines Sub Command 2: 2nd Battalion Sub Command 3: H&S Company Army Campaign Number: 10th Army Campaign Name: Tet 69 Counteroffensive
Casualty Data: Casualty Date: 8/10/69 Casualty Time: 0430 Casualty Age: 19 Casualty Data 1: Hostile Casualty Data 2: Ground Casualty Casualty Data 3: Artillery, Rocket, Mortar Casualty Province: Quang Tri Province Casualty Country: South Vietnam Located In Or Near: 8.5 miles NW Vandegrift Combat Base Body: Recovered Burial/Memorial: Condolence: Letter from President Nixon Burial Location: Highland Memorial Park, Johnston, RI Photo courtesy of Lawrence Celani. Consigned Funeral Home: Butterfield Funeral Home, Cranston, RI Escort Name: CPL Charles H. Bennett Jr., USMC Springfield 50 Casualty Order: 37th Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number: 20W Line Number: 122
Remembrance: Lawrence Celani placing ninth grade photograph of his friend, Donnie Elliott. Photo courtesy of Lawrence Celani.
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