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Donald
Lyle Elliott

Personal Data:

Birth Date:  8/7/50
Birth Place:  Providence, RI
Race:  Caucasian
Religion:  Protestant
U.S. Citizen:  Yes
 
Father's Name:  James R. Elliott               
Mother's Name:   
Sibling Names:  Catherine
 
Marital Status:  Single
Wife's Name:   
Offspring Names:   
 
Education:
 
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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