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Donald Alan Guertin

Personal Data:

Birth Date:  5/5/47
Birth Place:  Springfield, MA
Race:  Caucasian
Religion:  Episcopal, Anglican
U.S. Citizen:  Yes
Father's Name:  Jean R. Guertin
Mother's Name:  Marilyn J. (Heath) Guertin, then Galligan
Sibling Names:   
Marital Status:  Single
Wife's Name:   
Offspring Names:   
School Attended:  Howard Street School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/3/52
School Attended:  Warner School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  1/15/54
School Attended:  Elias Brookings School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  10/18/54
School Attended:  White Street School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date: 9/7/55  
School Attended:  Forest Park Junior High School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/6/61
School Attended:  Technical High School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/9/64
High School Diploma:  Yes
Diploma Year:  1967
College Name:  Andover Institute, Boston, MA
Degree Major: 
Degree Year: 
Selective Service Data:
SSS Local Board Number:  83
SSS Local Board Location:  Springfield, MA
SSS Registration Date:  5/11/65  
SSS Registrant Description:  5' 11"/140 pounds/black hair/brown eyes
Military Service Record:
Entry Date:  2/14/68
Entry Mode:  Induction
Entry Location:  Springfield, MA
Home Of Record:  Springfield, MA
Military Branch:  Army
Military Component:  Selective Service
Rank:  Specialist Four
Rank Abbrev:  SP4
Pay Grade:  E4
MOS:  11B20
MOS Title:  Infantryman
MOS Background:  Established May 65.  MOS still in use Aug 00. 4th char of 2 = E5 skill level.  5th char of O = no extra qualification or SQL.
Awards Received:  Bronze Star Medal; Purple Heart Medal; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Badges Earned:  Combat Infantryman Badge; Expert Badge with Rifle Bar; Sharpshooter Badge with Machine Gun Bar; Marksman Badge with Automatic Rifle Bar
Length Of Service:  less than 1 year
Southeast Asia Tour Data:
Date Tour Commenced:  7/19/68
Major Command:  Americal Division
Sub Command 1:  196th Infantry Brigade (Light)
Sub Command 2:  3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry
Sub Command 3:  Company C
Army Campaign Number:  8th
Army Campaign Name:  Counteroffensive, Phase V
Casualty Data:
Casualty Date:  1/17/69
Casualty Time:  1105
Casualty Age:  21
Casualty Data 1:  Hostile
Casualty Data 2:  Ground Casualty
Casualty Data 3:  Gun, Small Arms Fire
Casualty Province:  Quang Tin Province
Casualty Country:  South Vietnam
Located In Or Near:  near LZ Baldy
Body:  Recovered
Burial Location:  Hillcrest Park Cemetery, Springfield, MA
Burial Plot Location:  88-I-10
Burial Date:  1/29/69
Consigned Funeral Home:  Byron Funeral Home, Springfield, MA
Escort Name:  SP5 Robert A. Knight, USA
Springfield 50 Casualty Order:  30th
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  34W
                                                  Line Number:  24

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