Donald Priester Candler

Second Lieutenant
Army of the United States
05 November 1944 - 08 August 1969
Temple, TX
Panel 20W Line 111

Silver Star

Combat Infantry

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
Donald P Candler

The database page for Donald Priester Candler

05 Nov 2003

Donald, we walked the same streets in a small Texas town, we went to the same picture show and passed each other a hundred times, but never knew what lay before us. I am humbled and honored to be called your comrade and brother. Your life, your unselfish act for your country, is a debt that can never be repaid, you will not be forgotten. We will be together soon and it will be my honor to meet you and shake your hand.

Walter Weddell
EN3 US Navy
PCF 82 Boat

16 Feb 2004

Before entering the U.S. Army and his death in Vietnam, Don Candler was very active in local civic, community and emergency medical services activities. He always placed other peoples' welfare and safety above his own and was very well liked and respected by all who knew and worked with him.

He was a graduate of Temple High School in 1963 and Stephen F. Austin University in 1967. He was a former Eagle Scout, member of Temple Elks Club, Temple Jaycees, a Third Degree Mason, editor of his college newspaper, and a member of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity at his University. He assisted in founding the first Emergency Ambulance Service in Temple, Texas, in 1964 and was a former night supervisor of that EMS service. He was also active in Temple church youth services.

He was the only child of and was survived by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Edward Candler and a grandmother Mrs. C. A. Bradford. Memorial services were held for Don at Boy Scout Camp Tahuaya where a scout rifle range was dedicated in his memory. General Beverley Powell, the Army Commander of III Corp and Fort Hood, Texas, assisted in the dedication with the Heart o' Texas Council of the Boy Scouts. Mr. Jim Ham of local KCEN-TV station was the Master of Ceremonies.

Lt. Candler was killed by enemy gunfire in Quan Ngai province in South Vietnam on August 8, 1969.

From a close friend and Vietnam veteran,
William C. (Bill) Perkins
P. O. Box 3248, Temple, Texas 76505
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A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry, lost five men killed in action on 08 August 1969:
  • 2LT Donald P. Candler, Temple, TX
  • SP4 Harry Garrigus, Dresden, TN
  • CPL Richard J. Noldin, New York, NY
  • SP4 Richard R. Olson, Minneapolis, MN
  • PFC Roy O. Buchanan, Cochranton, PA

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a comrade, friend, and Brother of Combat,
Walter W. Weddell 
6 Nov 2003

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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