Donald Thorpe Deere

Specialist Five
Army of the United States
06 September 1944 - 18 May 1967
Snyder, Texas
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Silver Star

Combat Infantry

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign


The database page for Donald Thorpe Deere

22 Feb 2006

Donald Thorpe Deere was born in Roscoe, Texas and was raised in Snyder, Texas. He was a 1962 graduate of Snyder High School. He trained in Special Forces. He perished on May 17, 1966 while serving as advisor to the South Vietnamese Army. His body was not recovered. He is remembered by the Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Midland, Texas. May his sacrifice never be forgotten.

From a PBVVM representative,
Billy M. Brown
4015 Melody Lane, Odessa, Texas 79762

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Then-SP4 Donald Deere was assigned to a Mobile Strike Force unit based at Detachment A-302 at Bien Hoa. On 17 May 1966 the unit was committed to an area about 14 kilometers west-southwest of te Special Forces camp at Loc Ninh, where the MSF engaged an estimated battalion-sized force. SP4 Deere was wounded, and was hit a second time during a rescue attempt. Intense enemy activity forced the MSF to withdraw without further rescue attempts.

SP4 Deere was classed as Missing in Action and was promoted while in that status. At the first annual review of his case an Army board concluded that all available evidence indicated that Deere had been killed in the action, and the Secretary of the Army therefore approved a Presumptive Finding of Death on 18 May 1967.

SP5 Deere's remains have not been repatriated.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a PBVVM representative,
Billy M. Brown
4015 Melody Lane, Odessa, Texas 79762

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 22 Feb 2006
Last updated 03/08/2008