Donald Gary DetmerPrivate First Class
L CO, 3RD BN, 4TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
14 April 1946 - 27 February 1967
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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"Not for fame or reward, not for place or for rank,
From his brother,
Donald Detmer was the grandson of my late stepmother, Irene Blair McNaughton. I did not have the oportunity to know him or his brother Randy very well, as we traveled in different circles.
I remember Don as a happy, very popular young man. He was a skilled diver and was interested in becoming involved in underwater construction in Texas on (the then new concept of) off-shore drilling platforms, to the best of my memory. I remember he had an old Austin Healy he worked on.
Don was sent off to Nam while I had been lucky enough to be stationed in Germany. I was a brash and very immature individual in those days, but when I got word of Don's passing, it made more of an impact on my life than one would expect. I associate the beginning of my adult life with his death. Shortly thereafter I was also sent to Nam, but was blessed once again in that I was allowed to return.
To those of us of that particular generation, those times were character forming, unavoidable, and at times unendurable. I doubt that there is an American who has lived through those years that can say he hasn't been indelibly marked by them.
God bless you, Don.
A Note from The Virtual WallA bitterly fought battle at the end of February 1967, which took place about 5 kilometers northwest of Cam Lo, cost the lives of 28 Marines and sailors:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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