Donald Allen LewisSergeant
H&S BTRY, 3RD BN, 12TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
06 April 1942 - 26 August 1966
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The database page for Donald Allen Lewis
Don, the 4th of six children, was orphaned when he was 16 and the boys went west with their older brother. We did not keep in very good touch but had started corresponding a few months before he was killed, leaving a widow and small daughter.
Don was killed on a firebase near Cam Lo near Highway 9, about half way between Dong Ha and Khe Sanh involving NVA regular troops versus Viet Cong irregulars.
Tall, red-headed, with a great sense of humor, he was the best, the most independent and the brightest of us all. He was raised on a ranch, 25 miles from town, and loved cowboying, hunting and fishing but was also a reader and thinker. He was on his second enlistment in the Corps and second tour in Vietnam.
I have a lot of questions and would really like to hear from anyone who served with him or knew him.
From his sister,
A Note from The Virtual WallOn the night of 25/26 August 1966 elements of 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines were occupying the artillery positions at Cam Lo in Quang Tri Province. The artillery positions were protected by an infantry company, Alpha 1/4 Marines. In the early morning hours of 26 August the position came under attack by a determined enemy force. Both the 3/12 and 1/4 Command Chronologies for August 1966 address the attack.
The 3/12 Chronology contains the following entry:
"At approximately 0330H the Battalion (fwd) position was attacked by an enemy force of at least Company strength. The attack came from the east and southeast and was obviously aimed at the FDC [Fire Direction Center] and the howitzers. The fact that the FDC had been moved on the previous day was probably one of the factors most favorable to our side.The 1/4 Chronology reflects the infantrymen's perspective:
"The heaviest contact of the month occured on the night of 25-26 August. At 260340H Company A, located at the artillery positions at Cam Lo, began to receive heavy incoming mortar and S/A rounds. During the next 1-1/2 hours, Company A's lines were penetrated by an estimated 2 Companies of VC and NVA. By virtue of a determined resistance, quick and immediate unit response, and many cases of individual courage and initiative, the atttack was repulsed, and the enemy was driven from the position. Final results were 75 VC KIA (confirmed); USMC 3 KIA and 13 WIA."Nine Marines died in the attack:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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