Donald Dale Maki

Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class
United States Navy
26 July 1948 - 07 December 1967
Hutchinson, MN
Panel 28E Line 092


National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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13 Jun 2002

Donald D Maki is on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 28E, Row 92.

A memorial initiated by his sister-in-law.

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On 25 October 1967, a 5-inch ZUNI rocket exploded in a below-decks rocket assembly area aboard USS CORAL SEA. Nine men were seriously injured by burns and fragments. Four of the men died of their injuries:
  • On 10/29/67, SA Carlyle B. Pomeroy, Jr., Denver, Co
  • On 10/30/67, AO3 Victor R. Wooden, White City, Or, and
    SN Ronald A. Hessman, Los Angeles, Ca
  • On 12/7/67, AO3 Donald D. Maki, Hutchinson, Mn
These men did not receive the Purple Heart; their injuries were not caused by hostile action, but rather resulted from the inherent dangers of their day-to-day work.

However, they are no less a casualty of the war than the infantryman who died of a hostile gunshot wound or the aviator shot down by hostile fire.

I did not serve with Petty Officer Maki; my combat missions were flown from the decks of USS AMERICA and USS CONSTELLATION. But I do know, and testify to, the dangers our enlisted men encountered every time they left their racks and started another 16 hour working day. And I know they earned my respect for the way they performed hazardous tasks in a dangerous environment.

I offer a salute to

Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Donald D. Maki
Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Victor R. Wooden
Seaman Ronald A. Hessman
Seaman Apprentice Carlyle B. Pomeroy, Jr.

and to the other sailors who work
and sometimes die aboard our warships.

K. J. Davis
Commander, U S Navy (Ret)

A memorial initiated by his sister-in-law. 
13 Jun 2002

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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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