Donald George Schrenk

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
25 September 1943 - 04 October 1967
Buena Vista, Colorado
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Silver Star

Combat Medic

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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23 Apr 2002

Dear Dad,

I wish that I would have had the chance to know you! I only know you through a few pictures and some stories that Grandma and your siblings (my Aunts and Uncles) have told me, but I wish that I could have known you as my Dad and been able to spend a lifetime together, both in the growing up years and in enjoying your son-in-law and grandaughters! The little facts that I do know and the few pictures that I have of you are extremely precious to me, as they are a link to who I am now and where my family came from. I do feel in part that I do know you, because of the fact that I have your eyes (both shape and bad vision!) and your nose, which I see every time that I look in the mirror!!!!

You have a wonderful son-in-law! His name is Bryan Dale and we have been married for almost 16 years. We have one daughter by birth - her name is Maria Danielle, she is almost 10 - and one daughter by adoption - her name is Missy, who is 23. They are all very special and I know that you would have loved them!

Dad, I am so proud of you and all you have done to save others and I am even more proud of the fact that you loved the Lord and served Him and our great country to the very best of your ability! I know that you lived up to the meaning of one of my favorite songs, "In the Garden" (otherwise known as "The Song of Andy").

I can hardly wait to meet you on our way to Heaven to live forever together with Jesus, where there will be no more death,sorrow, or crying!! Until then I remain your loving daughter, Tami.

Tami Dale
5025 N. Monte Carlo Lane, Palmer, Alaska 99645

03 May 2002


Who are some of the bravest?
My Grandma knew one of them.
Dying with honors in such a far away land,
Never knowing his child, or grandchild.
In the field of battle, soldiers lives he did save.
From the field he returned, wounded and distressed.
To the field he returned, to save the brave and the best.
But this time he did not return, he lay still but not alone.
To see my loving Grandpa in Heaven is my prayer.
I love you Grandpa, in my dreams you're always there.

By Maria Danielle Dale
Age 9

10 Aug 2005

I know someone I never knew. And nobody can tell me otherwise. He was valiant, a very brave man. In my words, he had guts to do what he did, and I don't know if I could have done the same. We're all in debt to him. The year was October 4, 1967. He was in the battle field at this time. He was a medic in Vietnam, he saw another young, brave, soldier like himself wounded, and he went to get him. On the way back, BOOM, he was shot. He laid the young man down as he saw another one in trouble. He went to get him, on the way back, BOOM, he was shot another time, but this time it proved fatal. The young man that he was carrying survived that day but my grandad didn't. Come to find out, my mother had been born back in the states on May 31 of that year. Eighteen years later, she married a very nice young man at age 19, the young man being 18. Six years later, on July 22, 1992, a beautiful young girl was brought into the world. That girl was me. I am now 13 years old, in the seventh grade, and have a great life.

From his grandaughter,
Maria Danielle Dale
5025 N. Monte Carlo Lane, Palmer, AK 99645

A Note from The Virtual Wall

SP4 Donald Schrenk was one of five men from the 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry, killed in action on 04 Oct 1967:
  • CPT Howard M. Gerstel, Hewlett, NY
  • SGT Craig A. Verlinden, El Sobrante, CA
  • SP4 Charlie F. Sauler, Canada (Silver Star)
  • SP4 Terrance H. Schneider, Montrose, MI
  • SP4 Donald G. Schrenk, Buena Vista, CO (Silver Star)

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 23 Apr 2002
Last updated 08/10/2009