David ScolnickPrivate First Class
G CO, 2ND BN, 9TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
08 November 1948 - 26 April 1969
Brentwood, New York
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David has not been forgotten. On this Memorial Day 2006, as I have every Memorial Day since 1970, I have kept him in my prayers and given a salute to him and all the other guys and girls who made the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you, Dave.
Your high school friend
To My Dear Cousin David,
This coming April 26th will be 38 years since you were killed in Vietnam. I will never forget the day my mom - your Aunt Bernice - called to tell me that she had some bad news to tell me. I knew instantly that it was about you. Don't ask me how I knew. I just knew. Your funeral was the saddest event I had ever been to except for my parents' funerals since you died. I was really cool going into the chapel until I saw your casket. At that moment it felt like a ton of bricks had fallen on me as I realized that could be me! My mom came up to me and held me tightly and then I went over to see your parents. No words could be said. They knew how I felt about you and how much at a loss I was to say the right thing. They sat there as if in a trance. Shelly and Jill were nearby. Shelly was so sad and Jill was bewildered by this awful thing that had happened to her brother, David, and to her family. The service at the gravesite is somewhat a blur - maybe I have blocked it out of my memory - and the gathering at your house on Floyd Street seems to have gone by so fast. I do remember going to the temple that Friday night with your parents, Shelly, Gad, my parents, my brothers, Aunt Sylvia and Uncle Hy. Although we were numb from the day's events, it was comforting to be together.
David - I think of you all the time and wonder what life is all about. Why things happen, when things happen and what we make of them. Like how you and my Mom shared the same birthday - November 8th, and that my Dad died on April 26th as well as Uncle Mayer. Different years of course, but none the same unique.
This past Memorial Day I watched the televised production of the official celebration in Washington, DC. A number of actors were reading letters to and from soldiers and their families during the Vietnam War. All I could think of was you and I sobbed uncontrollably.
David, rest in peace. Stay close with your parents, my parents, Grandma Rose, Granpa Harry, your Dad's parents, Uncle Hy, Tante Zlata and Uncle Mayer, etc. May you all intercede for us for eternity.
I love you David - you are always in my heart.
Richard M. Cohen
Although I have waited close to 40 years, I have not forgotten you. I will never forget the brother who followed in my footsteps and became a proud U S Marine. You made the ultimate sacrifice, wish you were here to kick my butt as you promised.
I miss your laughter and your friendship. Joanie was a real lady, wish you had completed the mission.
In your honor, I remain active in the Marine Corps League, sending packages and supporting our Marines on the battlefield.
God Bless you, God Bless the USA.
I am proud to call you MY BROTHER.
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 26 April 1969 Golf Company 2/9 Marines was conducting search-and-destroy patrols in Quang Tri Province. After settling in to a night defensive position 7 kilometers west of Cam Lo, Golf 2/9 was hit by 15 to 20 rounds of 61mm mortar fire, killing two Marines and wounding 15 others. The two dead were Pfc David Scolnick and Pfc Marcus W. Stoddard of Mineville, NY.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 29 May 2006
Last updated 08/10/2009