Captain Donald Edward Close
Donald Edward Close  Capt Burbank, California  01E-114

by: Kathy Preast
In my brother's memory
© 1997

My brother, Captain Donald Edward Close was killed on 5-15-65 in Long Khanh, Vietnam and I would like an American Flag symbol by his name and also the note written by my father in my brother's diary that was sent home as a memorial:

So ends my son's diary - and also his life at age 33. This day, about 10am while on a resupply mission commanding a twenty truck convoy and only four miles from his destination, was struck down in an ambush by a battalion of Viet Cong. There were no survivors. A terse telegram from the War Dept. simply stated that "his death was caused by extreme multiple injuries due to hostile small arms fire and mortars."

He was a good son, intelligent, full of laughter and gayety; a good soldier, devoted to his country. He now sleeps in eternal rest at Fort Rosecrans, San Diego overlooking the ocean at Point Loma.

Thank you so much for keeping the memories alive of our valiant men and women who fought to keep this great country free.

Kathryn L. Preast (Kathy)

 

Official stats are as follows:

CLOSE , DONALD EDWARD
CAPT - Army - Reserve
33 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on 09/06/31
From BURBANK, CALIFORNIA
Length of service 12 years.
Casualty was on 05/15/65
in SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE
Body was recovered
Religion - EPISCOPAL, ANGLICAN
Panel 01E - Line 114

 

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