Cornett, Donald C., 1LT
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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Service Years
- 1965

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Home State
Louisiana
Louisiana
Year of Birth
1941
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lake Charles
Last Address
Lake Charles

Casualty Date
Nov 17, 1965
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Vietnam, South
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
03E 073

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Last Name CORNETT
Given Names DONALD C

Date of Birth 19410702 07/02/1941
Service A Army
Component R Regular
Rank 1LT First Lieutenant
Grade and posthumous promotion O2
Service Occupation 1542 Infantry Unit Commander (ARMY)
Actual Date of Casualty 19651117 11/17/1965
Actual Date of Death 19651117 11/17/1965
Tour Date 650818 08/18/1965
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Casualty Type A1 Hostile, Died
Reason D Gun, Small Arms Fire
Air no Air 7 Ground Casualty
Body Recovered
Country VS South Vietnam
Province 08 Pleiku
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Casualty Location LZ Albany, Ia Drang Valley
Major command, eg division or brigade 1st Cav Div
Company/battery/troop or similar level unit HHC
Battalion or similar level unit 2nd Bn
Regiment, ROAD 7th Cavalry

Home of Record City LAKE CHARLES
Home of Record State Code Lousiana

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DONALD C CORNETT
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Army - 1LT - O2
Age: 24
Race: Caucasian
Sex: Male
Date of Birth Jul 2, 1941
From: LAKE CHARLES, LA
Religion: METHODIST
Marital Status: Married

1LT - O2 - Army - Regular

Length of service 1 years
His tour began on Aug 18, 1965
Casualty was on Nov 17, 1965
In , SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE
Body was recovered

   
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Vietnam Wall Panel coords 03E 073


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Carole  White
caroleinks@yahoo.com
sister
1664 Anderson Rd. Holton KS 66436
My Brother
Don was my brother and my hero. For all who do not know he was awarded the Silver Star several years ago and given to his son by General Hal Moore and his radio man , cannot recall his first name but was later to become a respected news man Smith he said such kind words about how Don tried to 'rally his men after being wounded and last saw him crawling into the 'Tall Grass'. It was quoted in a Life magazine artice and in the book We Were Soliders' Once and Young. Don is still honored and remembered by all who survived that horrible time at LZ Albany. You are blessed to be here and share your lives with my wonderful, caring sensitve brother.
Jan 16, 2009



Doug Connor
dconnor@mardril.com
Friend Of The Cav
A tribute to Donald, one of the 234 young Americans who died in three days of fighting in LZ-Xray & Albany, November 1965, in The Valley Of Death, the Ia Drang. Lest we forget our fallen heroes, those who gave the last measure of devotion. May their souls' be cradled in the Arms of The Lord Forever.
Friday, May 12, 2000


Michael Huggins
hugginsm@lourdesrmc.com
friend
611 St. Landry Street
Lafayette,LA 70506 USA
Great Individual
When I was a young teenager, Don and my first cousin were best friends. They attended McNeese University together and were in ROTC together. Prior to this time, they were always together and because my family members were close, I became to know Don very well and know that he was one of the finest persons that I had met - kind, considerate, caring and patriotic. Don gave his life for this country, only to have this country abandon its mission. May God always keep Don close by His side.
Wednesday, May 19, 1999

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My brother, Jimmy Lawrence was Don's roomate and best friend. He was with Don in Viet Nam & went to look for him the day Don was killed. I met Don right before he left for the war & loved him too.
Ann (Lawrence) Ballenger - Eufaula, Al.
Posted by: Ann Ballenger
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Relationship: friend
Saturday, May 22, 1999
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Posted for: DONALD C CORNETT:
I was with Don when he was killed in the Ia Drang and carried his body to the med evac for his trip home. He was a most wonderful guy and a huge loss to the world.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2001
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Additional information regarding the field conditions experienced by Lt. Cornett and other members of his team can be read in the nonfiction book "Baptism" by Larry Gwin, published in 1999 by Ivy Books/Ballantine Books. We all owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Lt. Cornett and the other members of our military who gave so much.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

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