Bear, Donald Earl, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 11B40, B Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry (Rakkasans)
Service Years
1960 - 1968

Sergeant First Class

Two Service Stripes

Three Overseas Service Bars

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Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by SFC Thomas Goombi (Zadle-Bay-Hah) to remember Bear, Donald Earl (Kiowa), SFC.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Mountain View, OK
Last Address
Mountain View, OK

Casualty Date
Jul 08, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Hau Nghia (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Sill Post Cemetery - Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Wall/Plot Coordinates
53W 042 / Section III, Site 828

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2016, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry (Airborne)101st Airborne Division 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry (Rakkasans)
  1965-1966, 11B30, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry (Airborne)
  1965-1966, 11B30, 101st Airborne Division
  1967-1968, 11B40, B Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry (Rakkasans)
  1967-1968, 11B40, 101st Airborne Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

SFC Donald Earl Bear, (KIOWA) - was from the Mountain View area.  He enlisted in the US Army on June 10, 1960 and was a Light Weapons Infantryman Squad Leader.  He served in Fort Carson, CO, Fort Hood, TX, Fort Campbell, KY, Fort Jackson, SC, and a two-year overseas tour in Germany.  He was on his second "Tour of Duty" in Vietnam when he was killed by small arms fire during Operation Toan Thang II, in  Hua Nghia Province.

His first "Tour of Duty" in Vietnam, was from July, 1965 to May, 1966 with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. He was wounded, in the right shoulder by a sniper while on patrol near the Cambodian Border on May 9, 1966. SFC Bear's second "Tour of Duty" in Vietnam, began on December 3, 1967.  He spent over eithteen months in Vietnam during his two Tours of Duty.

SFC Bear is buried at Fort Sill Post Cemetery, Fort Sill, Oklahoma and will forever be 26 years old (DOB April 21, 1942).

Special Thanks to Researching source: SGM(Ret) Lanny G. Acepermy
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