Magruder, Douglas Graham, Sr., 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Field Artillery
Last Primary MOS
1193-Field Artillery Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Field Artillery (Officer)
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 1193, B Battery, 3rd Battalion, 319th Artillery
Service Years
1966 - 1967

Field Artillery

First Lieutenant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Coral Gables
Last Address
757 Malaga Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Casualty Date
Nov 18, 1967
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Kontum (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
30E 018/Section 30, Site 897-1

 Official Badges 

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
West Point Association of GraduatesVietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1967, West Point Association of Graduates
  1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2010, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1962, US Military Academy (West Point, NY), B
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne SchoolArmy Ranger School82nd Airborne Division3rd Battalion, 319th Artillery
173rd Airborne Brigade
  1966-1966, Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School
  1966-1966, 1193, Army Ranger School
  1966-1967, HHC, 82nd Airborne Division
  1967-1967, 1193, B Battery, 3rd Battalion, 319th Artillery
  1967-1967, 1193, 173rd Airborne Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)/Operation MacArthur/Battle of Dak To
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military AcademyUniversity of Miami
  1962-1963, United States Military Academy
  1964-1966, University of Miami
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
S.S. McDonald: Youngest of three boys. Father was Annapolis Class. Older brothers, one Annapolis Graduate (1962), one West Point Graduate (1964). As I recall, Doug held the triathalon record at West Point (running, swimming, and rifle). He didn't finish at West Point, but joined Army ROTC at the University of Miami where he graduated (1966) and was commissioned. I was the oldest brother's best friend for several years and also graduated from Annapolis. Many memories of Doug run through my head, Boy Scouts Troop 7, camping trips in the Florida Keys, years of swim team practice and meets, acolytes in church, fellow groomsmen in other brother's weddings. Many memories.

Robert Magruder: Brother's Memories, Our dad somehow provided his three boys many values, one of which was service to country. He was an extraordinary athlete in that everything he tried in sports he could do very well. In his high school senior year he did track and swimming at the same time. He could do every event that is done at a track meet. As a plebe at West Point he broke the Academy record for the Triathalon by about 300 points and stood number 1 in his class for Physical Education. He left after his Sophomore year and went to the University of Miami where he married "Honey" Shelley and started on their track team. Once spotted playing on the Sigma Chi football team and punting the football, a varsity football coach asked him to try out for the team. He continued with ROTC and was a DMG graduate. His noteworthy achievement was getting the highest Physical Fitness score in the Southeastern ROTC region.

After his death, the University established an annual award for the ROTC Cadet with the highest PT score. He was initially assigned to the 82d Airborne Division at Fort Bragg but could not handle having two older brothers in Vietnam so he volunteered to go and was assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He was the honor grad at the Vietnam Orientation Course. His older brother Marshall brought him home to Dover AFB. Before his death and while he was in Vietnam, a son was born. That son, Douglas Graham Magruder Jr, has now produced three more fine Magruder sons. Honey has remarried and is the wife of retired Army Colonel Bernie Griffard and they live in Carlisle, PA. Doug is buried at Arlington National Cemetery and on the same hill with his grandparents, BG and Mrs Marshall Magruder and other Magruder relatives. Doug's mother Julia is a proud member of the Gold Star Mother's Organization and she and I attend every Memorial Day and Veterans Day service at the Vietnam Memorial. 
Some Gyrojet rocket pistols came to Viet Nam as unauthorized weapons. At least two are reported to have been used in there. One was carried by Army Lt. Douglas G. Magruder, who died there. In his returned personal effects, was his Mark II Gyrojet. It was engraved with his name.

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