McKenzie, Donald Frank, SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 11B10, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
Service Years
1967 - 1968

Staff Sergeant

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Dec 10, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Hau Nghia (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Riverside Cemetery - Dillon, South Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
37W 083

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Noncommissioned Officers Candidate Course (NCOCC) Fort Benning, GA2nd Battalion 12th Infantry 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1968-1968, 11B10, Noncommissioned Officers Candidate Course (NCOCC) Fort Benning, GA
  1968-1968, 11B10, C Company, 2nd Battalion 12th Infantry
  1968-1968, 11B10, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
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SSG Donald Frank McKenzie, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Lumberton, NC.

Staff Sergeant Donald Frank McKenzie, casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army Selective Service and a Draftee, SSG McKenzie served our country until December 10th, 1968 in Hua Nghia, South Vietnam. He was 22 years old and was not married. It was reported that Donald died from small arms fire or grenade. His body was recovered. Donald was born on October 2nd, 1946 in Lumberton, North Carolina. SSG Mc Kenzie is on panel 37W, line 083 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for one year.

A Fallen Hero: Don, I remember all the great times we had as a youngster playing football. I was 4 years youger than you and us younger guys always watched you guys play football on Friday nights. I have a photo of you with your arms crossed with some of us younger players underneath your arms. Now you are gone and also one of us younger ones also. I too served in Vietnam in 1970 and 1971 with the 23rd Infantry Americal Division. You will never be forgotten and I know you are in heaven waiting on the rest of us. Tell Hutch Gibson hi for me also. Sammy Cox, 400 Brookgreen Dr, Lumberton NC 28358,

Don was a classmate of my sister: A Tribute To Don. Just wanted to drop in and say "thanks" to Don for his sacrifice. Don and my sister were in the same grade together and I remember meeting him several times. I guess the last time I remember Don was the Saturday he stopped by the shoe store where my mother worked and asked my mother how my sister was doing in college. He said that he was leaving for Vietnam the following week. It was only a few weeks later that he was listed as missing in action and eventually listed as a casualty. You will always be remembered Don and I wish you PEACE in heaven. David Wagner, 2894 Hilly Branch Rd, Lumberton, NC 28360,

High School Friend: A Fallen Hero Never Forgotten. Who would have ever thought at the beginning of 1965 at Lumberton High School that we would make so many sacrifices and give so much to our country. I want you to know how honored I am to have known you and how grateful I am for the sacrifice you have made. I also went to Viet Nam in 1967-1968. I will never forget you No. 35 "Mac" and I pray that you are at peace. I still can't believe that you are gone. Milton Brannon Jr, 1408 Regent Pl, Raleigh, NC 27608,

To my dear friend: I have returned to this site many times to see your beautiful smile, those twinkling eyes, and to hear that unforgettable "Mac" laugh in my memories. We were, and remain today, dear friends as we grew from early childhood neighbors to very special buddies to maturing adults venturing out into the world together. We shared life's seemingly insignificant moments as well as its most defining events. We are so proud of you! It is no surprise that your final act of courage and loyalty would be to "lay down your life for your friends." Thank you for your sacrifices and for the influence you have had on my life. You will always be my "brother" and the "son" my parents never had. May you rest in peace and know that your spirit will always be with us, smiling and holding our hand. Rene O'Neal Campbell, Manassas, Virginia,

He is the Son of Mr and Mrs Lonnie F McKenzie of Lumberton, North Carolina.

He served with Charlie Company, 12th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, "Tropic Lightning", USARV.

He was awarded The Bronze Star Medal, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, Paratrooper Jump Wings, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal.
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