Walsh, David William, CPT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
Service Years
1963 - 1969



Three Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
District Of Columbia
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Jun 10, 1969
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Ngai (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
22W 016

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1958, 10th Pennsylvania Reserve Regiment, Unit Training (Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, PA)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
HQ, US Army Cadet CommandUnited States Forces Korea (USFK)Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV6th Army (Sixth Army)
1st Battalion, 20th Infantry11th Infantry Brigade (Light)23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
  1958-1963, HQ, US Army Cadet Command
  1964-1965, United States Forces Korea (USFK)
  1966-1967, HHC, Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
  1967-1967, 6th Army (Sixth Army)
  1968-1969, A Company, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry
  1968-1969, HHC, 11th Infantry Brigade (Light)
  1968-1969, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
 Colleges Attended 
Lafayette College
  1958-1963, Lafayette College
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

This is to Certify that
The President of the United States of America
Takes Pride in Presenting



The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to David William Walsh (064-34-7124), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry, 11th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division. Captain Walsh distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 10 June 1969 while serving as the commander of combat operations near the village of Phuoc Loc in Quang Ngai Province. He was directing his company into a blocking position when a North Vietnamese force armed with machine guns, grenades, and small arms attacked and pinned down the unit. Captain Walsh immediately organized a reaction force to engage the flanking ambush positions. As his small element began to close in, automatic rifle fire burst from a concealed emplacement. Captain Walsh single-handedly charged the position killing the enemy soldier and capturing his weapon. As he led his group forward, he encountered hostile fire and quickly shot the enemy soldier. When a third sniper opened fire on the group, Captain Walsh once more rushed forward to eliminate the hostile trooper. While engaging the third sniper he was mortally wounded by enemy fire. Captain Walsh's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Headquarters, US Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 3238 (August 18, 1969)


His wife, Bonnie, at first thought the military had made a mistake. The 28-year-old was supposed to leave his position for another assignment just before he was killed on June 10, 1969. But her father advised her not to look at the body in the casket, telling her she should not have that image as her final memory of him, Bonnie Walsh Ward recalled Monday. In a ceremony at the state Department of Veterans Affairs, Walsh Ward was presented with her late husband’s dog tag, recovered from Vietnam 35 years after his death. “This is something I can really hold,” she said, tearfully. “When I’m in Arlington (National Cemetery) I can visit the casket, but I never did look — to make sure."

DW Walsh Dogtag PHOTO

Bonnie Walsh And Dogtag PHOTO 
Bonnie Walsh Ward of Bellevue weeps after looking at the dog tag of her late husband, 
Captain David W. Walsh. The dog tag was recovered from Vietnam. Tours of Peace personal effects coordinators Ellen and Gary Stocker comfort her at the Department of Veterans Affairs office. 
Bonnie Walsh Ward later became active in organizing a reunion for the rest of her husband’s infantry company, and another group found her through that work to present the tag.


U.S. dog tags, listing soldiers’ names, identification numbers, blood type and religion, are frequently sold and traded in modern Vietnam, Linda Stocker said. She’s part of Tours of Peace Vietnam Veterans, which helps veterans return to the country. “They will come upon them, sometimes in a jewelry shop, sometimes from street vendors,” Stocker said, adding in less than 10 years of tours, more than 1,700 tags have been returned through the program. Walsh Ward, of Bellevue, Washington, said she had only one request of the modern military, that it provide today’s soldiers an opportunity to deposit their sperm in a bank before leaving for action.

Her husband and almost all of the young men in his company had no children, so those who died also lost their lineage, she explained. “Besides writing a will, take care of the rest of the stuff for the family,” she said. “It’s not political, it’s just my thought.”

In connection with his service in Vietnam, Captain Walsh was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device and two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal.  He was also acredited with the Combat Infantryman Badge.
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