The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, 1LT Donald Maurice Wilson, who died in the service of his country on August 4th, 1967 in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Booby Trap. At the time of his death Donald was 28 years of age. He was from Evansville, Indiana. Donald is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 24E, Line 79.
The decorations earned by 1LT Donald Maurice Wilson include: the Parachute Badge, the Bronze Star with V, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.
Lt. Wilson was an FO attached to C,2/35th from his parent unit, HHB,2/9th Artillery
Lt. Wilson is buried in Locust Hill Cemetery, Evansville, IN
7221 Greendale Dr
Evansville, In 47711 USA
I really wish that you were still with us, but I understand that you did what was right for you and this country. I will forever miss you and Love You.
(His BSV Citation)
Award Of The Bronze Star For Heroism
For heroism in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. On 4 August 1967 First Lieutenant Wilson distinguished himself while serving as a Forward Observer from 2/9 Artillery, attached to C, 2/35th Infantry, during a search and destroy mission near Duc Pho. The unit was moving through an area of known insurgent activity and came across several places that had been booby-trapped. Displaying a fearless disregard for his own safety, First Lieutenant Wilson participated in a search for the lethal devices each time one of these areas was encountered. His valiant efforts were ended when he received fatal wounds from the explosion of one of the booby traps. His leadership and devotion to duty undoubtedly saved the lives of several men and set a courageous example which inspired the men of his unit to accomplish their mission. First Lieutenant Wilson's actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.