Vietnam

William Adams
William Adams - Private First Class
Date Of Death: May 18, 1969
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa

William James Adams was born on July 14, 1947 in Cincinnati, Ohio, home base for the Proctor & Gamble Company where his father worked. Bill was half of a set...

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Marvin Adams
Marvin Adams - Major
Date Of Death: Jan 13, 1965
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Mason City, Iowa

Year at ISU: 1940-1943, graduated in 1952 with a BS in Industrial Administration Died: West Germany

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Dennis Ahrendsen
Dennis Ahrendsen - Specialist Four
Date Of Death: Sep 6, 1968
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Olin, Iowa

Specialist 4th Class Dennis Lynn Ahrendsen exemplified the "All-American" young man. He was honest, loyal and true to his convictions. His passions were the farm where he was born and...

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Michael Antill
Michael Antill - Private First Class
Date Of Death: Dec 28, 1967
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Huxley, Iowa

Michael Evan Antill was born on June 25, 1945 in Des Moines and grew up in Huxley, Iowa. He was the older of the two boys in Carrie and Hap...

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Dale Benson
Dale Benson - Private First Class
Date Of Death: Jan 15, 1967
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Tama, Iowa

Dale Earl Benson was born in Waterloo, Iowa on March 19, 1947 to Grace and Earl Benson. Grace and Earl were both enrolled members of the Meskwaki, the Sac and...

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Larry Bleeker
Larry Bleeker - 2nd Lieutenant
Date Of Death: Oct 26, 1967
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Ames, Iowa

Died: Quang Tri, Vietnam Reason: Killed in Action

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Alan Boone
Alan Boone - Captain
Date Of Death: Oct 19, 1971
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Davenport, Iowa

Alan Ransom Boone was born December 4, 1947 in Fort Meyers, Virginia, to Alex and Yvonne Boone. He spent his early years in Durham, North Carolina and when he was...

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Wheeler Brooks
Wheeler Brooks - Staff Sergeant
Date Of Death: Jun 20, 1971
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Ollie, Iowa

Wheeler D Brooks was born in Ollie, Iowa, a small town in Keokuk Country in the southeastern portion of the state. He was born to Harold and Frieda Brooks on...

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Douglas Cain
Douglas Cain - Corporal
Date Of Death: Jul 14, 1968
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Sioux City, Iowa

We would like to thank Douglas Michael Cain’s brothers and sisters - Tom, Phil, Kelly and Annie - for collaborating to tell Doug’s story. Douglas Michael Cain was born on...

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Roger Carr
Roger Carr - 2nd Lieutenant
Date Of Death: Jan 17, 1966
War / Conflict: Vietnam

Died: Florida

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Thomas Carrington
Thomas Carrington - Sergeant
Date Of Death: Aug 12, 1969
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Storm Lake, Iowa

Thomas was the son of Bob and Shirley Carrington. Tom was a smart, energetic person who loved swimming, waterskiing, fishing and working with his dad who was an electrician. A...

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Roger Carroll
Roger Carroll - Specialist Four
Date Of Death: Oct 30, 1969
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Council Bluffs, Iowa

Roger Eugene Carroll was born July 26, 1949 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He was the second oldest of eight children, born to John and Audrey Carroll. His brothers and sisters...

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Thomas Cisler
Thomas Cisler - Lieutenant
Date Of Death: Dec 8, 1966
War / Conflict: Vietnam

Died: California

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Jerry Clark
Jerry Clark - Chief Warrant Officer
Date Of Death: Dec 15, 1965
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Davenport, Iowa

Jerry Prosper Clark grew up in Davenport, Iowa and was the second youngest of the four children in the Clark family. At Davenport High School, he pursued many interests –...

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Richard Concannon
Richard Concannon - Warrant Officer 2
Date Of Death: Feb 15, 1971
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Keokuk, Iowa

Died: Thua Thien, Vietnam Reason: Helicopter Crash

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John Cone
John Cone - Sergeant
Date Of Death: Nov 17, 1969
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Independence, Iowa

Died: Teyninh, Vietnam Reason: Killed in Action

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Harry Crumley
Harry Crumley - Captain
Date Of Death: Jan 2, 1966
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

Died: Binh Dinh, Vietnam Reason: Non hostile air crash

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Larry Dahms
Larry Dahms - CE4
Date Of Death: Nov 17, 1970
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Garwin, Iowa

Wrote by John Landon, who served with Larry in Mobile Construction Battalion-74. Larry Albert Dahms was Born, June 6, 1947 to Albert and Gretchen Dahms of Garwin, Iowa. He arrived...

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Francis Davis
Francis Davis - Lieutenant Commander
Date Of Death: Jun 14, 1972
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Montrose, Iowa

Years at ISU: 1956-1960 (Aerospace Engineering) 1969-1971 (Electrical Engineering) Francis received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering on May 28, 1960 and received a Masters of Engineering in Electrical Engineering on...

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Mark Ellsworth
Mark Ellsworth - Sergeant
Date Of Death: Sep 25, 1968
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Waterloo, Iowa

Mark Allen Ellsworth was born January 22, 1947, to Marjorie and Lloyd Ellsworth in Waterloo, Iowa. He was 7 1/2 years younger than brother Jim, 17 months older than Kathy...

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Thomas Ewall
Thomas Ewall - Lieutenant Commander
Date Of Death: Aug 1, 1967
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Houston, Texas

Died: California

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Robert Farnham
Robert Farnham - Sergeant
Date Of Death: Jan 14, 1970
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Algona, Iowa

Died: South Vietnam Reason: Killed in Action

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Dennis Ferguson
Dennis Ferguson - Captain
Date Of Death: Mar 20, 1966
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Died: Off Shore, Vietnam Reason: Non Hostile Helicopter Crash

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Thomas Frank
Thomas Frank - Commander
Date Of Death: Nov 1, 1971
War / Conflict: Vietnam

Died: Off Shore, Vietnam Reason: Non hostile air crash

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Galen Grethen
Galen Grethen - Private First Class
Date Of Death: Apr 16, 1966
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Emmetsburg, Iowa

Galen Dean Grethen was born February 17, 1943 in Emmetsburg, Iowa, to Earl and Romola Grethen. His peers described him as likable, pleasant and quiet with a friendly smile. Growing...

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Wayne Gross
Wayne Gross - 2nd Lieutenant
Date Of Death: Aug 19, 1968
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Carroll, Iowa

Wayne Gross was a kind, caring, and spiritual person who was always ready to do something for others. After Wayne’s death, an Iowa State alumnus and one of Wayne’s fellow...

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Bruce Halbach
Bruce Halbach - Sergeant
Date Of Death: Nov 19, 1970
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Stacyville, Iowa

Bruce Charles Halbach was born on October 4, 1949 and grew up in Stacyville, Iowa, one of 10 kids in Ron and Hildegard Halbach’s big family of 5 boys and...

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Earle Hanselman, Jr.
Earle Hanselman, Jr. - Lieutenant Junior Grade
Date Of Death: Aug 15, 1965
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Lu Verne, Iowa

Years at ISU: 1961-1963 Died: Crashed into Mediterranean Sea and was never found Reason: MIA - Name added 2003, NROTC

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Kenneth Heitmann
Kenneth Heitmann - Sergeant
Date Of Death: Feb 5, 1970
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Victor, Iowa

Died: Quang Tri, Vietnam Reason: Killed in Action

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James Herrick, Jr.
James Herrick, Jr. - Captain
Date Of Death: Oct 27, 1969
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Panora, Iowa

Died: Laos Reason: MIA

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Terrence Kenefick
Terrence Kenefick - Lieutenant
Date Of Death: Apr 23, 1965
War / Conflict: Vietnam

Died: United States Reason: Training Accident

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Lawernce Kennedy, Jr.
Lawernce Kennedy, Jr. - Major
Date Of Death: Dec 15, 1966
War / Conflict: Vietnam

Year at ISU: 1949 - Farm Operations Died: Near Woodbine, Iowa Reason: Crashed into a farm field

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Charles King
Charles King - Chief Master Sergeant
Date Of Death: Dec 25, 1968
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Muscatine, Iowa

Charles Douglas “Doug” King was born on March 29th, 1946 in Muscatine, Iowa to Charles and Darlene King. Doug has an older sister, Sherry, and two younger half-brothers. Doug’s father,...

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Dennis Kouhns
Dennis Kouhns - Specialist Five
Date Of Death: Jan 30, 1968
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Ogden, Iowa

Dennis Benjamin Kouhns was born on August 3, 1946, in Ogden, Iowa. He was the much-loved only child of Ben and Mabel Kouhns and grew up amid the comfort and...

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Jeffrey Krommenhoek
Jeffrey Krommenhoek - Lieutenant Commander
Date Of Death: Oct 25, 1967
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Sioux City, Iowa

Year at ISU: 1940 Lieutenant Commander Jeffrey Krommenhoek was an Iowa native, born and raised in Sioux City. Born on October 27, 1940, Jeff was the eldest of three. Jeff...

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Donald Lammers
Donald Lammers - 1st Lieutenant
Date Of Death: Aug 24, 1968
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Forest City, Iowa

Donald Gary Lammers was an unforgettable man, son, brother, husband, friend, and classmate. His sister, Diane Rasmussen, described Don as “the glue that held their family together” while growing up....

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James Lasche
James Lasche - Private First Class
Date Of Death: Feb 6, 1967
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Ames, Iowa

Died: Binh Dinh, Vietnam Reason: Killed in Action

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Robert Leathers
Robert Leathers - Captain
Date Of Death: Nov 18, 1960
War / Conflict: Vietnam

Year at ISU: 1952 - Industrial Education Died: Near Naha Air Base, Okinawa Reason: Aircraft accident

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Donald Ledlie
Donald Ledlie - Corporal
Date Of Death: Apr 30, 1970
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

Donald Ralph Ledlie was born in Des Moines, Iowa on December 8, 1947 to Ralph and Ethelda Ledlie. Don grew up on the family farm south of Des Moines. He...

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Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis - Staff Sergeant
Date Of Death: Jun 13, 1969
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Rock Valley, Iowa

Michael Keith Lewis was born in Rock Valley, Iowa on March 20, 1946 and grew up in Lake City, starting his school career at Lincoln Elementary School. His father, A.J....

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David Lovitt
David Lovitt - Specialist Four
Date Of Death: Mar 6, 1969
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Clarinda, Iowa

David Glen Lovitt was born on December 13, 1947, in Clarinda, Iowa. His parents were farming north of Bedford, Iowa, where David grew up with his younger sister, Patti. David...

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Charles Mandly
Charles Mandly - Lieutenant
Date Of Death: Jun 20, 2011
War / Conflict: Vietnam

Died: Japan Reason: Air Training Accident

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Dennis Martin
Dennis Martin - Sergeant
Date Of Death: Jul 10, 1970
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Died: Tay Ninh, Vietnam Reason: Helicopter Crash (Hostile)

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Robert Martin, Jr.
Robert Martin, Jr. - Corporal
Date Of Death: Mar 30, 1971
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Memphis, Tennesee

Years at ISU: 1966-1967 Died: Bien Hoa, Vietnam Reason: Vehicle accident (Non-hostile)

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Frank McCutcheon III
Frank McCutcheon III - Corporal
Date Of Death: Mar 2, 1971
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

Died: Quang Ngai, Vietnam Reason: Killed in action

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James McGough
James McGough
Date Of Death: Jan 3, 2014
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Fort Dodge, Iowa

James McGough was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa in 1951. He was raised along with his four siblings on a farm in Webster County. James was especially fond of his...

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James Merrick, Jr.
James Merrick, Jr. - Lieutenant
Date Of Death: Oct 3, 1968
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Ames, Iowa

Lieutenant James Lee Merrick, Jr. was born was born on Tuesday, September 21st, 1943, to James Lee Merrick, Sr. and Mary Watkins (formerly Merrick) right here in Ames, Iowa. As...

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Charles Miller
Charles Miller - Lance Corporal
Date Of Death: Apr 4, 1968
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

Written by Charles sister, Mary Ann: Charles Claude Miller, named after his two grandfathers, was born January 27, 1945 on a cold snowy day in St. Peter, Minnesota. He was...

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Robert Montgomery
Robert Montgomery - Captain
Date Of Death: Dec 11, 1966
War / Conflict: Vietnam

Year at ISU: 1960 - Industrial Administration Died: Western Turkey

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David Myers
David Myers - Captain
Date Of Death: Nov 20, 1968
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Ames, Iowa

Died: Quang Nam, Vietnam Reason: Helicopter Crash

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Delbert Peterson
Delbert Peterson - Major
Date Of Death: Mar 9, 1966
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Manson, Iowa

We are grateful to Delbert’s brothers and sisters for sharing their family pictures and their warm memories of their big brother. Here is Del’s story, using many of their words:...

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Myron Poock
Myron Poock - Captain
Date Of Death: Jul 22, 1968
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Sumner, Iowa

Died: Binh Duong, Vietnam Reason: Non Hostile Accident

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John Pooler
John Pooler - Specialist Four
Date Of Death: Nov 29, 1968
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Wheaton, Illinois

We are grateful to Tom Summerhauser, who wrote a story entitled "Thanksgiving Day Miracle," from which much of John Pooler’s story is taken. John Shelby Pooler and Ted Rule were...

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William Rogers
William Rogers - Captain
Date Of Death: Dec 9, 1970
War / Conflict: Vietnam

Died: North Carolina Reason: Air Training Accident

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John Rooks
John Rooks - Captain
Date Of Death: Dec 10, 1968
War / Conflict: Vietnam

Year at ISU: 1962 - Animal Science Died: Story City, IA Reason: Air Crash

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Jack Rothwell
Jack Rothwell - Major
Date Of Death: Mar 28, 1966
War / Conflict: Vietnam

Died: Phillipines Reason: Air Crash

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Ted Rule
Ted Rule - 1st Lieutenant
Date Of Death: Nov 29, 1968
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Cresco, Iowa

Ted Rule was, by all accounts, an exceptional person and friend. His high school credentials were impressive and the impact he had upon his classmates was evident 50 years later...

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Stephen Rushing
Stephen Rushing - Sergeant
Date Of Death: Jul 30, 1970
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Ames, Iowa

Stephen Abram Rushing grew up in Live Oak, Florida and was the oldest of the four children in the Rushing family – two boys, two girls. In 1965 his father...

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Jerry Russell
Jerry Russell - Sergeant
Date Of Death: Mar 6, 1970
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Bigelow, Minnesota

Died: Hau Nghia, Vietnam Reason: Killed in action

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David Rutgers
David Rutgers - Private First Class
Date Of Death: Feb 25, 1969
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Marshalltown, Iowa

David Lynn Rutgers was born on November 19, 1946, in Holland, Michigan. The family later moved to Detroit, Des Moines and finally to Marshalltown, Iowa where his father took a...

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Donald Sparks
Donald Sparks - Sergeant 1st Class
Date Of Death: Nov 5, 1979
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Carroll, Iowa

Donald Lee Sparks was born on November 7, 1946 to Calvin and Arloha Sparks in Carroll, Iowa. The family farmed southwest of Glidden, producing cattle, hogs, corn, soybeans and alfalfa....

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Rickey Swaney
Rickey Swaney - Private First Class
Date Of Death: Aug 14, 1969
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Grand Junction, Iowa

Spoken by Phyllis Lepke, former classmate of Rickey’s On the day that we set aside to formally recognize the courage and sacrifice of the many women and men who have...

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Richard Swift
Richard Swift - Major
Date Of Death: Nov 22, 1968
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

Died: Thailand Reason: Non hostile

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Kennith Tapscott
Kennith Tapscott - Lieutenant
Date Of Death: Aug 6, 1970
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina

Civilian Life Military Career Ken served with distinction as NILO (Naval Intelligence Liaison Officer) Song Ong Doc (SEAFLOAT) until his death 6 August 1970.

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Larry Thomas
Larry Thomas - Lieutenant
Date Of Death: Dec 10, 1968
War / Conflict: Vietnam

Year at ISU: 1964 - Ag Business Died: Story City, IA Reason: Crash

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Richard Welch
Richard Welch - 1st Lieutenant
Date Of Death: Oct 2, 1968
War / Conflict: Vietnam

Died: Thailand Reason: Non hostile

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Donald Weyker
Donald Weyker - Specialist Four
Date Of Death: Dec 5, 1968
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Marshalltown, Iowa

Donald Dennis Weyker was born October 8, 1946 in Marshalltown. Since his Dad was named Donald too, he went by Denny. Denny had an older brother, Gary, who also served...

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Lawrence Whitford
Lawrence Whitford - Colonel
Date Of Death: Nov 2, 1969
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Cedar Falls, Iowa

Year at ISU: 1951 Died: Laos Reason: MIA

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William Wilson
William Wilson - 1st Lieutenant
Date Of Death: Mar 22, 1966
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

Died: North Carolina Reason: Air Crash

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Robert Wolf
Robert Wolf - Major
Date Of Death: Sep 16, 1966
War / Conflict: Vietnam

Died: Arizona Reason: Air Crash

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Rex Wood
Rex Wood - Lieutenant Commander
Date Of Death: Jun 2, 1967
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Moulton, Iowa

Died: Off Shore, Vietnam Reason: Air Crash (Non Hostile)

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Frederick Wright III
Frederick Wright III - Commander
Date Of Death: Nov 10, 1972
War / Conflict: Vietnam
Hometown: Haworth, New Jersey

Died: North Vietnam Reason: Plane Shot Down

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