MICHIGAN CITY, IN, U.S.A.
U.S. MARINE CORPS
SGT, 2ND PLT, B CO, 1ST BN, 9TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV, III MAF
03/16/1967, THUA THIEN, PROVINCE, SOUTH VIETNAM
SGT Donald Eugene Harper Jr. was born November 22, 1942 in Michigan City, Indiana. SGT Harper served 6 years in the Marine Corps. He had enlisted in the Marine Corps. He entered via Regular Military. SGT Harper served during the Vietnam War. He had the rank of Sergeant. His occupation or specialty was Rifleman. SGT Harper was also a Drill Instructor at Marine Base Parris Island, SC.
U.S. Marine SGT Donald E. Harper Jr. of 1294 Nottingham Way, Trenton, NJ, 24, was married and had a 14-month-old son. On March 16, 1967, SGT Harper experienced a traumatic event which resulted in loss of life. Recorded circumstances attributed to: “Died through hostile action, explosive device”. He had been in the service six years and was sent to Vietnam last December.
SGT Harper is honored on the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington DC. His name is inscribed at VVM Wall, Panel 16e, Line 91.
In September 1965 I went to Parris Island as a recruit in PLT 274. One of my drill instructors was CPL D.E.Harper,Jr. Although it was almost 35 years ago, I remember him very clearly. I turned 19 in boot camp and he was about 22 years old. He seemed much older and wiser to us privates. He has a lanky,slim,clean cut professional marine. We respected him a lot and we learned from him and the other DIs many important lessons that were to see us through the terrible times just ahead. I never forgot my DI.I was saddened to learn only recently that he gave his life for his country. Imagine being soo squared away at 22 years old to be a drill instructor training marines. SGT Harper remains in my prayers always. Written 12/1/1999 Michael L. Doyle Plt.274 Parris Island 2160326/1833 Sgt. USMC 3rd Amtrac BN, 1ST Mar Div Chu-Lai,RVN 1966-67
Thank You. Dear SGT Donald Harper, Thank you for your service as a Rifleman. It is now Lent. The war was years ago, but we all need to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation’s call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels. Written 04/02/2019 Lucy Micik
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