David Edward CarterSergeant First Class
P CO, 75 INF RGT (RANGERS), 1ST BDE, 5 INF DIV
Army of the United States
27 February 1941 - 10 August 1969
Panel 20W Line 121
Photo from The Hurricane, Vol 7, May 1968
A publication of II Field Force Vietnam
Captioned "On Patrol with F Co, 51st Infantry"
The database page for David Edward Carter
Happy 60th birthday, brother. If you were here, I'd bake you a cake. I love you and miss you. Much love from your sister,
Birthday Wishes for Feb. 27, 2002
No cake, no candles, no party today.
In my thoughts you will always be.
Sadly missed by your sister,
11 Nov 2002
Veterans' Day Remembrance for
Remembering you with love on this Veterans' Day.
25 Dec 2002
Unlike gifts that come and go
You'll be home for Christmas
08 Mar 2003
Birthday Remembrance Febuary 27 1941
I didn't forget your birthday
My only wish Simply said
Happy 62nd Birthday
For February 27, 2004
If you were here today
You are gone from sight
My wish is for today
Happy 63rd Birthday
Veterans Day Nov. 11, 2004
Love, Your sister, Donna Carter Mainous
20 Feb 2005
Happy 64th Birthday from your Sister
04 Nov 2005
A Veterans Day Remembrance November 11 2005
For SFC DAVID E CARTER
I remember a tall fellow ahead of the crowd
I can't have old days back
18 Feb 2006
I will be thinking of you on your birthday
HAPPY 65TH BIRTHDAY February 28, 2006
Love, Your Sister,
May 29, 2006
Every day in some small way
Love from your sister,
Veterans Day Remembrance
November 11, 2006
For SFC David E. Carter
Death is Final
Thinking of you today.
Love from your sister,
15 Feb 2007
No length of time can take away
Happy 66th birthday, Brother
Love, your sister Donna Carter Mainous
Memorial Day, May 30, 2007
In Loving Memory of my brother, Sgt. First Class David E. Carter
Your resting place I visit
I Love You and Miss You
November 11, 2007 Veterans Day
For Sgt. 1st Class David E. Carter
I am writing to say how much I miss you this Veterans Day.
You hold a place of highest honor and praise within my heart.
You gave ALL, your LIFE, in service to our country.
Your loving sister,
Donna Carter Mainous
We were boys then, you and I. But you were a year older. We were neighbors and rode the bus to school together. We both lived on farms so we didn't get together much. I missed you when you left for the service, your easy laugh and ready smile. But I admired you in your uniform and dashing physique. I always counted it a privilege to talk to you. You were kind and gentle and easy to relate to.
I cried when I heard of your death in Nam and was unable to attend the funeral. Then not long after I followed you there and walked through the "Valley of Death" for six months. Though critically wounded God spared my life and brought me home. I lived to have a wonderful wife and two precious children. I don't know why God took you and not me. You were so noble and had so much to live for. But I will always remember you. And the memories are an encouragement to me to carry on and pass on the values you and I shared as boys.
May the memories of you always be a blessing to those who knew and loved you.
I remember when we were together in F/51 LRPs, remember the day we each departed for our own assigned units, you went to Papa Company Rangers and I went to Oscar Company Rangers, each of us with the memories of having served together in F/51 LRPs. We loved F Company, we loved the fact that we accomplished what others failed to do, what others knew of our accomplishments and deeds.
I shall miss you, it was very hard when we learned what had happened to you in Papa, and all the others from F/51 LRPs in Papa. We cried, we hurt, we remembered, and we will never forget our BROTHERS.
Keep the LZ cleared for us, we will meet you there and know that you're guarding the MAN up there. So long, MY BROTHER.
Speedy - A LRP
I was an Army photojournalist in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968 and covered a mission with Sgt. Carter's F-Company, 51st Infantry heavy (12-man) LRP team. I was with the team for about a week and was impressed by his professionalism, his courage, his dignity and his humanity. He was an exceptional leader and he had the respect of the brave men with whom he served. I was saddened to learn that he hadn't made it home.
Still missing you, you are forever in my heart.
Though I never knew you, I have heard so much of you, especially how handsome. I wish I could have known you, and if you were anything like my mamaw, Linda, it would have been a privilege.
From his great-niece,
I have read many books regarding the LRPs and David's name has cropped up several times.
He is a true hero for which his family and country must be very proud. David will not be forgotten.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 23 Feb 2001
Last updated 11/10/2007