Donald Clair Crutchley

United States Marine Corps
09 November 1941 - 18 December 1965
Baltimore, Maryland
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Purple Heart, Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Donald Clair Crutchley

17 Apr 2006

Don and I met at Camp Pendelton. We were NCOs with Golf 2/1 and went to Vietnam in August 1965. We later were integrated into Fox 2/4. Don was a career Marine on his second enlistment. He loved the Marine Corps and was a happy, fun-loving guy. We planned to go on leave together when we got back to the world so he could meet a girl I had introduced him to via the mail. I still think of him often....

John (Jack) Leniger

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Until 22 December 1965 the 2nd Bn, 1st Marines provided the bulk of BLT 2/1. Golf 2/1 had lost three men on 05 Dec, and on 10/11 December Fox 2/1 lost eleven men in a bitter fight near Que Son. On the 18th it was again Golf 2/1's turn; they had two men killed in action and three "died of wounds" on 18/19 December:
  • Cpl Donald C. Crutchley, Baltimore, MD (DoW 12/18/1965)
  • Cpl Joseph M. Thimm, Armada, MI (DoW 12/18/1965)
  • LCpl Gregory Jeremicz, Philadelphia, PA (KIA 12/18/1965)
  • LCpl Clifford L. Whipple, Downey, CA (KIA 12/18/1965)
  • Pfc Kenneth K. Huffer, Kempton, IN (DoW 12/19/1965)
The Virtual Wall cannot determine if all five deaths resulted from a single engagement.

BLT 2/1 was dissolved on 22 December. As noted above, the men of Golf 2/1 were exchanged en masse with a rifle company from 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines; that exchange took place on 14 January 1966.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a Marine brother,
John (Jack) Leniger
17 Apr 2006

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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