John Andrew DonnalLieutenant Colonel
HHC, 65TH ENG BN, 25 INF DIV
Army of the United States
20 February 1930 - 01 August 1967
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This is a picture of LTC John Andrew Donnal taken on the evening of January 1, 1967 upon his return from a "good luck" send-off dinner. He left for Vietnam the next afternoon. Pictured with him are his 9 year old son, John F. Donnal, and his 7 year old daughter, Catherine Donnal Singley. His wife Mimi Donnal was the photographer. This is the last picture we have of him with his family.
"But these also were godly men,
From his wife, son, and daughter,
I recently went to Washington D.C, and saw the Vietnam Wall. "John Donnal" was the name that I made a rub-on for. I want to thank him for serving for our country. One person truly can make a difference. My Grandpa was in Vietnam. He died recently. It is so tragic that you had to lose a son, a husband, a father, a friend at such a young age. I'm sure he was a wonderful person.
From a student,
A Note from The Virtual WallMajor Donnal was graduated from Pennsylvania State University with the Class of 1953. Following his first assignment in Korea (Feb 1954 - July 1955) he remained on active duty until his assignment as Executive Officer of the 65th Engineer Battalion. He was the only fatality resulting from a helicopter incident at Cu Chi, where the 65th Eng Bn was based.
He was granted a posthumous promotion to Lieutenant Colonel and award of the Legion of Merit. LTC Donnal is buried in Site 20-B, Section 2, Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Kansas.
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his wife, son, and daughter,
Mrs. Mimi Donnal,
John F. Donnal,
Catherine Donnal Singley
09 Nov 2001
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 05/14/2005