David Rudolph LatschSpecialist Four
D CO, 1ST BN, 2ND INFANTRY, 1 INF DIV
Army of the United States
09 October 1947 - 21 September 1968
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The database page for David Rudolph Latsch
On September 21, 1968 David (who I never had the honor of meeting) and my good friend, Tom Mitchell, were killed in action. Their names are next to one another on "their wall" with David's being right above Tom's. Both of them were only twenty years old.
David, I hope you are okay with me writing this for and about you. Any one who was a friend of Tom's was most certainly my friend too. I'm hoping that this will enable everyone who searches for you to find you so much easier.
Thank you for giving up your life for all of us, you were much too young and so very brave. I have two sons, one is 27 and the other is 17 ... I cannot imagine them going off to war and never returning. My heart hurts at the thought of it; I cannot fathom the pain your family has endured. We are so proud of you... When I visit "your wall", I will be honored to touch your name and know what an incredibly giving "young man" you were.
From someone who remembers.
The photo and following articles are from The Philadelphia Daily News:
From a native Philadelphian and Marine,
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 08/10/2009