David Lee Scott

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
01 April 1947 - 25 April 1968
Carlock, Illinois
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for David Lee Scott

05 Feb 2000


by his sister,
Beverly Scott Baley
01 Nov 2002

David, I miss you, our home town is not the same as it was. I came back from the war alive, but I wonder each day what has happened to you? I tried to help by going for three tours hoping I would run into you or find out you made it home safe. It really is hard seeing your mom, sister and brothers when I go home. My folks are gone now, there is just my brother and I left. He still lives in Carlock, too hard for me to live there. I just wanted you to know that I haven't forgotten about you. Your friend always.

From a friend who wishes to remain anonymous.
E-mail address is not available.

14 Mar 2006

Beverly, I hope this note finds its way to you. For a great many years, I have been wearing a red bracelet with your brother's name engraved upon it along with the date he was killed. When I received this bracelet I vowed to wear it every day until he or his remains were recovered.

David was just 6 months younger than I am and I often think of the things I am doing and wonder how his life might have been at this same time....


Nancy Pegarella

31 Oct 2006

David (we called him Scotty) was in my infantry squad in Vietnam, the first squad of the first platoon. We served together during March-April 1968 and at times I was right behind him on patrols. He was a quiet and friendly guy that we all liked with a big smile and bright blonde hair. He was also a very brave and honorable soldier. I have never forgotten him and I feel grateful to have known him. Someday, I pray, we will find him and bring him back home to rest.

Larry R. Collins
Delta Company 5/7 First Air Cavalry Division
March-April 1968

21 Apr 2007

David, I remember you at Christmas of 1967 coming home and describing what it was like to be in Vietnam. I was only 11 at the time but thought how brave you were and prayed when you went back that you would be safe. I still pray that you are in a safe place and hope that some day you will be able to return home. We miss you and love you.

Your Cousin,
Jolene Ohman
1208 4-H Park Road
Pontiac, Illinois 61764

Notes from The Virtual Wall

On 25 Apr 1968 the 1st and 3rd Platoons of D Company, 5/7 Cav, were conducting a search-and-destroy operation in the vicinity of Landing Zone Tiger, located on the northern edge of the A Shau Valley. They encountered a dug-in and well-fortified enemy force and were promptly pinned in place by sustained heavy small arms and automatic weapons fire. The triple-canopy jungle and proximity of enemy and friendly forces limited the ability of supporting arms (artillery and air) to bring fires against the enemy.

Three men were hit and apparently killed almost at once - SP4 David L. Scott, SP4 Daniel M. Kelley, and PFC Hubia J. Guillory. Although their bodies were under observation by other men of their platoon for about two hours, they could not be retrieved due to the volume of fire. No signs of life were seen from any of the three men. As night fell, the US troops were able to break contact and withdraw, taking all of their wounded with them - but could not bring Scott, Kelley, and Guillory out with them.

Three separate attempts were made to re-enter the area in an effort to retrieve their bodies; all were defeated by enemy action. Since there was a high degree of certainty that the three men were dead, there was a reluctance to risk further losses and after the third failed attempt at retrieval a decision was taken to cease further efforts.

The remains of SP4 David L. Scott, SP4 Daniel M. Kelley, and PFC Hubia J. Guillory have not been recovered.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 05 Feb 2000
Last updated 08/10/2009