Donald Ted Sluder

United States Marine Corps
22 February 1947 - 18 October 1967
Mountain City, Tennessee
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Donald Ted Sluder

13 May 2001


It has been almost 33 years since we last saw you but you have not been forgotten. A quiet country boy from Tennessee, sometimes it was hard to know when you were around, but we knew you were someone we could depend on and were fortunate to call you our friend. Since returning from Vietnam we have raised families, watch Americans walk on the moon, survived disco, and cooked meals in microwave ovens. I'm sure you would chuckle about how trival some of these things are, but they are things you never had the opportunity to experience. Many of your old friends are now renewing their friendships and it is our sorrow that you are not here to join us. Don, we promise to never forget you and hope that we will see you on the other side of the hill.

Rich Hafer, Jerry Jetton, Floyd Rentz,
and the rest of "B" Company

Bravo Company, 7th Engineers
Don Sluder's Memorial Page

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 7th Engineer Battalion Command Chronology for October 1967 contains the following entry:
"090915H: B-7 1st Plt. Two men using pick to break asphalt on Route 1 (at BT 039628) struck booby-trapped grenade, resulting in two WIA, both medevaced."
The two wounded men were Corporal Don Sluder and Jerry Baker. Baker was the more seriously injured, but it was Cpl Sluder who died nine days afterwards, on 18 October 1967, apparently due to complications from a blood clot. As far as can be determined, Jerry Baker recovered - there is no-one named "Baker" in the casualty database who satisfies the circumstances.

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