Donald Lee Templeton

HMM-262, MAG-36, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
13 November 1939 - 21 September 1968
Gallatin, TN
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Donald L Templeton

Naval Aviator

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Donald Lee Templeton

Don graduated from Gallatin High School in 1956. He received his B.S. from Tennessee Tech in May 1961 and was commissioned a second lieutenant. For seven years he was a pilot flying F-8 Crusader jets. He was a flight instructor in Texas for 1 year. Through a computer error, he was transferred into the helicopter division, when the Defense Department learned of the error, they decided to let the order stand. Don died from head wounds when the helicopter in which he was co-pilot was shot down over Quang Tri, Vietnam on September 21, 1968.

(This info is posted in remembrance of Don on behalf of Patricia Doss Syprett - his cousin who loved him like a brother.)

Don Templeton's wife and children
Don Templeton's wife and children

The Mission

Six men died when a CH-46D (BuNo 152557) of HMM-262 was shot down:
  • 1ST LT Stanley Garfield Lawson, Pilot, HMM-262
  • CAPT Donald Lee Templeton, Copilot, HMM-262
  • SGT Leonard F Skoniecki Jr, Crewman, H&MS-39
  • CPL William McKinley Berry, Crew Chief, HMM-262
  • CPL Harold Eugene Feezel, Gunner, HMM-262
  • PFC Michael Ransom Page, Passenger, F Co, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marines

A memorial from a cousin's son. 
28 Nov 2001

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