Donny Gay Tidwell

Army of the United States
02 April 1947 - 12 April 1968
Diana, Texas
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Donny Gay Tidwell

02 Jul 2002

"To live in the hearts we leave behind,
is never to have died."
(Thomas Campbell, circa 1888)

Donnie was a very good friend,
and he is remembered.

Marcene Reynolds

07 Sep 2005

Donny was my best friend during my time at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, between April and December of 1967. We were sent to Vietnam together. The last time I saw him was at Long Binh during processing. He was a fine person with a great personality. He was a great athlete. There is no doubt in mind that he would have played with the Dodgers eventually if he had survived the war. I miss him to this day. I am sure the Lord has taken care of him.

From a friend,
Gary Pedigo

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 11 April 1968 three companies from the 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry, were airlifted into a remote clearing about 12 kilometers north of Dau Tieng. The soldiers established a defensive perimeter, put out listening posts, and settled in for the night. At about 0230 on the morning of 12 April 1968 - Good Friday - the perimeter started receiving light probing fire, followed at 0330 by a heavy bombardment with 60mm and 82mm mortars. At 0405 a massive ground attack began, with Bravo 3/22 pushed back from their defensive line and hand-to-hand fighting inside the perimeter.

Charlie Company, 2nd Bn, 22nd Infantry, was in night laager about five miles away. They were ordered to move to 3/22's assistance and began a night march through the jungle.

By 0630 3/22 had ejected the enemy and reestablished their perimeter defense. Charlie 2/22 arrived on scene and the enemy withdrew in haste, leaving 153 dead behind. Twenty Americans died in the fight, and at least 47 more were wounded. The infantrymen buried the enemy dead on Saturday morning and withdrew to Dau Tieng. The American dead were

  • A Co, 2nd Bn, 22nd Inf Rgt
    • PFC Warren M. Beaumont, Langhorne, PA
    • PFC Russell H. Cornish, Maplewood, NJ
    • PFC Gary R. Holland, Muskogee, OK

  • B Co, 3rd Bn, 22nd Inf Rgt
    • SP4 Edward C. Beckwith, Trout, LA
    • SP4 Robert L. Melton, Rocky Mount, NC
    • CPL Reynaldo N. Orozco, Sinton, TX
    • CPL Donny G. Tidwell, Diana, TX
    • SP4 Douglas R. Weiher, Milwaukee, WI
    • PFC Alan P. Butkus, Chicago, IL
    • PFC John E. Cunningham, Memphis, TN
    • PFC Robert W. Ellsworth, Pueblo, CO
    • PFC William E. Maxwell, Barberton, OH
    • PFC Glenn L. Moller, Glendale, MO
    • PFC David A. Strupp, Sparta, NJ

  • D Co, 3rd Bn, 22nd Inf Rgt
    • SP4 William J. De Lisa, Ponce, PR
    • SP4 Morris K. James, Lynnwood, WA
    • SP4 Cleatus W. Mc Clanahan, Charleston, WV
    • SGT Hubert E. Waford, Shelbyville, KY (Silver Star)

  • HHC, 3rd Bn, 22nd Inf Rgt
    • CPL Alan J. Hettich, Louisville, KY

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