David William WalshCaptain
ALPHA CO, 1ST BN, 20TH INF RGT, 11 INF BDE
Army of the United States
17 August 1940 - 10 June 1969
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The database page for David William Walsh
David Walsh was an exceptional person. I was lucky to have him as my best friend and husband. The poem above was written for him during his second tour of Vietnam as he served as Company Commander of Alpha Company 1/20th Infantry, 11th Infantry Brigade.
I'm not sure how to do this "page". Is there a place where I can say to David that after all these years I finally found the men who served with him and how they have told me about the day he died? I am so grateful to these fine men, for they remember David so very well. I thought I was the only one left to remember David Walsh, but I am so glad I was wrong.
David Walsh was a graduate of Lafayette College, Chi Phi Fraternity and the ROTC. Following graduation he went on active duty. He served at Fort Dix and in South Korea. In August 1966 he was assigned to MACV, Advisory Team 100 in Saigon. When he returned in August 1967 he was assigned as a company commander at Fort Ord, California. In November 1968, Captain Walsh returned to Vietnam to serve with the Americal Division as an Infantry company commander.
The battle of Iron Mountain took place 8-10 June 1969. Twelve men in the company died and scores were wounded. David died trying to save three of those men, on June 10, 1969.
David was greatly loved by his wife, Bonnie (Wilcoxon) Walsh, his parents, Robert and Doris Walsh and his brother, Michael Walsh.
Captain Walsh is buried in Arlington Cemetery.
Alpha Company and Bonnie Walsh would like to contact any of the other members of the company and family members who lost a loved one from Alpha Company.
Note from The Virtual WallTwelve men of Alpha Company, 1st of the 20th Infantry, died in the fighting:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
Last updated 08/10/2009