Donald Melven WilbanksCorporal
A CO, 3RD BN, 187TH INF RGT, 101 ABN DIV
Army Of The United States
03 September 1947 - 06 September 1968
Oklahoma City, OK
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The database page for Donald Melven Wilbanks
A note from The Virtual WallThe 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, deployed to Vietnam in 1967. There, in battles from the A Shau Valley to the Iron Triangle, the Rakkasans added nine decorations and twelve battle streamers to the two decorations and three battle streamers of WWII and the four decorations and six battle streamers of Korea.
On 5-6 September 1968, seven Companies of the 101st Airborne Division conducted a cordon and search operation directed at locating and destroying the 7th VC Local Force Battalion. During the night of 6 September 1968 the 7th VC broke through the Alpha 3/187 position. Although Alpha 3/187 held its position against the much larger enemy force, Corporal Donald Wilbanks and 31 other American soldiers died in fierce hand-to-hand combat.
A memorial from his niece,|
24 Jan 2002
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)