Acton, David August, HM

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Last Rank
Last Primary Designator/NEC
HM-8404-Medical Field Service Technician/FMF Combat Corpsman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Hospital Corpsman
Primary Unit
1967-1967, HM-8404, 9th Marine Regiment/2nd Bn (2/9)
Service Years
1966 - 1967
HM-Hospital Corpsman

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Bedford, Indiana
Last Address
Bedford, Indiana

Casualty Date
Jul 05, 1967
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Quang Tri
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Cresthaven Memory Gardens - Bedford, Indiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
23E 009

 Official Badges 

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  1967, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2014, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Duty Stations
9th Marine Regiment/2nd Bn (2/9)
  1967-1967, HM-8404, 9th Marine Regiment/2nd Bn (2/9)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jul 05, 2012, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On 05 July 1970 three men from 2nd Bn, 9th Marines were killed in a mortar attack on their night defensive position at Thon Bai An, about 4 kilometers south of Con Thien (Hill 158).
They were:
F Company:
  • 2ndLt Frank B. Westerfield, Pasadena, TX
H&S Company:
  • HN David A. Acton, Bedford, IN
  • LCpl John W. Granahan, Quincy, MA

The Gift of Young Love

Posted on 9/13/09 - by Jo Beaman Hartnett
Forever in my heart and knowing your entry, too soon, into eternity has been nothing but good for you and those you teach and love there. But we miss you still and wait for your hand to reach and and bring us home. The joy of your family complete as you guide each through.
Years have passed and there were quiet times. But again ... we face our enemies and others follow into your footsteps. The brave will go and some will die. I hope you are there to welcome them ... to somewhere wonderful ... where you have been. Then you can teach of peace and love and forget for a season the rantings and ragings of war. For it goes on and always will until the end of time.

You were so young. I am sure you would be surprised to know you have been missed by me. Over years I married and bore sons. I always thought of you and the father you would have been to your own little ones who got left behind. I hope they grew up happy, but always missing the daddy they only knew for such a short time. I've dreamed of you and our families together. Weird dreams, really. We are all broken in one way or another.

I am proud of who you were and what you did. For the lives you helped to save, people will forever be grateful. You would have made a great physician after the war. But in heaven, you can heal souls and I bet you do that well.

Take heed, my dear old friend. I have never ever forgotten. For some reason, I will love you forever. I hope our paths cross again on our journey into eternity.

From a friend,
Joellynn Beaman Hartnett
27 Oct 2007
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