Horton, Donald Mullaly, BM3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
BM-0000-Coxswain
Last Rating/NEC Group
Boatswain's Mate
Primary Unit
1968-1969, BM-0000, LCU-1500, Assault Craft Unit 1 (ACU-1)
Service Years
1967 - 1969
BM-Boatswain's Mate

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1948
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Athens, PA
Last Address
Athens, PA

Casualty Date
Feb 27, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
31W 080 / Section 46 Site 1410-A

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 Duty Stations
Assault Craft Unit 1 (ACU-1)
  1968-1969, BM-0000, LCU-1500, Assault Craft Unit 1 (ACU-1)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)
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Last Known Activity
While operating near Cua-Viet, Vietnam 28 February 1968, LCU 1500 took a direct hit on the port side of the conn, killing the radioman instantly and injuring eight others. Almost one year later to the day tragedy struck again. While loading ammunition at Bridge Ramp, Da Nang, Vietnam , 27 February 1969, an enemy rocket hit the nearly loaded craft and killed thirteen ACU-1 sailors. Seven sailors on the barge YFU-78 and three sailors working on the ramp also died in the attack for a total of 23 sailors killed in action. The craft was severely damaged and had to be stricken from the Navy list. 

After the tragedy, ACU-1 held a memorial on 14 March 1969, for the sailors who lost their lives. Every year since 1969, Assault Craft Unit one has held a memorial service to honor and remember the 14 LCU 1500 sailors killed in action. Former shipmates, friends and relatives have attended each year in tribute.

CREW of LCU-1500 KILLED IN ACTION in VIETNAM

28 February 1968
RMSN K. L. Cook

27 February 1969
BMC Donald J. Fisher 
EN1 Bert E. Burton
EM1 Cecil F. Bush 
CS2 Marvin D. Avery
RM2 David W. Hawryshko
QM3 Earnest J. Buckelew
GMG3 Ronald J. Gebbie
BM3 Donald M. Horton 
BM3 Ronald P. Yuhas 
FN Joseph F. Burinda
SN Bruno W. Demata
SN Craig E. Swagler
FN Charles A. Tavares
   
Comments/Citation

Friend
Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice
Don - I will always remember your kind and gentle nature. We worked at JJ Newberry's together - often sweeping floors on Saturday mornings. I spoke to your mother several years after you were killed on that Naval Ship. She missed you greatly. I'm sure she is with you now. I served in the Marine Corps Infantry in 'Nam in 68/69. Who would have thought that it would have been you who God took first. Make some room up there for me, I'll be there soon. You are my hero!!
Aug 30, 2009
Alan Jones
5 Cannon Grove Ct
Columbia SC 29229 United States
ajones17@sc.rr.com
   
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