DEERE, DONALD THORPE
DEERE, DONALD THORPE
Rank / Branch:
SP5 U.S. ARMY
Date of Birth:
HOSTILE, SMALL ARMS
BODY NOT RETURNED
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DONALD THORPE DEERE, SPECIALIST FIVE, U.S. ARMY SPECIAL FORCES, SNYDER SCURRY COUNTY, TEXAS
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Combat Infantryman's Badge, Parachute Wings, Special Forces Badge, Silver Star, Bronze Star with "V" device, Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Vietnam Civic Action Medal
Don was born in Roscoe, Texas and grew up in Snyder. He was a 1962 graduate of Snyder High School. He entered the Army in 1964 and trained in Special Forces.
Snyder High School, 1961
Paratrooper, Fort Benning 1965
Name: Donald Thorpe Deere
Rank/Branch: E4/US Army 5th Special Forces
Unit: Detachment A-331
Date of Birth: 06 September 1944 (Roscoe TX)
Home City of Record: Snyder TX
Date of Loss: 17 May 1966
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 114716N 1062714E (XU584034)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 October 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews.
SYNOPSIS: Donald T. Deere was a Special Forces Advisor with Detachment A-331 in Vietnam. On May 17, 1966, he was part of a Mobile Strike Force that made contact with an enemy force estimated to be battalion sized. During that contact, Deere was wounded, and during an attempt to rescue him, it appeared that he was hit a second time.
Because of intense enemy activity, the remainder of the Strike Force was forced to pull back without further rescue attempts. Air strikes were directed into the area, and the team withdrew, leaving Deere behind.
It is assumed that Donald Deere was killed, either by the enemy attack or the subsequent necessary air strikes. He is listed among the missing because no remains were ever recovered.
Promotion to SP/5 while missing in action