Carpenter, Donald Eugene (October 10, 1950 - April 24, 1970)



Douglas Budget - April 30, 1970

A Douglas youth Lance Corporal Donald Eugene Carpenter, was killed Friday while leading a patrol in combat action in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin L. Carpenter.

Funeral arrangements for the 19-year-old Marine were incomplete at Budget press time pending further word from military authorities concerning arrival of his body.

Military services will be held at the First Christian Church in Scottsbluff, Nebr., and burial will be here in Douglas Park Cemetery.

Donald was born in Cheyenne Wells, Colorado, October 10, 1950 and grew up and attended schools in Scottsbluff, graduating from high school in 1968. He was active in school athletics particularly wrestling. He and his family moved to Douglas two years ago. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in March 1969, leaving the following September for Vietnam with the First Marine Corps Division.

The patrol on which he was killed was to be his final mission before returning home in about two months. He was enrolled for the 1970-71 term at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. A member of his family said Donald "was proud of serving his country," and had enlisted so "maybe his nephews and other children would not have to fight in another war."

He is survived by his parents, two brothers, Larry Carpenter, of Douglas and Dean Carpenter of Scott City, Kansas; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Luther Carpenter, Arma, Kansas.



Douglas Budget - May 7, 1970

Funeral services for Lance Corporal Donald Eugene Carpenter were held Monday May 4, at the First Christian Church in Scottsbluff, Nebr. Military graveside services were held at 3 p.m. the same day at Douglas Park Cemetery, with the Rev. Clyde Thompson officiating.

Young Carpenter, the 19-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin L. Carpenter of Douglas, was killed in combat action in Vietnam April 24.


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