Noel, Donald William


Rank: Specialist 4

Unit: Headquarters & Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11D – Armor Reconnaissance Specialist

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Note: Flame thrower track

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 28-Jan-1948

Hometown: La Crosse, Wisconsin

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 1-Mar-1968

Start of tour: 27-Nov-1968

Incident date: 18-Apr-1969

Date of casualty: 26-Apr-1969

Age at death: 21

Cause of death: Hostile, died of wounds. Grenade. Multiple fragmentation wounds.
Donald William Noel died as a result of wounds received while a passenger on a military vehicle on a combat operation when engaged a hostile force. He was admitted to a military medical facility, placed on the Very Serious Injury (VSI) list and later expired. / Passenger on Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) on combat operation when engaged hostile force in firefight.  Individual admitted to 24th Evacuation Hospital, Long Binh, on 18 Apr 1969 at 1545 hrs and placed on Very Serious Injury (VSI) list on 18 Apr 1969 at 1545 hrs and later expired.  Incident occurred on 18 Apr 1969 at 1300 hrs.

Nine Blackhorse troopers died as a result of this incident:
SP4 James Alexander Baka
SP4 Thomas M. Fitzpatrick
2LT Daniel Michael Leahy
SP5 Roy Francis Maas
SGT Don Jay McAtee
SP4 Robert Leroy Morgan Jr
SP4 Joseph Edward Morrow Jr
SP4 Donald William Noel
SP4 Ronald Eugene Pongratz

Location of fatality: Tay Ninh, South Vietnam, XT 430 600

Place of interment: Woodlawn Cemetery, La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 26W 055 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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