Rankins, Donald Lee


Rank: Corporal

Unit: L Troop, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11D – Armor Reconnaissance Specialist

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

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Presidential Unit Citation, Valorous Unit Award, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Selected Service

Date of birth: 9-Mar-1945

Hometown: Miami, Oklahoma

Marital status: Married to Martha W. Rankins

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 11-May-1967

Start of tour: 19-Oct-1967

Incident date: 12-Jun-1968

Date of casualty: 12-Jun-1968

Age at death: 23

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Explosive Device. Other explosive device.
Donald Lee Rankins died from metal fragment wounds received while driver of military vehicle on combat operation when vehicle hit hostile mine. / (Individual transported to 7th Surgical Hospital, Blackhorse base camp, Long Giao.)

Location of fatality: Phuoc Tuy, South Vietnam

Place of interment: Elmwood Cemetery, Wagoner, Oklahoma, USA

View this soldier‘s Find a Grave page (opens in a new window)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 57W 003 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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