Wheless, Douglass Terrell


Rank: Captain

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

MOS: 1204 – Armored Reconnaissance Unit Commander

Awards: Bronze Star Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Parachutist Badge

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

Enlisted by: Regular

Commission Source: United States Military Academy Class of 1968

Date of birth: 18-Jul-1946

Hometown: Shreveport, Louisiana

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 5-Jun-1968

Start of tour: 15-Mar-1970

Incident date: 20-Nov-1970

Date of casualty: 22-Nov-1970

Age at death: 24

Cause of death: Hostile, died of wounds. Explosive Device. Other explosive device.
Douglass Terrell Wheless died as a result of wounds received while on a military mission when a booby trap detonated. He was admitted to a military medical facility and later expired. / On reconnaissance mission.  Detonated hostile booby trap.  Admitted to 24th Evacuation Hospital, Long Binh, 20 Nov 1970 at 2030 hrs and placed on Very Serious Injury (VSI) list 20 Nov 1970 at 2100 hrs and later expired.  Incident occurred 20 Nov 1970 at 1713 hrs.

Location of fatality: Binh Duong, South Vietnam, XT 883 433

Place of interment: Forest Park East Cemetery, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 06W 078 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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