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Sgt David Mason "Ron" Sexton
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Birth: Nov. 18, 1948
Erie County
Ohio, USA
Death: Mar. 15, 1971
Quang Tri, Vietnam

In Loving Memory ... Sgt. David Mason Sexton.

You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in your family and those who knew you and loved you. You will live on because we remember you!

Age: 22
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Nov 18, 1948
Marital Status: Married to Wife-Patricia Sexton. They had one son, David Michael Sexton. Baby sister, Darlene Vice.

***** Hi my Love, You will be a grandpa again the coming June and it will be another boy. So we have 2 girls and 2 boys and I so wish you and your Mom and Dad could be here. She remains active with Rolling Thun­der and is an over-the-road truck dri­ver employee. Their son is 41 years old.
Till we see each other again. I Love you.
Wife-Patricia Sexton

***** To My Father. Even though I never met you, he died 15 minutes before I was born, I know you are always with me. You would be proud of my 3 children, my wife and your love, my mom. I know you are in a better place but I do wish you could have been with me in my life too. Its so hard sometimes, but I know that we will see each other when i get there so all I ask is to be with my family, and yours, till I do. Forever Loving,
Your Son David Michael Sexton
Columbus, Ohio

***** David was my big brother and had such a pretty smile with his pretty white teeth he always watched over me being his only sister he sure was a people persons and had very many friends i never did here anyone every talk bad about him and i know he would have been a great father and papaw think you so much for being a good brother and stepping up and severing our country i love you very much and i miss you,
Darlene Vice

SGT - E5 - Army - Selective Service
5th Infantry Division Mechanized
His tour began on Mar 15, 1971
Casualty was on Mar 15, 1971
Non-Hostile, died missing, GROUND CASUALTY

Body was not recovered
Panel 04W - Line 51

Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)

On March 15, 1971, Sgt. David M. Sexton was the gun chief of an M109 self-propelled, 155 millimeter Howitzer.

During an early morning fire mission, during which Sgt. Sexton was the only man at the gun, the gun breach block was blown off, causing a 155 millimeter round and/or powder to explode, and the gun to be consumed by flames.

A muster of the battery was held immediately, with only Sgt. Sexton determined to be missing.

Human remains (ashes) were recovered from the burned out gun, and were sent by helicopter to a forward area Graves Registration point of the 1st Cavalry Division at Khe Sanh.

Regretably, however, the control of those remains was lost between Khe Sanh and Quang Tri, near Graves Registration point.

A thorough but futile investigation of the loss of remains was conducted.

The ashes lost between Khe Sanh and Quang Tri doubtless belonged to Sgt. David Sexton. That may never be established, although it seems quite likely that he is dead.

Sexton is listed with honor among the missing because his remains cannot be buried with honor at home.


Comment from Wife:
Patricia Sexton-Schlett, wife
Sandusky, Oh 44870 Erie
My soul mate, best friend, husband, lover, and my all
I fell in love from just a picture. Saw you a few weeks later and told your aunt that I was going to marry you. One week later we had or first date and you asked me to be yours forever. Our life together was short my love but,at least I had some time with you. The hardest part was not having you near for our son David. I saw you get killed on that March 15, 1971 while bringing our son into this world. Nobody wanted to believe it, but what I saw was what happened. It's not the way your paper reads, or the way your parents were told. You were on a fire mission with a 155 howister that had been malfuntioning for months and you asked to keep it off the line, but were told it had to be there. The gun exploded with you inside. Several explosions happened and a fire so hot nobody could get near. They said nothing was found, but if you read your file that's not true. One even said that they found your heart. What was found was air lifted out but it never got to were it should. What was found got lost.I never knew these things until 13 years after you left this world. It was hard enough for me to read those words but, what it did to your son and how it hurt him. Our love for you will never die my Love. I know physically you're not here, but I feel you every day. I know that you are watching over your son and you would be proud of him. He is so much like you and does and says things that remind me of you that one would think you never left our side. You gave your all for this country and for us. You don't know how much I miss you David. I miss your arms around me and the soft touch of your hand. They say that there is a special someone out there for everybody and I believe it, because you are mine. We knew what each other thought no matter how far apart. I always felt you with me and I know that on March 15, 1971 your thoughts were with me giving birth to our son otherwise I would have never seen you inside that 155 when it exploded. Even the Army,when they came to tell me about what happened thought that the telegram got to me first because I told them what happened. I'll Never stop loving you MY LOVE, NEVER. You were my first love and you'll be my last true love. I know we'll be together some day and in time we will be a complete family together as we should have been from the begining. David, I miss you so. I want to be with you again. Please watch over your son and show him the way. He misses you just as much as if he had spent time with you. He hurts just like I do. We would have spent 31 years together this past April 18th as a family if God wouldn't have taken you away from us. Always remember I love you with all my heart and soul. You are still my soul mate and my life. Someday we wil be as one again, I promise Sweetheart. I so promise. Death only took you from my eyes, not from my heart and mind. I hug you every night and kiss you good night. ALWAYS LOVE, your wife xxoo Just like when I used to write to you I'm having a problem with stopping. But I'll never stop loving you David. I'll never stop.


***** David M. Sexton is my husband and the father of our son. David joined the Army instead of being drafted. We were going steady at the time. Then while in boot camp on his leave for Christmas he asked me to marry him and we became engaged.
David went to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and he was coming home on leave in April on 1970 so I planned a very quick wedding on the 18th of that month.
In June of that same year I flew out to Fort Sill to be with him till October when he got his orders to go to Viet Nam. I was carrying our child by then.
David was a Gun Chief on a self-propelled 155 howitzer and was on a night fire mission when the gun exploded with him in it. I have seen my husband's declassified files and what they say happened but they don't tell about the problems that the men had with that gun prior to the event. I have the letters that tell about the gun not working right and that David asked if the gun couldn't stay off the line but it couldn't, so my husband and another man who lost his life from injuries died.
Whether you believe in it or not but I was giving birth to our son when I saw what happened to David. I saw him inside the gun and he looked right at me and then he was gone.
Our son was born 15 minuted later.
David is the kind of person who would do anything for you all you had to do was ask. He would make you laugh no matter how badly you were feeling and if need be he would cry with you.
He would smile and his eyes would smile also. David's my best friend, my husband, my son's father, and my life. He well always watch over us and be there for us.
David was a straight A student through High School and College. He worked full time at night and school during the day to get the money for college. He went to college at Oberlin Business College and graduated with high honors. Then went to work as a junior accountant at New Departure in Sandusky, Ohio. He worked there till he joined the Army. He wanted a good life for a family and he knew how tough life can be coming from a family of 5 children. His father was a hard worker and his mother stayed home and raised the family. So he had great family values.
I fell in loved with David's picture that I saw at his Aunt's and told her that I would marry him. Nobody could believe it when we started dating about a year after I said that. The first time we saw each other I just knew in my heart that David was the one and a week later we were on a double date when David asked me to go steady and not date another person. David was only the 3rd person I ever went out with.
David would smile and make a bad day great. He would help anybody out, all they had to do was ask. He is strong and gentle all in one. I always knew when he was thinking about me and he knew when I was of him.
I received letters from some of the men who were in Nam with him and they said that David didn't have to be the one on the gun that time but he wouldn't ask somebody to do something that he couldn't do himself because of the problems they were having with it. The men said that David cared for them all and they were friends.
I was told back when that no remains were found of David and for 13 years that was what I believed but after receiving a small copy of his file I found out otherwise. I read that parts were found and were tagged and sent out to be returned but nobody knows what happened to them. Basicly they were lost. One thing My David always said to me was that "Blood for my country, sweat for the Army, but You Will Always Have My Heart". Well, reading his file one man described that they found my husband's heart and that should of come home to our son and me. That is what is hard to swallow.
David is and always will be my Love, My Husband. I miss him so ---- much.
From his wife,
Patricia A. Sexton

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