|Birth: ||Dec. 14, 1928|
|Death: ||Aug. 28, 2010|
(December 14, 1928 - August 28, 2010)
St. George, UT - Donald DeVere left this world on August 28, 2010. He was born in Seattle, WA on December 14, 1928 to Thelma and Don DeVere. He grew up in Milwaukee, WI where he married Mary Ann Balistreri.
He made the Army his career and had many long years of service to his country. Don was a career U.S. Army Special Forces Non-Commissioned Officer, serving in the elite Special Operations Units within the 5th Special Forces Group, Airborne in the Republic of South Vietnam. Don retired as a Command Sergeant Major. His awards included the Silver Star Medal; Bronze Star Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster; Air Medal; Joint Services Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Purple Heart Medal; Good Conduct Medal; World War II Victory Medal; World War II Army of Occupation Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Medal with Palm; Republic of Vietnam Staff Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Combat Infantryman Badge; Vietnamese Parachutist Badge and the Master Parachutist Badge. Don was respected by all those with whom he served, and wherever he served he set the standard for Special Forces Non-Commissioned Officers.
Don retired and graduated from Westminster College, and was a museum curator at both Ft. Douglas in Salt Lake City, UT and at the Presidio in Monterey, CA.
He is survived by his wife: Mary Ann; his sons: David, Jay, Mike and Perry DeVere; and his daughter: Denise Hein. He was a devoted grandpa with 11 grandchildren who will miss him greatly.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. at 2640 Canyon View Drive, Santa Clara, UT. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221.
Don said, "No flowers. Just raise a glass (or 2) in my memory."
Tribute to a Warrior, Brother, and Friend
It is with sadness of heart that I inform the membership of the passing of Donald DeVere, SOA # 018. Don passed at 3:00 AM on this date, August 28, 2010. Don was an original member of Special Forces and was one of the early members of our Association.
Those of us who have served with Don are aware of his professionalism as a Special Forces Soldier. He was the consummate "Quiet Professional". In 1966 and 1967 Don served in MACVSOG. Don as the Recon Team Leader or "One-Zero" of Team Oregon, trained his team to perfection and then led it into numerous target areas in Laos. Don and Special Forces Soldiers like him are the legend in the "Legendary" of MACV Studies and Observations Group operations.
Don was not a stranger to the other elite units in the 5th SFGA. As the First Sergeant of the Project Delta Reconnaissance Company, Don led by example and kept his finger in the operational mix. On one operation, his team made contact and required extraction under duress. When Don's son, assigned as a gunship pilot in the 281st Assault Helicopter Company heard that his dad was in trouble, he flew his gunship out and participated in the extraction of the team. Don had a panel marker inside his hat and when his son identified it, Don told his son to shoot everything around the orange dot.
Don was a true "Warrior". A quiet man, cool under fire and accomplished in all aspects of the Warrior ethos. His professional demeanor and competence inspired those around him. He was exactly what you would expect a twenty year Special Forces "Quiet Professional" and a "Warrior", to be.
Don's wife, Mary Ann, sons and daughter were at his side when he passed to that special place where Warriors gather on the other side.
Mary Ann DeVere (1929 - 2014)*
Utah State Veterans Memorial Park
Salt Lake County
Plot: Site A1 ~ D14 Niche
Created by: Gaylene Rose
Record added: Aug 29, 2010
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