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Sgt Julius Donald “J.D. & Don” Pritchett

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Sgt Julius Donald “J.D. & Don” Pritchett

  • Birth 1 Feb 1935 Griffin, Spalding County, Georgia, USA
  • Death 28 May 1968 Quang Tri, Quang Tri, Vietnam
  • Burial Henderson, Vance County, North Carolina, USA
  • Plot Veterans Sect.
  • Memorial ID 17729792

US Marine GYSGT Julius Donald Pritchett, Vietnam Veteran, resident of Durham, NC.

US Marine Gunnery Sergeant Julius Donald Pritchett was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Marine Corps, GSGT Pritchett served our country until May 28th, 1968 in Quang Tri, South Vietnam. He was 33 years old and was married. It was reported that Julius died when his vehicle crashed. His body was recovered. Julius was born on February 1st, 1935 in Durham, North Carolina. GSGT Pritchett is on panel 64W, line 015 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 14 years.

As one of my Drill Instructors on Parris Island, Platoon 163, 8/63-10/63, I'll always remember you with respect. Joe Zimbone,

I went through Drill Instructor School with Pritchett in 1961. We were both assigned to "C" company, 1st battalion for 30 long months! Pritch and I were like Brothers. I received a letter from his Widow after his Death but have not heard from anyone in a long time. I would like to know where he is interned as I would love to pay my respects. I have a book that lists all the Marines Killed in Viet Nam. I studied long and hard attempting to recapture the names of Friends. I visited the Wall one Cold assed Day with my list of about 50 Marines Etched on the wall. The very first one I came to was Pritch. I rubbed his name and I swear to the good Lord it was as if he said "It's about Time", naturally the emotions flowed. I'm glad that I'm not the only one that misses him! Semper Fi, Ed Grealish, Sgt Maj, U.S.M.C.(Ret), 1955-1980,

He was the Husband of Mrs Shirley Pritchett, 118 Hester Drive, Henderson, NC, 27537. Don was married in 1956 and had four children. Their son, Timothy, who was born while he was stationed at Parris Island, died in 1996 age 33, is buried near his father.

He served with the 7th Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 3rd Marine Amphibious Force.

Some of His Awards and Decorations include The Combat Action Ribbon(CAR), The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

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  • Created by: Tom Reece
  • Added: 28 Jan 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17729792
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Julius Donald “J.D. & Don” Pritchett (1 Feb 1935–28 May 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17729792, citing Sunset Garden Memorial Cemetery, Henderson, Vance County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Tom Reece (contributor 46857744) .