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Spec Donald Sherril “Donnie” Sullivan

Spec Donald Sherril “Donnie” Sullivan

Princeton, Johnston County, North Carolina, USA
Death 29 Jan 1967 (aged 22)
Kon Tum, Kon Tum, Vietnam
Burial Princeton, Johnston County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 17757575 · View Source
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SP4 Donald Sherril Sullivan, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Princeton, NC.

Specialist Four Donald Sherril Sullivan was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army Selective Service and a Draftee, SP4 Sullivan served our country until January 29th, 1967 in Kontum, South Vietnam. He was 22 years old and was not married. It was reported that Donald was shot by a sniper during an ambush and later died from his injuries in the vicinity of Bong Son. His body was recovered. Donald was born on October 10th, 1944 in Princeton, North Carolina. SP4 Sullivan is on panel 14E, line 096 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for one year.

I served in the 40th Infantry Platoon Scout Dogs after Sullivan was killed and even though I didn't know him I knew the job him and his dog had and he was a true brother of all Scout Dog handlers may he rest in peace Twiggy, William Brown.

Fellow 35th Infantry (Cacti) member. Cacti Hero. In memory of our 35th Infantry Regiment(Cacti)Brother. Your service and sacrifice will always be remembered by those of us who proudly served with you. For any family or friends who may read this, we honor you for the sacrifice that you made with your terrible loss. In order to more fully honor our Brother we would love to hear from any Family, old friends, neighbors, schoolmates and teachers so that we might learn as much as possible about his life. We specifically would like to obtain a photo(It matters not if it is High School, Military, or family group photos are OK) Please contact us if you knew him and let us know that our hero is still remembered. Dick Arnold and Doc Hall 35th Infantry Regiment (Cacti) Association ( You can reach Dick Arnold at 3611 Delmar Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46220, or phone (317)251-2369 or Doc Hall at the address and e-mail indicated. Jim Hall,1335 N. Broad St, Woodbury, NJ 08096,

I would like to tell you a little about Donnie. We met at Fort Benning GA. We were both assigned to dog training school. Its a three month training school on how to handle scout dogs for the army. Donnie and I were both from North Carolina. So we hit it off pretty good right from the start. What time we weren't training with the dogs Donnie and I would go down town and hit all the night spots. Yes we were looking for what every young single guy looked for girls. And Donnie and I found two nice looking girls at at one of the many night clubs they had in that town. We dated those two girls the whole time we were at Fort Benning. The girls said right from the start we will date you two guys be we are not going to become too attached cause as soon as you leave there will be two more guys to take your place.

Donnie and I both knew down inside where we were going, but we didn't talk about it too much. So we tried to have all the fun we could cause we knew that it would soon be over. And sure enough it was. I remember the day we were to get aboard two US Air Force C-141s jet cargo planes headed for Vietnam. Donnie came up to me and called me by my last name in the Army you were known by your last name he said Jarvis I said all my good byes at home if anything happens to me it will just kill my Mom. I said Sullivan don't even talk that way we both will be back home before you know it. So we boarded the plane and headed for Vietnam. We went over to Vietnam as the 40th infantry scout dog platoon. We were attached to the 25th infantry in Pleiku South Vietnam. Donnie and I were called out to go on patrol one January day. We flew out on a chopper and while we were standing around to see what platoon we would be assigned to Donnie came over to me and said Jarvis I just don't feel right about this I don't think I'm coming back in from this one. I said Donnie don't even think that way think positive and you will be back. I went out with A platoon and Donnie went out with B platoon. As Donnie was walking away to join B platoon I said see you when we get back into base. He just looked at me and gave me a little smile without saying a word. Not knowing that would be the last time I would ever see him. The next day while I was on patrol with A platoon the LT came up to me and said we just had radio contact with B platoon he said they walked into an ambush and that Donnie had been hit in the chest with rifle fire. I ask him how is Donnie doing he said he was talking when they medivaced him out. So I thought every thing was going to be alright. I was worried to say the least. But I had to think positive. When I got back into base camp about a week later the first thing I did was find our LT and ask him how Donnie was. He said haven't you heard Donnie died. I said no this is the first time I heard that. That was a sad day for me. I had just lost my good friend. I just couldn't help but think about his mom and how she must have taken his death. Knowing what Donnie had said to me. Donnie as long as someone has a memory of you, you will live on in out hearts. See you one day my good friend.

The funeral for Specialist 4 Donald Sherrill Sullivan of Route 2, Princeton, will be held at 3pm Thursday afternoon in Fellowship Methodist Church on Route 2, Princeton. The pastor, the Reverend Jack Williams, will officiate. Burial with full military honors will be conducted by a team from Fort Bragg. The body will be at Pittman-Long funeral home until it is taken to the church to lie in state for an hour prior to the service. The 22 year old soldier was killed in action January 29 by hostile sniper fire in Vietnam, where he had been on duty since August of last year. He ws a member of the 40th Scout Dog Patrol. He entered the military service in December of 1965 and received his basic training at Fort Jackson, SC. He was a 1965 graduate of Princeton High School. Surviving are his parents, Mr and Mrs Glenwood Sullivan of Route 2, Princeton; one sister, Miss Paulette Green Sullivan of the home; three brothers, Bobby Wayne, Steve Clyde, and Dennis Wade Sullivan, all threee of the home, and his paternal grandmother, Mrs Betty Sullivan of Goldsboro.

He was the son of Mr and Mrs Alston G Sullivan, Route #2, Princeton, North Carolina.

He served with the 40th Infantry Scout Dog Platoon, attached to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, "Cacti Forever", 25th Infantry Division, "Tropic Lightning", USARV.

The decorations earned by SP4 Donald Sullivan included: The Combat Infantryman Badge(CIB), The Bronze Star Medal, The Purple Heart Medal for his Combat Related Wounds, The National Defense Service Medal, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Vietnam Campaign Medal and The Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Spec Donald Sherril “Donnie” Sullivan (10 Oct 1944–29 Jan 1967), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17757575, citing Fellowship United Methodist Church Cemetery, Princeton, Johnston County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Tom Reece (contributor 46857744) .