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Born Nov. 7, 1945
Start of tour May 31, 1967
Casualty was on June 13, 1968
Panel 57W - Line 7

Cpl. Donald Coleman Crotts served with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, M Co. He was Killed in Action at the start of Operation MAMELUKE THRUST. Semper Fi, brother Marine...we will never forget.

Remembering Donald Coleman Crotts
(Sent in by Rick Upleger, fellow Marine, M Co. 3/5)

I arrived in Vietnam May of 1968, and at the beginning of June we were on an operation......my first one.....3rd platoon, 3rd squad....Sgt. Costello was my squad leader. Joe Smith and I were in the same fire team. Crotts was walking point that day, and Joe was right behind him. We were in the rice paddies heading into a wooded area and the enemy opened up on us. Joe saw the gook that shot Crotts, but couldn't get a shot at him. Sgt. Costello told me to go and recover his body, it was me and Joe who recovered his body. Sgt. Costello also told me that Crotts only had two to three weeks left on his tour. As a new guy in Vietnam, I was not prepared for that. I'm not good at remembering names, but his face is forever implanted in my brain. That experience is part of what the Marine Corps could not teach you...you had to learn it on your own. I will remember this for as long as I live.~Rick Upleger

Friend, and Brother Marine
(Sent in by Tom Blau, M Co. 3/5)

I didn't know Crotts really well, but considered him my friend. As I recall, Crotts' wife was pregnant at the time. Whenever I think about that, it makes me want to cry. My youngest daughter was born June 16, 1968. I have cried inside for him and his family ever since. I pray his child and family have had a good life.~Tom Blau