This letter is on display along with a
portrait of SP4
Donald Ward Evans Jr
at Evans U.S. Army Hospital, Fort
Carson, Colorado. It is reproduced here as written.
SP4 Donald Evans was a member of Alpha Company, 2d Battalion,
12th Infantry Regiment (A/2/12), which was part of the 3d
Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division. 3d BDE/4th ID embarked
on the troop ship
Nelson M. Walker at Seattle, Washington in September 1966.
After a stop in Okinawa, the ship arrived at Vung Tau, South
Vietnam on 8 October 1966. The troops went ashore in
craft. The brigade was assigned to
Region in the
25th ID Area of
Operations, just north of Saigon. The rest of 4th
ID was at Pleiku in the Central Highlands.
On Tuesday, 1 November 1966, A/2/12 was in Saigon and marched
in the National Day
Parade, the commemoration of the establishment of the
Republic of South Vietnam. Here is a picture of
after the parade, which shows LT Allyn Palmer and guidon
bearer PFC Larry Savage leading the company back to the
In January 1967, 3d Brigade/4th ID was involved in
Cedar Falls. It served as a support and
diversionary force working out of Dau Tieng, while the
1st and 25th Infantry Divisions performed a
and Destroy Mission in the
Iron Triangle to the
south.  Operation Cedar Falls officially ended on 26
January 1967, but A/2/12 encountered a Viet Cong strong
point north of Dau Tieng the next day.
On Friday, 27 January 1967, SP4 Donald Ward Evans Jr, MOS
91B20, was killed in action while giving aid to wounded
soldiers under fire. This occurred north of the
plantation at Dau Tieng, in the Tri Tam District of Binh
Duong Province, South Vietnam. Specialist Evans was
posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Here is a portion of his
of Honor Citation:
"Disregarding his painful wounds and seriously weakened from
profuse bleeding, he continued his lifesaving medical aid
and was killed while treating another wounded comrade.
Specialist Evans' extraordinary valor, dedication and
indomitable spirit saved the lives of several of his fellow
soldiers, served as an inspiration to the men of his
company, were instrumental in the success of their mission,
and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces
of his country."
Secretary of the Army Stanley R. Resor presented the
Congressional Medal of
to Donald's wife and parents at a special ceremony
at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., on 4 June 1968. The
Republic of South Vietnam also awarded him the Military Merit
Medal and the Gallantry Cross with Palm.
Donald was survived by his wife, Bonnie Jean Evans, his
parents, Donald and Elsie Evans, and his brothers Richard
and Harvey. His father died in 1974. His mother
died on Thursday, 28 June 2001, at the age of 88.
Donald is buried next to his father in
Park, Glendora, California.
On Thursday, 5 June 1986,
Evans U.S. Army
Hospital was dedicated to the memory of Specialist Fourth
Class Donald Ward Evans Jr, Soldier-Medic. Like all medics, he
was known as Doc to his friends. His name is inscribed on
Panel 14E, Line 85, of the
War Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Paul M. Webber, M.D.
Special thanks to
Bill Comeau, one
of Donald Evans' friends in Alpha Company, who provided most of
the background information for this page. He sent these photos of
Donald Evans that were taken at Dau Tieng, Vietnam:
Evans 1 |
Evans 2 |
Evans 3 |
Photos 1 - 3 are courtesy of Richard Evans and Bill Comeau. Photo
4 was taken by George Hanna, who was an NCO in the 3d Platoon of
A/2/12. On 27 January 1967, George Hanna was wounded and pinned
down by enemy fire north of the Michelin Plantation. Donald Evans
went to his aid. Bill Comeau's
of 2/12 Infantry tells the story of that day. Bill has posted
three other letters from Doc Evans:
25 Dec 1966 |
8 Jan 1967 |
25 Jan 1967
Bill Comeau sent this Map of
Dau Tieng which shows the Alpha Company bivouac site in Dòn
Dièn Michelin, the Michelin Rubber Plantation. There was
an old French swimming pool at Dau Tieng, which was
restored by 2/12
Infantry. Here is a picture of the
swimming pool taken by
Jim Olafson, the XO of Alpha Company. Notice the GI innovation of
using a helicopter rotor wing for a diving board. Rumors that the
pool was destroyed by Viet Cong sappers are wrong.
Gilliland served with C/2/28 Infantry, 1st Division, at Lai
Khe in 1968-1969. He reports that the pool was in use during his
tour, and was renovated and still in use in 2003.