David Dayle Mc Kenzie

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david_mckenzieLance Corporal David Dayle Mc Kenzie was born on February 13, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan to Mr. and Mrs. David D. Mc Kenzie of Ann Arbor, Michigan. David attended Mary Magdalene Parish School in Melvindale, Michigan until 1959. He attended St. Francis Xavier Parish School for one year. His family moved to Ann Arbor where he attended St. Thomas High School. He was the captain of his football team, and was on the All-City and All-Southwest football teams. He also lettered in basketball, baseball and track. David enlisted in the Marine Corps after graduating from High School.

Lance Corporal Mc Kenzie began his tour of duty in Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam in June of 1965 serving as a rifleman with B Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Amphibious Forces. David was killed early in his tour on July 12, 1965 when his unit was conducting a search and clear mission just south of Da Nang along the Song Cau Do River where mines were numerous.

David Dayle Mc Kenzie is survived by his parents and four sisters. He lived 20 years, 4 months and 29 days. He is resting in Michigan Memorial Park in Flat Rock, Michigan. David's name is listed on the Vietnam Memorial in Ypsilanti Township under Ann Arbor. His name also appears on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC on Panel 02E Line 035.  Rubbing from The Wall is below.

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James Halter
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Was there when he died
Delaware, OH 43015 USA
I have always remenbered
Dave was my freind and my fire team leader. I was there when he died. I carred him to the chopper. He was to young to die.  Many of our best freinds died that day. I know that a part of me died with them I will always remember. I know I will see some day. God how we hated that war
Wednesday, March 08, 2000


Jim Bencik
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Classmate, friend and buddy for a far too short period of time
A friend and excellent football player who was a true American and hero for generations to come. He gave his life for the future of this country and because it was his time in the eyes of God. Thanks Dave, I hope to see you again in heaven. Jim
Tuesday, January 25, 2000

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