David E. Lownds

Naples, Florida


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Col. David E. Lownds Naples, FL

David E. Lownds, of Naples, FL, born October 4, 1920, passed away peace fully on August 31, 2011. As all good Marines do, the "Lion of Khe Sanh", Colonel David E. Lownds, USMC (Ret) reported for duty on "heaven's scene." A veteran of...

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Clearly an admired and much loved man, both personally and professionally. Men like David Lownds are few and far between.

I served under Col Lownds in 1967-68. I was a recon marine(B Company) and was wounded during the TET offensive.
He was a class act and I hold him in high regard always.

Some of the Finest Men I've Ever Met. Were Marine Corps Officers During the Vietnam War Col David Lownds Is that Perfect Example " Semper Fidelis "

Corporal Daniel Johnston USMC
3/26 H&S Co. 1969 - 1970

I was a crew chief on a huey gunship
(vmo 6) WB9 "why me" during the siege of khe sahn.Wounded trying to get a special force man left at lang vey feb 7th 1968.

pl robert w crutcher

My name is Tony Cuccaro I was in ammo co.I and our whole company had great respect for Col. Lownds I feel this a great loss to the Marines that served with him at KHE SANH He is truly a great Marine.

I studied the battle of Khe Sanh, you're a true hero. Semper Fidelis sir.

Sgt. R. Garza U.S.M.C.

26th Marine Regiment "The Professionals"

I have never served under a more able commander than Col. Lowndes. His "perimeter stroll" each morning at the Khe Sanh Combat Base is the stuff of legends. We will miss you, sir, but because the Marine Corps lives forever, you will live forever in the hearts of your fellow Marines. More than an honor to have served with you. Respectfully; G.P.Lucas USMC66-68

You were a true hero and a solid MARINE OFFICER.

May your rest in peace Marine, be bookmarked by your incredible service, honor and sacrifice, which will endure forever. Semper Fi, from just another Vietnam Marine Vet (1966-67, Chi Lai).