Don Boozer was drafted into the Army in 1967. The boy who had been born a fighter now prepared for life as a soldier. His first assignment was to Germany, where he and his newlywed wife Carol lived their first three months. Their honeymoon was short lived, however, when Don received orders for Vietnam. The couple spent Christmas with their family in Plantersville. Don left for Vietnam on Jan 9, 1968.
Don arrived in Vietnam on the eve of the Tet Offensive. On February 24, 1968, barely one month into his tour, Don was hit by shrapnel from an exploding booby trap. In spite of suffering severe wounds and losing his right leg, Don fought for his life. Doctors would take his left leg as well. Don continued to hold onto life until March 5, 1968. His life ended in very much the same way it had begun, fighting for every breath.
Don was awarded the Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign and Combat Infantry medals for his service in Vietnam.
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