David J. DeBauche

Memorial Location


  • Corporal
  • Served: February 15, 1968 – September 11, 1969
  • Vietnam War
  • Mortar Man
  • Awarded: Purple Heart Medal, Combat Action Ribbon with device, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Navy Achievement Medal with Combat “V”

Corporal DeBauche was placed on permanent disability and medically retired after having been struck in the back with an AK-47 round. He was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal with a Combat “V” for crawling through tunnels and enabling the capture of 40 Viet Cong, as well as weapons, equipment, ammunition and medical supplies.