The “Those Who Served” War Museum, Mercer County, West Virginia, has honored the memory of Lt David Lee Sackett who died in the Vietnam War.
David served as a First Lieutenant in the US Army. He began a tour of duty in the Binh Duong province of Vietnam on 27 July 1969 as an infantry unit commander in A Company, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion. He was wounded in action and died in a helicopter taking him to a medical facility on 24 October 1969.
He had married at the United States Military Academy, West Point, just a few months earlier in April 1969 and, at the time of his death, had been preparing to fly to Hawaii to be reunited with his wife.
David Lee Sackett was from Welch, West Virginia. He was the son of Frederick Milton Sackett and Dora Lee Kroger. Dora Lee had kept her son’s uniforms, medals, and other memorabilia, and it was in recognition of her wishes that the Museum created a display.