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Denham Altfather Whitesell, Jr.

Lance Corporal, Marine Corps

Born: September 13, 1938
Hometown: Staunton
Entered: June 17, 1968
Served In: Vietnam
Casualty Date: December 2, 1968
Died In: Khe Sahn, South Vietnam
Awards: National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal

Lance Corporal Whitesell was a rifleman in D Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Amphibious Force. He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1955, worked for General Electric in Waynesboro, and attended Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave. He enlisted for a second tour with the U.S. Marines on June 17, 1968.

He is buried in Augusta Memorial Park, Augusta County, Virginia.

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