STAFF SGT. DONALD C. MAY – U.S. Marine CorpsHometown / City: RICHMOND, VA RICHMOND (CITY)
Date of Death: Tuesday, March 25, 2003
Conflict: Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq)
Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
Rank: Staff Sgt.
Unit: 1ST TANK BN, 1ST MARDIV, MCAGCC, TWENTYNINE PALMS, CA 92278 Birth: Oct. 23, 1971
Death: Mar. 25, 2003, Iraq
Marine Staff Sgt May was assigned to the 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, Twenty-nine Palms, California. May was killed during convoy operations when his tank plunged off a cliff into the Euphrates River. Donald became interested in the military at an early age. He was inspired by the career path of his parents who met at Quantico Marine Corps Base in northern Virginia. He was a member of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets from age 12 to 18 and was also a police explorer. In 1990, he graduated from Meadowbrook High School and joined the Marines. Donald finished boot camp in time to serve in the Middle East for the last few months of the first Gulf War in 1991 – his job was guarding Iraqi prisoners. “He was my only son and as proud as I am to be a Marine, to be married to a Marine, and for my son to become a Marine; he was still my only son, he was all I had” said his mother Brenda May. He left the Marines for two years, serving as a reservist, after which he got back in as a tank commander, just like his dad. He leaves behind his wife, Deborah, and three children.
NOTE: According to VA records Donald has two burial locations. One is at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia – Section 60, Site 8730 and the other is at Dale Memorial Park.Burial:
Dale Memorial Park
Chesterfield (Chesterfield County)