Donald Michael Mundy passed from this life January 4, 2021, in Glendale, Arizona. Don was a decorated Navy veteran who served in the Vietnam War where he was awarded a Purple Heart Medal, the RVN Gallantry Cross, Navy Unit Commendation and the Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Star. He was known for his wonderful sense of humor, the love he had for his family and generosity in spirit and action.
Don was born in San Mateo, California, to his parents John and Joyce Mundy. He graduated with the class of 1966 from Buchser High School in Santa Clara, CA, where he excelled in both basketball and tennis. After graduation, he worked for a short time before joining the Navy on October 26, 1967. Don served first at Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard in the Bay Area, then in Da Nang, Vietnam, and lastly at Roosevelt Roads Naval Station in Puerto Rico as a Storekeeper. It was while in Da Nang at the harbor at the Bridge Ramp facility, on February 27, 1969, that Don survived a rocket attack that resulted in 22 fatalities. No other single enemy action caused a greater number of KIAs for the Navy throughout the entire Vietnam War. Then, not even a month later, both Bridge Ramp and his barracks, would come under fire again. Don still faithfully served until his return to civilian life in 1971. He always shared that he did not experience the disdain some did when they returned from the Vietnam War, but those experiences understandably left an indelible mark on him.
Days without the routine of a job [after retirement] allowed Don to re-connect virtually with old schoolmates and fellow veterans. Most treasured were those that shared his experiences in “Nam.” He spent much time reading, researching, documenting and recalling events related to his time there. He had reconnected with over 200 fellow veterans who served with him at Bridge Ramp in Da Nang and was active in numerous online forums.
We honor you, Donald Mundy.
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