WESLEY G DOTY

WESLEY G DOTY - FN

  • HOMETOWN:
  • sussex
  • COUNTY:
  • Sussex
  • DATE OF BIRTH:
  • September 09, 1948
  • DATE OF CASUALTY:
  • September 12, 1968
  • BRANCH OF SERVICE:
  • Navy
  • RANK:
  • FN
  • STATUS:
  • KIA
  • COUNTRY:
  • South Vietnam

Biography


Wesley G. Doty was born on September 9, 1948.  His home of record is Sussex, NJ.  He lived his whole life in Sussex County.  He had one sister, Shirley, and a half brother, George.  He graduated from High Point Regional High School in 1967 and enlisted in the US Navy in July of the same year.  In 1950, his half brother, George Doty of Kenvil, NJ, who was 20 at the time, was killed in combat in Korea.

Doty completed his boot camp training at Great Lakes Naval Training Station and after a leave at home, returned to the station for 16 weeks of schooling in diesel mechanics.  He left the United States on July 2nd on the USS Hunterdon County.  He attained the rank of FN (Fireman).

On September 12, 1968, while on board the USS Hunterdon County on the Ham Luong River at Ben Tre in South Vietnam, Doty died as a result of wounds sustained while engaging the enemy in combat.   He was 20 years old.

He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and he also earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon Bar during his naval service.

Information provided by Shirley Jonsson (sister) and NJVVMF.

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