A sad anniversary

5 Feb
David Semmler’s senior photo. Credit: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

Fifty years ago today, R.L. Thomas High School graduate David Semmler died in Vietnam at the age of 23.

I’m reminded of this anniversary by Jim Lanson, who wrote,

I believe David was a 1966 R.L. Thomas graduate. I also believe the Thomas building opened in 1962 which would have been his freshman year. David was one of three R.L. Thomas graduates who sacrificed their lives in Vietnam. Leonard Coles and Rex Daniels were the two others. Peter Kaulback, who was a 1962 Webster High graduate, the last year the high school was at the Spry building, was also killed in action.

David rests at White Haven Cemetery.

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