February 16, 1925 - March 15, 2021
Lt. Col. Donald B. Carmichael, age 96, died peacefully at his home surrounded by loved ones on March 15th, 2021. Lt. Col. Carmichael is survived by his wife, Sally Jeanne, and six children: Christine Melissa, Jeffrey Scott, Edwin Bernard, Debra Jean, Dawn Victoria and Kathi Murray. Predeceased by his son Stephen Craig. He had 13 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 5 cats and 1 dog. Lt. Col. Carmichael was a veteran of three wars (WWII, Korea, and Vietnam). He was a combat soldier rising from Private to Colonel. He fought with the 113th Cavalry from Normandy to the Elbe River as an assistant driver, gunner and tank commander in Fox Company, 113th Squadron, a part of the Group from July 12, 1944 to the time that he redeployed at war’s end, May of that next year. In 1952, he joined Tank Company, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Division in Korea, until he transferred at his request to an Infantry Battalion where he served as Plt Ldr, XO, CO, Co A and later the I Company in the Chorwon and Kumwha valleys until redeployment to the First Cavalry in Hokkaido, Japan, July 20th, 1953. Then, on December 10th, 1967, he joined an American Liaison Group in support of the Korean Capital ROK Division in Binh Dinh province, Vietnam. Next, he was selected as Deputy Commander in Task Force South consisting of two US Airborne Battalions and 23rd ARVN Division, until deployment home in December of 1968. Decorations and Awards included: Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with V (3 awards), Purple Heart, Air Medal with two clusters, Commendation Medal, American Theater Medal, Good Conduct Award, Victory Medal, Army of Occupation, ETO Theater (5 Campaigns), Korea War (3 Campaigns), Vietnam War (3 campaigns), In-hun (Korean Medal for Gallantry), UN Medal, Gallantry Cross, Vietnam, Belgium Fouraguerre Unit Award, Combat Infantry Badge (two awards), Parachute Badge, and Ranger Tab. After retiring from the military, his experience includes insurance manager, college teacher, television commentator, and an author. Lt. Col. Carmichael has written three books and several articles on peace and war, and has spoken on military, social, religious, and civic matters by request. He held a B.S. degree from UCLA, Masters Credits from San Francisco State, and a teaching credential from University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. Lt. Col. Carmichael enjoyed his family life with his wife, Jeanne, and their many animal companions in Loxley, Alabama. Services will be held on Wednesday, April 21st at 10:00am at the First Baptist Church of Robertsdale with a military funeral to immediately follow (12:30pm) at the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spanish Fort.
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