LTJG. David McLean Desilets was one of 10 service members honored on May 13, 2012, with the inscription of their names on the Vietnam Veterans National Memorial.
He served as the USS Pyro’s Communications Officer from April 1966 until his death on Sept. 4, 1966. He died of meningitis on board the USS Pyro while underway in the South China Sea.
As reported earlier in The Scuttlebutt, the unveiling of LTJG Desilets’s name came after a year-long campaign by his daughter, Jeanne, and was made possible by new regulations expanding the official warzone to include other deaths within the areas of Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and other coastal regions.
The photo of Jeanne Desilets and her father’s name on the memorial wall (right) appeared in on the front page of The Washington Post.

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