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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, November 20, 2008

Lovitt honored in Iowa State's Gold Star Hall

The brother of a Mount Ayr resident was honored by having his name engraved in the wall of the Gold Star Hall in the Iowa State University Memorial Union at Ames and he was specially honored at a Veterans' Day ceremony this year.

Patti DOLCHECK'S brother, David Glen LOVITT, who was killed in action in Vietnam, was honored at the ceremony, which DOLECHECK and her husband Cecil attended.

When the idea was first brought up, DOLECHECK was not too sure that dredging up the memories of 30 years ago was such a good idea. She said once the effort got going, she heard from a number of people who knew her brother who she had not heard from in a long time.

"The ceremony in the Gold Star Hall was very impressive," DOLECHECK said.

Iowa State University students who are killed in action in the service of their country are honored in the special part of the Memorial Union on the Iowa State University campus.

David Glen LOVITT was born on December 13, 1947, in Clarinda. His parents were farming outside of Bedford, where David grew up with his sister, Patti.

He attended grade school in Gravity and graduated from Bedford Community high school in 1966. He was a member of the Bedford Methodist Church.

In high school, LOVITT participated in FFA, helped out on the class play crew, was on the parliamentary procedure team and was a member of the Letterman's Club.

Jerry WETZEL was one of LOVITT'S teachers, and wrote this note. "I taught David in American History classes at Bedford and I also was an assistant high school football coach. David played on the team as an offensive lineman, and while he was not a great player, he always worked hard. He was a great kid. I believe football was the only sport he participated in. He undoubtly had farm duties that made it hard to do school activities."

After graduation from high school, he attended the winter quarter at Iowa State from November 1966 to February 1967 as an agriculture special student. Many young people engaged in farming took advantage of winter quarter agriculture classes since they were scheduled after the harvest and before spring planting. David was farming with his father and because he was working, was drafted. He entered the Army in January 1968.

He went through basic training at Fort Bliss and advanced infantry training at Fort Polk, LA. Following a furlough in June 1968, he shipped to Vietnam where he was assigned to the 25th Infantry.

Specialst 4 LOVITT was the driver of the command armored personnel carrier for the 22nd battalion.

In early March 1969, his parents received R&R orders to meet their son in Hawaii on March 18. But prior to their departure, they received word that he was missing in action in Tay Ninh province, South Vietnam. Word was soon received that he had died on March 6 in an ambush during a combat operation.

In his award for the Bronze Star, it noted that when his unit encountered a hostile force, he had turned his vehicle into the heavy enemy fire and assaulted the fortifiation. Despite a direct hit by a rocket propelled grenade, he maintained control of the vehicle until he was able to subdue the opposition.

LOVITT was cited for her pseronal bravery, aggressiveness and devotion to duty.

Others attending the ceremony included his high school football coach Jerry WETZEL and classmates Joe MOREHOUSE of Omaha, NE; Red EVERHART of Kansas City, MO; Dennis SHEPARD of Gowrie; Mevlin MYERS of Des Moines, and Ron and Pam CALFEE of Gravity.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2012

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