David Gen Bendorf was a lance corporaL for the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.

He was born on August 20, 1946 and died on May 20, 1967 at the age of 21 in Quang Tri, Vietnam.

He lived on a farm outside of Livingston, Wisconsin. He was very kind, considerate, and funny. He tried putting me on one of the cows while they were milking it. He and his brother were my brother’s best friends. We all grew up together in the summers. Of course, I had a crush on him. I was about 10–12 years old.

Everyone loved David. His brother’s name is Ed. We often joked about it because my brother’s names are Dave and Ed. I miss him so much. Every year my brother Ed who lives in Portland, Oregon comes to visit and we go to visit his gravesite together.

~ Peggy Trujillo

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