Donald Edward Nipper was the son of Carl Henry Nipper and Mildred Louise Brock. He served with B Troop, 7th Squadron, 15t Cavalry Regiment, 1st Aviation. His body was recovered.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, 7 May 1968
A 20-year-old Knoxville soldier who was making plans for marriage after his scheduled return from Vietnam in December has been killed in action, his family learned.
Sp/4 Donald E. Nipper, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl H. Nipper of 3314 Ragsdale Ave., was killed Saturday near Hue. His parents received a letter yesterday from young Nipper, dated May 4, the date of his death, telling them that he planned to proceed with previously – made plans to marry Rachael Boling, Schaad Rd. He had been in Vietnam since late January. He was a member of the 101st Airborne Division’s 1st Air Cavalry Battalion. Sp/4 Nipper received his basic training at Ft. Campbell, Ky., after entering the Army in December 1966. He attended Rule High School, and was a member of Ball Road Baptist Church. Prior to entering service he worked as a laborer for the V.L. Nicholson Co., 611 S. Central St. In addition to his parents he leaves a brother, Lucky Ray, 10; sisters, Tiny, 17, Debbie, 11, all of the home, Mrs. Betty Kirby, Knoxville; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Millard Brock, 3516 Montgomery Ave.

  • Rank: Specialist 4th Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 26 March 1948
  • Date of death: 4 May 1968
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Army
  • Division/Assignment: 7th Squadron, 15t Cavalry Regiment
  • Conflict: Vietnam
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: New Gray Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XXIII, Top Panel
  • Sponsored by: John E. Hunter

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