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Gladwin County Obituary/Death Notice
David Sterling


   A 24-year-old Gladwin man has become Gladwin County's second victim of the war in Vietnam. Marine Corps First Lt. David W. Sterling was reported killed in Vietnam Sunday afternoonwhen the helicopet he was co-piloting crashed into a mountain. A representative from the Marines notified his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sterling of Buckeye Township, and his wife, the former Marilea Coker of Gladwin, of his death Monday afternoon.

   Events surrounding his death are not known yet, his wife told The Record Tuesday. We don't know if he was shot down or what. All they said was that his helicopter had struck a mountain, she said. Besides his parents and wife, he is survived by a 21 month-old daughter, Stacey Lyn; two brothers, Paul of California and Ken of Bay City; and two sisters, Janet of California and Carol of Detroit.

   The young aviator graduated from Gladwin High School in 1962 and from Western Michigan University in 1966. He received his Naval Aviator wings in May of 1968.

Personal Information
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Highland Cemetery, Gladwin, MI
MI 1st Lt. US Marine Corps Ph. Vietnam
Publication Information
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Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
P:1 C:2
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January 2005
Tom Ladner
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