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David Sterling


   Military services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. from the Hall Funeral Home for Marine Corps First Lt. David W. Sterling, 24, who was killed in Vietnam Sunday afternoon, Jan. 26. The Rev. Henry Hall will officiate and burial will be in the Highland Cemetery. Lt. Sterling's body will arrived at Tri-City Airport this evening Wednesday.

   According to information received by his wife, the former Marilea Coker, of Gladwin, he was killed while serving as the co-pilot on a medical evacuation mission near DaNang in the Quang Nam Province. His helicopter was attempting to pick up a wounded marine when enemy fire was sighted in the area and in eluding the fire the helicopter crashed into a mountain. The weather was reported to be hazy, Mrs. Sterling said. Six other crew members of the helicopter were also killed in the crash.

   The young aviator was born on March 4, 1944, to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sterling of Buckeye Township. He graduated from Gladwin High School in 1952 and from Western Michigan University in 1966. Lt. Sterling received his Naval Aviator wings in May 1968. He had been in Vietnam for five months and had been awarded the Air Medal fo rmeritorious service.

   Besides his parents and his wife, Marilea, 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 family asks that no flowers be sent. A memorial fund has been established.

Personal Information
Death Date
Burial/Final Location
Highland Cemetery, Gladwin, MI
MI 1st Lt. US Marine Corps Ph. Vietnam
Publication Information
Pub. Date
Pub. Page
Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
P:1 C:7
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January 2005
Tom Ladner
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