Nederland Veterans Park

Veterans Database
Main Page

On the Home Front

For information about the Veterans Park contact:

Nederland Parks & Recreation Department
2301 Avenue H
Nederland, TX 77627 
Phone: 409-724-0773


For information about the Database contact:

Marion & Ed Hughes
Public Library

2712 Nederland Avenue
Nederland, TX 77627 
Phone: 409-722-1255

Database Number   498
Name   Whelply, Donald Lee
Birth Date   6 November 1952
Birth Place   Port Arthur, Jefferson Co., Texas
Death Date    
Death Place    
Cause of Death    
Place of Burial    
Service Branch   Army



Battery C, 4th Bn, 61st Air Defense Artillery

Rank/Grade   PV2
Date of Enlistment   15 Mar 1973
Date of Discharge   5 Jun 1974, Fort Carson, CO
Service Occupation   Top security clearance to NORAD
Decorations   National Defense Service Medal; Sharpshooter Badge with M-16 Rifle Bar
Locations of Military Service   Fort Carson, Colorado Springs, CO
Father   Robert Whelply
Mother   Katheryn Benningfield
Spouse   Carol Whelply
Date of Marriage    
Education   Lamar University - Electronics degree
Additional Biographical Information   Attained eagle Scout rank, Boy Scouts of America with Port Arthur Troop. Was assistant troop leader of Scout Troop 232 of Nederland for several years.
Civilian Occupation   Employed at Star Graphics, Inc.
Date Added to Database   28 July 2015
Source of Service Information   Veteran and Discharge document
Oral History