Taps, Present Arms
Sergeant Donald S. Haldeman,
55, died in Harleysville, Pennsylvania, on February 22, 2003.
Sergeant Haldeman was the 1976 Olympic trap gold medalist.
Donald was an ATA life member
and first registered targets in 1965 when he was out of high school.
In 1969, he joined the Army's Marksmanship Unit. He earned the silver
medal in trapshooting at the first trap competition in the Pan
American Games, in 1975. He broke 196 and the U.S. team of Haldeman,
Dan Carlisle, Charvin Dixon, and Wally Zobell set a team record of
391x400. Donald was awarded the United
States Distinguished International Shooter Badge in 1975.
Donald participated in the
1972 Olympics in Munich and then the 1976 Games in Montreal, where he
captured the gold medal in trapshooting. At the time, he was also the
only U.S. shooter to have earned his way to two Olympics since the
U.S. reentered trap competition in 1960.
After leaving military
service, Donald was a tool and die maker for Budd Company of
Philadelphia for 30 years, retiring in 1992 due to illness. He was a
veteran of the Vietnam War, a life member of the American
Legion, and a member of the National Rifle Association.