David Devine was born on November 2, 1941, in Fostoria, Ohio. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on December 22, 1961, and attended basic training at NTC San Diego, California, from January to March 1962, followed by Basic Underwater Demolition training (Class 29) at NAB Coronado, California, from March to December 1962. His first assignment was with UDT-11 at NAB Coronado from December 1962 to November 1966, and then with SEAL Team ONE at NAB Coronado and deployed to South Vietnam from December 1966 to April 1967. He returned to NAB Coronado with SEAL Team ONE from April 1967 to February 1968, and then deployed to South Vietnam from February 1968 until he was killed in action in South Vietnam on May 5, 1968. David Devine was buried at the Saint Wendelin Catholic Cemetery in Fostoria, Ohio.
His 1st (of 2) Navy Commendation Medal w/Valor Citation reads:
For meritorious service from 29 December 1966 to 6 April 1967 while engaged in armed conflict against the communist insurgent (Viet Cong) forces in the Republic of Vietnam. Serving as radioman and rifleman on a SEAL Fire Team, assigned to SEAL Team ONE, Detachment "GOLF", Petty Officer Devine distinguished himself by his sustained high performance of duty during combat patrols on rivers and streams, and on other clandestine combat patrols ashore in the adverse natural conditions of the Rung Sat Special Zone. He participated in more than twenty-five operations ashore in hostile territory, and was involved in many fire fights with the enemy. Additionally, Petty Officer Devine accompanied more than twenty extended combat river patrols on the interior waterways of the Rung Sat Special Zone where boats and personnel embarked in them were constantly exposed to the threat of ambushes and mining by the Viet Cong. He proved himself invaluable to his Fire Team in operations which resulted in the capture of weapons, ammunition, and medical supplies vital to the enemy. By his outstanding performance, courage under fire, and devotion to duty, Petty Officer Devine upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.