MAJ Jeffrey "Jeff" E. Blaisdell was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 02/11/2014 at the age of 68.9
Savannah, GA
Flight Classes 68-507 and 68-9
Date of Birth 04/05/1945
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 498 MED CO in 68-69
Call sign in Vietnam DUSTOFF 12
This information was provided by Neill F. McDonald

More detail on this person: Jeffrey E. Blaisdell, 68, died Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at The Landings on Skidaway Island. Jeff grew up in Framingham, Massachusetts and was the only child of Edgar & Eleanor Blaisdell. He and his spouse, Carol Downing Blaisdell, a Savannah native, were happily married for 43 years. He and Carol returned to Savannah after being away for 41 years and retired to Skidaway Island in May 2011. Graduate of Framingham High School and received a Civil Engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and was a member of the Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society. Mr. Blaisdell served as a Senior Project Manager for two large international construction companies for a total of 38 years. He was the Senior Project Manager in charge of projects such as the Chancery of the Italian Embassy in Washington, DC, the Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham, NC, Large Animal Hospital at Tufts University as well as the Divinity School addition at Duke University. Jeff also served as an instructor Pilot at Hunter Airfield and after returning as a decorated MedeVac Pilot in Vietnam, served in the Army National Guard and retired as a Major in 1995 after a total of 28 years of service. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star and the Air Medal for his service as a Dustoff pilot. Jeff was an avid golfer, bowler, boater, and loving husband and father and was known as Pop-Pop to his seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is survived by, his spouse, Carol, his children, Kimberly Barr and her husband Benton Barr of Pearisburg, Virginia and Thomas Blaisdell of Ashburn, Virginia. Jeff was also in-law to Carol's family, John Downing, William Downing and his wife Carol Ann Downing all of Savannah, Georgia, and Leo McLaughlin and his wife Barbara Mclaughlin of Charleston, South Carolina. He was known by his nieces and nephews as Uncle Duck. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to the, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675, as Jeff and his wife were avid military supporters. A memorial service will be scheduled at a time to be determined at the Skidaway Island United Methodist Church. Fox and Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel Savannah Morning News February 16, 2014 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at

Published in Savannah Morning News from Feb. 15 to Feb. 16, 2014

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