MAJ David "Dave" C Buirge was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 02/02/2024 at the age of 77.2 from Heart failure
Palmer, AK
Flight Class 66-21
Date of Birth 12/01/1946
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 604 TC CO in 67-68, 539 TC in 70-71
Call signs in Vietnam HIGHLANDER, PIPESMOKE
This information was provided by Stephen Bowen

More detail on this person: David Clark Buirge was born in St. Paul, MN, on Dec. 1, 1946, to Vernon and Ella (Brommerich) Buirge. He enjoyed participating in track, cross country and basketball at Washington High School. He enlisted in the Army in Dec. 1965, and attended Boot Camp at Fort Polk, Louisiana. He married Kathy Lang on March 15, 1966, and left for flight school on March 17 1966. He graduated from flight school in January 1967, as a WO1, and left for his first tour in Vietnam in February 1967. He had a second tour in Vietnam in 1970-71. Dave had a 20- year career on Active Duty, achieving the rank of Lt. Colonel. He retired from the Army in Dec. 1985 and began his 21-year career in Civil Service in August of 1986, as the Installation Transportation Officer for Army Alaska. After retiring from Civil Service Dave enjoyed hunting, fishing and wood working. He survived many medical challenges over the years, but never let it stop him from living life to the fullest. He climbed a mountain, jumped out a perfectly good airplane and built a log cabin, in his 70's. Dave is survived by his loving wife, Kathy, sons Mike (Penny) and Jeff (Debbie) Buirge, grandchildren Mike, Kevin (Rosa), Zach, Olivia and Lucy Buirge, as well as his sister, Sandi (Wes) Geurkink, brother Roger (Sharon) Buirge, and many friends. Dave was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

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