LTC Buddy Jack Choat was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 02/16/2013 at the age of 82.0
Bellingham, WA
Date of Birth 03/06/1931
Served in the U.S. Army
This information was provided by Sammie Williams

More detail on this person: Buddy Jack Choat, former resident of Bellingham, WA, died Saturday, February 16, 2013 in the Villages, FL. Jack was born in Dallas, TX on March 6, 1931 to Oscar and Henrietta (Johnson) Choat. He obtained bachelor degrees from both the University of Texas at Austin and the Missouri School of Mines at Rolla, and went on to obtain his masters degree from George Washington University. Jack served his country for 26 years in the United States Army. He was a graduate of the US Naval Test Pilot School, served two tours of duty in Vietnam as a helicopter gun ship pilot, was decorated numerous times for his service including the military's Bronze Star, The Air Metal, The Distinguished Flying Cross and The Purple Heart, and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After retiring from the US military, Jack worked for many years with the City of Bellingham's Public works department as a civil engineer. Jack was an active member of the Bellingham Power Squadron, Bellingham Yacht Club, Society for Experimental Test Pilots and the Whatcom County Organ Society. He served many years on the board for North Coast Credit Union and made numerous trips to Japan as part of the Bellingham Sister City Program. He enjoyed dancing, boating, traveling, socializing and playing the guitar and organ. Jack was preceded in death by his wives Glenda (Purcell) Choat and Jo Ann (Cross) Choat. He is survived by his wife, Betty Jean Choat; sons, Mark Choate, Scott Choate and Steven Choat; daughters, Julie Sparks and Sue Doupe; step sons, Mark Cross and Chuck Cross; step Daughters, Charlotte Almskaar/Cross and Peggy Haywood; 22 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday April 13, 2013 at the Roeder Home in Bellingham from 1-4 PM. Please share memories at

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