WO1 Edward W. Duke was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 08/01/2022
Huntsville, TX
Flight Classes 66-13 and 66-11
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 116 AHC in 66, 281 AHC in 67, 11 GS 1 CAV in 70-71
Call sign in Vietnam RED RAT
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More detail on this person: Edward W. Duke passed away August 1, 2022, surrounded by loved ones following the devastating effects of a stroke. He was born Jan 2, 1943, in Weldon, Texas and raised in the Pine Prairie, Texas area. While in the military he traveled the world, but always called Huntsville, Texas home. Ed was a decorated veteran serving in the United States Army, reaching the rank of Captain. He received many commendations, awards, including the Bronze Star for his valor, and recognition for his skills and brave service to his peers and his country. He was a highly skilled combat helicopter pilot who saved many lives, as well as assisted with bringing home those who were mortally wounded, while on his tours of duty in Vietnam. He is survived by his daughters Deven Barriault (Jeff), Deanna Croghan (Dan), Dana Hollis and his grandchildren, Gabriel, Shannon, Danny, and James. He also survived by his wife of 17 years, Anita Duke and her children, William Pugh Jr., Lisa Merritt, Eva Craig Hibbard (Phillip)and her grandchildren, Amanda, Tina, Mathew, Cheyenne, Daniel, D'Artagnon, James, Phillip, Kassandra and Craig. He leaves behind a large family of brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews, and other "kin" folks' blood related or not. It was Ed's last wish to have his body donated to science so that others could learn about the devastating affects from exposure to Agent Orange, with hopes of finding possible treatments for his fellow veterans. He was also an organ donor to assist those who would benefit from what he no longer needed from his earthly body. A memorial service is scheduled for August 26, 2022, 4:00 at Pine Prairie Free Will Baptist Church, 80 Phil Wood Road, Huntsville, TX. A potluck dinner will be held in the church fellowship hall following the service to gather, eat, and share in his favorite activity, "shooting the breeze and swapping stories." Ed never met a stranger and was always willing to help those in need. He had a zest for life and lived it to the fullest. He certainly left his mark on this world and will forever be missed. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to the Pine Prairie Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery Fund in memory of Ed. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM on 2022-08-26 at Pine Prairie Free Will Baptist Church, 80 Phil Wood Road.

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