WO1 Gerald "Jerry" O. Douglass was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 03/18/2014 at the age of 75.6
Lisbon, ME
Flight Classes 67-1 and 66-23
Date of Birth 08/10/1938
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 4 AVN 4 INF in 67-68, 73 SAC in 70-71
This information was provided by Bethany (daughter)

More detail on this person: Lisbon- Gerald ,Jerry, Douglass, age 75, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 18 while at home with his wife Linda of 47 years. He was born August 10, 1938 in Lewiston, Maine, the son of Grace (Chapman) and Otis Douglass. Jerry was in the class of 1957 at Edward Little High School. Jerry also went to school for Aviation Electronics, Fixed Wing and Rotary Flight, Flight Instructor, Test Pilot and Test Pilot Instructor, as well as earning his Associate Degree in Liberal Arts and Bachelor Degree in History from St. Leo College in Norfolk, Virginia. In 1956 he joined the U.S. Armed Forces and served in the Marines Reserves, the Marines as an Aviation Electronics Technician, the Navy as a pilot and the U.S. Army as a pilot, test pilot, test pilot instructor (both fixed wing and rotary wing), gun pilot and gunnery pilot instructor for rotary wing, a combat tour in Vietnam, helicopter & aircraft commander, a second combat tour in Vietnam, and an OV-1 Mohawk Reconnaissance Pilot. He finished his military career in November of 1975 as a CW2. Jerry earned the National Defense Service Medal, Army Aviator Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Bronze Star w/1 OLC, Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/ Palm, Air Medal w/14 OLC and Senior Army Aviator Badge. On December 26, 1966 he married the love of his life, Linda Murphy of North Jay. Upon his return from the military, Jerry worked as an industrial engineer and assistant plant manager in the shoe factory industry. He also worked as an insurance agent, owned and operated a small restaurant in Lewiston, owned and operated Swan Lake Estates Mobile Home Park, and was owner and president of JD Modular Homes and The Modular Advantage. For the past 37 years, he owned and operated Jerry Douglass Realty as well as owner and manager of Commercial and Residential Investment Properties. Jerry became well known throughout the State for his honesty, integrity and humor. He treated each client as a friend. Even though his years of service were behind him, he still remained active in the community. He was involved with the local Board of Realtors, Auburn Exchange Club events, the CMMC Associates, Charity Helicopter drops, The Good Shepherd Food Bank. Close to his heart was volunteering at Trail Monster Races held at Bradbury Mountain dedicated in memory of his late son Christopher Douglass. Jerry enjoyed spending time with both fellow pilots and OV-1 Mohawk pilots. He recently celebrated his 50th Reunion from graduating Flight School. He was always up for a cribbage game and enjoyed taking his many friends out to lunch or even a flight to see Mt. Washington. Jerry has truly been a smiling face to many. Always giving of his time and inspiring people he knew. Above all Jerry encouraged and cherished time spent with his family. He is survived by his wife Linda Douglass of Lisbon, his daughter, Bethany Douglass and her companion, Benjamin Firth of Sabattus; two sons, Gerald "Jerry" Douglass, Jr. and his wife Annette of Mechanic Falls; and Dennis Douglass and his wife Jody of Lisbon; his sister, Gloria Richard and her husband Al of Leeds; 6 grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. He was predeceased by his parents, his son, Christopher Douglass and his brother, Oscar Douglass. Messages of condolence may be sent to:

Douglass - Died Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in Lisbon, Maine. Gerald "Jerry" O. Douglass, 75, of Lisbon, Maine. Funeral services with full military honors will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, March 22nd at the Lisbon Falls Baptist Church, 555 Lisbon Street, Lisbon Falls, Maine. Visitation will be held from 2-4 & 6-8 PM on Friday, March 21st at Pinette, Dillingham and Lynch Funeral Home, 305 Alfred Plourde Parkway, Lewiston, Maine. Interment will be at Gracelawn Memorial Park, 980 Turner Street, Auburn, Maine. In lieu of flowers if desired contributions may be made to: Good Shepherd Food Bank, 3121 Hotel Road, Auburn, Maine 04210 or VA Maine Healthcare Center, Lewiston/Auburn CBOC, 15 Challenger Drive, Lewiston, Maine 04240

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