MAJ Edward R. Doane was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 02/19/2017 at the age of 81.2
Newcastle, CA
Flight Class 65-66
Date of Birth 12/13/1935
Served in the U.S. Marine Corps
Served in Vietnam with HMM-364 in 65-66
Call sign in Vietnam WHITE GOLD
This information was provided by Sammie Williams

More detail on this person: Edward R. Doane, 81, passed away at his home in Newcastle, California on February 19, 2017. He was preceded in death by his mother Edna McCullough, father Robert Doane, step father Herbert McCullough, and younger brother James Doane. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Linda (Heeger) Doane, three children Kimberly, Timothy and Michael, 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Ed was born in Alameda, California but raised in Auburn, California. He graduated from Placer High School, Sierra College and received his BA degree from California State University, Sacramento. After graduating college, Ed joined the Marine Corps and went to flight school where he flew the F4-B Phantom Jet with the VMF-542nd squadron. He served a tour in Vietnam, flying combat and medivac missions in the UH-1 Huey helicopter with the Purple Fox squadron. Ed used to joke that he had the privilege to fly just about every aircraft in use in the Marine Corps and hoped they would bring back the blimp so he could try that. Ed's favorite aircraft was the KC-130J Hercules where he logged over 10,000 flight hours. He retired as a Major from the Marine Corps after a 20 year career earning the Distinguished Flying Cross, 18 Air Medals, Navy Achievement Award, Republic of Viet Nam Cross of Gallantry and the Gold Star. Ed turned his love of the C-130 aircraft into a second career flying for Southern Air and Transamerica Airlines. While Ed wasn't flying, he assisted his parents with taking care of their ranch where he developed a love for farming and raising cows. He enjoyed teaching his grandchildren how to drive the tractor and golf cart, lay irrigation pipes, bring in the hay. Ed also loved working on cars and building furniture, was active in his church and loved helping people. His cheerfulness, contagious smile and ridiculous sense of humor will be missed. Ed's Celebration of Life service will be held 10:30am on March 5, 2017 at Living Way Community Church located at 510 Whyte Ave, Roseville, CA 95661. A special thank you to all the loving and compassionate care givers from Sutter Hospice, Help at Home and Nurse Next Door.

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