COL Donald "Don" M. Frierson was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 02/07/2016 at the age of 79.1
Theodore, AL
Flight Class 66-4
Date of Birth 01/01/1937
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with D/1/10 CAV 4 INF, C/16 CAV 13 CAB
Call signs in Vietnam SHAMROCK 26, DARK HORSE 6
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More detail on this person: Feb. 7, 2016 Colonel Donald M. Frierson passed away in his home on Sunday. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 51 years, Beverly Atkins Frierson and his daughter, Ashley Atkinson, daughter, Leslie Frierson, son, Donald Frierson, Jr., son-in-law, Theo Atkinson, and grandsons Drake, Hunter, and Sage Atkinson. Don was predeceased by his mother, Anna Frierson Booth(1992), his step-father,Harold Edwin Booth(1978), his brother, Jim Frierson(2015), and his step-brother, Charles Booth(2014). He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, was raised and schooled in Alabama, was stationed in numerous places as a military man, and retired to his home in Coden, Alabama. Don graduated from the University of Alabama in 1961 with a BS degree in political science and in 1972 with a Masters degree in history and political science. He was an avid Tide fan and celebrated this year with Alabama as National Champion and producer of a Heisman winner. Colonel Frierson served in the United States Army as an infantry officer in Korea, an aviator and commander in Vietnam, an exchange officer in Ottawa, Canada, an aviation division commander and a battalion commander at Fort Rucker, Alabama, and retired as a regional recruiting commander at Ft. Gillem, Georgia. For his achievements throughout his career, Colonel Frierson was awarded the National Defense Service Metal, Army Achievement Medal, Korea Defense Service, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal/60, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry/60, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation(2 OLC),Republic of Vietnam Service (2), Air Medal (num 24) w "V", Combat Infantry Badge, Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (2 OLC), Silver Star, Master Army Aviation Badge, Commendation Medal Joint Services, and Canadian Forces Pilot Badge. A military memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, at 2:30 on Saturday, February 13, 2016 Visitation starts at 1:30. Internment at Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Don's honor may be made to First United Methodist Church, Bayou La Batre, Alabama. Condolences may be offered at

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