D'Orsay, Douglas Harold, MSgt

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 34th Tactical Group
Service Years
1942 - 1965
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Master Sergeant

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Home Country
Canada
Canada
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Nova Scotia
Last Address
Hopedale/Ashland, Massachusetts

Casualty Date
Jun 25, 1965
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Gia Dinh (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Hopedale Village Cemetery - Hopedale, Massachusetts
Wall/Plot Coordinates
02E 018

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
8th Air Force34th Tactical Group
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 737, 8th Air Force
  1965-1965, 34th Tactical Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II1
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1961-1973 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  B-57 Canberra  O-1/L-19 Bird Dog  U-10 Super Courier  
C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  A-1 Skyraider (Sandy, Spad)  
  1943-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
  1965-1965, B-57 Canberra
  1965-1965, O-1/L-19 Bird Dog
  1965-1965, U-10 Super Courier
  1965-1965, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
  1965-1965, A-1 Skyraider (Sandy, Spad)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
MSgt. D'Orsay was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, and  grew up in Masachusetts. Prior to his enlistment in the Army Air Corps, he worked for Draper Corporation, a textile machinery manufacturing business.  

During WWII,  he was based at Kirtland Field in 1942-1943 where he met his wife, Elaine. He then served as a 2nd Lt. flight enginer in the ETO on B-17s. He re-enlisted as a MSgt. on 5 February 1946.

During his service in Vietnam, he was severly wounded off base, dying of those wounds sustained in the explosion set off  in a terrorist attack while off base in Saigon at the My Canh Restuarant (a floating restaurant moored 25 feet from the shoreline on a barge.  It was also known as "Cheap Charlie's"). 42 people were killed in the explosion, including at least 12 Americans, along with over 80 wounded. 
The location of his remains is unknown.
 
   
Comments/Citation
Killed in the explosion set off in a terrorist attack while off base in Saigon at the My Canh Restuarant (a floating restaurant moored 25 feet of the shoreline built on a barge. Also known as "Cheap Charlie's"). 42 people were killed in the explosion, including at least 12 Americans with over 80 wounded. Those listed in newspaper accounts:

MSgt. Douglas H. D'Orsay, USAF
A1C Robert J. Smith, USAF
A1C Michael E. Widener, USAF
PO1C German P. Acosta, USN
SFC Alfred Coombs, Jr,. US, MACV Advisor
PFC Michael J. Ihnat, USA, 1st Signal Brigade, USASTRATCOM Facility, Phu Lam
PFC James T. Brown, Jr.  USA 1st Signal Brigade, USASTRATCOM Facility, Phu Lam
SSgt. Charle A. Williamson, USA 1st Signal Brigade, USASTRATCOM Facility, Phu Lam

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