Ferguson, Douglas David, Capt

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1115R-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1969-1976, MIA Vietnam
Service Years
1967 - 1969
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Home State
Washington
Washington
Year of Birth
1945
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Tacoma, Washington
Last Address
Udorn RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Dec 30, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Laos
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Mountain View Memorial Park - Lakewood, Washington
Wall/Plot Coordinates
15W 110

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 Unit Assignments
School AssignmentsAir Force Bases/ Installations555th Tactical Fighter Squadron432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
US Air Force
  1967-1968, Pilot Training Class (Unknown)
  1968-1969, Nellis Air Force Base
  1969-1969, 1115R, 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1969-1969, 1115R, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
  1969-1976, MIA Vietnam
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Non-operation sorties/Reconnaissance missions over Laos
 Colleges Attended 
United States Air Force Academy
  1963-1967, United States Air Force Academy4
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-4 Phantom  
  1968-1969, F-4 Phantom
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was flying his F-4D as a Fast FAC leading a flight of 5 Phantoms on a strafing pass when his aircraft was hit by enemy ground fire and exploded over northern Laos. His remains were recovered at the crash site in 2013 and identified Mar 5, 2014 and were buried in Lakewood, WA May 2, 2014. He is also memorialized on Court A of the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial and at the US Air Force Academy on the Roll of Honor at the Cadet Chapel and on the War Memorial at the USAFA Cemetery.

His Silver Star citation:
“First Lieutenant Douglas D. Ferguson distinguished himself by gallantry in connection with military operations as an F-4D pilot over hostile territory on 21 December 1969. On that date, Lieutenant Ferguson, despite adverse weather and intensive hostile ground fire, successfully prevented the capture and possible death of two downed airmen. His heroic determination and professional ability in the face of withering ground fire resulted in the successful rescue of both airmen. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Lieutenant Ferguson has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.”
   
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