Douglas Gossage

Posted on March 27, 2010

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Douglas was assigned to Charlie Troop on June 5, 1968 and was Killed in Action on September 26, 1968. I served with Douglas. He was a good man and a dedicated soldier. Douglas was awarded the Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and a set of Crew Member Wings. Douglas was an Observer on an OH-6A Light Observation Helicopter.

If any family member or friend reads this blog, please contact me as I am looking for pictures and personal stories about this brave man.

I went to high school with Doug. We graduated from Lindbergh High School in Sappington, Missouri a suburb of St. Louis in 1967. We were the few that enlisted from that class. I remember talking to him prior to graduation, and he would be going on active duty shortly after me. Upon returning from Vietnam in December 1968 I ran into the girl that he dated in high school, and found out then that he was KIA. I retired after 30 years in the US Army. However, whenever I came home on leave I visited 2 graves in Jefferson Barracks National cemetery my father’s and Doug’s. I am now settled back in St. Louis, and still stop by not only on Memorial Day. He was a good soldier and I was proud to know him and many good soldiers.

Mike Jerman
SGM USA (Retired)

For more information see “They’re all dead”.

Doug was my “first love” (from when I was 14 til 16). We were neighbors/Lindbergh students. I  believe he also saw a couple other neighbors after that – one named Shelley who was killed in an auto accident not long after Doug if I remember, and one named Pat  – don’t know who you talked to upon your return.. Doug was great fun – a little “cocky” in a cute way.  I regret our last discussion at a party when he was home on leave,and getting ready to go to Nam and said he was going to sign up for helicopter duty, and I said I thought that was one of the most dangerous things to do – but he said it was what he wanted.  He had a passion for everything he did. He loved sports, playing baseball in the vacant lots, swimming at the community pool.  He loved to”gather up” all us neighborhood teens and walk around – he was our social director!    I’ll always have a special place in my heart for him. Thanks for posting the picture, as I don’t have any anymore.   Janice

 

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