Douglas F. Strait

Posted on April 4, 2010


Douglas was assigned to Charlie Troop.  Douglas became an MIA on October 18, 1970.  When the recovery team landed the day after the crash they found WM Cahill’s and Sgt Bailey’s bodies . Both of their flight helmets were destroyed. One helmet was found in perfect condition. Weapons were found and a GI Boot print was found amongst a lot of enemy soldiers foot prints. It was assumed that Douglas had survived the crash and was taken as a Prisoner of War (POW). Douglas was declared as Killed in Action on November 17, 1975. His body was never recovered. Douglas was awarded the Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal. Douglas was an Observer on an OH-6A observation helicopter. Since the end of the war, Presidents have quietly denied that fact that there were MIA’s still in Vietnam , Cambodia or Laos. 2500 men are unaccounted for. Douglas is one of them.

If any family or friends read this blog, please contact me as I am looking for personal stories about this brave man.