Walter Alexander Douglass Sr., 86, a retired Air Force Colonel, died of congestive heart failure January 4, 2008, at Sun Health La Loma hospice in Litchfield Park, Arizona.
Colonel Douglass lived at Fort Myer and in Springfield, Virginia, in the 1950s and in Bowie, Maryland, for 12 years until 1970. He then moved to Illinois, retired from the Air Force and settled in Arizona.
A native of Dallas, Texas, he joined the Army Air Forces during World War II and was a P-51 fighter pilot. Shot down on D-Day, he was taken prisoner. He was liberated almost a year later, April 29, 1945, by Army forces under the command of General George S. Patton.
He transferred to the Air Force when it was formed and flew in the military airlift and air intelligence commands, with assignments in Washington, Florida, Hawaii and Japan. At Andrews Air Force Base, he was with the 89th Airlift Wing's Special Air Mission as director of personnel in the presidential wing. At the Pentagon, he was group commander for military personnel in the CIA's Directorate of Intelligence.
Among his awards were two Legions of Merit and the Air Medal.
In Bowie, he was a member of the Christian Community Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Virginia Douglass of Litchfield Park; two children, Walter Douglass Jr. of Littleton, Colorado, and Cheryl Bujac of Annapolis; three grandsons; and two great-grandsons.
DOUGLASS, WALTER ALEXANDER SR
- COL US AIR FORCE
- WORLD WAR II, KOREA, VIETNAM
- DATE OF BIRTH: 09/16/1921
- DATE OF DEATH: 01/04/2008
- BURIED AT: SECTION 33 SITE 689
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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