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DONALD WILLIAM DOWNING


is honored on Panel 25E, Line 113 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Thank You

    Posted on 6/11/18 - by Lucy Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    Dear LTC Donald Downing,
    Thank you for your service as a Tactical Fighter (F-4 Phantom II Various Models) Pilot. You are still MIA. PLEASE COME HOME.
    We remember all you who gave their all. It has been too long, and it's about time for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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  • Hero

    Posted on 5/28/18 - by Stephen J. Kerelejza, Maj, USAF, Ret.
    I’m a retired USAF Major whom in 1998 went to the University of Delaware, ROTC Det 128 and was later commissioned as a 2LT. In 1994, I received my POW/MIA bracelet with Lt Col Donald W. Dosning, USAF, 05 Sep 67 NVN. To this day I wear it remeberance and cherish it. To his surviving family, he’s forever in my heart.
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  • Teri McDevitt Orlando for Donald William Downing

    Posted on 6/8/16 - by teriorlandotv@yahoo.com
    Don Downing was my Father's best friend and my brother's Godfather. I have such fond memories of him and the entire family when we were in Hawaii and also in Massachusetts. I have lost contact with the family, but want them to know their father and everyone is still in our prayers. My sister wears a MIA bracelet and has for decades, with his info on it. She has never taken it off. Gone but not forgotten! teriorlandotv@yahoo.com
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  • Grandfather...this is your grand daughter.

    Posted on 2/9/16
    I'm now a United States Seabee in the worlds greatest Navy. I'm deployed right now. And I know your watching over me. My angel keep me and my brothers and sisters safe. At home or over seas. I love you tho we never got to meet. Thank you so much for your sacrifice. You are not forgotten.
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  • Final Mission of CAPT Donald W. Downing

    Posted on 12/15/14 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    1LT Paul D. Raymond and MAJ Carl D. Miller were F-4 pilots who were sent on a combat mission over Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam on September 5, 1967. Raymond's bombardier/navigator on the flight was CAPT Donald W. Downing, while Miller's was 1LT Thomas P. Hanson. Both aircraft crashed on their missions near the coast of Vietnam. Raymond and Downing went down about 10 miles north of the city of Vinh Linh, while Miller and Hanson went down about 20 miles north of Vinh Linh. All four were classified Missing in Action. Whether the four airmen missing on September 5, 1967 survived to be captured is not known. During the period they were maintained missing, Miller was promoted to the rank of Colonel, Downing to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Hanson to the rank of Major and Raymond to the rank of Captain. [Taken from pownetwork.org]
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