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DOUGLAS OVYLE DUKE


is honored on Panel 36W, Line 49 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Thank You

    Posted on 6/22/18 - by Lucy Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    Dear Sp4 Douglas Duke,
    Thank you for your service as an Animal Care Specialist. Independence Day is approaching, and we remember your sacrifice. 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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  • Remembering Our Childhood

    Posted on 3/12/17 - by trishrackley@yahoo.com
    Looking at this is so hard for me. Doug and I are cousins, my Mom and his Dad were brother and sister. Its hard for me to speak in past tense too ( just noticed by above comment). We were raised almost as brother and sister. His Dad passed away when we were young and my family was always there to help. I remember when he graduated from Oklahoma State University. We were all so proud. We thought he would be staying home as his mother was a widow and he was to take over the family farms. But, that was not to be. I was living in Abilene, TX at that time. When he got his orders to ship out to the East coast before going on over to Nam the family gave him a party. Well his date was changed at the last minute and when the later date was set, nothing to do but throw another party. I will never forget those fun times. I will be forever thankful we did those parties. I will never forget the early morning telephone call I received on that Christmas day. Doug was hardly in Nam long enough to get the cookies we would send.
    In closing Thank you, MY Hero!! Thanks to you and all the others who served our Country.
    I would love to hear from any of Doug's friends that he was honored to serve with. I have a picture of him with 3 other guys in a jeep that he sent me. No names on the back.
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  • STATE CHAMPION IN THE 440 YARD DASH

    Posted on 1/10/14 - by Curt Chatham
    In May, 1963 I coached Doug in track at a small school on the South Plains of Texas. Doug ran the 440. My wife and I, Doug's mom and Doug's brother, Harold travelled to Austin, TX so that Doug could compete in the state track meet. Doug came in first in the Class B division. After I left that school and Doug and his family moved back to Oklahoma, my wife and I continued to keep in touch with them. On one occasion we even visited them in Rush Springs, OK. They notified us when Doug was killed but by then I was at a much bigger school and could not get away to attend the funeral. My wife has sent Ms. Duke a Christmas letter ever since. But just last week, Harold called and told us that his mother had passed away.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 12/14/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SP4 Douglas Ovyle Duke, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • HAPPIER DAYS W/DOUG

    Posted on 10/17/13 - by Wayne Bentley
    I attended public schools w/Douglas & once was tardy to load return bus from a school event w/he, my cousin JW Bess & Ronald Parish; we walked a few miles before we were missed & returned bus gathered us tired fellows up. Doug moved to Texas before our freshman or sophomore years as his Mom was a teacher; then after graduation, his family returned & He, Ronald, Linda Farmer & I carpooled to Jr college @ Lawton a couple of years before I was drafted into the Army. Doug asked on my return if he should join for a select MOS, or await draft--I advised I could NOT advise--I had lost many cohorts-but survived. He did join & was assigned to a DVM due to his AS degree.
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.