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  • Date of Birth:8/3/1950
  • Date of Casualty:4/20/1970
  • Home of Record:WALWORTH
  • County of Record:WALWORTH COUNTY
  • State:WI
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SGT
  • Panel/Row:11W, 28
  • Casualty Province:THUA THIEN


  • Date of Birth:11/7/1946
  • Date of Casualty:4/20/1970
  • Home of Record:CLARKSVILLE
  • County of Record:MONTGOMERY COUNTY
  • State:TN
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:WO
  • Panel/Row:11W, 28
  • Casualty Province:


is honored on Panel 11W, Row 28 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Leave a Remembrance


  • POW/MIA Bracelet

    Posted on 11/5/14 - by Shelly Melton
    I'm looking for any member of Douglas Frank Mahan's family. As a Jr. High School kid back in the 1970s, I sent off for a POW/MIA bracelet. I received one with Captain Mahan's name on it and wore it proudly for many years. I have recently visited the Vietnam Veterans' Wall Memorial in Washington DC and was reminded of my bracelet. I would love to give it to one of his family members. I understand that Captain Mahan was not married but I'm hoping that he might have had siblings who I could give the bracelet to. Please email me if you are related to Captain Mahan or know how I might be able to reach a family member
  • Photo

    Posted on 5/21/14 - by John R. Rephlo, Colonel, USAF (Ret.)
    This is an excellent picture of Doug in front of the F-105D Thunderchief similar to the one in which he was shot down over Laos. I realize it may be difficult for you to obtain photos of our fallen vets in a combat action shot, however I think that this color photo is an excellent representation of our young fighter pilots and their role in the Vietnam War and would look great displayed in the Education Center.

    Doug was an ROTC classmate and friend of mine when we attended the University of Missouri in Doug's home town of Columbia, Missouri. He was our Cadet Wing Commander. He was initially declared MIA and many years later his remains were finally identified, returned and interred in Memorial Park cemetery. His funeral was quite a moving and sad experience for me. Especially when the missing man formation of fighters flew over us at the end of the graveside service and the one fighter peeled off and went straight up into the heavens. The University of Missouri, ROTC Det. 440, has a large wood and glass enclosed memorial to Doug in Crowder Hall which includes this photo, his medals and a summary of his volunteer service of two tours in the Vietnam War. He had well over 100 combat missions when he was shot down over Laos. Doug loved to fly and above all loved his country as a true patriot.

    Thanks for the work you have done to make the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Possible. I appreciated the opportunity to have marched with the Missouri contingent in the Vietnam Memorial dedication day parade.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 3/10/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear Captain Douglas Frank Mahan, 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.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Douglas F. Mahan

    Posted on 1/30/14 - by Tsgt Robert C. Mugridge ( Retired )
    Captain Mahan was the pilot of my F105D at Tahkli RTAFB in 1970. I still remember when he was shot down. I will never forget that day because it changed my life when I heard of his loss. I miss him still. He was always in a good mood and he tried to make people laugh whenever we saw him. I really liked him a lot.
  • We Remember

    Posted on 9/9/13 - by Robert Sage
    Douglas is buried at Memorial Park Cemetery, Columbia, Boone County, MO.
  • Remembrance

    Posted on 5/6/13 - by


  • If I should die...remembrances for CAPT. Douglas Frank MAHAN, USAF...who made the ultimate sacrifice

    Posted on 6/9/11 - by
    If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
  • Doug's Last Wingman

    Posted on 10/28/08 - by Bob
    I was Doug's wingman the day he was lost. Anyone needing details of his fate that day should contact me via e-mail.
  • I wore your bracelet proudly

    Posted on 5/29/08 - by Denise Cook Uhler
    I was 15 years old when I received your bracelet. I am now nearing 51 and have always wondered what happened to you. The Wall That Heals is here in my hometown and you have been in my thoughts so much today. I finally did some searching on the internet and found the answers to your final day. I also found your high school yearbook photo. What a handsome young man you were. I wish that you had returned to live a full life. I shall always keep you in my heart.
  • Capt Mahan saw me off

    Posted on 9/1/02 - by Tim Stump
    On 6 Jan 70, I left the 333rd and Takhli having served a year as Ops/Awards and Dec Clerk. Capt Mahan was my A&D officer. Generally enlisted departed with little fanfare; but, Capt Mahan and others came to send me off, champagne and all. It was something I will always remember. More than that, it reflected the character of Doug Mahan, a selfless and kind person thinking of others, and at the same time, a warrior. I knew him a short time, but was proud I did. He died much to soon.
  • I never met you but I think of you always

    Posted on 2/10/01 - by Helen Samaras
    I was 19 years old when my sister sent away for 2 POW/MIA bracelets from VIVA. The bracelet arrived on April 12, 1970. I put the bracelet on that day with the understanding that I would not take it off until you came home. It is now February 10, 2001 and I have kept my promise. The bracelet has never been off my wrist since the day I put it on. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and pray for you. I wonder what you looked like and what you were like as a person. You have been a part of my life for so many years. I never contacted your family because I think they suffered enough and didn't need a stranger prying into their personal anguish. The bracelet has caused more trouble at court, airports and even at the Statue of Liberty because it would set off the metal detectors. They told me I would have to take off my bracelet and I told them-Oh, No, that's impossible. I made a promise and it can not be removed. It is one I intend to keep. Always.
  • Mizzou Remembered

    Posted on 6/14/00 - by Bill McDonald Col USAF Ret
    You got over to the theatre after I did and I did not even know you were lost for some time. But when we have our Det 440 reunion at Mizzou I will make sure you are remembered. Wish I knew more about what happened.

The Wall of Faces

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