POW/MIA BraceletPosted on 11/5/14 - by Shelly Melton firstname.lastname@example.orgI'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 memberMORE
PhotoPosted 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.MORE
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 HeroPosted on 3/10/14 - by Curt Carter email@example.comDear Captain Douglas Frank Mahan, sirMORE
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
Douglas F. MahanPosted 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.MORE
We RememberPosted on 9/9/13 - by Robert SageDouglas is buried at Memorial Park Cemetery, Columbia, Boone County, MO.
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.