USAFA Graduation
Douglas David Ferguson
  • Date of birth: Apr 26, 1945
  • Place of birth:
    Tacoma, Washington, United States
Missing In Action in Laos, December 30, 1969. Accounted for on February 14, 2014. Returned to Tacoma, WA on May 1, 2014.

Thank you for visiting and sharing your memories.  Doug is missed dearly by his family and friends, but his legacy lives on in those privileged to have known and loved him. 

"There is sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love." ~ Washington Irving

 

Doug's Final Journey Home


Thank you everyone for sharing Doug's Final Journey Home with us.  The outpouring of love and support from each of you was more than we ever could have imagined!  On May 1st Doug was escorted home by his nephew Lt. Colonel Bryan T. Scott, USMC (Ret.), his cousin Sally Savard, Captain Jason Christie, USAF and Daniel VanOrden, Air Force Funeral Director.  As he arrived at the gate, the Water Cannon Salute paying tribute to his final flight by the City of the Port of SEA TAC Fire Department was incredible and set the stage for each salutation along the way..

The Honor Guard carried him gently, with respect to the hearse after which the Patriot Guard, in a Missing Man Formation escorted him to Tacoma's Mt. View Memorial Park and Funeral Home.  As the procession neared the end of the journey on I-5, Doug was honored by the Fire Departments from JBLM and Pierce County with their large ladders crossed and a huge American Flag hanging from them.  In front of the fire trucks, standing along the railing of the overpass saluting were the men and women from the two departments.  It took our breath away!  Once we were at Mt. view we were each able to spend our own time with Doug and one another as we watched the Celebration of his Life video (created by Melanie Scott and son Ryan, Doug's niece and great nephew)- - - - - sweet memories for some and new facets of Doug and who he was for others.

May 2nd dawned slightly less sunny, but lovely and warm.  Again the Patriot Guard honored and protected Doug as he was moved to the McChord Theatre at Joint Base Lewis McChord for his Celebration of Life Service.  Along the way soldiers and airmen watched over those who had come to remember, honor and celebrate Doug and his sacrifice for our freedom.  As with things that are left in God's hands, the Service was just right:  Doug's great-nephew Ben opened the service with "On Eagles Wings", Chaplain Shipman's words were comforting and uplifting!  Colonel Anthony Davit, 627th Air Base Group Commander,  inspired us with his commitment to Doug, all POW/MIAs as well as those currently serving!  Dennis Hill, Wilson High School Class of 1963 and USAFA classmate, read High Flight which always reminds me of what it must be like to soar in the heavens and touch the Face of God!  When we are being the best of who we are - - - - isn't that exactly what we are doing!  Doug always challenged himself to soar like the Eagle he was!  The service concluded with "God Bless America" as sung by the Vietnam POWs as they became airborne on their journey home.

Following the service Doug was on his way to his Final Resting Place at Mt. View Memorial Park.  Led again by the Patirot Guard the procession passed by the airmen/soldiers stationed every block along the route on JBLM-McChord Field.  As the hearse entered the cemetery, the Lakewood Fire Department saluted Doug with the crossed laders and the huge American Flag - - -  a tribute fitting the hero he was.  His final journey home was simple, solemn and complete with Military Honors, prayers, the 21-gun Salute and Taps.  Following the folding of the flag his beautiful casket, his "Carriage of Love" was revealed.  It was designed and built by Tami Michaels and her team of Veterans who continue their service by ensuring Fallen Warriors receive the respect for their sacrifices that they themselves were denied. It was magnificent! Isn't that being the Best of Who we are as Americans?

The final tribute, the flyover by the Black Jack Squadron, led by Tom Roberts.....complete with a Missing Man Salute, was a perfect culmination of two days of tributes, the celebration of a short life well lived, sweet sorrow and an outpouring of love!  God Bless You All!  DOUG IS HOME!

What we once enjoyed, deeply loved, we can never lose,
For all that we love deeply becomes part of us.
                            .......Helen Keller
 

Memorial Donations

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider donating to the National League of POW/MIA Families in Doug’s name to help ensure the accounting for the remaining 1,642 personnel listed by the Department of Defense as missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.

Donate online through PayPal or by check to: 

National League of POW/MIA Families
5673 Columbia Pike, Suite 100
Falls Church, VA  22041  

For more information, please visit www.pow-miafamilies.org

 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Sally Savard on 3rd June 2016

"My goodness Doug, it has been two years since You came home~ We are all so blessed that you are back~ I miss you deeply but find strength in the great memories of you & Sue spending summer-time here on Lake Havasu! You are always with me and truly in my heart~
I will Never Forget~ God Bless you My Cousin!"

This tribute was added by Deborah Chappa on 2nd May 2016

"Courage and hope:  Doug and his family remind me to never give up."

This tribute was added by Victoria Shilley on 28th October 2015

"I finally have a starting point to begin my healing. I have created a team @ the USONW's Shali Center @ JBLM. We are the 17th & 22nd Special Tactics Squads Support Team (USAF). The work I do to serve these incredibly brave men and women is in Doug's memory. I am so very thankful for the chance to support these Units. It will be a long journey, but I think I have found my starting point...finally. I miss you so very much Doug."

This tribute was added by ann zidek on 25th May 2015

"When I was in high school I wore the POW bracelet of Doug ( still have it).  Think of him especially on Memorial Day...no way to thank or repay him for his sacrifice to our country and it's citizens.  This site makes me feel as if I knew him.   I'm so glad he is home in America now.  Blessings for him and his family."

This tribute was added by Kathy Schuck on 23rd May 2015

"On this Memorial Day weekend, thinking of Doug and his sacrifice with much gratitude and his family with peace...Kathy Schuck"

This tribute was added by Andrew Oczkewicz on 17th May 2015

"As my son prepares to enter the AF Academy he knows about Capt. Ferguson's sacrifice- and he will be proud to have been a little piece in getting him to his resting place"

This tribute was added by Sally Savard on 1st May 2015

"I just can not believe it has been "one year" since I was soo Honored to be a part in bringing you home,Doug~ I am forever grateful that both You and Sue had so much Love and Trust in me to accomplish this task~ I thank you from my heart~God Bless you My Dear Cousin!"

This tribute was added by sue scott on 1st May 2015

"One year ago this day Doug returned home after more than 44 years.  It wasn't the way we had hoped he would return, but we were still more than grateful that we finally knew his fate and his remains now rest near our Mother and Father.  Thank each one of you who joined us to Celebrate Doug's life and to honor his service and ultimate sacrifice.  

God Bless You Doug!  And Peace be with Each of You!  You are the very Best of who we are as Americans!   Love to All!  Sue"

This tribute was added by Deborah Chappa on 26th April 2015

"I loved being invited to your 70th birthday remembrance, Doug. This day is--and always will be special. Namaste!"

This tribute was added by Sally Savard on 26th April 2015

""Happy Birthday Doug"
I know you are celebrating with my mom and dad~ Aunt Jeannie is making her fabulous Carrot Cake with the Cream Cheese Frosting,
and Uncle George is sitting with you, talking, talking, talking.....!
You are deeply missed~ Luv ya, Sally"

This tribute was added by Victoria Shilley on 11th November 2014

"Happy Veteran's Day Doug,

        It was a beautiful day for flying today, wasn't it? I enjoyed our visit today. And thank you for watching so closely over me. I can't begin to tell you just how glad I am that you are home.

                                         Love, Vickie"

This tribute was added by Kathy Schuck on 19th September 2014

"Sue, Just to let you know that I'm thinking of you and Doug and all of your loved ones on this POW/MIA day...forever grateful for his sacrifice."

This tribute was added by Deborah Chappa on 15th August 2014

"Sue,
I would love to see a childhood photo of Doug...or the both of you. Bet you have a favorite.

Warmly,
Deborah"

This tribute was added by sue scott on 6th June 2014

"“Throw a nickel on the grass…”  Within the US Air Force fighter pilot community, this term embodies an expression of mutual respect and good luck from one warrior to another.  It stems from the refrain of an old Korean War barroom ballad…”Throw a nickel on the grass, save a fighter pilot’s ass” and was later immortalized by an unknown author’s closing words in his Tribute to the Fighter Pilot…

Art "Taco" Tait, 16th Squadron, USAFA Fighter Pilot tribute"

This tribute was added by Deborah Chappa on 24th May 2014

"Thank you, Doug and Sue, for awakening me to the real meaning of this federal holiday. Fly high, forever, Captain."

This tribute was added by Kathy Schuck on 24th May 2014

"On this Memorial Day weekend and always, thank you for your service and sacrifice...there are not adequate words to express my thanks and the thanks of our country."

This tribute was added by Tim Poole on 4th May 2014

"Sue, we know how you have worked so hard to make this happen, and to all those who helped you, thank you! I guess I knew Doug for most of his life, and was at Sea when he went down, not learning of it for some time. Over the last 44 years I have thought of him many times and wondered, why Doug? When we graduated from Wilson HS I knew he was destined to do great things, and fully expected him to discover something, or a cure. The World lost a great person on that day 44 years ago.
As you say it is a bittersweet moment and my feelings are minor compared to yours and the members of the Family. He is at home now and will always be remembered here as a terrific guy, and one who honored his Country."

This tribute was added by Victoria Shilley on 3rd May 2014

"Dear Doug,
    
     I was nervous, until I saw you leave the plane. Then I knew you were home. You were finally home. I knew where you were. "My Doug" was safe and home at last.
     We had a beautiful sunset here last night - right over the airport. As the sun began to set, I went next door to you're back yard. I went to the spot where you often stood as you flew you're planes. I sat right there to watch the sun set. I closed my eyes for a moment and I could almost hear the engines buzzing..........
     I can't wait to see you again one day.

                                            Love,
                                                 Vickie"

This tribute was added by Deborah Chappa on 3rd May 2014

"Dear Sue,
Thank you for posting some photos of the Honors and Committal Services. I added some sacred tears to the pool of love for your brother."

This tribute was added by Bill Fortier on 3rd May 2014

"Sue & Family; my heart is filled with mixed feelings for the family and the country. A warrior is home and some closure is being felt and yet,as of 5/2/14, there are still 83,283 MIA's unaccounted for since WW II. So all who read this, please consider: A new film, "A Solemn Promise, America's Missing in Action" is being made & will tell stories like Doug’s & about families still waiting. Producer, Richard Jellerson, (2 time VN chopper pilot) wants stories of families of still missing MIAs or any info about still missing MIAs.  Please contact Richard Jellerson of Story Teller Original Films...see website which has a 10 min trailer of the film at  storytellerfilms.tv  - Tel: (626) 355-0260 - Email: richard@storytellerfilms.tv
Welcome Home Brother! And Sue, thank you for your decades of hard work in helping thousands of other MIA family members...I know Doug is proud of what you have done in his name.
COL Bill Fortier, Ret, USA; Auburn, CA; 2 tours in VN/33 yrs in uniform"

This tribute was added by Kathy Schuck on 27th April 2014

"I met Sue via telephone yesterday as I tried to reach her to let her know I had a bracelet that I wore for Doug.  She directed me to this site, which has let me know what a wonderful, good, honorable young man he was.  I pray for peace for his family in knowing his remains are now in our country and that they can live with the hope of seeing him again and never having to say goodbye again.  Welcome home, Doug.  Thank you for your service and sacrifice...see you in heaven!"

This tribute was added by megan long on 26th April 2014

"Beauty is found in the hearts of those who love and those who are loved. It warms my heart to see the lives of others cherished forever.
I have had the pleasure of meeting his cousin Sally and learned of this site . Thank you Sally ~ Blessed be <3"

This tribute was added by Jim Lassoie on 25th April 2014

"And another page turns for those left behind.
May you stay forever young."

This tribute was added by Terry Sevin on 22nd April 2014

"Like many others, I have had the honor of wearing Doug's bracelet for 27 years.
It has been the topic of many conversations and has  allowed me to spread the history of Vietnam and the brave men of my era that served to keep us all safe.  I suppose many thanks go to Doug for his service and as an instrument to teach the young.
I feel him with me each and every day.
He will be missed."

This tribute was added by Victoria Shilley on 6th April 2014

"I grew up in the house next door to Doug. Seven years younger, the most pivotal moment in my life is the moment that I learned that Doug was MIA.
     I am on my third bracelet with Doug's name on it. I will wear it forever."

This tribute was added by sue scott on 5th April 2014

"Show me the path to comfort, the way to acceptance,
loss has visited my life, and I have been devastated,
my hopes and beliefs have been challenged
sadness waits for me at every turn.

May I see beyond the pain, beyond loss,
moving beyond the sadness that now engulfs me,
I am beginning to heal and accept that the loss is real.

Bless my spirit with hope and understanding,
help me to know that all lives contain sorrow,
accepting that my life is blessed, even in loss.

Comfort comes to me now, as I begin to accept,
time is beginning to heal me, slowly and gently,
a soft smile is preparing to cross my lips.
Bless me now, as I accept, grieve, and heal.

Best Wishes and Blessings for You and Your Family

Ted
--
                                                    
Closure with Pride, Dignity, & Compassion.



Ted Aub
Connecticut State Coordinator
National League of POW/MIA Families"

This tribute was added by Sally Savard on 2nd April 2014

"My dear cousin Doug!
I have Never forgotten you! I always looked for you on my airplane for the past 37 years~(Your bracelet has been all over the world with me!)
I just knew you were gonna be sitting in one of the seats! I miss you~
You are the Angel on my shoulder forever~God Bless you! Luv, Sally"

This tribute was added by Steve Henshaw on 2nd April 2014

"Welcome Home Doug

Steve Henshaw
C co, 228th Avn Btn, 1st Air Cav Div
Viet Nam 1967-68"

This tribute was added by Buck Wolfe on 1st April 2014

"I "flew "with Doug in 1958 and '59.  But it wasn't in jets....u-control model planes in his back yard were our bag.  My cousin, Vicky Geehan, lived next door to the Ferguson's so anytime I came over I made a bee line next door to fly with him.  Welcome home Doug!

Buck Wolfe
US Army  1964-1967"

This tribute was added by Alan Opra on 31st March 2014

"You are finally home where you belong may you rest in peace and Welcome Home Captain Ferguson! I pray that your family my find some peace now that you]re home as well.
Alan D. Opra
USMC Beirut 1983"

This tribute was added by Richard Chatman on 31st March 2014

"Rest in peace Airman, God bless your family.

Richard I. Chatman
USAF 1968 - 1972"

This tribute was added by Pat Daniels on 31st March 2014

"i have worn his Pow-Mia bracelet for 44 years and have waited for the day i could give the bracelet to Sue . We have often over the years talked about that day . I am so glad that we finally have answers and look forward to this years ceremonies at Novi . Rest easy Doug and know that we never lost faith. You have been a part of me all these years and i will never forget"

This tribute was added by shannon adams on 31st March 2014

"Welcome Home Capt. Ferguson

Shannon L. Adams, MSgt, USAF (RET)
Munitions Systems (ammo)"

This tribute was added by Don Dignan on 31st March 2014

"Welcome Home, Doug,
Don Dignan
D/2/16, 1st Inf Div
1967-68"

This tribute was added by mike deane on 30th March 2014

"welcome home brother we will never forget...
VNVLV-MC"

This tribute was added by Kathi Ramirez on 25th March 2014

"I have been honored to wear Douglas's name on my left wrist for 44 years.  My family, friends, co-workers, and clients know him by name, a few even marking the years.  His name on the worn metal bracelet inspired strangers to ask who he was, why I still wore it, why that war was meaningful, and how he served us.  I shall not miss the ambiguity of not knowing where he was, but absolutely will miss reminding those who noticed the bracelet of the importance of the soldier's name engraved there.  Thank you Douglas - bless you and your family."

This tribute was added by amy scott on 24th March 2014

"Having worked with his sister Sue Scott in the National League of POW/MIA Families for 32 years I am well aware of the dedication his family had  to finding answers not only in Doug;s case but for all of America's Prisoners and Missing. I have been the recipient of Sue's friendship and mentoring since the early days of my involvement in the Issue.

I only wish peace of mind now for his family and a heart filled with respect, love and thankfulness I can never express for the sacrifice by Doug and his family, something too many of their fellow citizens are not even aware of.
May God bless Doug and his family. Thank you Douglas.

Tom and Nancy Engkilterra
National League of POW/MIA Families"


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