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Info Sheet/Obituary - Michael J "Mike" Douglas
Deceased 6 November 2020

"I was an E4 grunt. I came over with the division, 30 day boat ride . I got a flash back when you said you flew a 23. I'm not sure what reason it was, but I remember being in a 23 when we hit a tree top at takeoff. Maybe we were on a booze mission to Saigon or perhaps on the way back. If you don't remember then it must have been someone else. lol. True story I didn't want the Navy or the Air force didn't want to swim or fly. Wounded up sailing from Cal to Hawaii from Hawaii to Nam. Got assigned to the Air CAV and flew from Nam to N.Y. I had more sea and sky time than all my Navy and Air Force friends. Couldn't have served with a better bunch of men (there were no BOYS in Nam) That's enough from me." (Mike to webmaster)

Obituary for Michael J. Douglas
Michael J. Douglas, 75, of Modena, formerly Kingston, died Friday November 6, 2020 at Greene Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Catskill, NY.

Mike was born in Kingston, NY on February 20th, 1945, a son of the late William and Angela Dieroff Douglas
A veteran of the United States Army, Mike proudly served in the Vietnam War and received several medals including National Defense Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Medal, Good Conduct Medal and a two Purple Hearts. He was employed as an Installation Supervisor at TCI-Cablevision in Kingston for 29 years until his retirement in 1999.

He was a Life member of Joyce-Schirick VFW Post 1386, he served as a Trustee, a Jr Commander, Commander from 1995 till 1997 and also was a former member of the VFW Honor Guard. He was a member of the American Legion Post 150 Kingston, a Life member of the Ulster County Memorial Chapter 156 Disabled American Veterans and was the Benefits Protection Team Leader and a former President of Excelsior Hose Fire Company #5.

He is survived by his son, Michael J. Douglas Jr and his girl friend Kathleen Lockhart of Modena, his grandson, Matthew Douglas of Modena, His long time companion, Ann Johnson of Catskill, His sisters, Anita VanValkenburgh of West Hurley and Jacqueline Koenig of Cleverdale and a brother, Robert Douglas and his wife Shirley of Ulster Park. Several nieces and nephews also survive. He is predeceased by his brothers, William and Eugene Douglas.

The family will received friends at the Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home, 339 Broadway, Ulster Park on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

A graveside service officiated by Fr. Salvatore Cordaro, followed by burial with military honors by Joyce-Schirick VFW Post 1386 will be held at the Ulster County Veterans Section of the New Paltz Rural Cemetery, 81 Plains Rd, New Paltz, NY on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 11:00 am..

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Michael's memory to: St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or
The Shriners Hospitals for Children: 2900 Rocky Point Dr. Tampa, Florida 33607

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