Douglas Milton Seeley

United States Air Force
25 January 1943 - 17 March 1971
Marietta, Ohio
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USAF Pilot

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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22 May 2007

I first met Doug Seeley at Hurlburt AFF, Florida. We were both in O-2A training prior to our deployment to Southeast Asia. Doug and his wife Paula were staying at the same apartment building, across the hall. My wife was expecting our second child at the time, and Doug often baby sat with our one-year old son Matthew when my wife and Paula went shopping while I was flying. We socialized with them during those three months. Doug was a very caring person who treated Paula like a queen and my wife and I like family.

I was serving in Korea when I read in the Stars and Stripes that he had been listed as KIA.

After my tour, I returned to Robins AFB, Georgia. Next to the base was the city of Warner Robins, home of Doug's widow Paula's family. My wife and I resumed our friendship with Paula, who never remarried, and we remain close friends today, vacationing with her every summer at the beach. She has never completely recovered from the loss of her one true love in life and has gone through several agonizing periods while our goverment attempts to find and recover any remains, since his body had never been found.

I too think about his kindness, professionalism as a pilot, and the life that could have been.

I hope they find him eventually and bring him home.

From a friend and fellow USAF pilot,
Richard L. Jones
LtCol USAF (Retired)
116 Freeman Drive, Warner Robins, Georgia 31088-3902

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 21 March 1971 an O-2A (tail number 68-6860) was hit by 37mm AAA fire while near Ban Bamran, west of the Demilitarized Zone. Search and rescue efforts failed to locate either the wreckage or any sign of the two crewmen:
  • 1stLt Stephen R. Scrivener, Tampa, FL, 19th Tac Air Spt Sqdn, pilot
  • Capt Douglas M. Seeley, Marietta, OH, 23rd Tac Air Spt Sqdn, copilot

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 22 May 2007
Last updated 08/10/2009