Douglas Paul Lefever

United States Air Force
04 January 1943 - 29 June 1978
Arcanum, Ohio
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USAF Pilot

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

The database page for Douglas Paul Lefever

7 Mar 2005

I have worn your name for about 10 years and it has helped me greatly. You are not forgotten.

Greg Hancock

14 May 2007

You are not forgotten. I have had your bracelet since 1970. It was bought for a donation at the "Just Pants" at the corner of Devon and Broadway in Chicago, when I was a Senior in High School. I wore it every day from then until my first daughter was born June 8, 1989, when they made me take it off. I put it back on from time to time after that and visited your name on the Wall about 8 years ago. I think I will now take the bracelet back out and put it on until I can figure out how to return it to your loved ones. You have been a part of my life for over 37 years.

Dee Dee Lynch

02 Oct 2007

I have owned, and, for many years, worn an MIA bracelet for Douglas Paul LeFever. It has been so long ago, I do not remember how or where I got it, but I've always kept it in a safe place, hoping one day to find this man returned to his family. Apparently he was declared dead in 1978. My heart goes out to his family.

Anneta Simmons
Madison, Alabama

11 Oct 2007

Doug, a friend who will always be young and in my memories.

Paulette Hughes Herman
Major USAF NC Ret

A Note from The Virtual Wall

In the early morning hours of 05 Nov 1968 an F-4D "fast FAC" from the 497th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Ubon RTAFB was working a pair of Navy strike aircraft against a target in the Ban Karai pass area of Laos. When a fireball was seen on the ground and contact was lost with the FAC, the Navy crews initiated combat SAR, but no contact was made with the two crewmen from F-4CD 66-7748. Both men were classed as Missing in Action and remained in that status until the Secretary of the Air Force approved Presumptive Findings of death for them -
  • Major Joseph Y. Echanis, Portland, Oregon, on 01/21/1975 and
  • Major Douglas P. LeFever, Arcanum, Ohio on 06/29/1978.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 7 Mar 2005
Last updated 08/10/2009