In Memory

Douglas P. McCorkle, Jr.

Douglas P. McCorkle, Jr.

 Vietnam Victim's Rites Set Today

Abilene Reporter-News, May 1, 1970

STAMFORD - Funeral for Pfc. Douglas McCorkle, 19, a 1969 graduate of Abilene High School, who was killed Saturday in Vietnam when his base camp came uner enemy attack, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Trinity Baptist Church in Stamford with the Rev. Marvin Ward officiating.  Burial will be at Highland Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Kinney Funeral Home.

The son of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas McCorkle of Abilene, Pfc. McCorkle was born Sept 8, 1950, at Coleman.  He attended schools in Lueders and Stamford before graduating from Abilene High.  At AHS, he was a three-year member of the basketball team and was named to the letterman "A" Association his senior year.  He was also a sports writer for the student newspaper, the Battery.

He went to Vietnam in January and was with the 554 Construction Engineers.

Survivors include his parents; three brothers, Bobby with the Air Force, and Weldon and Russel, both of Abilene; one sister, Mrs. Charlie Tessier of Bay City; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bob McCorkle of Stamford; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. O. D. Bagwell of Whitesboro; and great-grandmother, Mrs. Addie McCorkle of Stamford.

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Doug was killed during a mortar attack in Vietnam April 25, 1970.  He is listed on The Wall, panel 11W, line 049.  His parents were presented six posthumous medals.  Pfc. McCorkle was awarded the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnamese Commendation Medal and an Expert Rifleman's Badge he won shortly before his death.

 

This photo of a rubbing from The Wall in DC was shared by Steve Stegall.

This photo of the Vietnam Memorial in Abilene was sent by Rich Kinney.



 
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03/04/09 11:40 PM #4    

Mike Patton

I remember hearing that Doug had just mailed a letter to his Mother telling her "Not to worry, It was quiet where he was." That night their camp got shelled.

03/05/09 12:44 PM #5    

Carmen Gutierrez-Diaz

I have fond memories of Doug. I wish I had met him while we were in school. We didn't have any classes together that I can recall. But the day I met him will stay with me forever. He had graduated the year before and had gone into the Army. That Friday morning we had a pep rally and he was there visiting. He was standing behind me and whenever the students got roudy after a yell, he'd put his hand on my shoulder & would assure me he would not let me fall. After the pep rally, most of the kids took off to Cooper, we were playing them that night. He asked if I wanted to go with him that he had his car. I told him I didn't want to get in trouble, but he said we'd we okay and no one would see us. So we went to Cooper. It seemed like the kids at Cooper were expecting us, cause the minute we circled the campus, some kids through mud at us and came right in the car and all over our faces and clothes! Guess who had some explaining to do. I will never forget Doug for the kindness and concern he showed me. He was killed in Vietnam a couple of months after that. He was a true soldier and a guardian angel to me. Doug, RIP

03/17/09 06:35 AM #6    

Angela Stewart (Lewis)

I was only in one class with Douglas; however, he was such a kind, young man. I was touched deeply when he was killed - shortly after James (Mitchell I think) who died in VN.

I must reiterate what an inspiration Richard K. has been to me throughout these 40 years - his faith is so strong.

03/17/09 08:30 AM #7    

Richard Kinney

Well hey, maybe we need a memorial song for Doug. How about this classic by Peter, Paul, and Mary...







11/11/09 08:36 AM #8    

Barbara Anderson (Gaskins)

Thank you so so much for serving our country
and keeping me and my family safe. I can't imagine what everyone has gone through over the years...I dont' think you CAN know unless you live it. But please be sure from the bottom of my heart I sincerely appreciate you and the class of 69 misses you terribly.

11/11/09 02:56 PM #9    

Belinda McGlothlin (Branch)

I always think of Douglas on Veteran's Day because he was so young when he sacrificed his life for our country. I'll never forget your bravery, Douglas.

05/25/15 09:27 AM #10    

Betty Robbins (Fowler)

May his sacrifice never be forgotten

Memorial Day 2015


05/25/15 10:06 PM #11    

Andrea Arauza (Townsend)

I substituted today at AHS and happened to walk by the Memorial  at the same time that Mrs. Jennifer Jordan's history class was approaching the wall. She asked if I was familiar with any soldier's name. I had the honor of speaking about our Doug McCorkle to her class. During 3rd period a video was shown school wide about our war heros and how they are laid to rest. As a remembrance, our AHS Eagles were asked to walk down the hallways in silence to their next class. Not a word was spoken and you could hear a pin drop it was so quiet. Thank you to our classmates who served and remembering those who have fallen. God Bless America!


05/25/15 11:35 PM #12    

Jan Nunnally (Lineweaver)

Doug sat next to me in Mrs. Ligon's junior English class.  Ross McKinney sat behind him and we had a blast socializing that period when we could get away with it.  Doug was somewhat shy but had a great sense of humor when you got him going.  I was a freshman at McMurry when I heard of his death.  Several years later John and I took our children to DC to show them the Vietnam Memorial.  We found Doug's name and also that of Scotty Kersey.  What an impressive monument to our fallen soldiers!  I'll always remember Doug.

 


05/26/15 06:33 PM #13    

Steve Stegall

Wall of Faces is an adjunct to the Washington DC Vietnam Wall. Assigned our class honoring Doug to one picture. click on: http://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/36337/DOUGLAS-P-MCCORKLE-JR


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