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Donald Sheff

Captain Donald Nathaniel Sheff, USAF

October 31, 1941 – December 5, 1969

9th Tactical Fighting Squadron, 49th Tactical fighter Wing

Distinguished Flying Cross – Vietnam

“Donald had 3 daughters, a wife and loving brothers and father when he passed. I am his oldest daughter. I was 2 when he died, and didn’t know him well. He was a mining engineer, having graduated from the Colorado School of Mines. He loved to mine and had several mine sites in the mountains of Colorado. When he came home from the Vietnam war, he was extremely distressed. We now know he was suffering from severe PTSD. He died after returning from the war, in a tactical flight in New Mexico, when his plane had trouble and he was ejected without his parachute.” Shared by his daughter, Elaine

Military Decoration: Distinguished Flying Cross

Awarded for “Heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight”

Places he called home: New Jersey, Colorado, California, New Mexico

Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, CO

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