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…in 2006, a UH-60 Blackhawk crashed near Tal Afar.

12 souls perished that day.

Why is it significant? Well, it’s significant because my friend was killed in that crash.

And as I do every year since then, I honor his memory and those of the other 11 that were lost that day.

Doug was my friend. He was my son’s godfather. He was an honorable man. He is sorely missed all the time. He was my last platoon leader that I had in the Army. He was the best of the bunch. And I don’t say that lightly.

Jan. 7, 2006: A Black Hawk helicopter carrying eight U.S. troops and four American civilians crashed near the northern city of Tal Afar, killing all aboard.

Here’s the names of the souls lost that day: Maj. Stuart M. Anderson, 44, of the 3rd Corps Support Command; Maj. Douglas A. LaBouff, 36, Capt. Michael R. Martinez, 43, and 1st Lt. Joseph D. deMoors, 36, all of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment; and 1st Lt. Jaime L. Campbell, 25, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Chester W. Troxel, 45, Spc. Michael I. Edwards, 26, and Spc. Jacob E. Melson, 22, all assigned to the Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment. From Dyncorp International, Arsenio Domingo, 40, and Robert Timmann, 49, were killed in the crash. Both were members of a Civilian Police Advisory Training Team working with Iraqi police officers. I don’t know the names of the other two civilians lost in the crash.

A salute to my friend and those that died with him.

MAJ Doug LaBouff Scholarship Flyer 2012

This is Doug. He was just promoted to Major.

Rest easy, sleep well my brother.
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell…

I still cry when I think about it too much.

This is a scholarship program that was set up for my friend Doug. He died in Iraq January 7th, 2006. He was my son’s godfather and a good friend. He was also my last platoon leader in the Army, I was his platoon sergeant. I miss him all the time. Any help you can give to this great scholarship program in his name would be appreciated. Please pass this on. You can read more about Doug here. Please help out if you can. I’ll leave this at the top for a while. Thanks.

Dear Friends,

Since his passing in 2006, the memory of our friend and loved-one, Major Douglas Amuel La Bouff has been honored by his fellow Cal State Fullerton historians during the annual banquet of the Theta Pi chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society.

Doug’s achievements as a person, scholar and military officer are remembered through a memorial scholarship awarded to history students who embody Doug’s patriotism, and love for history. Named the “Major Doug La Bouff Memorial Scholarship,” a handful of historians have benefited from modest monetary awards that they can use to advance their study of history.

We are asking your help to expand the scholarship to help more up and coming historians further their studies. We are also planning to obtain a plaque that will record past and future awardees for years to come. Please help anyway you can by mailing a check or money order no later than 23 April 2012 to:

Phi Alpha Theta
C/O Dr. Jochen Burgtorf
Cal State Fullerton, Department of History
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA. 92834

Awardees for the 2012 Major Doug La Bouff Memorial Scholarship will be announced on Friday, 4 May, 2012 during the 50th Annual CSUF Phi Alpha Theta Banquet.
Thank you for your support!

Friends of the Major Doug La Bouff Memorial Scholarship.