Mike and I send our condolences. We enjoyed Jerry&s love for life and his great laughter. I never knew a man could walk such a long route and still have time to share his laughter with others. May you and your family find comfort in God&s arms at this difficult time.
Mike & Cheryl
and from the 3rd Platoon, Charlie Two Seven. All too soon our lives take
these twists and turns that we really wanted to avoid. Our thoughts and
prayers are with you at this time of loss and hope you will be able to join
us again Gayla. Next gathering in Arkadelphia in 2011 Gayla. You know all
the 7th Cavalry shares your loss. Nick and Jan.
To Jerry&s Family:
Really saddened to hear of Jerry&s passing. He was a friend in Vietnam for many months. He was one of those guys that I could really depend on, no matter what. As you might know, A FRIEND IN THE BOONIES IN VIETNAM IN THE FIRST CAV. IS A FRIEND FOREVER. The way I have always looked at is that all us guys have been blessed that we have had all these years since 1969, when we escaped many fire fights when any of us could been killed right then. Instead, we have all had lives we were able to live fully, having raising families, enjoying jobs, and a lifetime of friends and leaving 1969 behind us.
I know that this is little consolation, but maybe will help you with your loss. As you know, life goes on. We have to have a positive attitude, and all will work out in the long run.
We are a long way from you, being up here in Pennsylvania, but if there is anything we could do please let us know.
A friend of Jerry&s forever
When I first met Jerry in Vietnam, he was shy, reserved and didn?t draw much attention to himself. That soon changed as Jerry got to know me and the rest of the platoon a little better. Jerry?s humor back then was basically composed of cleaver sarcasm and cutting matter-of-fact statements - - he was a thinking man?s comic. His humor kept himself and everyone else amused, and it took the edge off during desperate times. He knew what it took to make us all feel calm and comfortable.
As a soldier, Jerry was intelligent, courageous and willing to sacrifice himself for others. He was a calming asset to his unit on the battlefield, and he provided strength to those who needed it, and there were many times when we needed it.
I regret that it took me so long to wake up and make the effort to find and gather together the men/friends of 2nd Platoon. Many years we could have shared were lost. But those years when we came back together were sort of like magic. Magic may sound a bit strange, but I?m sure Jerry would agree, it was like magic.
When Jerry and I reconnected back in 2003, his sense of humor had matured, become more sophisticated and took on an anecdotal tone. Jerry would tell tall tales that seemed true, and at the end of most stories, there would be a ?gotcha.? Jerry reveled in my gullibility, and I always looked forward to hearing his latest yarn.
Carol and I will never forget the night we all got lost in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Jerry was great at navigating in the jungles of Vietnam, but he hadn?t quite mastered the Tom-Tom GPS. Jerry could even make getting lost a lot of fun.
I know loosing Jerry weighs heavy on family and friends today, and the sadness our over the loss will creep into our hearts from time-to-time. But if Jerry were here today, I?m sure he would have a story to tell us that would help us forget our sadness - - and there would be a ?gotcha? at the end.
I will always love and remember Jerry?s sly, all knowing smile. I will always remember his face, and his voice and the many times he?s made me laugh.
May God enjoy Jerry?s jovial company and his twisted stories, and may God bless and comfort and heal the hearts of the Douglas family.
With much love and friendship,
John and Carol Guillory
And the Guillory Family
My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you. I was there in Charlie Company
from October 68- November 69. I became wounded and sent home.
I am so sorry for your loss.
I was shocked when I saw in the paper that Jerry had died. We were good friends for most of our lives and through him became good friends to you. My thoughts prayers are with you at this difficult time.
To the family of Jerry Douglas,
We the brother&s of Charlie Company, wish you all the best in this time of loss.
Our reunions brought us all back to the brotherhood that we shared so many years ago. We were tied together with friendship and brotherhood that we got from our time in a war that no one caried about, and some held contempt for.
Know that we hold all our brother&s close to our heart&s. Jerry left before his time, but know that we of Charlie Company loved and cared deeply about, and will hold his memory, until our time comes.
Best to the family who loved him,
4th Platoon Charlie Company
Laura, Darin, Ty and Bekah
My heart is heavy for all of you!! and yes, for me too. I seem to do my crying alone. You are all like family to me. When I moved there I found more than a place to live ...I feel like I grew up there and found new family members.
Jerry had such a gentleness about him, so laid back...he never said a word when Gayla and I would go on our adventures...other than be careful or maybe a shake of his head ....as if to say, what are you 2 up to now. He didn&t even say anything when after the flood we used the lawn mower to pull out the wet carpet...and kind of bent the door a little and made a few spin out marks in the yard. There are endless memories, ones I will always hold dear to my heart. I just always will remember how gentle Jerry was, how much he loved his family, how he was always there to help a friend in need...and yes, me included so many times...and never thought a thing about it. He was such a good guy...a truly wonderful man!! and of that you can always be soooooooooo proud!!!
I wish for you to remember one thing...he may be gone from us now, but also he lives on in us....with our memories...and not just that, but I see him in Tim, in Brady and Tyler as well, so, he will forever be with us.
I love you guys!! Marsha
I AM SADDENED TO LEARN OF THIS VERY DISAPPOINTING NEWS OF JERRY. AS YOU KNOW, YOUR FAMILY IS ONE OF THE FIRST FAMILIES I KNEW AS A CHILD. I WRITE IN BEHALF OF MY FATHER TOM, BROTHER TOM, AND MOTHER DOTTIE (IN SPIRIT) TO EXPRESS OUR SINCEREST CONDOLENCES. SAYING "GOODBYE MEANS BEING ABLE TO SAY "HELLO" AGAIN...A BRIGHT SUN ALWAYS FOLLOWS RAIN. MAY YOU FIND COMFORT AND STRENGTH DURING THIS TIME.
J.D. (DAVE) RUSSELL
Kathryn and I are so sorry to hear about Jerry&s sudden heart attack. In Viet Nam, Jerry was one of our favorite guys. At the end of a long day in the jungle, he could just crack you up with something funny that came to him. At the last reunion, I saw him when we first checked into the hotel and told him he had given me a defective key chain at the previous reunion, that it had broken after only 23 months. I was just kidding and he knew it, but he reached into his pocket and pulled out two more, handed them to me and said, "Well here then, you better take 2." And grinned. I know you&re going to find a big hole in your life where Jerry should be and I wish I had something to say that would make it better. We&re all going to miss him. He was a great soldier and a better man.
I did not know Jerry well as most of you, but enjoyed talking with him about his work or about items he found or had purchased at auctions or sells. I think it was one of his little hobbies. I was just over at the house a few weeks ago, helped Jerry with some repairs and had a similar chat.
I wanted to thank Jerry and Gayla for all the past service related work from the Rainbow house and the Brady Lane house.Your whole family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if you need any help with anything, I am speaking for my cousin Brian Smith, but we would both be more than glad to help in anyway we can.
Smith Heating & Cooling
Smith Drain Service