Douglas Booker Sr. of the US Army

Today’s salute was sent to us as a beautiful letter by the daughter of Sergeant Douglas Booker Sr. of the United States Army. These are her words: Sergeant Booker, known as Pat, served two terms in Vietnam. He was married to my mom for 46 years. My brother, my sister and I all knew that he had gone through so much in the war, but growing up we didn’t hear much about the things he saw. As we all got older he started opening up to us about some of the horrors he had to face there, but he never wanted to burden us with it. After the army he had a few different jobs, finally finding a career on a floating fish processor in the Bering Sea. He was also a volunteer firefighter and ambulance driver for 25 years, known as one of the best ambulance drivers his lifelong hometown of Darrington, Washington had ever seen. Dad was the kind of guy that would help anyone out and would give them the shirt off his back. He would make friends with older lonely folks in town, and made his rounds every morning for coffee, checking on each of them. During the summer of 2017, we found out he had cancer from the Agent Orange he was in contact with Vietnam. He turned 70 that August. Dad fought with everything he had, some could say fighting the hardest battle of his life but lost that final battle on August 4th, 2018. He was an amazing man, with the biggest heart ever. Even after what he went through in war, the things he saw and had to do, he didn’t let it change his heart. Today we salute Sergeant Douglas Booker Sr. of the United States Army.