Don Vandagriff

Don Hubert Vandagriff

Member at Parker Memorial Baptist Church

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Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science

bachelor's degree - grain and cereal chemistry , 

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Weatherford Democrat

Derrel E. Flanery, Roy D. Harris, Patricia Lee Raymo, Don Hubert VandagriffDon Hubert Vandagriff, 82, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, in Birmingham, Ala.He was born June 19, 1921, in Weatherford, Texas, to Roy and Jewell Vandagriff.Don went to Weatherford public schools and after his graduation in 1937, he entered Weatherford College and later to Texas Wesleyan College in Fort Worth until he received his "Greetings from the President."In 1942 he entered the Air Force, receiving his training at Camp Wolters, Texas, Lowry Field, Denver, Colo., Hill Field, Ogden, Utah, and was then sent to Blackpool, England.From there he went to Rouen, France, and then on a special mission taking him to North Africa, across the Suez Canal, and ultimately to Poltava, Ukraine, from which the Ploeste Oil Fields in Italy were bombed.He was based here until the end of the European Operations of World War II.Don served with the Air Service Command, U.S. Strategic Air Forces in Europe.Upon his return to the States, he went to Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science (now K.S.U.) in Manhattan.He received his bachelor's degree in grain and cereal chemistry in 1949.His work was in various kinds of chemistry labs with an interim of two years teaching science and math before entering a career with the U.S. government in highly classified ordnance inspection.After a time of intensive training, he was sent to Okinawa for three years, later to up state New York, and in 1977 to Kaiserslautern, Germany, where he was based for five years, also demilitarizing areas in France and Italy.Completing his work there, he was based at the Ordnance Depot in Bynam, Ala.His final assignment was in Seoul, Korea.In addition to his work there, he assisted the base chaplain for which he received special recognition and also for the service rendered to Baptist missionaries there.He retired from the government service just before leaving Korea.Don was an artist in drawing, painting and carving.He sang tenor with several quartets, including the Y's Guys, many choirs and choruses, and with the Fort Worth Opera Chorus.He had been a Christian since a lad at North Side Baptist Church, Weatherford, and was ordained a deacon in the Koza Baptist Church while stationed at Kadena Air Base on Okinawa.He was currently a member of Parker Memorial Baptist Church in Anniston, Ala.Don married Mary C. Brackett June 1, 1949, in Manhattan, Kan.

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