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Herron, Douglas G.

Douglas G. Herron U.S. Coast Guard WWII
Douglas G. Herron U.S. Coast Guard WWII


 
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Douglas G. Herron grew up in Rye and he and his family lived on Redfield Street and were members of the Presbyterian Church. During WWII and the Korean War, Douglas served in the U.S Coast Guard. Douglas was born on December 16th, 1917 in Cleveland, Ohio to George William and Lynda Krueger Herron. His family briefly lived in Larchmont but moved to Rye, NY in 1922. Herron attended Milton school and graduated cum laude from Rye High School in 1935. As a kid, Herron was very fond of water and had a passion for sailing. He and his friend Dick CLose built a sailboat named Egret from scratch. They often found themselves sailing in the Long Island sound which Herron and Close knew very well. Following his high school career, he earned his bachelor's degree in Economics from Brown University where he was a member of the Brown Yacht Club to continue with his love for sailing. Herron then served in the Coast Guard Reserve from 1941 to 1977, obtaining the rank of Captain.

Bridget Kelleher
RHS 2021
Date of Birth: 12/16/1917
Died On: 12/9/2006
Street Address: Redfield Street
Service Number: unknown
Branch of Service: U.S. Coast Guard-WWII

Veteran Code: USCG-10


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Mr. Herron served in the Coast Guard Reserve from 1941 to 1977, attaining the rank of Captain. He was called to active duty during both WW II and the Korean War, and served in the Reserve until his retirement. He belonged to Rye Post 128 of the American Legion. During his WW II tour of duty, he was photographed by National Geographic while landing General Patton on the shores of North Africa. Rye High School Graduate, class of 1935

Herron, Douglas G. of Rye, retired Personnel Director for City of Rye and longtime Rye resident and community leader, died of natural causes on December 9, 2006 in Greenwich Hospital. He was 88. Prior to his twenty-year position with the City of Rye, Mr. Herron was with the American Bankers Association in NYC, and in Public Relations for General Motors, for which he traveled around the country presenting scientific shows.

Mr. Herron was born Dec. 16, 1917, in Cleveland, Ohio to George William and Lynda Krueger Herron. The family lived briefly in Larchmont, NY and settled in Rye, NY in 1922. He was educated in Rye, attending Milton School and graduating magna cum laude from Rye High School in 1935. He earned a Bachelors degree in Economics from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, in 1939, where he was a member of the Brown Yacht Club and Brown Christian Association. Mr. Herron earned a degree in aviation sciences from the University of California at Berkeley, along with his private pilot's license.

Mr. Herron served in the Coast Guard Reserve from 1941 to 1977, attaining the rank of Captain. He was called to active duty during both WW II and the Korean War, and served in the Reserve until his retirement. He belonged to Rye Post 128 of the American Legion. During his WW II tour of duty, he was photographed by National Geographic while landing General Patton on the shores of North Africa.

On Dec. 6, 1955, he married Anita Neumeyer, formerly of Bay City, Michigan. Locally, he was active in Scouting, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout and Quartermaster in Sea Scouts. As an adult, he was the long-time Scoutmaster of Rye's Troop 2 and a council member of the Hutchinson River Boy Scout Council. For his work as an adult leader, he was awarded the Silver Beaver. Mr. Herron volunteered for many years as Treasurer of the Rye Historical Society, doing the books on his lunch hour from Rye City Hall, across the Village Green. He was also active in the Rye Conservation Society/Rye Nature Center, a Board member of the Dad's Club of Rye H.S., and President of the SUNY Maritime College Parents Association.

He was an ordained Deacon and Elder of the Rye Presbyterian Church. Mr. Herron will be remembered for his life-long love of the water, especially sailing. As young men, He and his good friend Dick Close built a sailboat, named ''Egret, from scratch and often sailed in on Long Island Sound, waters he knew well.

He was survived by his wife Anita (Ann), his sisters Elaine Hadley of Hilton Head, SC and Nancy Neumeyer of Naples, FL, son James of Mountlake Terrace, Washington, daughter Dr. Ruth Herron Smalt, son-in-law Dr. Robert Smalt, and three grand-daughters, Robin, Lindy and Molly Smalt, all of Rye.

The family will receive friends at the Graham Funeral Home on Monday December 11, 2006 from 4 to 8 PM. The Funeral Service is scheduled for Tuesday December 12, at Rye Presbyterian Church at 3:30 PM. Internment will be at Arlington National Cemetery. Friends may send memorial donations to Scholar's Edge (an educational fund for his grandchildren) c/o Greg Sinno, First Investors, 84 West Park Place, Stamford, CT 06901. GRAHAM FUNERAL HOME 1036 Boston Post Road Rye (914) 967-0129
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