Major Doug Meredith
Rest In Peace
I regret to inform you
that former Lieutenant Douglas E. Meredith passed away this morning [1-1-4]
around 05:00 hours.
Lieutenant Meredith was an original member of the officer corps that formed the 2/94th Battalion at Fort Sill in the summer of 1966. Lieutenant Meredith was a member of A Battery for 18 months during the war.
While with A Battery at Chu Lai in October of 1966, under the 1st Marine Division 11th Marine Artillery Doug would rotate one month with A Battery and one month with the 11th Marine Regiment as AO and FO. As an AO, his call sign was "Black Coat 13". His duties with A Battery were AO and FDO at night.
Upon A Battery rejoining the Battalion on Carroll in September of 1967, Doug (now Executive Officer) would take A Battery out to the Rockpile many times in support of the 3rd Marines that were west of us and could not be reached by the Carroll guns.
Doug extended for six months in 1967.
Doug's A Battery then would be one of the main Batteries that would frequent the Rockpile in support of those Marines out at Khe Sanh during that siege. At one point setting up direct communications (quick fire) with the 13th Marine FSCC at Khe Sanh.
During the siege, Doug would be sent out to the combat base at Khe Sanh as Liaison Officer for our 2/94th Battalion.
Doug's military career was cut short as he retired a Major suffering from liver and kidney issues.
Doug succumbed to his long fight with the liver issues.
Doug and his wife, Kathy, were at our first reunion in Branson.
Funeral arrangements are not firm yet but Amy reports either Monday or Tuesday.
Amy also reports that Doug may be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to Doug's family.
During his tenure with A Battery, the Battery would receive two Presidential Unit Citations from the Department of the Navy. One for their support of the 1st Marines (streamer "Chu Lai"). The other for their support of the 3rd Marines (streamer "Vietnam").
We thank him for his dedication to our country, his service to our country, his distinguished service to the United States Army, and his outstanding service during our war as an officer with A Battery, 2nd Battalion 94th Artillery.
"Rest in Peace" Major Douglas E. Meredith. (Call sign "Black Coat 13")
The members of the 2nd Battalion 94th Artillery 1966-1972 [Charles Kelley]