Sue Scott, a representative at Dale Carnegie Training of Michigan, is “an inspiration to everyone,” according to her co-workers. Scott Greer of Dale Carnegie Training of Michigan notes of Sue: “I have often used her story as an example of love, perseverance, and dedication.”
Sue has a very special story and mission. Her brother, Douglas David Ferguson, was a pilot in the Vietnam war, and was shot down over Laos on December 30th, 1969.
As told in the blog below, Rev. Laurie Haller recalls the story of Doug, Sue, and her unwavering commitment to do whatever it took to find Doug and bring him home.
“She was contacted out of the blue by a woman named Tammy in Seattle. Tammy owns a cabinet company, has a radio show about home improvements, and employs Vietnam veterans. Tammy’s own son is a disabled vet. “Sue, my name is Tammy. I heard about Doug’s remains coming back to Tacoma, and I would like to make his casket. I’ll then send the casket to Hawaii so that Doug’s remains can be brought home.”
How do you live a full and faithful life when your brother is missing in action for forty-four years? How do you persevere in searching for him for most of your adult life? And how do you welcome him home when the long journey is finally over?
From the time he was a little boy, Douglas David Ferguson loved flying. Born in 1945 in Tacoma, Washington, Doug spent countless hours putting together model airplanes, and as he grew older, the planes got bigger. Doug often went to a local airport near Fircrest, where he could fly for a penny a pound, a service intended to encourage children, youth and adults to develop an interest in flying.
Doug never outgrew his interest in airplanes and received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy, where he became a member of the 16th Squadron. Graduating in 1967, Doug entered flight training, choosing to fly the F-111 as a pilot. When the F-111was grounded, Doug was reassigned to the F-D4 Phantom II and stationed in Thailand with the 555th Tactical Air Squadron.
Doug married Linda in 1968, before he went overseas in the summer of 1969. After just five months, Doug’s plane was shot down over Laos on December 30, 1969, and he was listed as Missing in Action. Just nine days before Doug went down, he and his pilot received the Silver Star for taking on fire to distract the enemy so that two pilots could be rescued. Captain Douglas David Ferguson always wanted to contribute his skills and courage at the highest level that he possibly could. He always wanted to be at his best.”
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