Edwin J. "Doc" FRIESEN

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FRIESEN, Capt. Edwin J. "Doc" USN (Ret.), died July 23, 2014, after a short unexpected illness. Doc was born in Lake Charles, LA, in 1929, served 28 years in the Navy and was mar ried to his wife Luckey for 61 years. Doc was a "Flying Midshipman" and became a Naval Aviator in 1949. His service included 45 combat missions in the Korean War, and a tour of duty on USS Ticonderoga during the Vietnam War. During his service Doc received the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service and Navy Commendation Medals, and six campaign medals. Doc met and married Luckey in Pensacola, in 1953 where he was a flight instructor. The Navy then took their family to Memphis, TN, Morocco, Jacksonville, Brunswick, GA, Coronado CA, Washington DC, Newport RI, Gaeta, Italy, Naples, Italy and Washington DC, after which he retired in 1975. During his career, Doc earned degrees from McNeese State and George Washington Universities, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and Naval War College. Doc and Luckey moved to Clearwater where Doc wor-ked for Honeywell until 1979. He then earned his accounting degree at USF and worked as a CPA for 15 years. Doc was Commodore of the Island Estates Yacht Club, president of the Willadel Home Owners Association, member of American Legion Post 7, Clearwater, the Association of Naval Aviation, the Flying Midshipman Association and VFW Post 2422 in Coronado CA, where he and Luckey spent their summers. Doc is survived by his wife, Luckey; children, Karl and Kandice; and grandson, Benjamin. A Memorial was held in Coronado at the VFW. He will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The family requests donations to the Flying Midshipmen Endowment Fund, USS Midway Museum, 910 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Aug. 7, 2014
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