Lt. Col. Harmon Allen Dungan, Jr., USAF Ret.
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August 14, 1930 - December 30, 2013
Harmon Allen Dungan, Jr., 83, passed away peacefully on December 30, 2013. Friends are invited to visit with family in the Parish Hall at St. James Episcopal Church, on Saturday, January 4, 2014 from noon until 2: 45p.m. Following visitation, there will be a memorial service at 3:00 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, with The Rev. Fred H. Tinsley, Jr., officiating and under the direction of John Kramer & Son Funeral Home.
Harmon was born on August 14, 1930 in Memphis Tennessee. He is the eldest son of Mildred Gardner Dungan and Harmon Allen Dungan, Sr.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Robert Lamar Dungan.
During high school he was in the ROTC program, played trumpet in the band and participated in sports. He graduated from Messick High School in Memphis, Tennessee in 1948 and went on to attend Memphis State University. In his last quarter of his senior year, he was drafted into the United States Air Force and entered the pilot training program. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant on March 15, 1953 and earned his Pilot Wings two weeks later on April 1, 1953, Laredo, Texas. While he was in primary pilot training at Bainbridge AFB in Georgia, and with some encouragement from his parents, Harmon went to Tallahassee on a blind date and met an angel, Kathleen. They started a wonderful journey together that lasted over 60 years.
While in the Air Force, he attended Air University, graduating from the Squadron Officer School in June 1954. He attended the University of Southern California's National Aircraft Investigation School in 1960. Harmon earned his BA in Chemistry from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York in January 1964 and his Masters of Aerospace Systems Management in 1971 at Wheeler Air Force Base, Honolulu, Hawaii.
His assignments in the United States Air Force included: Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX; Bainbridge AB, Bainbridge, GA; Moody AFB, Valdosta, GA; Tyndall AFB, Panama City, FL; 62nd FIS, Manston Royal Air Force Base, Manston, England; 513th and 539th FIS, McGuire AFB, NJ; ADVTM 7th RVA Infantry Division, My-Tho, Vietnam; Hq ALFC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Fairfield, OH; Armed Forced Staff College, Norfolk, VA; Hq PACAF, Hickman AFB, Honolulu, HI; 60th DASS, Wheeler AFB, Honolulu, HI; Hq US Army Hawaii, Schofield Barracks, Honolulu, HI; 321st and 23rd MMS England AFB, Alexandria, LA.
During his military career, he flew on air-evac missions in the Korean War. He was part of the test program for the F-106 Delta Wing Supersonic Interceptor. Later, he served two tours in Vietnam, one flying O-2 Birddog in Cambodia and Laos as a forward air controller. During his second tour in Vietnam he was commander of a tactical air support squadron directing fighters on combat missions.
He received many commendations, including Air Medals, some of which were presented to him from the Vietnam government. He was awarded Combat Readiness Medals, The Air Force Commendation Medal, and The Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism while participating in aerial flight. He received 2 Bronze Star Medals for meritorious service while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force. In 1966, he was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action, presented by General Westmoreland.
After retiring from the Air Force in July 1974, he went on to work for Proctor and Gamble as a Team Manager. He was also a corporate pilot for Crest Industries and was the Assistant Director of Credit Collections and Litigations at Cleco.
He was active in his community, serving as President of the Alexandria Lions Club from 1989-1990. Harmon was a board member of the Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation, was a member of the Shriners and was a 32nd Mason. Harmon was in the Daedalians, a Fraternal Order of Military Pilots. He was a member of the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association. Harmon supported all of his children in swimming and was actively involved in the AAU Swimming Program. He served on the Montessori School Board, the Salvation Army Board, and the Vestry at St. James Episcopal Church. He volunteered through the AARP to do taxes for the elderly for many years.
Harmon loved visiting with family and friends and sharing the stories of his life. One of his favorite phrases was, "A day without ice cream has no meaning or purpose", and he instilled that belief in his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Veal Dungan, of Alexandria; his four children: Harmon A. "Tripp" Dungan, III and his wife Teri of Alexandria, Dana D. Riddick of Baton Rouge, Leah D. Jordan and her husband Keith of Baton Rouge, and Eric V. Dungan and his wife Cindy of New Jersey; his grandchildren: Claire Naegle and her husband Steve of Alexandria, Caroline Adams and her husband Michael of Baton Rouge, Lindsey Dungan of Shreveport, Mary Catherine Dungan and Annie Dungan, both of Alexandria, Taylor Johnston of Baton Rouge, Kristin Jordan and Kyle Jordan both of Baton Rouge, Robert Dungan and Lauren Dungan both of New Jersey; and six great grandchildren.
Pallbearers honored to serve are: Dr. Hamel Eason of Atlanta, Ga; Dr. Sidney Birdsong, Jr. and Dr. Culver Craddock, both of Memphis, TN; Dr. William Brown, Lt. Col. Thomas Gallagher, USAF Ret., and Lt. Col. Charles Tosten, USAF Ret., all of Alexandria, La.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758541, Topeka, KS, 66675; or to St. James Episcopal Church, 1620 Murray Street, Alexandria, LA 71301.
The family would like to give special thanks to: Tree, Christine, Shanda and Anna for the care and love each of you gave Mr. Harmon.
To extend online notes of condolences to the Dungan Family please visit us at www.kramerfunerals.com.
Published in The Town Talk on Jan. 2, 2014
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