La Bouff, Douglas Amuel (36)
Army Major of Military Intelligence Douglas Amuel La Bouff, 36, an Army Major deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment died Saturday, January 7, 2006, along with 11 others in a UH-60 Blackhawk that crashed in Northern Iraq. Doug was born in Baldwin Park, grew up in La Puente and attended Bishop Amat High School, where he played football. Doug's life was symbolized by his love for his family, dedication to his studies, passion for the military and love and respect for others. His passion with history led him to earn his Bachelor of Arts in History from Whittier College and his Master of Arts in History from California State University Fullerton, where he earned his commission as an active duty officer in Military Intelligence through the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps. Doug served two tours in the Republic of Korea totaling three years. He was a Service Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer and ultimately Company Commander in several Military Intelligence units while in South Korea. He also served as an Intelligence Analyst in the U.S. Army Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base as well as a Watch Officer for the North American Aerospace Defense Command at Cheyenne Mountain, CO. Doug loved the tradition and esprit de corps of the U.S. Cavalry. He served in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, CA as an Opposing Forces Platoon Leader and Squadron Intelligence Officer. While at this desert outpost, Doug participated in several maneuvers that sharpened the combat skills of visiting units. An accomplished Intelligence Officer, Doug was selected to lead the intelligence cell for the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment during its second deployment to Iraq in March 2005. He is survived by his wife, two children, his mother, three brothers, a sister and twelve nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held on Saturday, January 21st at 10:30 a.m. at: St. Joseph Catholic Church 550 Glendora Ave. La Puente, CA 91744 (626) 336 - 2001 Interment to follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 2161 South Fullerton, Rd., Rowland Heights, CA 91748. There is a closed casket visitation at Queen of Heaven Mortuary from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 20th. (626) 964-1291 In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Major Douglas La Bouff to Holy Trinity Catholic School, 3115 Larkspur Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80907 (719) 634 - 1029.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 19, 2006