Norman Earle Duquette
Lieutenant Colonel Norman E. "Duke" Duquette, 93, took his final flight on Monday, Sept. 9th, 2019.
He was born on Feb. 2, 1926, in the family home in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
He joined the Navy in 1943; during World War II he served as a naval air crewman aboard the U.S.S. Tripoli, hunting U-Boats in the South Atlantic. His Navy decorations include the Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.
In 1947 he married Louise Wilson in Traer, Iowa. He attended Champlain College in Plattsburgh where he received a degree in 1949. 

At the beginning of the Korean War he joined the United States Air Force and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant. He served for 23 years. In Korea he was shot down on 26 January 1952 and held as a prisoner of war until September 1953. He retired in 1970.
His Air Force medals and decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and the Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster. He was also awarded the Chungmu Cordon by the Republic of Korea--their third highest military decoration--for his resistance to Chinese Communist propaganda efforts while a POW during the Korean War. 

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Louise; daughters Jan, Jonell, Joy, Julie, Jennifer and Jacky, and sons Jay, John and Jeff, 21 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his granddaughter Danielle; his parents Clifford and Mabel Duquette; brothers Bernard, Joseph, Gerald, Bruce, Charles and sister Loretta.
A memorial service will be held in Traer, Iowa, in the spring.
Published on September 27, 2019


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3 posts

Jan Thompson
Sep 28, 2019
We'll meet again in the wild blue yonder.

Daughter #1
Jennifer Duquette
Sep 27, 2019
“Every man a tiger”.

I will see you again.

Jacqlynn Asherman
Sep 27, 2019
I will always love and miss you Daddy, until we meet again.