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With great sadness, we regret to inform our followers the founder of National Yellow Bat Day passed away on November 25, 2018. It was a pleasure to work with Mr. Bonnot during the creation of this day. Mr. Bonnot was a highly decorated soldier and served his country and U.S. Army with pride. Mr. Bonnot devoted his entire life to protecting our country. There are not enough words to extend our gratitude and admiration to people like Mr. Bonnet and their families. Thank you Mr. Bonnot for being a part of the National Day Calendar® family. We want to extend a special thank you to his family and friends for allowing us to know and work with Mr. Bonnot.
(As printed by the News Tribune, 210 Monroe Street, Jefferson City, Mo 65101)
Douglas Warren Bonnot, 78, of Jonesborough, Tenn., passed away Sunday, November 25, 2018 at his home.
A native of St. Louis, Mo., he was the son of the late Delbert and Alice Bonnot. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Carol A Bonnot. Douglas proudly served his country in the US Army.
While in the U.S. Army, he served with the DMZ Police Company, a provisional unit of the 1st Cavalry Division, Korea and the 1st Infantry Division, Kan., as a Heavy Weapons Infantryman before attending training as a Cryptanalyst, Ft Devens, Mass. He served the remaining 18 of his 22 years assigned to the Army Security Agency in both tactical and strategic intelligence with multiple assignments to the National Security Agency, including the Defense Special Missile and Astronautics Center as well as overseas assignments in Turkey and Okinawa.
On loan to U.S. State Department, he also taught intelligence related subjects in overseas NATO Signal Schools. Tactical Intelligence assignments included overseas tours as Operations NCOIC, 265th Radio Research Company (ABN), 101st Airborne Division (AMBL) in Vietnam and the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii; Stateside tactical intelligence assignments included tours with 82nd Airborne Division and 400th ASA Special Operations Detachment, 5th Special Forces, Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he retired as First Sergeant, 358th Electronic Warfare Company, 313th Combat Electronic Warfare and Intelligence Battalion.
Individual Military Awards include: Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Parachutist Badge, RECONDO Tab.
Retiring from the Army at the close of 1979, he continued his service to the Intelligence Community while working in the Defense Industry for 27 years, 23 of which was as President and CEO of an Engineering and Manufacturing firm specializing in covert electronic surveillance devices. He was a Life Member of the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, 82nd Airborne Division Association and the 101st Airborne Division Association where he has held positions as a member of the Board of Governors, and Sentinel Chapter President. He was also a member of the Board of Trustees, of the Screaming Eagle Foundation.
Those left to cherish Douglas’ memory include: children, Robin Cross and her husband Randy Cross of Fort Lauderdale Fla., Carol Renee Totten of Port St Lucie, Fla., Russell W Bonnot and his wife Kerry Bonnot of Jonesborough, Tenn.; grandchildren, Christopher Vaughan, Monica Vaughan, Kelly Totten, Jason Bonnot, Alex Bonnot, Katie Totten, Eric Cross, Kassidy Totten, Trey Bonnot, Kaden Bonnot, Joshua Bonnot; great-grandchildren, Emma Bonnot and Kaylie Totten; siblings, Karen Morris of Bonnots Mill, Mo.; her children; the Long family members and his Military family.
Douglas will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. at a later date. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Services, 3001 Peoples Street, Johnson City, TN 37604, (423) 610-7171 is honored to serve the Bonnot family.