Douglas George Knokey, 83, of Rainier, Oregon (formerly of Medford) died Sunday (April 24, 2005) at his daughters home in Gaston. He was born in Hoquiam, Washington on July 10, 1921 to Erwin W. and Anna Knokey.He married Alice Dickey in a double wedding ceremony with Evelyn Dickey and Fred Palmer on September 2, 1949 in Kalama, Washington. Doug was very proud of his service to his country during WWII in the Army Air Corps as an armorer with the 490th Bomb Squadron, known as the Burma Bridge Busters. He was stationed in India and Burma from 1942 to 1945. He had
a prominent role in a Steven Spielberg production of a documentary, "The Burma Bridge Busters", for the History Channel. In 1951, he was recalled into the Air Force for the Korean conflict, serving one year in the Philippines repairing aircraft instruments. For three years he was a guest at South Medford High School, relating his WWII stories to the students, which he especially enjoyed. Doug worked in the plywood industry, helping to build and working in mills in Kalama and Tillamook, Oregon. In 1962 he moved his family to Medford, Oregon. He worked for Timber Products for the next 26 years, retiring as their Plywood Production Manager. In 1989 he moved to Rainier, Oregon to the Christmas tree farm he had started as a weekend project in 1981.Doug was a life member of the China-Burma-India Assoc., American Legion, Air Force Assoc., charter member of the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., charter member of the D-Day Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana, Life member of the Tillamook Masonic Lodge, life member of the Tillamook Elks Lodge, Plywood Pioneers Assoc., Beaver Homes Grange, and attended Shiloh Basin Church.He is survived by his wife, Alice; a daughter, Dicki Nuttall of Gaston, Oregon; two sons, Donn, of Gold Hill, Oregon and David of Rochester; four granddaughters, Dawn Irvine of Peoria, Arizona, Shelly Knokey of Medford, Oregon, Stephanie Nuttall of Mendota Heights, Minnesota, and Kimberly Nuttall of Hillsboro, Oregon; two great-grandsons, Cory and Tyler Irvine of Peoria, Arizona; and one brother, Eugene of Anacortes, Washington. He was preceded in death by
a brother, Howard; and a sister, Dorothy Gould. Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2005 at the Kalama Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, he would be honored to have donations made to the National D-Day Museum, PO Box 97336, Washington, D.C. 20090-7336. The funds will be designated for a large addition to the present D-Day Museum in New Orleans, which will then be known as "America's National WWII Museum"