December 23, 1944
Paragould (Greene County) native Paul Page Douglas Jr., who became an air force “ace,” married Sarah Lee Chandler. He had met her in Corpus Christi, Texas, before his transfer to England. They corresponded for more than three years before they married while he was on a short leave; three weeks later, Douglas returned to his command. They had two daughters and a son. Douglas retired as a brigadier general on February 1, 1970, having flown four different airplanes over the course of his career. Earning over sixty decorations, Douglas was one of the most decorated flyers in air force history. Following his retirement, he and his wife moved to Conway (Faulkner County), where he joined the staff of the University of Central Arkansas. Douglas died on December 26, 2002. He is buried in the Central Texas State Veteran’s Cemetery in Killeen, Texas.