Major Delbert "Del" Clarence Belanger (Retired)

June 5, 1940 - February 4, 2016

Major Delbert “Del” Clarence Belanger (Retired), age 75, of Plano, Texas, passed away on February 4, 2016.  He was born June 5, 1940, in Caribou, Maine to Albert and Laura (Banville) Belanger. Del served as a CH-47 “Chinook” and UH-1 “Huey” helicopter pilot in the United States Army. He retired after twenty-one years of service with three and a half of those years spent in Vietnam.

He is survived by wife, Carolyn Belanger of Plano, Texas; children, Greg Gatlin and wife Lynda of Richardson, Texas, Melissa Wampler and husband David of Kerrville, Texas, Steve Deshane and wife Charlene of Hartford, Connecticut, Julie Petaros and husband Dion of Lakewood Village, Texas; grandchildren, Blake Wampler of Kerrville, Texas, Cassidy Gatlin of Richardson, Texas and Ava Wampler of Kerrville, Texas; brothers, Don Belanger and wife Mary of Ocala, Florida, Bob Belanger of Duncanville, Texas, Mike Belanger of Windsor, Connecticut, Gary Belanger of Caribou, Maine; sister, Patricia Peterson and husband Linwood of New Sweden, Maine; “Dad”, Gerard Belanger of Caribou, Maine; many other loving family members and friends.

Del is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Laura Belanger; brother, Richard Belanger; son, Dean Belanger; and “Mom”, Azilda Banville-Belanger.

A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 12, 2016 at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. The family will receive friends during a visitation from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday evening at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, Texas.

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Good by Del and a peaceful flight home bro. I always enjoyed out times together in VHPA and at the 'Dallas Discourse' meetings. Jerry Barnes, February 11, 2016 Del, It was my honor to have you as a friend these past eleven years. As a fellow Aviator & Paratrooper I will forever miss you. With Respect my friend. Blue Max four eight C.C. !967-1969 Joe Lynch, February 11, 2016 I am so saddened to hear of Del's passing. He was a "big brother" to me for 20 years. Del took me under his wing and taught me all about Vietnam helicopter pilots; he was not afraid to get a little misty eyed when talking about how that war changed us all. He was a huge supporter of the Gold Star Family Breakfasts at the VHPA reunions in those early years. He would be pleased at the healing that gathering has given to so many. Del was a shining example of all that I hope my brother David would have become, had he made it home from the Vietnam War. I will miss you, bro. You're in good company up there among the stars. Julie Kink, sister of WO David Kink KIA 8-3-1969, February 10, 2016 Del was a fine man. The world will miss him. First met him in Fredericksburg at a Texas mini about 15 years ago. He also came for a visit once in Kerrville. CW3 Donald Lewis, February 10, 2016 In the world of "Hookers" as we called ourselves in the Chinook brotherhook, Del has slipped the power levers out of Ground and put #1 and #2 into Flight and he is cleared left and right and the ramp is up. "Cleared for flight my old friend" He has pulled max thrust and has left us. From a fellow old Hooker as we called ourselves. We shall meet again Del. Chris the Bigfoot Arnold B Christensen, February 10, 2016 My prayers for his love ones. A brother in arms to me. A great guy and wish I could have known him better. Daniel P Haskins, February 9, 2016 Del was in my unit in Vietnam, 604t Trans. Co. I didn't know him then, but we met at the dedication of the Camp Holloway Memorial Wall, National Vietnam War Museum, Mineral Wells. It was a pleasure meeting him and sharing stories about our old unit. Deepest condolences to his loved ones. RIP, Del. Harald Hendrichsen, February 9, 2016 Goodbye Del.I offer you a slow hand salute my friend.You are sorely missed on our Vietnam Avn-Vets group.We'll meet again at fiddlers green,and have a beer along with our other brothers already up there.Brothers in arms are brothers forever. George Branigan, February 9, 2016 RIP Brother. Slow hand salute. Joseph Footer, February 9, 2016 I regret to learn of Del Belanger's passing. I have always held him in high regard. He was my platoon leader at 3rd Platoon 614th Maintenance Company Camp Holloway, Peiku RVN. He was always supportive, and received my utmost respect. I cherish the visit and hospitality I shared with him in 2009. May he Rest in Peace in the arms of God. Samuel Summey, February 9, 2016