Engen, Donald, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1976-1978, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
Service Years
1942 - 1978
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Mark Dye (Biff), CDR to remember Engen, Donald, VADM.

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Contact Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Pasadena, CA
Pomona, CA

Date of Passing
Jul 13, 1999
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal

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Last Known Activity
Donald D. Engen (1924-1999), the late Director of the National Air and Space Museum, was a tireless advocate of the need for the Udvar-Hazy Center. In 1984, he was instrumental in setting aside the land at Dulles International Airport while he was Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration.  Don continued his interest when he became NASM Director and contributed many ideas to the design of the new facility.   He travelled the country to meet with aviation enthusiasts, telling them about the need for the Center and soliciting their support.  He is sorely missed. The new facility will become his legacy.

The Udvar-Hazy Center will have an observation tower from which visitors can watch arriving and departing Dulles air traffic. The tower has been named after Admiral Engen to honor his role in securing the Center's future.

I invite you to honor Admiral Engen with a contribution to his memorial fund. This fund will be used to help build the Udvar-Hazy Center. To make a donation in memory of Donald D. Engen, please mail to the following address:
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Donald D. Engen Memorial Fund
Smithsonian Institution
National Air & Space Museum
PO Box 23197
Washington, DC 20026-3197
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US NavyVF-51 Screaming EaglesVF-21 Free LancersNAS Patuxent River (NASPAX)/Naval Air Test Center (NATC) PAX
Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)/Commander Carrier Air Wing 11 (CVW-11)USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)USS Mount Katmai (AE-16)Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
USS America (CVA-66)CNO - OPNAVCOMNAVAIRLANT/COMCARGRU 4Commander in Chief US Naval Forces Europe (CINCUSNAVEUR)/Commander US Naval Forces Europe (COMUSNAVE
Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
  1942-1945, VB-19
  1948-1950, VF-51 Screaming Eagles
  1951-1952, Bureau of Aeronautics
  1955-1957, VF-21 Free Lancers
  1957-1959, NAS Patuxent River (NASPAX)/Naval Air Test Center (NATC) PAX
  1959-1961, VF-21 Free Lancers
  1961-1962, Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)/Commander Carrier Air Wing 11 (CVW-11)
  1962-1964, USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)
  1964-1965, USS Mount Katmai (AE-16)
  1965-1966, Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
  1966-1967, USS America (CVA-66)
  1967-1971, CNO - OPNAV
  1973-1976, Commander in Chief US Naval Forces Europe (CINCUSNAVEUR)/Commander US Naval Forces Europe (COMUSNAVE
  1976-1978, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
 Colleges Attended 
George Washington University
  1967-1968, George Washington University
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