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Bernard V. "Duke" Duclos


Retired Lt. Col. Bernard V. "Duke" Duclos passed away on Friday, Jan. 7.
He was born September 1923 in Seattle, Washington, the last of three children of Regis Duclos and Louise Rebhahn Duclos.
In 1940, after graduating from Balboa High School in San Francisco, California, Duke promptly joined the Army Air Corps. During World War II, he served in the Pacific Theater as a radio operator and gunner in B25s with the 13th Bomb Squadron. Duke was awarded the Silver Star for actions during the Battle of the Bismark Seas.
In 1949, he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force, graduating from Officers Candidate School as a Distinguished Graduate. During his Air Force career, his decorations included the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal and Joint Service Medal.
Additionally, during his service in WWII, Korea and Vietnam, some of Duke's duty stations included New Guinea, Australia, Korea, England, Germany, Japan, Hawaii, Turkey, Vietnam and Thailand.
In 1974, he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force with 32 years total service. After his retirement, Duke attended the University of Texas San Antonio, graduating at the top in his class in 1980.
An avid golfer, Duke enjoyed playing with the "Good Old Boys." He will be interred at Fort Sam Houston beside his wife of 59 years, Georgia. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his three children, Michelle, Michael and Robert; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Condolences may be sent to the family by selecting the "Send Condolences" link at Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Bandera