Waterville, Maine Don G. Harris, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF Retired 81, died Friday May 16, 2014 shortly after arrival at Inland Hospital. He was born in Sullivan, Illinois on July 1, 1932 the son of Floyd L. and Lula B. Graven Harris. He was educated in Sullivan schools and enlisted in 1951 in the U.S. Air Force as an airman and was a veteran of the Korean Conflict flying as crewman of a B-29 Bomber. He was also a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He primarily served as an instructor pilot training pilots for several years in both the T-37A and T-38B Talon program. During the Korean conflict he was an enlisted gunner on B-29s, and during the Vietnam conflict flying the B-B57-B "Canberra". It was during this time that he flew over 200 missions over North and South Vietnam as well as in neighboring Laos, in support of ground troops and night interdiction missions against enemy vehicle convoys, troops and san-pans. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for having flown a night interdiction mission on November 24, 1968 over the Ho Chi Minh trail in which his aircraft sustained heavy anti-aircraft artillery fire. Colonel Harris continued his strafing runs and managed to perform a single-engine landing at a nearby air base in South Vietnam. Don was affectionately known as "Chrome Dome" amongst his fellow pilots. In 1969, the Air Force assigned him as the Professor of Aerospace Studies for the Colby College ROTC program in Waterville, Maine Don retiring in 1972 from the U.S. Air Force. Upon retirement from the Air Force, he owned and operated the local Dunkin Donut franchise on Main Street and the former Brass Bell Restaurant here in Waterville. He also taught U.S History classes at Lawrence Junior High School for several years in Fairfield, retiring in 2003. Don was a member of the Waterville Lodge of Elks #905, the Bourque-Lanigan Post #5 American Legion, MacCrillis-Rousseau Post #8835 VFW of Winslow, Retired Officers Association and the 8th Air Force Association "Grim Reapers". Don also enjoyed volunteerism, gardening and antiquing and Don's family would like to express thank you to the Fairfield Antique Mall for their support and assistance over the years. He is survived by his two sons: Sergeant First Class Brice Harris, South Carolina Army National Guard and his wife Barbie of Blythewood, South Carolina and Bradford Harris of Waterville, a grandson Evan P. Smith and his mother, Barbara Smith of South China, Maine.;3 brothers: William Bill and Lorraine Harris of Sullivan, Illinois, John and Joe Norma Harris of Tuscola, Illinois and 2 sisters: Audrey Groves of Tuscola, and Jane McNeil and husband Kent of St. Louis, Missouri, and a sister-in-law Judy Harris of Queen City, Missouri and ME. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Anne, his sister Mary-Charlene McManus, 2 brothers: Stanley Harris and Charles Harris and wife Patricia. Also surviving is Don's close friends Meg and Emma Rodrigue of China Village, Maine A memorial service will be held Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at the Gallant Funeral Home 10 Elm Street Waterville, Me. and burial will be private.