Patrolman Donald W. Gaskin

Photo of Patrolman Donald W. Gaskin
End of Watch: Tue, Dec 30th, 1969
Date of Incident: Tue, Dec 30th, 1969
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: 6 years
Age: 31
Ruth Ann Saltsgaver
Clarksville, IN
July 3rd, 2018 10:40am
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Don and I had been dating for four years when he was murdered. He was a wonderful man--kind-hearted and devoted to his profession. His honesty and ethics were beyond reproach.

Don liked to ride horseback. He was considering buying a horse and taking it home to Russell Springs. He had a German Shepherd dog, named Chief, that he was unofficially training for police work.

Don loved guns and taught me to shoot pistols and rifles.. We belonged to a "Quick-Draw" club in Brooks, Kentucky and Don spent many hours perfecting his draw.

Don's favorite book was "Shane". I still have the copy he gave me. He never thought the movie was as good as the book.

Don gave me a music box for Christmas in 1968. It plays "Lara's Theme", from the movie "Dr. Zhivago." I still have it and it still works.

The world lost a very special man on Dec. 30, 1969.

Well meet again someday.

December 30th, 2014 7:15pm
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Thank you. Rest in peace. You are not forgotten.

Connie L. (Ballenger) Combs
October 30th, 2009 4:54am
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You have not been forgotten. Words can not express how much you are loved and missed. We were always a hero to me.

Love Uncle Donald

Connie Leahe (Ballenger) Combs

SSG Garnett K. Gaskin
US Army Military Police
October 17th, 2007 3:59pm
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Donald was my 2nd cousin. He and my father grew up together. I have heard endless stories of their youth and Donald's extraordinary skill with weapons. I was only 5 years old when he was killed, but I remember the sadness of everyone around like it was yesterday. I was thrilled to find out we served in the the same MP Brigade. He is missed by all.