Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Donald Yoder Huff, 58, a veteran of both World War II and the Vietnam conflict who retired from active duty in 1975 as transportation chief of the Air Force's Postal and Courier Service, died of cancer Aug. 28 in a hospital in Harrisonburg, Va.
Col. Huff joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 and served as a lead bombardier with the 8th Air Force in England during World War II. He commanded transport squadron at CamRan Bay in Vietnam in 1968 and then spent a year with the Military Assistance Command in Saigon in 1969. He became transportation chief of the Postal and Courier Service later that year.
In addition to Vietnam and England, his foreign assignments included Germany in the 1950s and again in the 1960s, and France in the mid-1960s. He was a transportation officer at Air Force headquarters in Washington from 1960 to 1964.
Col. Huff was a native of Scottsbluff, Neb. He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Nebraska, a master's degree at the University of Pittsburgh, and a degree in logistics at the Air Force's Institute of Technology.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years the former Elizabeth Lynn Tourtelot, of McGaheysville, Va.; a daughter, Patricia Lynn Leisti of Red Bank, N.J.; two sisters, Barbara Hagan of Jacksonville, Fla., and Margaret Ann Flick of San Jose, Calif., and one grandchild. A son, Robert Donald Huff, died last January.