Game Warden Donald Wyatt Gentry

Game Warden Donald Wyatt Gentry

Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, December 19, 1972

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Donald Wyatt Gentry

Game Warden Donald Gentry and Game Warden Allen Flippo were killed in an airplane accident while flying a night patrol, searching for spotlighters in Southampton County, Virginia.

The Piper PA-22 aircraft they were flying caught fire and crashed into trees at the edge of Darden Pond near Newsoms shortly after taking off from Franklin Municipal Airport. The wreckage was found the next day.

Game Warden Gentry had served with the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources for four years and had previously served with the Game Warden for North Carolina. He is survived by his wife, four daughters, and son.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

aircraft accident, wildlife enforcement

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Warden Gentry,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Florida. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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December 19, 2022

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