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Private Eugene Yoakum

Alexandria Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, September 27, 1964

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Reflections for Private Eugene Yoakum

Rest in peace always and know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 27, 2020

Rest in peace Private Yoakum.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 30, 2019

Rest in peace sir. Your pride and tradition is still being carried on by those who only knew your name and history.

Captain Brett Yoakum
Southaven (MS) Police Department

September 29, 2019

Pvt. Yoakum,
On today, the 54th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-.not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO;former Marine

United States Border Patrol

September 27, 2018

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 49th anniversary year of your death.

Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

August 7, 2013

I live on the street that is named after Officer Eugene Yoakum. I've looked many times on the marker and wondered about the man who died in service of the City of Alexandria, VA. He died on my sixth b-day. I'm honored to live on a street named after him. I offer my sympathies to the family who have grieved for him.

I include details about him from a website for Old Ham Radio Operators. I have modified the original text so that it will not be confused as if written by me.

Officer Eugene Yoakum *WA4OKK* 1932-1964 - Born 18 Dec 1932 to Robert and Myrtle Yoakum of Speedwell, TN. Eugene served in the USMC from 1950-54 and entered the Alexandria
Police Department upon expiration of enlistment. In his first year he was cited for bravery involved in a shoot-out with burglars. In 1960 Eugene joined the K-9 Corps with his German Shepherd partner Mucho. His faithful partner was
one of the first of its kind to join the force. With a specially equipped collar, Mucho learned to respond to commands via radio. Yoakum and Mucho received attention for their robbery
apprehensions in Alexandria and nearby Fairfax.

In the December 1964 issue of QST, Officer’s Yoakum and Mucho received a tribute for their final deed on September 27th 1964 when just before 0200 officers were called out on a assault call. A 24-year old subject causing a disturbance, had knife and had been drinking; the attending
officer requested backup. Officer Yoakum and Mucho arrived along with a third police officer.

Officer Yoakum attempted to talk to the subject who had a knife when the subject suddenly pulled out a gun from behind his back, firing at Yoakum and hitting him in the chest. Yoacum couldn’t return fire. The individual fatally wounding Yoakum was shot and killed at the scene. Mucho watched over his fatally injured partner until removed to the Alexandria Hospital. Eugene was pronounced dead at 0220, Mucho was given to his masters family.

Eugene Yoakum age 31 was a ten year veteran of the Alexandria Police Department, survived by his wife Elizabeth Marie Yoakum; daughters Marian and Sharon; a son Tyrone
Yoakum. He rests at the National Memorial Park in Falls Church, Virginia.

Patrick T. Plunkett
A Citizen of Alexandria, VA
March 31, 2012

Patrick T. Plunkett
Citizen of Alexandria, VA

March 31, 2012

Officer Yoakum, one of the first K-9 Officers with Alexandria Police Department, was and has been recognized as a fallen hero by the Alexandria Police Department. He, along with the many others who have given their life in the line of duty, are memoralized on a bronze plaque displayed in the lobby of the Police department and is recognized each year at Police Week Memorial Services. Additionally, the street that was named after him, Yoakum Parkway, was rededicated with a marble headstone and bronze plaque by the Alexandria Retired Police, Fire and Sheriff Association.

Monroe K. Bryant, Lt Retired
Alexandria Police Department

April 9, 2007

On behalf of the men and women of the Virginia State University Police Department, our thoughts and prayers to the Yoakum family and the Alexandria Police Department.

Virginia State University Police Department

To know him was to love and respect him. A wonderfully dedicated officer.
Your are truly missed.

Dorothy Yoakum Jasinski

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