Aransas Pass Veteran is the Real ‘Top Gun’ Fighter Pilot

Courtesy: Don Beaufait
Detroit-area native Don Beaufait, 77, enjoys the peace and comfort of his Pelican Cove home along a tranquil canal in Aransas Pass. But the retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel is also a highly decorated and distinguished fighter pilot. Unlike actor Tom Cruise in the Hollywood movie, Beaufait is a real ‘Top Gun’, serving his country with distinction, a host of medals to prove it.

	Aransas Pass Veteran is the Real ‘Top Gun’ Fighter Pilot

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	Aransas Pass Veteran is the Real ‘Top Gun’ Fighter Pilot

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Visit the Blue Star Memorial at Conn Brown Harbor and you will find Beaufait’s name on one of the commemorative bricks, a permanent reminder of his service during time of large-scale conflicts, including the Vietnam War.

	Aransas Pass Veteran is the Real ‘Top Gun’ Fighter Pilot

Col. Beaufait (far left) also holds the distinction of being a member of the U.S. military’s ‘Golden Eagles’, an elite association of aviators – many who are world famous – and pioneers in their field. During one gathering, in April 2010, Beaufait is pictured with some of the most well-known pilots and astronauts of our century including (far right), Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon.
Courtesy: Don Beaufait

	Aransas Pass Veteran is the Real ‘Top Gun’ Fighter Pilot

Courtesy: Don Beaufait
A native of Grosse Pointe Woods, an affluent eastern suburb of the Motor City, Beaufait has always loved sailing and being on the water. He came from a military family and didn’t hesitate to join the Armed Forces, becoming a commissioned officer in the 1960s. Here, during the Vietnam war, he stands besides his fighter jet aboard the aircraft carrier, U.S.S. America.

	Aransas Pass Veteran is the Real ‘Top Gun’ Fighter Pilot

Courtesy: Don Beaufait
Bernard Beaufait, Don’s father, served in World War II as a U.S. Navy pilot.

Aransas Pass Veteran is the Real ‘Top Gun’ Fighter Pilot

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