23 American Veterans To Be Remembered


In a means to remember history, teach history, to honor veterans I took a bit more time and did some research on recent Deaths of Vietnam Veterans that are just examples of so many that served their country and gave so much to their country.

History will be forgotten unless each generation values and passes on the history. Funeral notices are not always morbid but a living history and remembrance. Here are 23 out of so many I reviewed that died in last month.

Shall we take just a few moments to reflect on history and the standards set by veterans?

It was not just the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War 1, World War 2, Korean War, the Vietnam War, Gulf War 1, or our current wars that gave us the Greatest Generation of Americans.  It is each American that served in its military or contributed to its history that we should never forget.  We should remember each and every day what our military personnel and the veterans or those that were touched by their service.  This is our history.

I encourage each veteran and each citizen to honor what each and every one

gave thru their service.  I encourage veterans to write their life experiences to share not with just their families but to each civilian and the children.  Learn the history and honor the veterans.  Honor the veterans and speak up for the veterans that are not being cared for each day in this country.  Find a way to give back even if it is just writing and speaking up for veterans that need medical care, medical answers, and help in whatever form possible.

John D “Jack” Dilks Sr

John David Dilks, 76, passed away Thursday, May 13, 2010, in Beauregard Memorial Hospital in DeRidder.
He was born November 4, 1933, in Port Norris, NJ, to the late William and Mary Dilks of Millville, NJ.
He retired from the U. S. Army as a Chief Warrant Officer serving during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was in Vietnam from October 10, 1065 through October 7, 1966 and again June 5, 1968 through April 6, 1969. His military awards and campaigns served in are Good Conduct Medal 4th Award, National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal and the Meritorious Unit Citation with Palm. His campaigns were: Vietnam Defense, Vietnam Counter Offensive, Vietnam Counter Offensive Phase II, Vietnam Counter Offense Phase IV, Vietnam Counter Offensive Phase V, Vietnam Counter Offensive Phase VI and TET 69 Counter Offensive. After his retirement from the military he worked as a civil service employee, then owned and operated a furniture store and has been retired since 1984.
He was very active in community affairs. He worked with the Boy Scouts of America for over twenty years. Serving as a Scout Master of Troop 30, DeRidder, and other positions with the Scouts. He received the Award of Merit from the Boy Scouts of America for outstanding service to the youth of his community. He is a member of the American Legion, Past President of the DeRidder Lions Club where he is a Life Member. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from Multiple District 8. He served as Zone Chairman, Region Chairman, and Cabinet Treasurer of Multiple District 8. He served on both the Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation where he is a Life Member and the Crippled Children’s Camp. He was a Melvin Jones Fellow. He is a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans. He served on the Administrative Board of the First United Methodist Church in DeRidder where he attended church and served as a Sunday School Teacher. He loved to sing gospel music and attend gospel concerts. He is also a member of the Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.
He is survived by his wife, Bobbie Lynn Dilks of DeRidder; three sons, John David Dilks, Jr. and wife Patricia of DeRidder, Surran Drew Dilks and wife Cynthia Gayle of Derry, NH, and Robert Daniel Dilks and wife Amanda of DeRidder, LA; four daughters, Cecylia Dale Kemp and husband Edward Kenneth, Jr. of Rincon, GA, Cheryl Stevens and husband Rob of Houston, TX, Deborah Moore and husband Jack of Pueblo, CO, and Sandra Kay Mitchell of Las Vegas, NV; two brothers, William Dilks and wife Juanice of Gloucester, NJ, and Conrad Dilks of Millville, NJ; eleven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bettye Reddick Dilks.
Funeral services will be held at 10 A.M., Tuesday, May 18, 2010, at the First United Methodist Church in DeRidder with Rev. Mike McLaurin and Rev. Jon Tellefero officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in DeRidder under the direction of Labby Memorial Funeral Home in DeRidder. Visitation will be from 6 P.M. until 9 P.M., Monday, May 17, 2010, at Labby Memorial Funeral Home in DeRidder and from 9 A.M. until time of the service at the First United Methodist Church in DeRidder. Words of comfort may be left at www.labbymemorial.com.

Daniel Earl Tresemer |
MASON CITY – Daniel Earl Tresemer was born on Sept. 16, 1951, the son of Richard E. and Ethel Belle (Quinn) Tresemer in Ashland, Kentucky. He was the fourth child of five.
He attended Osage High School, which he left to join the Army before graduation. He honorably served his country from 1969 to 1970 in Vietnam, during which time he was a door gunner for a medi-vac helicopter, a true hero to his family and friends.
For 36 years he was in maintenance and a mill operator at Holcim Cement Plant and worked part time for Fastenal after retiring.
He fought a courageous battle with cancer and exceeded the expectations of doctors, a true fighter.
He left for his eternal home surrounded by family and friends on Friday May 7, 2010 (Vietnam Veterans Day).
He was joined in marriage to Kathy Detmering on Sept. 18, 1971, at the Wesley Methodist Church in Wesley. Together they had two children and enjoyed having a foreign exchange student. This past summer he and Kathy enjoyed baking bread and pies and sold them at the Farmer’s Market. Dan enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, grilling out for friends and family. He never hesitated to volunteer his time to help others. Dan was a member of Vietnam Veterans Association and VFW and enjoyed serving at various functions.
Dan’s family and friends will greatly miss his outgoing, fun-loving but yet stubborn-minded attitude. Dan lived each day to the fullest and loved to party, his grandkids will miss his love, care and most of all his laughter.
Memorial services will be held at 5 p.m. today (Monday, May 10), at Fullerton Funeral Home, 123 Second St. S.E., Mason City. Officiating will be the Rev. Steve Hansen of Grace United Methodist Church, Mason City.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until service time.
Full military honors will be presented by the Vietnam Veterans of America and the Mason City Memorial Association of VFW and American Legion.
There will not be a burial service, but the family invites everyone to the VFW, 1603 S. Monroe Ave., following all services for a time of fellowship, reflection and sharing.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Vietnam Veterans Association (VVA) in care of his wife Kathy.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.Fullertonfh.com.
Those thankful in sharing Dan’s life include his wife Kathy of 38 years; his two children Brad Tresemer (Carrie), Story City, Kim Ryan (Kit), Mason City; the seven surviving grandchildren, Jordan Brown, Brock and CJ Tresemer, Amanda, Traci, Christopher, and Ali Ryan; his brother Jim (Ann) Tresemer, Omaha, Neb.; and sister Bonnie (Jerry) Kahler, Mason City; a special nephew Matt Miller (Kelly) and family, along with numerous family and friends.
His parents; granddaughter Cassidy Tresemer; brother Samuel Tresemer; and sister Pat Miller preceded him in death.
Fullerton Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 123 Second St. S.E., Mason City, 641-423-8676.

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Thomas L. BOYLE Sr. |

BOYLE, Thomas L. Sr.
Of Kalamazoo
Tom passed away Thursday, May 20, 2010 at Borgess Medical Center. He was born August 8, 1942 in Laurel, MD, the son of Stephen Sr. and Catherine (Bell) Boyle. Tom was a veteran of the United States Army serving during the Vietnam Conflict from 1964-1966. He served in the 27th Infantry, 1st Battalion Co in Vietnam, where he was a helicopter gunner and tunnel rat. He received several decorations, awards etc. while the US Army, including: CIB, AFEXM Vietnam, Bronze Silver Star, Bronze Silver Star, Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with Device, Gallantry Cross, and Aircraft Crewman Badge. Tom was a member of Comstock VFW Post #6252, American Legion WV Post 13, and Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M. of Maryland. Surviving are his children, Amy Boyle and Thomas Boyle Jr.; his sister, Joanne (Boyle) Walter; and several nieces and nephews who loved him very much. Preceding him in death were his parents, and one brother, Stephen Boyle Jr. Graveside services with military honors will be at 1:30 PM on Tuesday in Ft. Custer National Cemetery, 15501 Dickman Road (M-96), Augusta. There will be no visitation. Arrangements by Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick St. Please visit www.langelands.com to sign Tom’s online guestbook or leave a condolence to the family.

Published in Kalamazoo Gazette on May 23, 2010

James Elbert “Mac” McCormick


James Elbert ‘Mac’ McCormick went to be with the Lord Thursday, April 9, 2009. He was born in Spokane, WA, to Charles and Margery McCormick on June 17, 1929. He graduated from Harrington High School in 1946. Jim attended Eastern Washington University and Kinman Business University where he earned his degree in business. After college, he worked for the fledgling KHQ television station in Spokane where he was an administrative assistant.

In 1948 Jim enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he achieved the rank of Chief. His 29 years included tours in the Suez Canal (1956) and Vietnam on the USS Coral Sea (1964). He received numerous awards and commendations: 7 Good Conduct Awards, 2 National Defense Service Medals, 4 Vietnam Service Medals, and a Navy Unit Commendation. From 1971 to 1974, Jim became the first Navy enlisted man assigned as agent cashier for the country of Taiwan. He also worked as a recruiter for the Navy in Lynnwood from 1974 to 1977.

After leaving the Navy, Jim ran many of the Washington State Veteran’s programs in eastern Washington and was named National Veteran of the Year for the American Legion (1993), National Veteran of the Year for the Disabled American Veterans (DAV 1996) and three time Veteran of the Year for Washington State. He was a lifetime member of the DAV and the Fleet Reserve Association.

Jim loved networking with his Navy buddies, family, and friends. He continued to fight for the rights and benefits of veterans nationwide sending letters to congressmen and state representatives. Mac touched many lives in his 79 years; his heart was as big as the oceans he sailed and he will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his brothers Don, Lynn, and Carol McCormick and is survived by his wife of 39 years Lorraine, his children: Ric (Pat) McCormick, Debbie Gonzales, Teresa (Joe) Goodnight, Vince McCormick, Tamera (Phil) Squire, and Lyle McCormick, his grandchildren: Christopher, Alexander, Sol, Felice, Matthew, Tyler, Justin, Kyle, Joseph, Jamie and Devin, and his greatgranddaughter Isabella, and sisters Janet Miller and Elsa (Bill) Miller.

Jim will be interred at the Medical Lake Veteran’s Cemetery on June 18h, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. Those wishing to attend the reception afterward, please RSVP to P.O. Box 2252 Pasco, WA 99302 or e-mail [email protected]

Robert “Randy” Worthley |

WINSLOW — Robert “Randy” Worthley, 64, of Albion Road passed away on Saturday, May 8, 2010, at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Hawthorne, Nev., on Sept. 6, 1945, the son of Eugene and Dorothy (Leighton) Worthley. Eugene, a captain in the Marine Corps, was stationed at Hawthorne Naval Ammunition Depot at the time of Randy’s birth.

Randy graduated from Mexico High School in Mexico in 1963. He went on to work for Oxford Paper Co. in Rumford for several years. In 1965 he was drafted during the Vietnam conflict but chose to enlist in the Marine Corps for three years. He completed his basic training in Parris Island, S.C. He served in many countries during his enlistment, most notably serving 13 months in the Republic of Vietnam. While serving in Khe Sanh, he contracted malaria and was wounded twice. He received the Presidential Unit Citation for extraordinary heroism as well as a Purple Heart but because of the extremely dangerous location, the presentations could not be made. In April 1983 when asked where he wanted his Purple Heart medal formally presented to him, he chose the MacCrillis-Rousseau Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Winslow.

After his discharge in 1968, he returned to his hometown of Mexico and resumed his position at Oxford Paper Co. He married his soulmate, Carol Moreau, on Sept. 6, 1969, at St. Rose de Lima Church in Chisholm. After exiting the church, the guests sang “Happy Birthday” to Randy. In 1971 Randy enrolled in the electrical program at Central Maine Vocational Technical Institute in Auburn. In 1975 he received his master electrician’s license and worked in this field until his retirement.

Randy has always been known as a veterans’ advocate who worked tirelessly from discharge to present to see that all veterans’ needs were fulfilled. He had been a dedicated volunteer for many years at the Veterans Hospital in Togus. He became a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars while serving overseas. Over the years he held many leadership positions, attaining the highly honorable position of VFW State of Maine Commander in 2004. He was later chosen National Buddy Poppy Chairman and served on several other national committees. Randy was elected commander of his post for five separate terms.

He was a lifetime member of the Winslow VFW, the Waterville American Legion Post 5, the Disabled American Veterans, the Khe Sanh Veterans, and the Skowhegan-Madison Elks.

He was an avid outdoorsman from early childhood, enjoying hunting and fishing throughout the year. Many happy outings were enjoyed at the family camp in Oquossoc.

Perhaps his most endearing quality was his ability to strike up a conversation with a complete stranger as though he had known them for a lifetime. He was a loyal friend and was loved by many. From the age of 5, Randy was a devoted New York Yankees fan.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Worthley of Winslow; his two daughters and their husbands, Lori Gerencer and Tim of North Yarmouth and their children Alyssa and Alex, and Amy Meader and Lance of Falmouth and their children Jace and Jaelyn; two sisters, Diane Haines and her husband, Roger, of Camden and their children Chris Haines and Tanya Kibler, and Deborah Henson and Mark of Loveland, Colo., and their children Wesley and Natalie Henson.

He was predeceased by his parents.

Visiting hours will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 16, at the MacCrillis-Rousseau VFW, 175 Veteran Drive, Winslow. The military ritual will begin at 3:30 p.m. conducted by members of the Elks with the VFW Honor Guard assisting. Members of the VFW, Purple Heart, DAV, and American Legion Post 5 are encouraged to participate in the military funeral ceremony (please wear your caps).

At 5 p.m. a meal will be provided by the VFW followed by a eulogy and celebration of life. The burial will be at the Maine Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, Augusta, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Veterans Cemetery Association, Attn.: Arthur Roy (Randy Worthley Memorial), 330 Russell St., Lewiston, ME 04240. Please include Cemetery Beautification on the memo line of the check to ensure proper deposit designation. This was Randy’s chosen Commander’s Project as State VFW Commander.

If you wish to sign the online guest book, you may do so at www.gallantfh.com. Arrangements are with the Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville.

Published in Morning Sentinel on May 12, 2010

Luther Cammack Jr. |
Luther “Luke” S. Cammack, Jr.

Luther “Luke” S. Cammack, Jr. (Col. Retired USAF) died at home, surrounded by his family, on the morning of May 16, 2010, after a courageous battle with cancer. His funeral will be at Minter Lane Church of Christ on Wednesday, May 19 at 11:00 a.m. There will be a visitation at North’s Funeral Home between 6:00 and 7:30 on May 18. He will be buried at the National Cemetery in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on Friday, May 21, alongside his father, Luther Cammack, a World War I veteran, and his brother, James Cammack, an Air Force instructor pilot. Donations to Sears Hospice Care in Abilene or flowers will be appreciated.
Luke Cammack was born June 13, 1928 in Smackover, Arkansas. The backdrop of the Great Depression instilled in him the values of hard work and resiliency that remained a bedrock of his character. His first job at age thirteen was as night watchman in an icehouse, which he took over from his father who had become too ill from his experiences in World War I to continue. When he was eighteen he joined the Air Force and for many years sent his entire paycheck back home to support his family.
He had the distinction of being one of few men who came up through the enlisted ranks, attended Officer Candidate School, finally achieving the rank of full colonel, all without the benefit of a college education. He always said that he was as proud of the promotion to staff sergeant as he was his promotion to full colonel.
In the summer of 1955 he enrolled in flying school in Greenville, Mississippi, where he met his future bride, Frances Bethany. They were married in 1956. Luke spent most of his career in the Air Defense Command flying T-33s, T-39s, F85s and F89Js. He spent four years in Tucson in a fighter squadron, four years in Europe during the Cold War flying high altitude RV-57s over the Soviet border, seven years in Colorado Springs at the Air Defense Command, and a year in Vietnam where he served with distinction flying the OV-10 over enemy territory engaging in psychological warfare and forward air control. He served four years at the Pentagon as Division Chief of Support Services in Manpower and Organization, and then served a second tour in Germany as head of Manpower for all of Europe at Headquarters USAF. But flying always remained a love of his life.
His decorations included Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters, Longevity Service Ribbon with Seven Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Service Medal with Three Bronze Service Stars, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with V Device, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and at the end of his 34 years of service he received the Legion of Merit.
Luke and Fran had a life of travel and adventure, eventually having four children. They adopted their grandson, Devin, in 1986, who became the joy of their later years. Retiring to Abilene, Texas in 1980, Luke and Fran continued to have very active and service-oriented lives as both small business owners and volunteers. They were embraced by the Minter Lane Church of Christ where they served on the Mission Committee. Luke also was a volunteer with Meals on Wheels, The Literacy Council, the Republican Party, and was active in several military organizations at Dyess AFB.
Luke Cammack will leave a hole in many lives, but most especially those of his family: his mother, Virginia Cammack, a noted artist in Arkansas; his sister, Ayleen Bequette, and her family; his cherished wife, Frances; his adoring children, Luke III, Tom, Bethany, Tamara and Devin; his seven beloved grandchildren, and his nephews, nieces and cousins. He will be deeply missed by us all.
Online condolences may be made at www.northsfuneralhome.com

Walter Clark |
Walter Clark CHARLESTON – Entered into eternal rest on the evening of May 29, 2010, Colonel Walter Ballard Clark, USA (Ret.), of Charleston, SC. The relatives and friends of Colonel and Mrs. Clark are invited to attend the funeral services of the former, Thursday, June 3, 2010, in Summerall Chapel at ten o’clock. Burial services will be conducted at a later date in Beaufort National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at J. HENRY STUHR, INC., DOWNTOWN CHAPEL, Wednesday from five until seven o’clock. Walter B. Clark was born in Atlanta, GA, on August 22, 1930, the son of Walter Benjamin Clark and Eleanor Verdery Clark. He was of the Protestant faith. He retired as an infantry officer from the United States Army and was a veteran of Korea and Vietnam. His distinguished Army career spanned more than twenty-seven years. Following the Korean Conflict, Col. Clark served as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General at Fort Benning, General Joseph H. Harper. He served as an advisor to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT) and was assigned to the Army Staff in the Operations Center for the Chief of Staff of the Army. Col. Clark was Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, US Forces Korea, serving under General Bonesteel. He commanded the 3rd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment, at Fort Carson, Colorado. He was the Province Senior Advisor in Vinh Binh Province, South Vietnam. Following his service in Vietnam, Col. Clark was assigned as Professor of Military Science at The Citadel, where he was later appointed Commandant of Cadets. Col. Clark was a graduate of The Citadel, Class of 1951.He graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College and the United States Army War College. His numerous decorations include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart with two oak leaf clusters, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, Korea and Vietnam service medals, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. Walter B. Clark is survived by Ellen Perry Clark, his wife of fifty-seven years, of Charleston, SC; a daughter, Marion Clark, and her husband Michael McGhee of Greenwood, SC; two sons: Col. Benjamin Ravenel Clark and his wife Kimberly of Alexandria, VA, and David Ballard Clark of Kidder, MO; five grandchildren: Colleen McGhee and Sarah McGhee; McKenzie Clark; Andrew Clark and Kevin Clark and their mother, Melissa F. Clark. Additionally surviving is a niece, Patricia Conner. The family requests that memorials be made to The Citadel Development Foundation, Class of 1951, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409. Visit our guestbook at www.postandcourier.com/deaths

Published in Charleston Post & Courier on June 1, 2010

Maj. Selman L. “Sam” (Ret) Bass |

Maj. (Ret.) Selman “Sam” L. Bass, 67, of Clarksville, TN, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 8, 2010, at Gateway Medical Center under Gateway Hospice Care with his wife and daughters by his side.
Visitation will be held 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1st ward, at 801 Lafayette Dr., Clarksville, TN on Friday, May 14, 2010. The funeral services will follow at 12 p.m. with full military honors at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery immediately following.
He was born on October 12, 1942, in Madison College, TN, and was a 1960 graduate of Cohn High School, Nashville. He received a BS in Personnel Management and was a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Army ROTC program from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1969. His Army service included Infantry, Military Police and Russian Foreign Area Specialist, serving in the United States, Vietnam, and Germany (during the Cold War). He was also Commander of the Check Point Alpha, Berlin Brigade, US Army.
His awards include Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, 20LC, Good Conduct Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, RVN Gallantry Cross with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, Military Order of Tennessee Rangers, Western Kentucky-Tennessee Chapter of the 101st Airborne Division Assoc., DAV, American Legion and Sunrise Rotary Club, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow.
Sam “was a soldier, is a soldier, and will always be a soldier.”
He retired from the military in 1986 and enjoyed a variety of positions in Highlands, North Carolina, Gaithersburg, Maryland and Clarksville, Tennessee. In Clarksville he was Executive Secretary and Treasurer of the 101st Airborne Division Association, veterans organization of current and former Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, until his retirement in 2009.
He was devoted to his church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served as a faithful home teacher and held various callings.
He was preceded in death by his father, Wilson L. Bass, and his mother, Gladys S. Binkley. He is survived by his wife Llewanne Wilder Bass, daughters Tiffany Graeter (Tony), Picayune, MS; Katherin Bawdin (Stephen), Fort Wainwright, Ak: grandsons, Cody Graeter, Ty Graeter, Ethan Bawden, Aidan Bawden, Levi Graeter, and one precious granddaughter on the way. He is also survived by his sister, Cecelia Clarke (Tom), Sylvania, OH; nieces and nephew, Steve Clarke (Meg), Anne Marie Hinkle (Tab), Michelle Graber (Verl), Amanda Baume; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and many dear friends.
Spann Funeral Home, Dickson, is in charge of arrangements. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his name to the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center or the Screaming Eagle Support Fund c/o The 101st Airborne Division Assoc., P O Box 929, Fort Campbell, KY, 42223.

Published in The Leaf Chronicle on May 12, 2010

Peter T. Sheerin |
CARY – Retired Master Sgt. Peter Thomas Sheerin, 72, of Cary, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, in the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Durham. He was born in Pittsfield, Mass., on Oct. 29, 1937, to the late Winthrop and Electa Conlin Sheerin. He enlisted in the U.S. Army following graduation from Pittsfield High School in 1955. Mr. Sheerin was a decorated Vietnam veteran serving as a radio supervisor on Operational ‘A’ Detachments both with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Vietnam and the 6th SFG (Airborne) on Fort Bragg. Other assignments took him to Bad Tolz, Germany, Thailand and Fort Ritchie, Md. His final assignment was as station and communication equipment maintenance chief with the 267th Signal Company in Pirmasens, Germany. During his 20-year military career, he completed more than 100 parachute jumps and was awarded numerous medals and decorations. The retired Green Beret later worked with the Vinnell Corp. and Charter Trading in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He also served as a cryptographer with PE Systems in Alexandria, Va. He was a lifetime member and former secretary of the Chapter 1-18 Special Forces Association. He was a member of the VFW Post 4542 and an American Red Cross volunteer, who traveled throughout the South as a damage assessor. Between military assignments in the U.S. and overseas, he maintained a home in Fayetteville for more than 30 years. He was a skilled baseball player in his youth, and had a lifelong passion for hunting and fishing. He moved to Cary to be close to family in his later years. He is survived by his friend and former wife of 27 years, Janet H. Preuss of Socastee, S.C.; daughters, Donna S. Groder of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Karlene S. Brown and husband Paul of Cary; sons, Peter T. Sheerin Jr. and wife Julie of Bossier, La., and Dennis M. Sheerin and wife Miyuki of Garner. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Elizabeth, Steven, David, Kate and Anna. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Winthrop F. Sheerin Jr.; sister, Mary S. Koloski; and son-in-law, Gary J. Groder. A graveside service with military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., on Friday, May 21, 2010, at 3 p.m. Friend and fellow Green Beret, Chaplain Roy F. Hill, will officiate. Honorary pallbearers include fellow veterans, Alfred Arellaro and Ralph Mathews. Memorial donations may be made to Chapter 1-18 Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 118, Fayetteville, NC 28302-0118. Condolences to the family may be made at PeterT [email protected]

Published in Fayetteville Observer on May 16, 2010

Edward Bernard Benedit |

Retired United States Army Col. Edward Bernard Benedit was born on June 5, 1931 in Newark, New Jersey the youngest of two sons of Bernard Benedit and Stella Benedit of Union, New Jersey. He was preceded in death by his loving and caring wife of 49 years, Diane Ellen Benedit. He is survived by his oldest son, Edward B. Benedit Jr., his wife, Karen and their daughter, Brooke Lynne; his number two son, Ronald Mark Benedit and his wife, Dawn and their three children, Amanda, Tayler and PFC Kenneth McCain; and his loving daughter, Donna Marie Cotlow, her husband, Dean, and their two sons, Mark and Chase. Ed was captain of his High School Baseball Team at Union High in Union New Jersey and graduated in 1948 with honors at the age of 16. He worked full time at a pen factory before being drafted both by the United States Navy and St. Louis Browns baseball team in 1952. His dream was to enter the Marines with his brother and friends but later decided to move to the United States Army. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in 1953 after attending Officer Candidate School. He is also a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Army Command and General Staff College and the Prestigious British War College in London, England. He served in 31 permanent duty stations during a 29 year career with one tour in Korea and two tours in Vietnam. His tours covered numerous duty stations from Fort Myer, Virginia to Fort Benning, Georgia to Commander of the 1st & 54th Infantry in Bamberg Germany, including tours in England and Belgium. While stationed at SHAPE Headquarters in Belgium, he served as Comptroller under General Alexander Haig. Ed served in the epic “Battle of An Loc” in South Vietnam as Senior Regimental and Deputy Adviser to the South Vietnamese Army. For his efforts at the “Battle of An Loc” he was awarded the distinguished Silver Star and the Vietnamese Medal of Honor. During his career he received the Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge (46 jumps) two Legion of Merit Medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Bronze Stars, with a “V” device, five Air Medals, three Army Service Commendation Service Medals, four Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry, the Presidential Unit Citation and numerous other medals. In 1981 Ed retired from the U.S. Army as a Colonel after 29 years of service and made Palm Coast, Florida his home with his wife, Diane. During his retirement, Ed enjoyed golfing and bowling with friends. He served VFW Post 8696 as both Junior and Senior Commander. He commanded the Post Ceremonial Detachment (Honor Guard) for 14 years and played a key role in fund raising for the organization. In an article by Ron Schmucker, a veteran and longtime family friend, “Honoring One of Our Veterans” Ed was described as a “Warrior in the purest sense of the word”, “We salute you Ed Benedit. Well done solder!” Husband, Father, Grandfather, Soldier and Friend……………..you will be missed. Thank you for your service. We love you Dad……… “62 Alpha…………Out.” Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, May 22 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Craig-Flagler Palms Funeral Home, 511 Old Kings Road S. Flagler Beach. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10:00 AM until the time of services. Interment with Full Military Honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that a donation be made to the VFW Post 8696-District 19, 47N. Old Kings Road, Palm Coast, Florida 32135. For online condolences go to: www.craigflaglerpalms.com, “Online Obituaries”. Arrangements are in the care and trust of Craig-Flagler Palms Funeral Home.

Stuart F. Jillson |
Retired Colonel Stuart F. Jillson, 96, a 34 year veteran of the Army, died on April 21, 2010 at The Fairfax in Ft. Belvoir, VA.
Born June 22, 1913 in Readsboro, VT to Lena H. Sprague and Lawrence W. Jillson, he was very close to his grand-parents, Farnham and Etta Sprague. He graduated Cum Laude in 1930 from Mt. Hermon Prep School, MA, 3rd and youngest in his class; Bliss Business College of North Adams, MA. in 1931; and Mass State College (UMass) in 1936 with a BS in Math/Physics and was in the ROTC horse cavalry.
He married Ida Catlin Blanchard in 1938 in Waterbury, CT. They had 4 children: Lance, Earle, Candy, and Pam.
He worked as a rural mail carrier in Readsboro, VT and was awarded a Reserve Commission as a 2nd LT. in the Organized Reserve Corp Cavalry. In 1941 he was called to active duty and served during WWII, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War. As a Major he commanded the 907th Glider Field Artillery Battalion; 101st Airborne Division, Europe 1945; 456 Parachute Field Artillery Battalion; 82nd Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg 1947. After WWII he was stationed with his family in Japan as part of the US led Allied forces in Occupied Japan. As a LT. COL. he commanded the 2nd Howitzer Batallion, 17th Artillery at Ft. Sill, OK and was commander of troops at Ft. Holabird, MD. His last command was the 4th Missile Group, Ft. Sill, OK, where he was in charge of 8 battalions, all nuclear capable. As a COL. he was assigned to Ft. Belvoir, VA and the Pentagon during the Vietnam years where he made a significant contribution to the intelligence community.
During his service he earned many honors including: Bronze Star Medal; Air Medal; Glider Badge; WWII Victory Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Korean Service Medal; United Nations Service Medal; Legion of Merit with 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster; and the National Defense Service Medal with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster.
Stu and Ida moved to Greenbriar in Fairfax, VA in 1967 where Stu retired in 1970. They enjoyed gardening, fishing, church volunteer work, reading, revisiting New England and Mt. Hermon School (Stu was his class secretary for many years until recently) and spending time with children and grandchildren. After Ida’s passing in 1986 he was one of the first residents to move to The Fairfax Retirement Community in 1989 in Ft. Belvoir, VA, where he enjoyed 20 years in the company of old and new military and civilian friends, visiting family and traveling to New England. Stu was also a life member of the National Sojourners.
Stu is survived by his 4 children and 2 sons-in-law: Lance Stuart Jillson of Bolinas, CA; Earle Farnham Jillson of Richmond, VA; Candis Ann Jillson Redmond and James Redmond of Mechanicsburg, PA; Pamela Sue Jillson Grainer and Brian Grainer of Centreville, VA; 5 granddaughters, Amy Redmond of Seattle, WA, Carrie Redmond of Manlius, NY; and Ashlie, Brittany and Kelsey Grainer of Centreville, VA.
A funeral service and burial will be held on Aug. 17, 2010 at Ft. Myer Chapel and Arlington National Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Northfield/Mt. Hermon c/o Marvin Kelley, 1 Lamplighter Way, Mt. Hermon, MA 01354.

Gordon Rask

CW3 (Ret.) Gordon Rask, age 81, of Killeen passed away Saturday, May 8, 2010 at his residence. Gordon was born October 24, 1928 in Rochester, MN to Chris and Elsie Rask. While serving in the United States Army he received the Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal with 4 oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with numeral 2, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Good Conduct Medal, the Glider Badge, the National Defense Service Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, the United Nations Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea), the Vietnam Service Medal with 1 Silver Star and 4 Bronze service Stars, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm. He retired August 31, 1977 at Fort Hood. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margie Rask on October 9, 2009 and by a son Steven Rask on August 31, 2008. He is survived by a son, Michael B. Rask of Copperas Cove; two daughters, Susan Rask Baine of Tucson, AZ and Teresa Rask Wager of Fayetteville, NC; two sisters, Alice Riess of Rochester, MN and Mary Quandt of Georgetown, TX; twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The Rask family will receive guests for a time of visitation from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 13, 2010 at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen. Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 14, 2010 in the chapel of Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen. Interment services…
CW3 (Ret.) Gordon Rask, age 81, of Killeen passed away Saturday, May 8, 2010 at his residence.

Gordon was born October 24, 1928 in Rochester, MN to Chris and Elsie Rask.

While serving in the United States Army he received the Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal with 4 oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with numeral 2, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Good Conduct Medal, the Glider Badge, the National Defense Service Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, the United Nations Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea), the Vietnam Service Medal with 1 Silver Star and 4 Bronze service Stars, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm. He retired August 31, 1977 at Fort Hood.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margie Rask on October 9, 2009 and by a son Steven Rask on August 31, 2008.

He is survived by a son, Michael B. Rask of Copperas Cove; two daughters, Susan Rask Baine of Tucson, AZ and Teresa Rask Wager of Fayetteville, NC; two sisters, Alice Riess of Rochester, MN and Mary Quandt of Georgetown, TX; twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

The Rask family will receive guests for a time of visitation from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 13, 2010 at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen. Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 14, 2010 in the chapel of Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen. Interment services will follow in the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.

For those that desire the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 406 West 34th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.crawford-bowers.org.

Simon Sulaica Jr. |
Simon Sulaica, Jr. Age 65, of Shorewood, passed away Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at home. Born May 12, 1945 in Saginaw, Michigan, he had resided in the Joliet/Shorewood area for many years, formerly of Toledo, Ohio. Simon, a decorated Marine Corp. Veteran who served in Vietnam (Chu Lai) with Suicide Charley Company 7th Marines, was officially retired from the Corp. on April 1, 1970 as a Sergeant E5. He was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, the Purple Heart (Wounded in Action), Vietnamese Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Marksmanship Medal, Annual Infantry Squad Combat Practice Competition Badge and the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon. He was a member of the Marine Corps League, Joliet, VFW Post 9545, New Lenox; was past Secretary and Treasurer Disabled American Veterans #103, Will County. Simon was also the Illinois Delegate to the 87th DAV National Convention in 2008, a board member of the VAC (Veterans Assistance Commission in Will County, instrumental in establishing a Children of Veterans Christmas Fund, VAC Chairman ‘s Award, I.B.O.W.W., and assisted with Toys for Tots (through the Marine Corp. League) at Gordon Biersch Rest. in Bolingbrook, and past Scout Master of Troop #18. Survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Gwendolyn “Wendy” (nee Richardson); children from first marriage, Dawn (Tim) Paquin, Jessica (John) Bays and Simon Sulaica III; proud grandfather of Amber Pennuto, Blake Paquin; Anthony, Hunter, Payton, and Dawson Sulaica; three sisters, Elena Jimenez, Juanita (Elmer) Weyandt, and Rosalinda (Val) Thayer; one brother, Jesse (Janie) Sulaica; brother-in-law, Larry (Jill) Richardson; two sisters-in-law, Peggy (James) Ongenae and Vickie Sulaica. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Preceded in death by his parents, Simon and Teresa (nee Salazar) Sulaica; brother, Pablo Sulaica; and sister, Mary Trzonkowski. The Sulaica family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to all those who, in Simon’s words, “have held my hand” including Bill and Von Sukley, Don and Mary Caisley, Tom and Mary Therese Stefanech and all his brothers of his PTSD group. A special thank you to Joliet Area Community Hospice. Funeral Services for Simon Sulaica, Jr. will be Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home chapel. Interment Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name to the Joliet Marine Corp League E2/14 or the DAV, New Lenox Chapter would be appreciated. Visitation Monday 2-8 p.m. at: FRED C. DAMES FUNERAL HOME 3200 Black at Essington Rds., Joliet For information: (815) 741-5500 www.fredcdames.com

George D Adams (1925-2010) |
George D. Adams
June 26, 1925 to May 8, 2010
George found his final peace and fulfilled his wish to be with his wife, Agnes, once again Saturday, May 8, 2010, at his home in Alamogordo.
He was born June 26, 1925, the only child of Rose and George J. Adams in Colorado Springs, Colo. He came from pioneers; his grandparents on his mom’s side settled and founded Fountain, Colo., after they could not get the massive grinding stones over the Rocky Mountains. They were the first to grind corn for the Indians in the area. On his dad’s side he is a descendant of John Adams, the president.
He served his country in the Marines for over 25 years and was a veteran of World War II, Korea, Okinawa and Vietnam. His military medals include World War II Victory, Asiatic Pacific with one Bronze Star, American Theater, The Navy Occupation, National Defense with one Bronze Star, China Occupation, Marine Corps Expeditionary, Korean Theater with one Bronze Star, American Defense and Vietnam Campaign, China Service and the Marine Corps Occupation of Japan.
He invented several things while he was in the service for helicopters and other aircraft. He invented the catch system on aircraft carriers. He survived many near deaths while in the service. He was blown up in Korea and pronounced dead. He missed his plane and took a later one. His original plane went into the side of a mountain and all aboard were killed.
After he retired he went to work for his dad selling Budweiser beer. Later they sold the business and he went to work for Lear Siegler on the traveling team. They sold the home in Colorado and George and Agnes went on the road together. He worked for them until he retired. They have called Alamogordo home since 1990.
He was a lifetime member of Sertoma in Colorado Springs. He belonged to the Zia Marine Corps League and VFW Post No. 7686 in Alamogordo.
He was a good father and husband, even though he was strict. He was a Marine!
He is survived by his devoted companions and best friends, Sparkey, his dog and Angel, his cat; and his three daughters Nikki Jo Garrison (husband, Jack, deceased), of California; Vickey L. Jessee and significant other, Steve, of Arizona; and GayAnn Little and husband, David, of Georgia. Vickey came to stay with George for 14 months to make sure he was taken care of.
He has five grandchildren, Jody Garrison, Galen Garrison and wife, Mary, Danny Garrison and fiancee, Vanessa, all of California; Rene Adams-Marez and significant other, Louis, of Florida; and Justin Jessee and fiancee, Crystal, of Arizona. He also has seven great-grandkids.
He was preceded in death by his parents Rose and George J.; his son-in-law Jack Garrison; and his loving wife, Agnes, who died in 2005. George was her care giver for many years as she suffered from Alzheimer’s. After she died all he wanted was to be with her and now he has fulfilled that wish. His family knows they are together again.
The family, especially Vickey, wants to thank the people at Alamogordo Home Care and Hospice for helping their dad and her with this final journey. If you are so inclined to give a donation please think of them or any of the animal shelters, or the Humane Society. As George used to say, he loved the four-legged animals best.
The family has entrusted their loved one to Alamogordo Funeral Home. He will be cremated and there will be no services. They ask that you say your goodbyes and prayers as you are so inclined … maybe raise a Michelob to him.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.

Published in Alamogordo Daily News from May 11 to June 11, 2010

John H. Fellowes |

FELLOWES, JOHN H. Captain John H. “Jack” Fellowes died peacefully on Monday, May 3, 2010. Jack was born on November 22, 1932 in Buffalo, NY, and was the third son of the late Frederick G. and Elisabeth Fellowes. He was raised in Tucson, Arizona. Jack graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1956. He attended flight school and earned his aviation “wings” in 1957. As a U.S. Naval Aviator, he flew numerous naval aircraft including his favorite, the AD-1 “SPAD” Skyraider. He later transitioned to the A-6 Intruder and flew numerous combat missions over North Vietnam. He was a member of Attack Squadron 65 when he was shot down on August 27, 1966. He endured over 6 ½ years as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam. Upon his release from captivity on March 4, 1973, he returned to his family and active duty as a U.S. Naval Officer. His first duty assignment was at the U.S. Naval Academy where he served as the Officer Representative to the Navy football team, a position he enjoyed immensely as he was able to work with a favorite passion; football. He also taught Leadership and Navy Law. He touched the lives of many midshipmen through his classes and speeches and was much beloved. He attended the National War College and was next assigned to the Navy Bureau of Personnel as Quality of Life head. He then served on the Regional Physical Evaluation Board at Bethesda Naval Hospital. He retired in July, 1986. Jack is survived by his wife of 54 years Patricia Watkins Fellowes, of Annapolis, MD; three children, Sharon Fellowes; John Fellowes, Jr. and his wife Diane; Tom Fellowes and his wife Vicki; son-law David Hill; and five grandchildren, Robert, Brian, Jessica, Tyler and Chris. Jack was preceded in death by his first child, Cathy Fellowes-Hill, who died of ALS on March 6, 2010. Jack loved life. He loved people. He cherished this country and the freedom he had living here. Most of all he loved his wife and family. The death of his daughter earlier this year devastated him. His grandchildren meant the world to him and he was their biggest cheerleader. Friends and family may visit from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm Thursday, May 13 at Hardesty Funeral Home, 12 Ridgely Avenue, Annapolis. A funeral Mass will be held on 10 am Friday, May 14 at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, followed by burial at the U. S. Naval Academy Cemetery, followed by a reception at the N* Room at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jack’s name to your local Veteran’s hospital.

Published in The Capital on May 8, 2010

George R. Miller |

GEORGE R. MILLER AGE: 62 GREEN POND George R. Miller, 62, of Green Pond, passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2010. Born in Phoenixville, PA, he attended Penn State. An Army veteran of the Vietnam War, George served in the 361 AVN (Pleiku) as a Combat Cobra Gunship pilot. He was awarded numerous commendations, including a Bronze Star and a Distinguished Flying Cross. He was an active member of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots’ Association. George was a long-time member of the newspaper industry, most recently serving as Vice-President of Distribution for the Weekly Division of North Jersey Media Group. He is survived by his companion of 29 years, Jane Yoder, also of Green Pond, three siblings, Mary Ann of Limerick, PA and Dennis and Thomas, both of Boyertown, PA. He is also survived by one nephew and by his beloved dogs, Leo and Lexi. Private funeral arrangements entrusted to the Richards Funeral Home, West Milford, NJ. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his memory to the Popcorn Park Zoo, PO box 43, Forked River, NJ 08731. richardsfuneralhome.com

Capt. Marshall A. Stowell USN |
Marshall Stowell died peacefully on May 1, 2010, after a short battle with cancer.
Born on July 2, 1934, to the late Mary Marshall Stowell and Alfred Davis Stowell, Marshall grew up in Pawcatuck, Conn., and graduated from Stonington High School in 1952.
In 1956, he graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy with a bachelor of science degree, a Third Mates Unlimited License and a commission in the U.S. Navy. After graduation, he set sail for Africa on the SS Robin Grey, a cargo ship.
Upon his return in 1957, Ensign Stowell eloped with his high school sweetheart, Patricia O’Brien, after her graduation from New Haven State Teacher’s College, and the two began a lifetime of service, travel and adventure.
A lover of history, Marshall took his new bride on a brief honeymoon to the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pa. Shortly after, Ensign Stowell reported to the USS Hissem in Newport, R.I., as Communications Officer and Officer of the Deck. Later he became the Combat Information Officer and Command Duty Officer.
Subsequent assignments included the U.S. Navy Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif., as a meteorology and oceanography student, and a tour of duty aboard the USS Rogers as a Weapons Officer and later as an Operations Officer.
In 1963, he taught navigation, meteorology, astronomy, and oceanography at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
He was next assigned as Surface Operations Officer on the staff of the Commander Cruiser Destroyer Flotilla Two. In 1968, LCDR Stowell assumed command of the USS Benewah, flagship of the Mobile River Assault Force operating in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta.
As Executive Officer aboard the USS Edson, he provided gunfire support along the entire coast of Vietnam. He later served as the Head of the Administration, Deck, Supply, and Medical Enlisted Assignment Branch of the Bureau of Navy Personnel.
In 1974, then based in San Diego, Calif., CDR Stowell assumed command of the USS Fanning, named after Nathaniel Fanning, a Revolutionary War hero from his hometown of Stonington, Conn.
After attending the Naval War College in Newport, he was promoted to captain and assigned to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations as Head of the Fleet Modernization Program for Surface Combatants in the Pentagon. Three years later, he became Lead of the Navy’s Fleet Modernization Program.
His last tour, was as Operation Officer for the Naval District in Washington, D.C., where he was also in charge of the Navy’s Ceremonial Guard.
A highly decorated veteran, Capt. Stowell received many awards including The Bronze Star, three Meritorious Medals, Navy and Army Commendation Medals, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citations, Navy Unit Commendation and 14 Campaign Ribbons.
Upon retirement in 1987, Marshall and Patricia moved to Naples, Fla., where they enjoyed a wonderful social life with their many friends. The two frequently traveled throughout the U.S. and enjoyed many trips abroad.
Marshall Stowell was preceded in death by his loving wife of 49 years, Patricia. He is survived by two children, Susan Whitley of Stafford, Va., and Marshall Stowell, of Washington, D.C., and by his son-in-law Jim Whitley and his three grandsons Matthew, Adam and John Marshall Whitley.
Other survivors include his sister, Barbara Higgins, brother-in-law, Harry and nephews Todd and Mark Higgins.
Marshall was a member of the Naples American Legion, AMVETS, and the VFW. He was a Free Mason of Coastal Lodge 57 in Stonington, Conn., for more than 50 years.
Viewing hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, at Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home in Westerly, R.I. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 7, at Central Baptist Church in Westerly, and burial at River Bend Cemetery will immediately follow.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in memory of Capt. Marshall A. Stowell, to the Navy War Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Suite 123, Washington, DC 20004.

Douglas W. Thompson |

Retired Major Douglas W. Thompson, Sr. DOVER – Retired Major Douglas W. Thompson, Sr. of Dover, Del., died Monday May 17, 2010 at Kent General Hospital. He was 92. He was born October 26, 1917 in Johnstown, New York to the late Arthur and Emma Thompson. Major Thompson was a graduate of the University of New York with a degree in Industrial and Chemical Engineering; He also studied at several other schools of higher learning while in the service and after retiring. Major Thompson was a veteran of WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He served two years as an officer in the Royal Air Force in Canada and England before serving 22 years in the United States Air Corp and United States Air Force as a regular officer. Major Thompson was a Command Pilot and Administrative Staff Officer in both services. He was a pilot on the first low level raid on 8/1/1943 which bombed Ploesti, flying a B24 aircraft. Ploesti was Hitler’s main fuel supplier for his war machines during WWII. Major Thompson was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal for his part in the raid. He was awarded two more Distinguished Flying Crosses and three more Air Medals for other acts of heroism during WWII. During the Korean War he was part of the IG team and flew combat missions. For his efforts in Korea he was awarded the Commendation Medal. During the Vietnam War he flew cargo to supply the services. He has many hours in both conventional and jet aircrafts. Major Thompson received a total of 26 medals and awards for his service to include Conspicuous Cross from New York State in 11/1945. He retired from the Air Force in 12/1964 at Dover Air Force Base. Major Thompson was inducted into the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame 10/6/2007. He was an avid spokesman for aviation and the service. After retiring he joined the team that manufactured the space suit at the International Latex Corp. He worked as an Industrial and Manufacturing Engineer for 11 years. Major Thompson was part of the launch team for Apollo 9. He was preceded in death by his wife, the love of his life of 58 years, Jean Catherine Thompson in 2004. Mr. Thompson is survived by his son, Douglas W. Thompson, Jr. and his wife Rebecca of Dover; three granddaughters, Roxanne Wyatt, Dr. Wendy Dodrill- Kanemoto and her husband Michael, and Andrea Cottman and her husband Kevin; and three great grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 1 p.m. Friday May 21, 2010 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 631 S. State Street, Dover. Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday evening at Torbert Funeral Chapel South, 1145 E. Lebanon Road (RT.10), Dover. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to Holy Cross Catholic Church, 631 S. State Street, Dover, DE 19901. Letters of condolence may be sent, and guestbook signed at torbertfuneral.com

James Edmun Vetter

MARIETTA, GA – Vetter, James Edmun, Lt. Col. Ret. U.S. Army, son of Edmund and Helen Vetter was born Sept 27, 1932 and died April 20, 2010. He married Mary Elizabeth Ferguson of Wichita on Nov. 13, 1954. Survived by his wife; sons, Christopher of Volcano, CA, David of Spartanburg, SC, and Terrence of Douglasville, GA; and daughter, Elizabeth Ann of Marietta; five grandchildren; brother, Gerald Vetter; and sister, Patricia Randall, both of Newton. Jim lived in Newton and served in the Kansas National Guard until he entered the army. He went to flight school at Ft. Rucker, AL, and was certified in both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. He served three tours in Indochina. He was a Master Army Aviator and was awarded a Bronze Star, an Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, a Meritorious Service Medal, an Army Commendation medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, a Vietnam Service Medal, a Vietnam Campaign Medal, a National Defense Medal, an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and Meritorious Unit Citation and a Legion of Merit. At the time of his death he was president of the Retired Military Assn. of North Georgia, Georgia Commander of the Veterans of Underage Military Assn., life member of the Military Officers Assn. of America and of the Army Otter-Caribou Assn. Jim was inurned in the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA. Davis Streumpf Funeral Home of Austell, GA.

Published in The Wichita Eagle on May 16, 2010

Col. Leonard (Ret.) A. Morley (1919-2010)
Leonard was born in centralia, WA to Montague Richard Morley and Sarah Anne Isbill. He attended schools in Bothell and graduated from Oroville High School, Oroville, WA.
He married Marjorie Candland in November 1941 and had a daughter, Pamela, in 1943. He was divorced in 1946 and in Oct. 1947 married Chartley Nutter Shugren, who preceded him in death in Sept. 2004. He then married June Soderlund on May 20, 2006.
Leonard volunteered to serve his country joining the US Army in 1943 and served in Europe 1944-1946. He received a battlefield commission to 2nd Lt. in March 1944. Leonard loved and served his country for 33 years and attained the rank of Colonel. He served in three wars, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Other assignments included Ft. Lee, Virginia; Germany; Japan; Ft. Carson, Colorado, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas; the Pentagon; Ft. Lewis, WA and Hunter-Liggett, CA. Army awards and decorations include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, bronze star with two oak leaf clusters, air medal with five oak leaf clusters and the Army commendation medal.
He also loved to sing. He sang during his school days and was often asked to sing for his commanders at military social events as well as weddings. Until a few days before he passed away he was still humming and singing for us. He beamed a smile as he sang the old hymns and his favorite Irish songs. He loved skiing around the world and attended several Winter Olympics and was also an avid golfer. While commander at Hunter-Liggett, he rode his horse around the post to save fuel and the environment.
He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and a granddaughter. He is survived by his wife June, daughter Pamela (Gordon), step children Marie (Dave), Marilyn, Maridy (Bob) and Melvin (Melissa); five grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.
Colonel Morley will be interned with full military honors at Tahoma National Cemetery on Thurs., June 3, at 1:00 p.m. located at 18600 S.E. 240th Street, Kent, WA. A reception to celebrate Colonel Morley’s life will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Lake Wilderness Golf Course at 25400 White Road SE, Maple Valley.
He was a long time supporter of the Veterans Memorial Museum. Memorials can be given to the Veterans Memorial Museum at 100 SW Veterans Way, Chehalis, WA 98532 or to the USO at PO Box 96860, Washington, D.C. 20087-7677. Published in Chronline on May 29, 2010

Dec. 5th, 1934 ~ May 4th, 2010

Dr. Reyes was born December 5th, 1934 in Manila, Philippines. He was the 3rd oldest of eight children. During World War II a young Virgilio traveled by horse to visit his father Col. Aurelio Reyes, who was then a prisoner of war. To see his father, he would have to crawl under barbed-wire fencing. Occasionally he would have beef jerky tied to his leg so that he could sneak food to Col. Reyes. It was at this young age where a then 7 year old Virgilio became sympathetic to Veterans of War.

After graduating from high school, in 1951 he decided to enter the Philippine Military Academy. Even though he passed the test to be in the Academy, his father coerced the test examiner to fail him. That event was the beginning of what would determine Virgilio’s destiny.

He attended and graduated from the University of the Philippines at the top of his class and then moved on to Far Eastern University Medical School in the Philippines.He married Dulce Santiago in 1959. Together they raised four children.

He came to the United States in 1960. He did post-graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania. After his post-graduate work, Dr. Reyes began his internship at DC General in Washington, D.C. Following his internship, he started his residency at Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed his fellowship in internal medicine and specialized in gastroenterology at Hahnemann.

In 1967 he became a doctor for the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Wilmington, DE. In 1971 he transferred to the VA Hospital in Long Beach, CA. He worked there until 1976. In the summer of 1976 Dr. Reyes decided to move the family to Boise, ID. He was a physician at the VA Hospital in Boise, ID until 1978. During his stint at the VA Hospital in Boise, ID, he met Paul Cooper a Korean and Vietnam War Veteran. Mr. Cooper was his patient. Mr. Cooper’s illness had Dr. Reyes dumbfounded. After much exhaustive work he realized that Mr. Cooper’s illness (leukemia) had been brought on by military experiments from nuclear testing. As pointed out in a 1977 People magazine article Dr. Reyes was one of the first doctors to link nuclear fallout to leukemia.During those 10 years as a doctor for the VA, Dr. Reyes was given annual one month vacations. He spent those month long vacations taking the family on cross-country road trips and camping the old-fashioned way. He loved the United States so much that he was able to visit 44 of 50 states.

In 1979 he decided to move the family to Merced, CA and open his own medical practice in Chowchilla, CA. where he practiced for 30 years until his retirement.There is no better legacy that a man can have than to have taught us how to love our family and to have a job that he never thought of as work. He loved taking care of his patients and enjoyed every day of his 40 years practicing medicine.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years Dulce, and his children; son Victor and his wife Rowena of Lakewood, WA, son Vincent and his wife Melody of Fresno, CA, daughter Valerie Cannon Park City, UT, son Virgil and his wife Katherine of Indianapolis, IN, 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brother Ariel Reyes, sisters Leticia Vasallo, Myrna Cuiching, Fe Ortiz, Menchita Casem, and many numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

His compassion, sense of humor, and love of his family will be greatly missed.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Cornerstone Community Church 208 Fig Tree Rd. in Chowchilla, on Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the American Cancer Society American Cancer Society 2222 W. Shaw Ave., Fresno, CA 93711 or the Lance Armstrong Foundation 2201 E. Sixth St., Austin, TX 78702.

Published in Merced Sun Star on May 13, 2010

Gregorio B. Figuracion

Gregorio Barela Figuracion was born on May 9, 1921 in San Roque, Nabua, Camarines Sur, a growing town in the Bicol Region of the Philippines. He was the eldest of four boys born to Gavino Figuracion and Marciana Barela. He was often called Gorio, and to some of his other friends, he was called Greg. He met his wife, Romana Sendon Fabay when she lived with the Prades’ Family during her high school days. The Figuracion and Prades’ family, who were neighbors, as well as cousins, eventually matched them, and then the courtship began. The couple were married on October 7, 1950. They were blessed with seven children. Their firstborn, Susan, was born five years later. Soon after, daughters Fe and Paz were born. After seven long years, Greg and Romana were blessed with three sons, Silvino, Jerry, and Amor. They were blessed again with another daughter, a “retirement baby” named Marilou. She is a special child and the joy of the family. Greg was a veteran of World War II, Korean War, and the Vietnam War. He served in the Philippine Commonwealth Army from December 15, 1941 to September 24, 1942 and from May 30, 1945 to February 22, 1946. He served in the United States Navy from July 1, 1946 to November 30, 1966. He was also a prisoner of war (POW) from April 9, 1942 to September 24, 1942.He was a member of the famous Bataan Death March of which he was wounded by a shrapnel from a Japanese bomb when Bataan was raided by the Japanese. He retired from the U.S. Navy…
Gregorio Barela Figuracion was born on May 9, 1921 in San Roque, Nabua, Camarines Sur, a growing town in the Bicol Region of the Philippines. He was the eldest of four boys born to Gavino Figuracion and Marciana Barela. He was often called Gorio, and to some of his other friends, he was called Greg.

He met his wife, Romana Sendon Fabay when she lived with the Prades’ Family during her high school days. The Figuracion and Prades’ family, who were neighbors, as well as cousins, eventually matched them, and then the courtship began. The couple were married on October 7, 1950. They were blessed with seven children. Their firstborn, Susan, was born five years later. Soon after, daughters Fe and Paz were born. After seven long years, Greg and Romana were blessed with three sons, Silvino, Jerry, and Amor. They were blessed again with another daughter, a “retirement baby” named Marilou. She is a special child and the joy of the family.

Greg was a veteran of World War II, Korean War, and the Vietnam War. He served in the Philippine Commonwealth Army from December 15, 1941 to September 24, 1942 and from May 30, 1945 to February 22, 1946. He served in the United States Navy from July 1, 1946 to November 30, 1966. He was also a prisoner of war (POW) from April 9, 1942 to September 24, 1942.He was a member of the famous Bataan Death March of which he was wounded by a shrapnel from a Japanese bomb when Bataan was raided by the Japanese. He retired from the U.S. Navy as a Chief Petty Officer.

Greg loved to play tennis. Right after his retirement, he joined a circle of friends in Nabua playing tennis almost everyday and enjoyed their friendship for many years. He was an active parishioner at the Holy Cross Parish in Nabua, Philippines and of the Fleet Reserve Association, Nabua Chapter. He enjoyed getting together with other military retirees and their families also residing in Nabua, and in the neighboring towns. Greg was an avid reader. He often became restless if there was no book or magazine to read. A few of his favorites were Time Magazine and Reader’s Digest. Watching boxing matches also was a sport he lived for. Among his favorite songs included, “You Light Up My Life” and “Endless Love.”

After his wife, Romana, died in 2006, his children made the decision to bring their Dad back to the United States under the care of his youngest son, Amor and his family, along with the rest of his children and their families residing in California.

During the last years of Gregorio’s life, he lived at the Veterans Home of California; Chula Vista. He was cared for by the loving and caring medical professionals of that facility. While at the VA nursing home, he amused himself by singing his favorite songs, which included Sarong Bangi (a Bicol song), Si Nanay, Si Tatay (Mom & Dad), a local song from Nabua.”

Robert Scott McKinney |
Robert Scott McKinney died on May 18, 2010 in Loma Linda, Calif. at the Veterans Medical Center of a brief illness. Robert was born on October 12, 1947 in Pikeville, Ky. and was 62 years old when he died. Robert lived most of his life in La Quinta, Calif. He is survived by his mother, Effie McKinney of La Quinta; brother, Merritt McKinney and sister-in-law, Cynthia McKinney of Yucca Valley, Calif.; and his sister, Sandee Hunt of Sparks, Nev. Other family members include: nephew, Scott McKinney; nieces, Erin Benedict and Heather McKinney. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert V. McKinney. Robert was a U.S. Army combat veteran of the Vietnam War where he earned (among others) the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Purple Heart and the Silver Star. He served in the 101st Airborne Division and fought in numerous battles including “Hamburger Hill” where he earned the Silver Star for distinguished gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States. A private graveside service is planned. Published in The Desert Sun from May 22 to May 27, 2010

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