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November/December 2005
FROM THE NATIONAL CHAPLAIN
 
 

Taps

BY REV.PHIL SALOIS, M.S.
 
Gerald H. Acheson died July 13 in Batavia, New York, of cancer. He was born December 9, 1933. Acheson served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952-72, retiring as a Major. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Leroy Chapter 193.

Stephen O. Bailey, 70, died July 15 in Winfield, Kansas. He served in the U.S.
Army from 1955-77, with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was a permanently hospitalized veteran member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Clearwater Chapter 934.

Maurice Glen Brignac died June 1 in Reddell, Louisiana, in a motor vehicle accident. He was born January 5, 1946. Brignac served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Ville Platte Chapter 632.

Dennis Michael “Big Mike” Burbach died September 28 in Wright City, Missouri, of Agent Orange-related diabetes mellitis, type II. He was born July 8, 1947. Burbach was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was an at-large life member and past state council secretary of Vietnam Veterans of America-Missouri.

Ted Cason died recently in 2005 in Brownsville, Texas. He was born July 28, 1934. Cason was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Kansas City (Missouri) Chapter 317.

Larry L. Cassill died recently in Ottumwa, Iowa. He was born June 10, 1947. Cassill was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Ottumwa Chapter 667.

Curtis C. Coe died recently in West Saint Paul, Minnesota. He was born April 15, 1946. Coe was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Roseville Chapter 320.

Alan Richard Connolly died July 7, 2000, in Batavia, New York, of cancer. He was born March 25, 1947. Connolly served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Leroy Chapter 193.

Richard E. Cummings died May 17 in Rochester, New York. He was born November 20, 1943. Cummings served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Rochester Chapter 20.

Anthony L. Delagarza died December 20, 2004, in Decatur, Georgia, at the age of 57. The cause of death is unknown. He was born July 7, 1947. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Atlanta Chapter 883.

William Dickerson died recently in Mount Upton, New York. He was born October 8, 1947. Dickerson was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Mount Upton Chapter 85.

Kevin J. Donoghue died April 28 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, of lung cancer. He was born July 17, 1950. Donoghue served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War as a dust-off medic. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Harrisburg Chapter 542.

Edward Earl Ellefson died August 16 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, of cancer. He was born July 20, 1930. Ellefson served in the U.S. Air Force in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Beaver Falls Chapter 862.

George M. Gallagher died February 7 in Reston, Virginia. He was born February 20, 1928. Gallagher was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Arlington Chapter 227.

Dean Hall died May 3 in North Troy, Vermont. He was born April 17, 1940. Hall was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Essex Junction Chapter 829.

Donald Raymond Hearn died August 14 in Mobile, Alabama. He was born July 6, 1946. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Mobile Chapter 701.

Robert E. Hopper, Jr., died December 8 in Lake Station, Indiana. He was born April 23, 1948. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1965-69 with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Portage Chapter 905.

Nelson C. Hughes died August 27 in Varysburg, New York, of Agent Orange-related cancer. He was born August 27, 1950. Hughes served in the U.S. Navy in the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Leroy Post 193.
  
   Theodore T. Ives, Sr.
, died April 4 in Rochester, New York. He was born on September 25, 1944. Ives served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Rochester Chapter 20.

John J. Karlen died August 30 in Lawton, Oklahoma, of congestive heart failure. He was born April 13, 1934. Karlen served in the U.S. Army during the Korean and Vietnam wars and retired after 20 years of service. He was a life member
of Vietnam Veterans of America-Lawton Chapter 751.

Bruce J. Katz died August 6 in Bettendorf, Iowa, of brain cancer. He was born September 5, 1947. Katz served in the U.S. Army and was a combat medic in Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Bettendorf Chapter 776.

C. Brett Keister died September 5 at home in East Berlin, Pennsylvania, of Agent Orange-related liver cancer. He was born May 2, 1948. Keister served in U.S. Army in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in May 1974. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Harrisburg Chapter 542.

John R. Koivupalo died recently in Dryden, Michigan. He was born November 26, 1949. Koivupalo was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Mt. Clemens Chapter 154.

Rev. Fr. James F. Kovarik died August 17 in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, of heart failure. He was born April 16, 1939. Kovarik served in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam as a Navy corpsman to the Marines and retired in 1985. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Milwaukee Chapter 324. He also served as the Wisconsin VVA State Chaplain.

Fred Lafavor died October 6, 2004, in South Saint Paul, Minnesota. He was born June 6, 1941. Lafavor was a veteran of
the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-South Saint Paul Chapter 639.

B.G. Lamb, Jr., died in Randleman, North Carolina. He was born March 21, 1942. Lamb was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Orlando (Florida) Chapter 761.

Michael B. Lindemuth, 27, died April 13 in Pellston, Michigan. He was born December 17, 1977. Lindemuth was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Petoskey Chapter 68.  

John C. Marco died August 27 in Lawton, Oklahoma. He was born January 5, 1940. He served in the U.S. Army from 1961-63. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Lawton Chapter 751.

Edward I. Martin, Jr., died recently in Garfield Heights, Ohio. He was born November 11, 1942. Martin was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Bay Village Chapter 249.

Robert H. McKinney died August 8 in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He was born September 2, 1947. McKinney served in U.S. Marine Corps from 1966-69 with a tour of duty in Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Edinburg Chapter 936.

Dyane E. McZegle died September 2 in Clearwater, Kansas, of cancer. He was born December 15, 1948. McZegle served in the U.S. Army from 1966-69, with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Clearwater Chapter 934.

Marvin P. Miller died recently in Bakersfield, California. He was born March 14, 1935. Miller was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an at-large life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-California.

John David Murray died July 31 at his home in Fernandina Beach, Florida. He was born September 28, 1946. Murray served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Keyport (New Jersey) Chapter 721.

Kenneth William Ohmer died April 21 in Milford, Ohio. He was born June 6, 1947. Ohmer served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Batavia Chapter 649.

Ole Oleson died recently in Bothell, Washington. Oleson was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Edmonds Chapter 423.

Bertil “Doc” Olsen died July 5 in Bristol, Rhode Island, of Agent Orange-related lung cancer. He was born November 15, 1940. Olsen served in the U.S. Navy with tours of duty in Vietnam from 1968-70. He retired at the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Providence Chapter 273.
 

Kenneth H. Olson died May 1, 2000, in Houghton Lake, Michigan. He was born October 9, 1949. Olson was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Michigan.  
 
Jack R. Patton died recently in Campbell, Texas. He was born January 13, 1945. Patton was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Arlington Chapter 330.

Edmund Pavielka, died July 22, 2004, in Philadelphia of cancer. He was born January 16, 1951. Pavielka served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War as a Lance Corporal. He was a founding member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Liberty Bell (Philadelphia) Chapter 266.

Reuben C. Perry III died June 3 in Ellsworth, Maine. He was born August 2, 1948. Perry served in the U.S. Navy from 1966-69, with tours of duty in Vietnam from 1967-69. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Orono, Maine Chapter 185.

Joseph V. Pfaff died in Fort Worth, Texas. Pfaff was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Arlington Chapter 330.

Carl T. Phillips died in April in Talbotton, Georgia. He was born August 9, 1948. Phillips served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Forsyth Chapter 949.

Danny W. Powell died in June in Pensacola, Florida. Powell was a veteran of the Vietnam War and was an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Georgia.
 

Larry Powell died recently in Painted Post, New York. Powell was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-East Syracuse Chapter 103.
 
David K. Quigley died January 25 in Fleetwood, Pennsylvania. He was born September 2, 1940. Quigley served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Reading Chapter 131.

William C. Rabel died September 22, 2003, in Youngstown, Ohio. He was born July 15, 1926. Rabel was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Youngstown Chapter 135.

John P. Reed died in Caseville, Michigan. He was born December 17, 1944. Reed was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Bay City Chapter 494.

Sue Ann Render died April 2 in Hemet, California, of cancer. She was born October 21, 1930, in Dinuba, California. Render was a life member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Centralia (Illinois) Chapter 176.

Sigurd E. Reuter died April 20, 2004, in Geronimo, Oklahoma. He was born July 10, 1933. Reuter served in the U.S. Army from 1972-77 with service in Vietnam. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Lawton Chapter 751.

Christine Robbins died recently in Mansfield, Pennsylvania. She was born March 19, 1948. She was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Elmira (New York) Chapter 803.

John T. Rose died recently in Marlboro, New York. He was born June 29, 1947. Rose served in the U.S. Army from 1966-69 with a tour in Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Elizaville Chapter 869.

Richard E. Ross died April 18 in Westlake, Ohio, of cancer. He was born October 11, 1944. Ross served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Bay Village Chapter 249.

James Francis Rueger died April 16 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was born September 24, 1937. Rueger began his military career in 1957. He was assigned to the 1st Logistical Command and served as Commander of the 377th Light Maintenance Company at Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Rueger was awarded the Bronze Star and the Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Topeka Chapter 604.

C. Roberta Saunsaucie died March 14 in Pleasant Hill, Missouri. She was born July 12, 1915. She was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Kansas City Chapter 317.

Roland Savilla died in January in St. Albans, West Virginia. He was born May 13, 1916, in Livingstone, West Virginia. Savilla served in the U.S. Army with a tour in Vietnam from 1966-67. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Ceredo Chapter 949.

Harold “Sarge” Schaefer died May 31 in Verona, New Jersey. He was born in Jamaica, New York, on August 1, 1947. Schaefer served in the U.S. Army from 1964-67 with service in the Vietnam War with the 25th Infantry Division. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Hicksville Chapter 82. He served as the chapter secretary, chairman of the constitution committee, and served on the board of directors. He was the national sergeant-at-arms for VVA for many years and a member of the National Constitution Committee.

Allen H. Schwartz died April 3, 2004, in Rialto, California, of Agent Orange-related cancer. He was born September 25, 1935, in New York City. Schwartz served in the U.S. Air Force with a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1967-68. He was an at-large life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-California.

Melvin Schwartz died recently in Peekskill, New York. Schwartz was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Brooklyn Chapter 72.

David J. Schwoegler died April 16 in Dyer, Indiana, of diabetes and renal failure. He was born August 20, 1946. Schwoegler served in the U.S. Marine Corps with a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1966-67. He was a life member and founding president of Vietnam Veterans of America-Merrillville Chapter 285 and past president of the Indiana State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America.

Rodney E. Searles died in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. He was born October 31, 1943. Searles was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Lafayette Chapter 141.

Joseph Duane Shipman died August 23, 2003, in Kerrville, Texas. He was born July 23, 1930. Shipman was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was an at-large life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Texas.

Charles M. Shumate died March 22 in Liberty, Missouri. He was born March 26, 1949. Shumate served in the U.S. Army, retiring at the rank of Master Sergeant. He served a tour in Vietnam from 1969-70. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Kansas City Chapter 317.

Gordon C. Smith died February 23 in Valparaiso, Indiana. He was born March 17, 1934. Smith served one tour of duty in Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Porter County (Portage, Indiana) Chapter 905.

Roger D. Snyder died December 28, 2004, in Detroit, Michigan. He was born July 12, 1953. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1971-75 during the Vietnam era. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Dearborn Chapter 267.

David “Rats” Sonnet died July 4 in Monaca, Pennsylvania. He was born June 4, 1944. Sonnet served in the U.S. Army with tours of duty in Korea and Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Beaver Falls Chapter 862.

Eugene Spencer died May 1 in High Bridge, New Jersey, of a heart attack. He was born April 16, 1944. Spencer served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Flemington Chapter 452.

John L. Stacy died in March in Madison Heights, Virginia. He was born January 1, 1949. Stacy served in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1968, with service in the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Lynchburg Chapter 196.

Francis “Don” Starr died December 29, 2004, in Toms River, New Jersey, as result of accidently drowning. He was born August 10, 1956. Starr served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam era. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Lanoka Harbor Chapter 855.

Irwin L. Stein died April 21 in Mayfield Heights. He was born April 16, 1927. Stein served in the U.S. Navy Seabees during World War II and in the Vietnam War. His awards included the WWII Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Service Medal. He was an at-large life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Ohio.

Walter “Bud” Stewart died in 2003 in Gordonville, Pennsylvania. He was born April 28, 1942. Stewart was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Pennsylvania.

Robert L. Stokes, Sr., died June 28 in Melber, Kentucky. He was born May 5, 1943. Stokes served in the U.S. Army from 1967-69 with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Paducah Chapter 337.

Timothy E. Stone died February 12, 2003, in Rough Ready, California, of multiple myeloma. He was born on November 14, 1947, in Hobbs, New Mexico. Stone served in the U.S. Army with the tours in Vietnam from 1969-73. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Grass Valley Chapter 535.

Joseph L. Strauss died recently in Edmonds, Washington. He was born November 30, 1930. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Edmonds Chapter 423.

Gerald L. Stull died in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. He was born September 28, 1949. Stull was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Huntingdon Chapter 679.

Roger D. Styron died in December 2004 in Harber, Texas. He was born February 10, 1949. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Kerrville Chapter 863.

John W. Tackenberg died recently in Plantation, Florida. He was born September 11, 1944. Tackenberg served in the U.S. Navy from 1967-69 with service in the Vietnam War. He was an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Florida.

 

Everett E. Templeton died recently in Columbia, South Carolina. He was born November 22, 1930. Templeton was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Columbia Chapter 303.

Art Thomas died April 16 in Grass Valley, California, from injuries from an automobile accident. He was born December 17, 1944. Thomas served in the U.S. Army from 1965-68. during the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Grass Valley Chapter 535.

Walter Andrew Tobias died December 21, 2004, in Leeds, Massachusetts, of a heart attack. Tobias served in the U.S. Army, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He served a tour in Vietnam and was awarded the Air Medal and the Bronze Star. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Ware Chapter 405.

Billy Vaughn died April 7 in Roanoke, Virginia. He was born October 26, 1948. Vaughn served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam with the Fifth Mechanized Infantry from 1970-71. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Roanoke Chapter 81


   Frank P. Volpe
died in 2001 in Manhattan, Kansas. He was born November 21, 1931. Volpe was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Junction City Chapter 344.

John N. Wales died April 12 in Buffalo, New York, of diabetes. He was born February 25, 1955. Wales served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Vietnam era from 1972-75. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Niagara Falls Chapter 681.

Harry E. “Rusty” Walton, Sr., died July 21 in Rising Sun, Indiana. He was born on October 30, 1945. Walton served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Aurora Chapter 71.

Logan Earl Watson died April 12 in Cocoa, Florida, of heart failure. He was born February 3, 1941. Watson served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Cocoa Chapter 831.

Joseph Albert Weaver died May 2 in Rutherford, New Jersey. He was born in 1933. Weaver served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-East Rutherford Chapter 800.

Robert Clayton Webster died April 18 in Angeles City, the Philippines, of liver failure. He was born September 4, 1943. Webster served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Angeles City (Philippines) Chapter 887.

Jerry Weddle died February 26 in Richmond, Indiana. He was born June 28, 1945. Weddle was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Richmond Chapter 777.

Joseph M. Wencel died May 4 in White Lake, Michigan, of cancer. He was born on September 16, 1947. Wencel served in the U.S. Navy with service in Vietnam. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Pontiac Chapter 133.

Edgar L. Wetzel died in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania. He was born August 3, 1944. Wetzel served in the U.S. Army from 1967-69, with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Richlandtown Chapter 468.

Jimmy R. White died recently in Lewisburg, Tennessee. He was born April 2, 1947. White was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Lewisburg Chapter 797.

Roy C. Williams, Sr., died March 12 in Atmore, Alabama, of cirrhosis of the liver and heart failure. He was born December 30, 1941. Williams served in the U.S. Air Force from 1959-65 with service in Korea and Vietnam. He was awarded the Air Medal. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Atmore Chapter 190.

Bobbie Yeatman died July 21 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She was born July 16, 1932. Yeatman was a life member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Tuscaloosa Chapter 301.  
 

Lawrence H. Young died September 18, 2000, in Topsham, Maine, of diabetes mellitis. He was born February 7, 1937. Young served in the U.S. Navy from 1954-79. He served a tour in the Vietnam War from 1967-68. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Caribou Chapter 478.

Darrell Youngs died April 13 in Chesapeake, Virginia. Youngs was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Tidewater Chapter (Virginia Beach) 48.

   

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