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An organization chartered by the U.S. Congress

August/September 2004
FROM THE NATIONAL CHAPLAIN
 
 

Taps

BY REV.PHIL SALOIS, M.S.

Webster Anderson died August 30, 2003, in Winnsboro, South Carolina. He was born July 15, 1933. Anderson served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Medal of Honor. He was an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America-South Carolina.

James S. Beaird died recently in Eastpointe, Michigan. Beaird was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Mt. Clemens Chapter 154.

Donald Boik died recently in Roseville, Michigan. Boik was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Mt. Clemens Chapter 154.

Frances Regina (Von Voight) Broska died February 17 in Hicksville, New York. Broska was an active member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Nassau County Chapter 82.

Herbert L. Brown died recently in Mulberry, Arkansas. He was born August 14, 1950. Brown was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America- Topeka Chapter 604.

Michael D. Caputo died recently in Topeka, Kansas. He was born March 8, 1951. Caputo was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Topeka Chapter 604.

William James Coates died April 22 in Whitney Point, New York, of cancer. He was born January 25, 1946. Coates served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1967- 68. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Maine Chapter 896.

Philip W. Corney died April 29, 2003, in Philadelphia of lung cancer and heart failure. He was born April 22, 1945. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Liberty Bell Chapter 266.

Warren Wayne Cunningham died March 16 in Lynchburg, Virginia, of a heart attack. He was born February 7, 1947. Cunningham served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Lynchburg Chapter 196.

Edmund Czarnecki died October 11, 2003, in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. He was born September 3, 1941. Czarnecki was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Mt. Clemens Chapter 154.

Theodore W. Davis died recently in Omaha, Nebraska. He was born August 22, 1946.
Davis served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1968-69. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Omaha Chapter 146.

Phillip L. DiGeorge died January 25 in Eastover, South Carolina, of a heart attack. He was born February 24, 1941. DiGeorge served in the U.S. Army with two tours of duty in Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Columbia Chapter 303.

Michael E. Ditch died recently in Silver Spring, Maryland. He was born February 21, 1946. Ditch served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1967-68. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Silver Spring Chapter 641. When he served as chapter president, he guided Chapter 641 with soft-spoken integrity. He set a great example for chapter leadership.

David Paul Domanski died March 13 in Hooks, Texas, of cancer. He was born July 7, 1949. Domanski served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and the U.S. Navy Reserves Seabees. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Texarkana Chapter 278.

Charles Garrett Eagan died November 23, 2003, in Cumberland, Maryland. He was born January 7, 1932. Eagan served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Korea and Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Cumberland Chapter 172.

Raymond James Feia died February 15 in St. Cloud, Minnesota, as the result of a contusion of the brain due to a fall at home He was born June 27, 1948. Feia served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1967-69 and served in the Army Reserves for 22 years. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-St. Cloud Chapter 290.

James E. Freeman II died March 12 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was born February 1, 1947. Freeman served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Coldwater Chapter 730.

Cristina R. Gauther died recently in Kerrville, Texas. She was born January 18, 1952. Gauther was a veteran of the Vietnam War. She was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Kerrville Chapter 863.

Roger V. Giansante died recently in Flanders, New York. He was born February 19, 1914. Giansante served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Burma Campaign. He was a life member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Nassau County Chapter 82.

Larry Joe Gilbreath died April 11 in Gainesville, Texas, of esophageal cancer. He was born April 29, 1949. Gilbreath served in the U.S. Navy with a tour in Vietnam from 1969-70. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America- Denton Chapter 920.

Joseph A. Gordon died recently in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. He was born June 14, 1939. Gordon was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Mt. Clemens Chapter 154.

Robert T. Gravuer died April 10, 2003, in Philadelphia of lung cancer and heart failure. He was born July 23, 1944. Gravuer served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Liberty Bell Chapter 266.

Charles D. Harvey died March 1 in Lynchburg, Virginia , of a heart attack. He was born
September 29, 1944. Harvey served in the U.S. Air Force with a tour of duty in Vietnam in 1970. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Lynchburg Chapter 196.

James W. Hencsie died recently in Sterling Heights, Michigan. He was born June 24, 1946. Hencsie was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Mt. Clemens Chapter 154.

Gary Stephen Holsapple died March 24 in Tampa, Florida. He was born on January 12, 1950. Holsapple was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Camden Chapter 631.

Daniel Jamrock died recently in Harbor City, California. Jamrock was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Redondo Beach Chapter 53.

Roger Kilburn died April 12, 2003, in Middletown, Ohio. Kilburn was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Celina Chapter 783.

Peter J. King died recently in Europe. He was born May 1, 1947. King served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was an at-large life member of Vietnam Veterans of America- New York State.

Andrew J. Krasnican died recently in Lansing, Kansas. He was born March 6, 1937.  Krasnican was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Leavenworth Chapter 75.

Cecil Lamar Lewis died April 15 in Englehard, North Carolina, of cancer. He was born on April 19, 1946. Lewis served in the U.S. Army from 1966-67 in Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Greenville Chapter 272 and was a charter member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Hyde County Chapter 561.

Charles Glenn Love died March 21 in Menomonie, Wisconsin, of Agent Orange and PTSD-related illnesses. He was born January 13, 1947. Love served in the U.S. Army from 1965-67 with a tour in Vietnam. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star with "V" device, and the Air Medal. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-River Falls Chapter 331 and had served as the chapter chaplain for ten years. He also served as the Wisconsin VVA State Chaplain.

Raymond A. Mailloux, Jr., died May 8 in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, of heart failure. He was born September 14, 1948. He was vice president of Vietnam Veterans of America-James Michael Ray Memorial Chapter 818.

Dickie Lee Mikessell died April 26 in Norton, Kansas. He was born November 18, 1939. Mikessell served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Salina Chapter 809.

Frederick J. Miller died November 6, 2003, in Cumberland, Maryland. He was born June 23, 1949. Miller served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Cumberland Chapter 172.

Ronald J. Minnear died December 18, 2003, in Merced, California. He was born September 15, 1950. Minnear served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1967-71, with a tour in Vietnam. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Merced Chapter 691.

Gerald Eugene Norris died March 11 in Merced, California. He was born July 15, 1935. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He retired from the Navy. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Merced Chapter 691.

Ted M. Osborne died recently in Davidson, North Carolina. He was born February 14, 1946. Osborne served in the U.S. Navy from 1966-69 during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Concord Chapter 909.

Lyle Pierce died January 24 in Ephrath, Washington, of a heart attack. He was born January 30, 1924. Pierce served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 2nd Rangers at Pointe-du-Hoc on D-Day. He was a life member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Moses Lake Chapter 686.

Mark E. Platt died December 28, 2003, in Pittsgrove, New Jersey, of metastasis adenocarcinoma and diabetes. He was born December 13, 1947. Platt served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Bayonne Chapter 151.

Charles Edgar Reese  died February 19 in Opelika, Alabama, of acute cardiac and respiratory failure from a ruptured thoracic aneurysm due to hypertension and Post- traumatic Stress Disorder. He was born January 27, 1948. Reese served in the U.S. Army from 1967-69 in Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Birmingham Chapter 418.

Bill R. Ross died November 6, 1995, in Merced, California. He was born October 20, 1938. Ross was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Merced Chapter 691.

Kenneth L. Saari died recently in Centerline, Michigan. Saari was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Mt. Clemens Chapter 154.

John Kendrick Savage died recently in Coolin, Idaho. He was born September 12, 1949. Savage served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War from 1968-73. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Panhandle Chapter 673.

Harold E. Simmons died June 11, 2003, in New Market, Alabama. Simmons was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Fayetteville Chapter 580.

Gladys Arlene (Duey) Steadman died April 20 in St. Joseph, Missouri. She was born August 7, 1918. Steadman was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-St. Joseph Chapter 638.

Frank Stewart died recently in Winnemucca, Nevada. He was born June 26, 1933. Stewart was a veteran of the Vietnam era. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Winnemucca Chapter 744.

Robert G. Taylor died recently in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. He was born June 12, 1944. Taylor was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Mt. Clemens Chapter 154. 

Thomas A. Tomczak died February 21, 2002, in Philadelphia of heart failure. He was born June 26, 1950. Tomczak served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Liberty Bell Chapter 266.

Roger D. Trickler died February 28 in Daleville, Alabama. He was born August 19, 1936. Trickler served in the U.S. Army for 27 years. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Bronze Stars, and the Air Medal of Valor with 17 subsequent awards of the Air Medal. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Daleville Chapter 373.

George Thomas Tucker died April 4 in Black Zion, Mississippi, of pancreatic cancer. He was born June 9, 1943, in Tupelo, Mississippi. Tucker served in the U.S. Army with two tours in Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America- Verona Chapter 842.

Larry Allen Walter died August 11, 2003, in Austin, Texas, as the result of a motorcycle accident. He was born December 29, 1948. Walter served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-La Grange Chapter 893.

George Robert Washburn died April 18 in Pleasantville, New York, of emphysema. He was born January 1, 1947. Washburn served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1968-69. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Pleasantville Chapter 49.

Allison F. Worley died March 15 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She was born September 12, 1931. Worley served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1965-69. She was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Kinder Chapter 215.

Phillip David Alcantar died May 2 in El Paso, Texas, of cirrhosis of the liver caused by hepatitis C. He was born October 20, 1946. Alcantar served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and received the Purple Heart. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-El Paso Chapter 574.

Joseph Lamar Arrington died May 18 in Chickamauga, Georgia, of cancer. He was born June 25, 1938. Arrington served 28 years in the U.S. Air Force. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Chattanooga Chapter 203.

William Lloyd Birch died May 20 in West Salem Township, Pennsylvania, of ischemic brain injury due to basilar aneurism surgery. He was born February 24, 1942. Birch served four years in the U.S. Navy and Marines, with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Erie Chapter 435.

Ronald P. Buczakowski died March 30 in Central Square, New York. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-East Syracuse Chapter 103.

Dale Burger died May 28 in Bel Air, Maryland, of a heart attack. Burger served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Bel Air Chapter 588

Wayne E. Clift died May 29 in Bethel, North Carolina. He was born October 3, 1933.  Clift retired from the U.S. Air Force and served during the Vietnam era. He was a life member and member of the Board of Directors of Vietnam Veterans of America-Greenville Chapter 272.

William A. Conklin died recently in Novato, California. He was born October 14, 1930. Conklin was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was an at-large life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-California.

Peter M. Conrad died May 29 in Elmsford, New York, of heart attack. He was born August 31, 1949. Conrad served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was involved in the Siege of Khe Sanh. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Pleasantville Chapter 49.

Philip N. Custeau died in 2003 in Gardner, Massachusetts, of cancer. He was born April 29, 1948. Custeau was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Gardner Chapter 294.

Roman Dybulak died recently in Bordentown, New Jersey. He was born on February 27, 1929. Dybulak served in the U.S. Army from 1963-69 with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Bordentown Chapter 899.

Howard M. Forvour, Sr., died recently in Moorestown, New Jersey. He was born April 22, 1925. He was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America- BordentownChapter 899.

Tom Hodgens died recently in Homasassa Springs, Florida. He was born August 16, 1936. Hodgens served in the U.S. Army from 1963-66 with service in Vietnam. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-West Palm Beach Chapter 25.

Dennis D. Jacobs died December 25, 2003, in Eaton, New York, as the result of a snowmobile accident. He was born July 4, 1946. Jacobs was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Morrisville Chapter 293.

David R. James died recently in Port Charlotte, Florida. He was born October 5, 1929. James served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years with service in Korea and Vietnam. He was an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Florida.

Tommie Lee James, Sr., died April 10 in Detroit. He was born November 20, 1932. James served in the U.S. Army for 21 years and retired at the rank of Master Sergeant. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Monroe Chapter 142.

Eugene L. Johnson died March 30 in Bartlett, Tennessee. He was born June 26, 1923. Johnson was a veteran of the Vietnam era. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Oakland Chapter 875.

Thomas A. Johnson died June 10 in Abingdon, Maryland. Johnson served in the U.S. Army for 31 years and was a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Bel Air Chapter 588.

James H. Kinnerson died June 9, 2003, in Massillon, Ohio, of lung cancer. Kinnerson was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Massillon Chapter 646.

Lester Lichter died September 13, 2003, in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Lichter was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America- Pleasantville Chapter 49.

Harry Edward Little died May 10 in Port Huron, Michigan. He was born June 27, 1949. Little served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Port Huron Chapter 284.

Raymond John McCarthy died April 12 in Colchester, Vermont, of heart failure. He was born on March 10, 1948. McCarthy served in the U.S. Army with the 518th Personnel Service Company at Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America- Essex Junction Chapter 829.

Eric G. Newberg, Jr., died recently in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. He was born July 6, 1919. He served in the U.S. Navy from June 9, 1941, to July 31, 1961. He was a Life Member of Vietnam Veterans of America-New Bedford Chapter 499.

Donald I. Noble, Jr., died recently in Hubbardsville, New York, of diabetes-related illness. He was born April 14, 1949. Noble was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Morrisville Chapter 293

Richard T. Oakes died February 18, 2002, in Minnetonka, Minnesota, of a heart attack. He was born on December 25, 1941. Oakes served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Hopkins Chapter 62.

Daniel W. Owens died June 19 in Childs, Maryland, of a heart attack. He was born December 6, 1948. Owens served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Vietnam War with two tours of duty. He received the Congressional Unit Citation and a Purple Heart. He was a charter member and chaplain of Vietnam Veterans of America-Bel Air Chapter 588 and transferred to Elkton VVA Chapter 722.

Francis Z. Palin, Jr., died May 20 in Lima, Ohio. He was born July 5, 1938. Palin served in the U.S. Navy in the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Lima Chapter 89.

Daniel Parker died May 7 in Iraq while on a convoy for a civilian contractor in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was born April 3, 1948. Parker served in the U.S. Army with two tours in Vietnam as an artillery officer. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America- Charleston, South Carolina, Chapter 780.

Anna L. Pess died June 16 in Limestone, Maine. Pess was the mother of Maine VVA State Council President John Wallace and was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Caribou Chapter 478.

James L. Riggs, Jr., died June 21 in Ogden, Utah, of cancer. He was born April 4, 1943. Riggs served in the U.S. Army, with a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1968-69. He was a charter member, life member, and first president of Vietnam Veterans of America- Beaumont Chapter 292 and served as VVA Region 7 Director.

Keith L. Riggs died December 3, 2003, in La Pine, Oregon, of natural causes. He was born February 8, 1943. Riggs served in the U.S. Army from 1970-76, with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-La Pine Chapter 821.

Michael D. Ross died recently in Detroit. Ross was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Dearborn Chapter 267.

Daniel P. Rousselle died June 14 in Windsor, Connecticut, due to an allergic inflammation of the throat. He was born November 19, 1946. Rousselle served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a life member and president of Vietnam Veterans of America-Hartford Chapter 120. He was also past president of the Connecticut State Council.

John F. Seidl died in June in Kewaunee, Wisconsin, of pancreatic cancer. Seidl was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Cincinnati Chapter 10.

Isidor Siegel died recently in Lake Worth, Florida. Siegal was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-West Palm Beach Chapter 25.

Peter J. Simoneau died October 26, 2003, in La Pine, Oregon, of natural causes. He was born September 27, 1946. Simoneau served in the U.S. Army from 1966-68, with a tour in Vietnam. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-La Pine Chapter 821.

Wayne Adrian Sturgeon died April 19 in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He was born May 16, 1941. Sturgeon served in the U.S. Marine Corps with two tours in Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Jacksonville Chapter 654.

Kenneth William Traister died April 21 in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He was born April 18, 1936. Traister served in the U.S. Marine Corps, with service in Vietnam. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Jacksonville Chapter 654.

Frederick Vivenzio died May 3 in Auburn, New York, of bladder cancer. He was born November 3, 1937. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an at-large life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-New York.

Mark W. Weachter died June 21 in Philadelphia. He was born November 14, 1949. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member and current president of Vietnam Veterans of America-Freedom Chapter 430.

J.D. Weathers died in May 2001 in Rogersville, Alabama. He was born January 19, 1936. He was a veteran of Vietnam War and was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Athens Chapter 511.

Leroy Thomas Wehler died May 14 in St. Marys, Pennsylvania, of cancer. He was born October 7, 1946. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Bucktail Chapter 720.

Charles Lee West died October 16, 2003, in Monroe, Michigan. He was born October 16, 1949. West served in the U.S. Army from 1967-69, with a tour in Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Monroe Chapter 142.

Edward Zapata died April 28 in Lawton, Oklahoma, of ventricular fibrillation due to ischemic heart disease. He was born November 21, 1928. He served in the U.S. Army, with a tour in Vietnam from 1968-69. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Lawton Chapter 751.

   

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