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From The National Chaplain

BY REV. PHIL SALOIS, M.S.

Gregory Leo Aguilar, 58, died August 24, 2006, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, from a diabetes-related heart attack. He served in the U.S. Army from 1967-74 with a tour of duty in Vietnam with the 4th Infantry Division from 1967-68 and another with the 25th Infantry Division from January-December 1971. Aguilar was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Saint Paul Chapter 320.

Donald A. Alexander, 65, died May 7, 2006, in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee, of colon cancer and Barretts esophogitis. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour in Vietnam from 1966-67. Alexander was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Soddy-Daisy Chapter 942.

Guadalupe “Chappo” Alvarado, 58, died June 5, 2006, in Flatonio, Texas. The cause of death was stomach cancer. Alvarado served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969 assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Schulenburg Chapter 870.

Daniel Kinsley Amigone, 62, died October 7, 2006, while on vacation in Aruba. A resident of Fall River, Massachusetts, he died of a massive heart attack. Amigone served in the U.S. Army from 1966-69 and was assigned to the 199th Light Infantry Brigade in Vietnam. During his tour, he received a Purple Heart, Silver Star, and Bronze Star. He had volunteered for Vietnam and served two tours of duty. He was severely wounded from injuries incurred while on patrol when a man in front of him stepped on a buried artillery round. He woke up in a helicopter with a priest administering his last rites. He had lost part of his jawbone, all of his lower teeth, part of his gums, and was full of shrapnel. Amigone spent the next six months in a military hospital in Germany recovering from his injuries. Upon being honorably discharged, he became active in the antiwar movement and spoke at several campus rallies, describing what he had seen while in combat. He also participated in a war tribunal in Stockholm organized by Jean Paul Sartre and others. Upon his return, he founded one of the first Vietnam Veterans Against the War organizations in Syracuse, New York; he became a national VVAW leader. Throughout the remainder of his life, he suffered from epileptic seizures brought on by the trauma of his injuries. As part of the Winter Soldier Project, he rendered testimony regarding maltreatment of Vietnamese nationals. Amigone practiced social work and eventually became a hospital administrator at Buffalo General Hospital; he was instrumental in setting up the hospital’s Community Mental Health Care Center. He moved to Fall River, Massachusetts, to become the Superintendent of Corrigan Mental Health Center, which he led for 15 years. In addition, Amigone served as the Area Director of Mental Health for the southeastern region of the state. For the last few years before his retirement, he also was an administrator at the Brockton Multi-Service Center. For the last 25 years, Amigone was a consultant for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). In this role, he would travel the world evaluating hospitals. Amigone retired from the state several years ago and had been consulting with JCAHO until the time of his death. He was a life member and charter member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Westport Chapter 207.

Robert Anderson, 60, died recently in Graterford, Pennsylvania. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Anderson was an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Pennsylvania.

David Arnett, 64, died August 27, 2006, in Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin, of renal failure. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Minocqua Chapter 256.

Richard R. Barnhardt, 58, died recently in Eau Clair, Wisconsin. Barnhardt was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Eau Claire Chapter 5.

Dennis Eugene Barr, 59, was killed in an automobile accident on July 13, 2006, in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 25 years from 1966-91, retiring at the rank of Senior Master Sergeant (E-8). He served a tour of duty in the Vietnam War. Barr was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Battle Creek (Michigan) Chapter 313.

John E. Bellwoar, 54, died June 19, 2002, in Rio Grande, New Jersey. The cause of death was aspiration of gastric content due to acute and chronic alcoholism. He also had Agent Orange-related diabetes mellitis-type II. Bellwoar served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-North Cape May Chapter 602.

Paul T. Bobenreith, Sr., 56, died July 22, 2006, in Saint Marys, Pennsylvania, from cancer. He served in the U.S. Army with two tours of duty in Vietnam from 1969-70 and 1971-72. Bobenreith was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Saint Marys Chapter 948.

William Buonopane died September 9, 2005, in Bellmawr, New Jersey. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Somers Point Chapter 228.

Christopher J. Busse, 58, died December 10, 2005, in Plymouth, Michigan. The cause of death was cancer. Busse served in the U.S. Army with a tour in Vietnam from 1968-69. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Plymouth Chapter 528.

Thomas Butterfield, 59, died June 7, 2006, in Plymouth, Michigan, from multiple sclerosis. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour in Vietnam from October 1968 to January 1970. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Plymouth Chapter 528.

James E. Carlson, 63, died in the fall of 2005 in North Oxford, Massachusetts. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Auburn Chapter 554.

Michael R. Castner died June 21, 2006, in Dousman, Wisconsin. He was a life member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Oconomowoc Chapter 635.

Frank A. Ciechanowski, 59, died May 18, 2006, in Milwaukee from cancer. He served in the U.S. Army from 1965-67, including a tour of duty in Vietnam as coordinator of radio communications for the 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Milwaukee Chapter 324.

Joseph Ciullo died June 18, 2006, in Sweet Home, Oregon, from Agent Orange-related diabetes type II and kidney failure. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island, on February 17, 1937. He served in the U.S. Air Force and served TDY in Vietnam while stationed in Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines from 1968-69. Ciullo also was stationed at Udorn Air Base in Thailand from August 1970-71. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Albany Chapter 585.

Leon R. Cochenour, Jr., 56, died July 12, 2006, in Topeka, Kansas. The cause of death was hepatitis C and liver failure. He served in the U.S. Army as a medic from September 1969 to May 1975 with the 47th Field Hospital of the 1st Medical Group.
He served in Vietnam and was awarded the Combat Medical Badge and the Bronze Star Medal. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Tecumseh Chapter 604.

Terry Dale Coe, 55, died September 4, 2006, at his home in Richmond, Indiana, after a long bout with cancer. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam with the First Marine Division. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Richmond Chapter 777.

David L. Davis, 65, died recently in Jackson, Michigan. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Jackson Chapter 371.

Darrell Hubbard Dake, 75, died August 28, 2006, in Burleson, Texas, from brain cancer. He served in the U.S. Air Force with tours of duty in the Korean War and the Vietnam War and retired after 20 years. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Fort Worth Chapter 330.

John Michael DeFrangesco, 50, died March 2, 2001, in North Cape May, New Jersey, from lung cancer. He served in the U.S. Army from March 1970-73, with a tour of duty in Germany with Company D, 43rd Engineer Battalion during the Vietnam era. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-North Cape May Chapter 602.

Richard C. Delsi, 77, died recently in Holland, Michigan. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Santa Rosa (California) Chapter 223.

Jeptha Weldon Dennis, Jr., 75, died January 28, 2006, in Warner Robins, Georgia. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 30 years and retired at the rank of Colonel (O-6) with service in Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Warner Robins Chapter 902.

Thomas E. Duchow, 58, died August 16, 2006, at Harmony West of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, from brain cancer. Duchow served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Manitowoc Chapter 731.

Gregory Dunn, 55, died recently in McLeansville, North Carolina. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Brookings (Oregon) Chapter 757.

Elwin H. Emery, 62, died November 7, 2005, in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, from heart failure. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour in Vietnam from 1967-68. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Phoenixville Chapter 436.

Anna M. Finley, 81, died July 29, 2006, at the Laurels of Coldwater, Michigan. She was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Coldwater Chapter 730.

Jose M. Forte, 61, died May 16, 2006, in Miami, Florida, from Agent Orange- related cancer. Born in Havana, Cuba, he served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1968-69 with Company D, 4th Battalion, 12th Infantry, 199th Light Infantry Brigade. Forte was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Miami Chapter 620.

Jon-Lee Freeman died recently in Minnesota. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Anoka Chapter 470.

Joe Manuel Galvan, 62, died Mary 17, 2006, in Victoria, Texas, from a heart attack. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Victoria Chapter 898 and was in his second term as chapter secretary.

Michael J. Gott, 75, died recently in Kailua, Hawaii. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Gott was an at-large life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Hawaii.

Jimmie W. Griffin, 59, died August 26, 2006, in Schulenburg, Texas, from a heart attack. He served in the U.S. Air Force from January 1966 for three years and ten months as a jet aircraft mechanic with duty stations in Hamilton AFB, California; Montague-Yreka Rohrer Field at Yreka, California; and nearly 15 months in Tripoli, Libya. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Schulenburg Chapter 870.

Dominick Guiglano, 57, died April 6, 2005, in New York, from acute congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, and myocardial infarction. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1960-69 and did a tour in Vietnam aboard the USS Constellation CVA64. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Farmingville Chapter 11.

Sandra Jeanne Hackworth, 64, died September 6, 2006, in Hixson, Tennessee, from a pulmonary embolism. She was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Chattanooga Chapter 203.

Patrick S. Hamlin, 56, died January 3, 2006, in Lincoln, Nebraska, from Agent Orange-related cancer. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Lincoln Chapter 727.

John V. Hannan, 52, was killed in a motor vehicle accident near Clarksburg, West Virginia, on September 1, 2006. He was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Bennington Chapter 601.

Alvin Hansen, 71, died June 4, 2003, in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Oconomowoc Chapter 635.

Jerome S. Harding, 58, died June 4, 2006, in Jupiter, Florida, from cancer. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Harding was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Palm Beach Gardens Chapter 680.

Cecil D. Harper, 57, died September 1, 2006, in Tyler, Texas. He served in the U.S. Navy from June 1962 to May 1979 with an in-country tour in Vietnam. He retired as a naval commander. He was a member and assistant chaplain to Vietnam Veterans of America-Tyler Chapter 932.

Harold Dwight Harrah, 57, died in an automobile collision September 12, 2006, in Saint Petersburg, Florida. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Harrah was a member, past treasurer, and budget committee chairman of Vietnam Veterans of America-Indian Rocks Beach Chapter 522.

David W. Hellen, 55, died November 1, 2006, in Saint Petersburg, Florida, from a massive heart attack. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Hellen was a life member and past president of Vietnam Veterans of America-Pasadena (California) Chapter 446 and Vietnam Veterans of America-St. Petersburg Chapter 943.

Bruce C. “Red” Henderson, 56, died October 27, 2006, at his home in North Cape May, New Jersey, from liver cancer. He served in the U.S. Navy with two combat tours in Vietnam as a gunner of riverboats from 1969-73. He was a motorcycle enthusiast. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-North Cape May Chapter 602.

Robert James Hendrix, 55, died January 12, 2006, in Topeka. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps with a tour of duty in Vietnam. Hendrix was an active life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Tecumseh Chapter 604.

Richard W. Hider, 67, died recently in Orchard Park, New York. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Lewiston Chapter 681.

Frederick A. Hogan, 56, died September 28, 2006, in Mattydale, New York, from respiratory failure, pneumonia and lung metastases, and squamous cell larynx cancer. He served in the U.S. Navy with three tours of duty in Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Syracuse Chapter 103.

William Clyde Hopkins, 71, died July 24, 2005, in Texarkana, Arkansas, from renal cell carcinoma. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-71 during the Korean and Vietnam Wars and retired after 20 years. Hopkins was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Texarkana Chapter 278.

Douglas Allen Hunter, 66, died October 6, 2006, in Ottumwa, Iowa, from cancer. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1959-70 and retired with 20 years’ service. He served a tour of duty in Vietnam. Hunter was a member and past vice-president of Vietnam Veterans of America-Ottumwa Chapter 667.

Michael W. Jackson, 58, died April 4, 2006, in Texarkana, Texas, from a clot to the heart. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Texarkana Chapter 278. He was the chapter chaplain and member of the board of directors.

Jim Jolliffe died in 2004, in North Platte, Nebraska. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Oconomowoc Chapter 635.

James Edward Kay, 59, died September 9, 2006, at home in Canton, North Carolina. He served in the United States Navy with service in the Vietnam War. Kay was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Clyde Chapter 980.

Clayton Edward Keeling, Jr., 56, died March 13, 2006, in Strongsville, Ohio. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps with service in Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Lakewood Chapter 249.

Thomas Joseph Kelly, 63, died December 11, 2005, in Clarksville, Tennessee, from cancer. He served in the U.S. Army with two tours in Vietnam and retired at the rank of Sergeant First Class. Kelly was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Clarksville Chapter 396.

Galen Kittleson, 81, died May 4, 2006, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, from cancer. He entered the U.S. Army during World War II and was airborne and served in the South Pacific. He helped free prisoners from the Bataan Death March from the Cabanatuan Prison. He retired at the rank of Command Sergeant Major (E-9). He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Lake Mills Chapter 790.

Max Victor Koenig, 53, died October 5, 2006, in Nevada, Missouri. He served in the U.S. Army and served in Germany during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Nevada Chapter 918.

Larce Kyzar, 55, died August 30, 2006, in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana. Kyzar was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Baton Rouge Chapter 488.

Milton Rosco Lawson, 63, died October 18, 2006, in Kinston, North Carolina. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. Lawson was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Kinston Chapter 892.

Dennis R. Leary, 56, died September 26, 2005, in Millbury, Massachusetts. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Leary was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Auburn Chapter 554.

William Gary Lee, Sr., 73, died July 21, 2006, in Cumberland, Maryland. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years with three tours in Vietnam.

Dennis S. Lepka, Sr., 56, died March 13, 2006, in Morgantown, West Virginia. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Lepka was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Morgantown Chapter 306.

Johnny Long, 59, died August 19, 2006, in Clearwater, Florida, from a heart attack. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam in 1967. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Indian Rocks Beach Chapter 522.

Dennis Wayne Lowry, 58, died August 5, 2006, in Livonia, Michigan, of complications from the removal of a brain tumor. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam from May 1969 to April 1970. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Plymouth Chapter 528.

John A. Macik, 61, died May 2, 2005, in Plymouth, Michigan. He served in the U.S. Army from April 1962 to September 1964 with service in the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Plymouth Chapter 528.

James Leroy Mankins, 62, died August 2, 2006, in Newton, Wisconsin. He served in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne Division. Mankins was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Manitowoc Chapter 731.

Raymond L. Marcil, Jr., 63, died October 2, 2006, in Chicopee, Massachusetts. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis and also in the Vietnam War aboard the USS Saratoga. He attained the rank of Boiler Technician Petty Officer 3rd Class. Marcil was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Springfield Chapter 111.

Charles F. McNemar, 55, was killed in a motor vehicle accident in Canton, Ohio, on October 14, 2006. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Sharon Lane (Canton) Memorial Chapter 199.

William B. Meytrotte, 62, died recently in Pennington, New Jersey. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps with a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1967-68. Meytrotte was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Flemington Chapter 452.

Herbert F. Miller, Jr., 58, died July 13, 2006, in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America - New Bedford Chapter 499.

Kenneth L. Mills, 58, died August 14, 2006, in Great Bend, Kansas. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Hays Chapter 939.

Norman B. Morsbach died recently in Flemington, New Jersey. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Morsbach was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Flemington Chapter 452.

Gary E. Myers, 52, died February
8, 2006, in Porterville, California, from Creutzfeldt Jakob disease and cardiopulmonary arrest. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. Myers was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Exeter Chapter 441.

Robert E. Norris, 73, died April 28, 2006, in Clarksville, Tennessee, from cancer. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour in Vietnam in an Airborne Division. He served in Vietnam from March 1967-70 at the Dong Ha Army Base. He was also on the ground in Indochina when the French pulled out. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Clarksville Chapter 396.

Michael Joseph Novosel died April 2 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., at the age of 83. He served in the U.S. Army as an aviator. He was a veteran pilot of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam and retired at the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4. Novosel was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroic action in October 1969: with total disregard for his own safety, he recovered 29 men pinned down by a large enemy force, completing 15 hazardous extractions. On the last flight, Novosel was wounded and momentarily lost control of his aircraft, but he recovered and flew to safety. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Daleville Chapter 373.

Richard T. Nuske, 69, died June 10 Shawano, Wisconsin. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1968-73 with in-country service in Vietnam. Nuske was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Shawano Chapter 206.

David A. Nyberg died from a heart attack May 24 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, at the age of 53. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Nyberg was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Roseville Chapter 320.

Michael Stewart O’Neill, Jr., 59, died September 21, 2006, in Camillus, New York, from respiratory failure and metastatic kidney cancer, which he fought for seven years. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam. O’Neill was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Syracuse Chapter 103.

Arthur S. “C Bear” Ott , 61, died May 15, 2006, at home in Mohrsville, Pennsylvania, of natural causes. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Ott was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Reading Chapter 131.

Dennis Marin Perry died April 10 in Santa Rosa, California, at the age of 59. He died of complications from Agent Orange-related diabetes mellitis. He was born on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on January 7, 1947. He served in the U.S. Army, with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Santa Rosa Chapter 223.

Bob Potocki, 57, died recently in Enola, Pennsylvania. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Mount Clemens (Michigan) Chapter 154.

Daniel R. Plumadore, 54, died August 2, 2005, in Springfield, Massachusetts. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division where he was awarded the Bronze Star. Plumadore was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Springfield Chapter 866.

Elbert W. Price died July 7 in Lawton, Oklahoma, at the age of 61. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Price was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Lawton Chapter 751.

Adrian Paul Pruitt, 56, died in Memphis of heart failure. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War with a tour of duty from 1968-69. He also served in the Mississippi Army National Guard with the 155th in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Pruitt was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Verona Chapter 842.

Michael J. Quinn died April 18 in San Francisco. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America-California.

Dean Edwin Reynolds, 68, died July 29, 2006, in Grand Prairie, Texas. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 12 years with service in the Vietnam War. He was the Director of “Our House” Drug Crisis Intervention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter 137 and held the office of president for many years. He was also the VVA Service Representative Officer for the Dallas VA Medical Center.

Christine Rhea died recently in Clinton Corner, New York. She was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Pleasantville Chapter 49.

Russell A. Ridgewell died in 2004 in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. He served in
the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Ridgewell was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Oconomowoc Chapter 635.

Basilio M. Rivera, Jr., 52, died August 7, 2005, in Plymouth, Michigan. He served in the U.S. Air Force stationed in Taiwan during the Vietnam War. Rivera was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Plymouth Chapter 538. He was past chapter president and color guard commander and served as chapter chaplain at the time of his death.

Glenn O. Roller, 76, died July 13, 2006, in Saint Marys, Ohio. He served in the U.S. Army for three years. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Cumberland (Maryland) Chapter 172.

Roberto Montoya Sanchez died of cancer March 1 in Roswell, New Mexico, at the age of 65. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He lived through the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley, November 14-17, 1965. He was
in the 1st Battalion Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, Bravo Company, serving under Col. Hal Moore. Sanchez was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Roswell Chapter 968.

Sam Sanders, 65, died July 14, 2006, in Salina, Oklahoma. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Salina Chapter 877.

John Santos, 73, died September 7, 2006, in Pocatello, Idaho. Santos was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of Pocatello Chapter 901.

Kelly Dean Scarce, 58, died August 24, 2006, in Marietta, Oklahoma. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Pauls Valley Chapter 846.

Richard Thomas Schaffer, 60, died October 5, 2006, in Jamestown, New York, from cancer. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from September 1966 until his discharge in July 1969 as an Air Defense Radar Repairman. Schaffer was a long-time member of the National Conference of Viet Nam Veteran Ministers. He also was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Jamestown Chapter 865.

John W. Schmucker died June 4, 2005, in Yountville, California, at the age of 81. The cause of death was heart failure. He served in the U.S. Navy with service in the Vietnam War. Schmucker was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Yountville Chapter 702.

Dietmar Schneider, 58, died February 14, 2006, at his home in Beloit, Wisconsin, from a stroke due to a brain tumor attributed to Agent Orange. He served in the U.S. Army from January 1968 to October 1970 with a tour of duty in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division. He attained the rank of Sergeant (E-5). Schneider was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Janesville Chapter 236.

Robert L. Schrems, 55, died September 30, 2006, in East Aurora, New York. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Schrems was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Buffalo Chapter 77.

Wilfred H. Seetoo died recently in Glendora, California. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Pasadena Chapter 446.

Richard Wayne Sellers, Sr., 59, died August 10, 2006, at his home in Cumberland, Maryland, from metabolic encephalopathy, respiratory failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He served in the U.S. Army from December 1966-69 with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Cumberland Chapter 172.

Robert E. Seredy died July 26 in Cleveland at the age of 65. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Parma Chapter 15.

John Hoffman Shimer, 60, died October 26, 2005, in Bedford, Pennsylvania, from exsanguinations due to a rupture of the artery on the left side of the head. He had a history of cancer of the left ear. Shimer served in the U.S. Air Force from 1968-73 and served in Vietnam for 24 months and left the service at the rank of Captain. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Cumberland Chapter 172.

Paul T. Shrum was murdered June 15 in Pikeville, Maryland, at the age of 62. He served in the Maryland Army National Guard during the Vietnam era and was called up for riot control after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. He
was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Baltimore Chapter 451.

Stan Sirmans died recently in Pensacola, Florida. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Sirmans was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Arlington Chapter 227.

Stephen D. Skidmore, 56, died May 28, 2005, in Palm Bay, Florida, from cancer. He served in the U.S. Air Force with service in Vietnam. Skidmore was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-New Bedford Chapter 499.

Gerald T. Slabosz died recently in Bridgeview, Illinois, at the age of 58. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Chicago Chapter 209.

Thomas Michael Slazas, 59, died May 4 in Eastpointe, Michigan. He died of esophageal cancer, massive upper GI bleeding, and multi-system organ failure. Slazas served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Roseville Chapter 154.

Larry K. Smith, 60, died March 18 in Waterford, Michigan, of Agent Orange- related diabetes and congestive heart failure. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1966-68 as an infantryman. Smith was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Port Huron Chapter 284.

Mikel G. Stegall died from heart failure January 23 in Borger, Texas, at the age of 60. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Stegall was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Stinnett Chapter 404.

Michael A. Stipp, 53, died March 15, 2005, in Wichita. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Clearwater Chapter 934.

Wayne Stockinger died recently in Anniston, Alabama. He was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Anniston Chapter 502.

James Lenoir Stuart died May 7 at his home in Hixson, Tennessee, at the age of 60. The cause of death was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1968-69. Stuart was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Soddy-Daisy Chapter 942.

Dolores A. Swoboda, 80, died April 15 in Baltimore. She was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Baltimore Chapter 451.

James H. Taylor died April 20 in Caldwell, Idaho, at the age of 64. Taylor was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America-New Mexico.

John I. Taylor, Sr., 64, died July 15, 2006, at his home in Topeka, Kansas, from Agent Orange-related cancer and PTSD. He served in the U.S. Army with two tours of duty in Vietnam and other tours in Korea, Japan, and Okinawa. He retired from the Army after a long career. Taylor was also a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Tecumseh Chapter 604.

Louis S. Taylor died July 3 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, at the age of 63. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam from November 1974 to July 1975. Taylor was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Virginia Beach Chapter 48.

Wayne C. Taylor died recently in Redondo Beach, California. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Redondo Beach Chapter 53.

Richard Louis Thelander, 72, died August 30, 2006, in Joplin, Missouri. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, which included a tour of duty in Vietnam. Thelander was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Nevada Chapter 918.

Robert W. Turnquist, Jr., 54, died August 4 in Pittsburgh from liver disease. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. Turnquist was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-James Michael Ray Memorial (Albion) Chapter 818.

Russell William Wagoner, 62, died June 23, 2006, in Fort Ashby, West Virginia. He served in the U.S. Army stationed in Europe during the Vietnam era. Wagoner was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Cumberland Chapter 172.

John W. Warner died in March 2006 in Maple Valley, Washington, at the age of 68. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and was an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Washington.

Richard C. Wiles died January 8 in Greenfield, Massachusetts, at the age of 61. He served in the U.S. Army from June 1965 to June 1967 with a tour of duty in Vietnam. Wiles was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Greenfield Post 232.

Howard Williams died April 26 in Salina, Kansas, at the age of 69. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Salina Chapter 809.

Samuel M. Woodson died December 21 in Kansas City, Missouri, at the age of 57. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Kansas City Chapter 17.

William Douglas Workman, 63, died December 27, 2005, in Topeka, Kansas, from cancer. He served in the U.S. Army and later in the U.S. Navy, undergoing two tours of duty in Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Tecumseh Chapter 604.

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