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FROM The National Chaplain
Taps

BY REV. PHIL SALOIS, M.S.

Joseph Henry Banks III, 58, died August 20 in Newark, Ohio, from cancer. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Purple Heart. Banks was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Newark Chapter 55.

Cortlandt S. Beers, 59, died February 14 in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, from multiple sclerosis. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966-69 in West Berlin, Germany, with the Army Security Agency as a German linguist. Beers was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-London (Ohio) Chapter 746.

Nancy L. Blood, 55, died in Perrysburg, New York. She was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Jamestown Chapter 865.

Charles F. Brown, 73, died November 9, 2004, in Lake City, Florida, from Agent Orange-related bronchus cancer. While in the U.S. Army, he served in the Korean War and was one of the few survivors of Pork Chop Hill. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in Korea. Brown also served in the Vietnam War from 1965-66 and from February to April 1967 when he was medically evacuated for wounds sustained to his right arm and hand. He retired at the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was an at-large life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Tennessee.

William E. Buse, 63, died October 24 in Lucerne, California. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Lakeport Chapter 951.

Juan Manuel Chavez, 43, died July 11 in Harlingen, Texas. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Harlingen Chapter 856.

David B. Chiles, 60, died in Bel Air, Maryland. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an at-large life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Maryland.

David Donald Cline, 60, died September 15 in Jersey City, New Jersey. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1967-69, which earned him three Purple Hearts and one Bronze Star with “V” device for distinguishing himself in 1967 while serving as a machine gunner with Company D, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division in the vicinity of Bo Tuc. Cline was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-East Rutherford Chapter 800.

Adonis Larue Dawkins, 55, died October 4 in Buffalo, New York. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Bronze Star. He was a photojournalist for WGRZ-TV in Buffalo. He won many national awards for his photojournalism. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Tonawanda Chapter 77.

Robert Farkas, 71, died in Edwardsburg, Michigan. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Holland Chapter 73.

Kenneth William Green, Sr., 60, died August 14 in Palestine, Texas, from lung cancer. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam in 1968. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Palestine Chapter 991.

John R. Hasselback, 64, died August 9 in Brandon, Florida. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Tampa Chapter 787.

Albert Haywood, 70, died November 1. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a charter member and the first life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Clarksville Chapter 396.

Richard J. Hemingway, 61, died September 29 in Worcester, Massachusetts, from Agent Orange-related diabetes. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam with the 19th Engineer Battalion. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Auburn Chapter 554.

Gary Edward Holtz, 59, died September 14 in Ridgway, Pennsylvania, from Agent Orange-related diabetes type II. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-St. Marys Chapter 720.

Jon G. Hunt, 58, died October 17 in New York from cancer. He served in the U.S. Army with the 197th Infantry Brigade in the Vietnam War from 1969-71. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Newburgh Chapter 537.

Lawrence M. Jarvis, 59, committed suicide October 16 in Northville, Michigan. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps with a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1968-69. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Plymouth Chapter 528.

Charles E. Joeckel, Jr., 60, died October 17 in Naples, Florida. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, including a tour in Vietnam. During the 1968 Tet Offensive, he lost both legs above the knees. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, and the Navy Commendation Medal. Joeckel was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Annapolis Chapter 712.
Harold W. King, 75, died in Winter Springs, Florida. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an at-large life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Florida.

Maurice L. Kirkman, 75, died August 28 in Newark, Ohio. He served in the U.S. Army with twenty years of service in the Korean War and the Vietnam War, retiring at the rank of First Sergeant. Kirkman was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Newark Chapter 55. Charles Donald Kitchen, 57, died March 28 in Skippers, Virginia, from Agent Orange-related non-small cell lung cancer. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam from March 1970 to January 1971. Kitchen was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Emporia Chapter 627.

Robert A. Klawitter, 59, died October 14, 2005, in Germantown, Wisconsin. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and was an at-large life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Wisconsin.

David Luteran, 58, died October 27 in Port Byron, New York, from Agent Orange-related diabetes type II. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Lance Corporal, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Auburn Chapter 704.

Thomas J. Marino, Jr., 59, died November 6 in Philadelphia from liver cancer and hepatitis C. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and left at the rank of Sergeant. He was a member and past-president of Vietnam Veterans of America-Liberty Bell Chapter 266. He was also the committee chair for the Philadelphia Stand Down Program.

Fred D. Mattox died November 6 in Saugerties, New York. He served in the U.S. Army for 20 years and retired in 1981 with service during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Ulster County Chapter 60 and served as chapter secretary.

John McGowan, 56, died November 23 in Pittsburgh. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Beaver Falls Chapter 862.

Frederick Douglas McMullen, Sr., 60, accidentally drowned October 20 in Enid, Oklahoma. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and retired after a long career. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Enid Chapter 940.

James Vincent Merlini, 65, died October 14 in Montgomery, Alabama. He served in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft radio maintenance specialist in Okinawa during the Vietnam War He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Tuskegee Chapter 607.

Edwyn Robert Owen, 73, died October 5 in Topeka, Kansas, when his automobile caught on fire. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. An avid athlete, he was a member of the U.S. hockey team that won the gold medal during the 1960 Olympics. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Topeka Chapter 604.

Clifton Leon Perkins, 81, died May 19 in Wilmington, California, from heart failure. He served in the U.S. Navy for 30 years retiring at the rank of E-7. He served in three wars including the Vietnam War. Perkins was a Life Member of Vietnam Veterans of America Tidewater (Virginia Beach, Virginia) Chapter 48.

Thomas B. Petrie, 65, died March 15 in Pavilion, New York, as a result of an automobile accident. He served in the U.S. Army from 1964-66 with a tour of duty in the Vietnam. He was a member and past president of Vietnam Veterans of America LeRoy Chapter 193.

Peter J. Radesi, 60, died March 26 in Lee Center, New York, from thymic carcinoma. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam serving with HHB, 2nd Battery, 32nd Artillery from August 1971 to January 1972 and A Battery, 5th Battery, 42nd Artillery from January 1972 to March 1972. He was an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America-New York.

Peter Reibel, 62, died November 24 in Tonawanda, New York. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Tonawanda Chapter 77.

Thomas C. Richardson, 61, died July 23 in Lovelock, Nevada. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Lovelock Chapter 834.

Calvin L. Richmond, 61, died September 28, 2006, in Leesburg, Virginia. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Silver Spring (Maryland) Chapter 641.

Steven D. Ridenour, 53, died January 30 in Bettendorf, Iowa, from cancer. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. Ridenour was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Moline Chapter 669.

Charles Anthony Rozas, Jr. died March 14 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Santa Barbara (California) Chapter 218.

James Hillard Runyon, Jr., 61, died May 31 in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, from diabetes mellitus type II and congestive heart failure. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War for two tours of duty. Runyon was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Reading Chapter 131.

Gerard St. Hilaire, 62, died October 20 in Mattydale, New York, from cancer. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Liverpool Chapter 103.

Gregory Theodore Scheffer, 58, died April 3 in Kannapolis, North Carolina, from pancreatic cancer. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam from August 1968-69. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Concord Chapter 909.

Mary L. See, 100, died January 7 in Winchester, Kentucky, from vascular disease. She was a life member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America Chattanooga Chapter 203.

Robert R. Seredy, 65, died July 26, 2006, in Cleveland, Ohio. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Seredy was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Parma Chapter 15.

Mark Shaver died July 30 in Jackson, Michigan. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Jackson Chapter 371.

Paul R. Shown, 70, died June 7 in Topeka, Kansas, from complications from open heart surgery. He served in the U.S. Army with tours in Vietnam from 1965-66 and again from 1970-71. Shown was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Junction City Chapter 344.

Frederick Allen Singleton, 66, died May 19 in Cumberland, Maryland, from cancer. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Singleton was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Cumberland Chapter 172.

David L. Slawter, 59, died April 3 in Huttonsville, West Virginia, from cardiac disease. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour in Vietnam from 1968-69. Slawter was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Huttonsville Chapter 812.

Edward Sobocinski, 66, died July 12 in Hobart, Indiana, from a heart attack. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1966-67 with the 51st Infantry and also with the 1st Cavalry in Korea. Sobocinski was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Phoenix Chapter 432.

Leon P. Stevens died recently in Flint, Michigan. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Flint Chapter 175.

Melanie Bergen Stewart, 64, died April 22 in Richmond, Indiana, from cancer. She was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America Richmond Chapter 777.

Anthony Simmons, 60, died April 28 in Ohio from Agent Orange-related esophageal cancer. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-London Chapter 746.

James R. Snyder, 61, died October 7 in Newark, Ohio, from prostate cancer, low-grade non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and autoimmune liver disease/cholangitis. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Udapai, Thailand. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Newark Chapter 55.

Fred H. Steffens, 57, died September 18 in Falconer, New York, from kidney failure. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Frewsburg Chapter 978.

Frank William Stenta, 60, died October 17 in Kersey, Pennsylvania, from cancer. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam in 1967 and was awarded two Purple Hearts. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-St. Marys Chapter 720.

Gred L. Sutton died June 6 in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He was a member of the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America Lawton Chapter 751.

Rodney Moore Tabor, 62, died May 30 in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, from a heart attack. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Vietnam era. Tabor was a life member and vice-president of Vietnam Veterans of America Edgewater Chapter 916.

Duane Herbert Tefft, Sr., 59, died February 20 at his home in Putney, Vermont, from Agent Orange-related cancer of the lungs, bone, brain, and spleen. He was awarded the Silver Rose for illness received while serving in Vietnam. He served in the U.S. Army with two and a half tours of duty in Vietnam. Tefft was a Life Member of Vietnam Veterans of America Brattleboro Chapter 843.

John Thornton, 56, died July 26 in Nevada. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an at-large Member of Vietnam Veterans of America Nevada.

Elwyn Thronberry, Sr., 62, died June 19 at his home in Memphis from clostridium difficile. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1967-68 with the 4th Infantry, HQ Company A, 123rd Maintenance Battalion, 1st Armored Division. Thronberry was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Memphis Chapter 875.

Ronald Lee Waddell, 63, died March 20 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, from heart disease. He served in the U.S. Army and retired at the rank of Captain (O-3). He was a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War flying UH-1 Assault Helicopters and CH-47 Heavy Cargo Chinook Helicopters, clocking nearly 2,400 flight hours of which 956 were combat hours which included nearly 1500 combat missions. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Air Medal with “V” device with an additional 31 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Meritorious and Presidential Unit Citations, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, the Medal for Humanitarian Service from the Secretary of Defense for six air/sea rescues during Hurricane Eloise, and many other awards. Waddell was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America

Michael J. Novosel M.O.H., Capitol (Harrisburg) Chapter 542.
Daniel L. Wagendorf, 60, died February 3 in Williston, North Dakota, from a heart attack. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1964-65. Wagendorf was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Williston Chapter 147.

Edward A. Warmka, 59, died May 15, 2006, in Wells, Minnesota, from a heart attack. He served in the U.S. Marines in the Vietnam War. Warmka was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Dunnell Chapter 832.

Michael Thomas Walsh, 68, died February 8 in Norfolk, Virginia, from heart failure. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War as a chief journalist from 1969-73 and attained the rank of E-7. Walsh was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Tidewater (Virginia Beach) Chapter 48.

Joyce Marie Huntley Warren died November 9 in Augusta, Georgia, from lung and bone cancer and respiratory failure. She served in the U.S. Army from 1958-62. She was an at-large life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Georgia and served as the Georgia VVA State Council secretary.

Hugh E. Watson, 79, died April 12 in Altus, Oklahoma, from liver failure. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam era. Watson was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Lawton Chapter 751.

Robert James Webb, 78, died March 30 in San Diego, California, from prostate cancer and a stroke. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, retiring in 1976 after 24 years of service. His Vietnam Service was from 1966-67. Webb was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America San Diego Chapter 472.

Rickey Lee Wegman, 61, died March 8 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, from cancer. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966-68, attaining the rank of Corporal during the Vietnam War. Wegman was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Fort Dodge Chapter 861.

George R. Williams died July 3 in Campbell, California. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Williams was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America San Jose Chapter 201.

Richard Norris Wilson, 60, died April 30 in Detroit from hypertensive and arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War from 1966-70. Wilson was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Detroit Chapter 9.

Michael E. Wojciechowski died July 6 in Traverse City, Michigan. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Traverse City Chapter 68.

Clifford O. Wood died March 21 in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America Oklahoma.

Robert A. Young, 62, died January 14 in Maywood, New Jersey. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Young was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America East Rutherford Chapter 800.

William Eugene Zeigler, 72, died October 30 in Hinesville, Georgia, from Agent Orange-related diabetes mellitus type II. He served in the U.S. Army and retired after 21 years of service at the rank of Sergeant First Class. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Hinesville Chapter 789.

Richard D. Zieba, 62, died March 1 in Hobart, Indiana. The cause of death was liver disease, diabetes mellitus type II, and persistent infections from two shoulder surgeries. He served in the U.S. Army from 1965-67 during the Vietnam War. Zieba was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Portage Chapter 905.

 

 

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