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BY REV. PHIL SALOIS, M.S.

Alejandro Cruz Adame, 59, died December 23, 2007, in Kerrville, Texas, of Agent Orange-related diabetes mellitus type II. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a permanently hospitalized veteran of Vietnam Veterans of America-Kerrville Chapter 863.

Paula A. Allen, 65, died January 10 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Idaho Falls Chapter 972.

Thomas J. Anderson, Sr., 69, died January 27 in Conway, South Carolina, from the lung disease, COPD. He served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War and retired in 1976. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Little River Chapter 925.

Laurence A. Armstrong, 79, died November 26, 2007, in Lompoc, California, from pneumonia and cardiopulmonary arrest. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America-California.

Frank A. Austin, 60, died January 24 in St. Albans, Vermont, of colon cancer. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-St. Albans Chapter 753.

George Ellis Barker, 63, died January 13 in Dunlap, Tennessee, of brain cancer and a blood clot to the lung. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from August 1965-66 and also saw service in Desert Storm in 1991. He was a member of Vietnam Veteran of America-Chattanooga Chapter 203.

Thomas J. Battaglia, Sr., 58, died in Bayonne, New Jersey. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Bayonne Chapter 151.

Lee W. Beiers died in Springfield, Ohio. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Ohio.

Brad Bradbury, 70, died November 22, 2007, in Redondo Beach, California, of congestive heart failure. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War from 1966-67. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Redondo Beach Chapter 53.

William Lee Brown, 61, died January 2 in Lake City, Florida. He served in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Tallahassee Chapter 96.

John D. Carmeli, 76, died January 6 in Texarkana, Texas, of lung cancer. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Texarkana Chapter 278.

Les W. Celler, 59, died December 29, 2007, in Chicago. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Chicago Chapter 242.

Truman Burton Christopher, 61, died November 27, 2007, in Hixson, Tennessee, of lung cancer. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force with a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1966-67. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Chattanooga Chapter 203.

James Vinton Craven, 76, died September 26, 2006, in Dodge, North Dakota, of sepsis syndrome, bowel ischemie, renal failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. He served in the U.S. Army from November 1951 to October 1953. He was a life member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Mayville Chapter 374.

Glenn L. Crawford, 59, died December 29, 2007, in Carlsbad, New Mexico, from a G.I. hemorrhage and a massive heart attack. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War with the 8th RR Field Station in Phu Bai, from 1969-70. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Carlsbad Chapter 998.

Geraldine S. Crivello, 73, died January 19 in Union Grove, Wisconsin. She was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Milwaukee Chapter 324.

Howard Crow Flies High, 64, died October 14, 2007, in New Town, North Dakota, of squamous cell cancer of lungs and larynx. He served in the U.S. Army, from 1965-67, with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Mandan Chapter 487.

Edwin C. Davis, 58, died November 1, 2007, in Bennington, Vermont. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a permanently hospitalized veteran member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Bennington Chapter 601.

Stephen M. Deaver, 63, died December 21, 2007, in Richmond, Indiana, of heart disease. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Richmond Chapter 777.

James J. Donelan died October 6, 2007, in Roselle, New Jersey. He served in the U.S. Army for ten years and retired at the rank of Captain. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Westfield Chapter 688.

Ronald M. Dove, 64, died January 20 in Palestine, Texas, of cancer. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War from 1966-69. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Palestine Chapter 991.

Paul R. Fisher, 55, died December 8, 2007, in Hooks, Texas, following a motor vehicle accident. He served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Texarkana Chapter 278.

Robert James Frake, 58, died January 10 in Middletown, New Jersey, from metastatic kidney cancer. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War from 1968-69. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Navy Achievement Medal with “V” device. In 1989, at the age of 40, he joined the Marine Reserves with the 6th Motor Transport Battalion in Red Bank, New Jersey, and deployed in 1991 to Operation Desert Storm. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Allenhurst Chapter 12.

Leon William Fuller, 73, died on January 2 in White Hall, Arkansas, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cancer of the bronchus and the lungs. He served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. During the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Pine Bluff Chapter 830.

George G. Gallagher, 63, died January 19, 2007, in Lafayette, New Jersey, of Agent Orange-related cancer. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Stanhope Chapter 327.

Walter H. Gekoski, 59, died December 15, 2007, in Kendall, New York, of cancer. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Rochester Chapter 20.

Ernest J. Glenn, Jr., 61, died April 23, 2007, in East Elmhurst, New York, of lung cancer. He served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Rego Park Chapter 32.

Douglas Earl Gonyea, Sr., 64, died March 27, 2007, in Burlington, Vermont, of liver failure. He served in the U.S. Army with tours of duty in Germany and Vietnam from 1964-67. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Essex Junction Chapter 829.

David Andrew Gray, 60, died January 17 in Mineral City, Ohio, from a heart attack. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam at the rank of Sergeant. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-New Philadelphia Chapter 857.

Jack J. Green, 63, died in Brooklyn. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Brooklyn Chapter 72.

Samuel G. Hannah, 86, died in November 2007 in Lincoln, Arkansas. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Texarkana Chapter 278.

David L. Helms, 63, died November 1, 2006, in Seabrook, Texas of metastatic esophageal carcinoma. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam from 1969-70. He was an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Texas.

Elroy Joseph Hill, 63, died December 5, 2007, in Stanley, North Dakota, of acute coronary syndrome and coronary artery disease and tobacco abuse. He served in the U.S. Army, from 1965-67, with an 18-month tour of duty in Vietnam with Company C, 69th Signal Battalion. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Mandan (North Dakota) Chapter 487.

Bobby Dale Holsapple, 75, died January 2 in Beaumont, Texas, of mycosis fungoides and T-cell lymphoma. He served in the U.S. Air Force with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He retired after 23 years of service. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Beaumont Chapter 292.

Joseph C. Hopkins died in Cridersville, Ohio. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Lima Chapter 89.

Edward C. Hoyler, 62, died recently in Grafton, West Virginia. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Fairmont Chapter 874.

Dennis Husband, 61, died in Bayonne, New Jersey. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Bayonne Chapter 151.

Richard L. Jones, 62, died in Monmouth Junction, New Jersey. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America-New Jersey.

Michael A. Kalla, 67, died January 14 in Hinesville, Georgia, of a stroke. He served in the U.S. Army from 1960-81, attaining the rank of Major. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam and was awarded the Silver Star, three Bronze Stars with “V” device, Meritorious Service Award, the Air Medal and other awards. He served as a Battalion S-2 for the 2nd/7th Cavalry in the 1st Cavalry Division and as Company Commander of B Company. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Hinesville Chapter 789.

Paul Edwin Keller, 57, died January 4 in Troy, Kansas, of cancer. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was also in the Army National Guard, retiring with the rank of First Sergeant. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Leavenworth Chapter 75.

William R. Kendle, 58, died December 16, 2005, in Molalla, Oregon, of complications from Agent Orange-related diabetes mellitus. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour in Vietnam with the 4th Infantry Division from 1968-69. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Salem Chapter 271.

Jeffrey Konigsberg, 60, died in Inglewood, California. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Redondo Beach Chapter 53.

Chester J. Konopka died in Bayonne, New Jersey. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Bayonne Chapter 151.

John J. Lawrence, 60, died January 1, in Willits, California, from hepatitis C and cirrhosis of the liver. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a rifleman in Vietnam. He was an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America-California.

Pat M. Legg, 64, died in Victor, Montana. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Hamilton Chapter 938.

Harold E. Lepri, Sr., died December 12, 2007, in Oxford, Connecticut. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Milford Chapter 251.

Raymond P. Lincourt, Sr., 60, died June 18, 2006, in Dansville, New York. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Rochester Chapter 20.

William G. Lyons, 76, died in Angeles City, Philippines. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Angeles City Chapter 887.

Willard Austin Malone, 71, died December 25, 2007, in Athens, Tennessee, of myocardial infarction, pulmonary edema, and organ system failure. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War from 1968-69 at Tan Son Nhut AFB and retired at the rank of Technical Sergeant after 20 years of service. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Chattanooga Chapter 203.

Michael Manni died in Columbia, South Carolina. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-River Falls Chapter 331.

Franklin Eugene Masters, 59, died January 14 at his home in Burlingame, Kansas, from sarcoidosis, hypertension, and depression. He served in the U.S. Army from 1968-69, with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Topeka Chapter 604.

Sidney Addison McDonald, 65, died January 23 in Jackson, Tennessee. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Jackson Chapter 995.

William Barry McHenry, 57, died December 27, 2007, in Bethesda, Maryland, of liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam in 1968. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Silver Spring Chapter 641.

James McWilliams, 72, died in Catharprin, Virginia. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Rixeyville Chapter 752.

Patrick F. Meara, 59, died August 9, 2007, in Ashton, Pennsylvania. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War based in Thailand. He was a life member and past president of Vietnam Veterans of America-Media Chapter 67.

John Frederick Miller, 67, died October 9, 2007, in Marquette, Michigan, of renal failure. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was a permanently hospitalized veteran with Vietnam Veterans of America-Negaunee Chapter 380.

Miguel Negron, 63, died February 12 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, of metastasized lung cancer. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era in Germany. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-San Juan Chapter 59.

 

 

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