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From The National Chaplain

BY REV. PHIL SALOIS, M.S.

John Albrechta died recently in Oxford, New York. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Owego Chapter 480.

Leslie L. Andrews, 60, committed suicide October 10, 2006, in Miami, Florida. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1967-68. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Miami Chapter 620.

Lyle Anibal, 59, died in 2004 in Flint, Michigan. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Flint Chapter 175.

Harold Wayne Bailey, 62, died February 17 in Lima, Ohio, from respiratory failure. He served in the U.S. Army with service in Vietnam as a Combat Medic. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Lima Chapter 89.

Gary Blankenship, 60, died April 5 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He served in the U.S. Army for 23 years with two tours of duty in Vietnam. Blankenship was awarded the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Mount Gay Chapter 308. He also served on the Chapter’s Board of Directors and was the West Virginia State Council President.

Donald Bollman, 69, died March 10 in Springfield, Illinois, from colon cancer with lung metastasis. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and achieved the rank of Specialist Five. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Springfield Chapter 534.

Michael J. Bornemann, 68, died April 25 in Orlando, Florida, from cancer. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and retired at the rank of Captain. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Orlando Chapter 761.

Dennis Ira Braunfeld, 61, died April 28 in Brooklyn, New York, from a heart attack. He served in the U.S. Army from March 1966 to February 1968 with a tour of duty in Vietnam with the 324 Signal Company, 36th Signal Battalion, 2nd Signal Group. Braunfeld was a member and secretary for the past 18 years of Vietnam Veterans of America-Brooklyn Chapter 72.

William R. Clanan, Jr., 78, died January 31 in Kirbyville, Texas, from sepsis syndrome. He served in the U.S. Army, Navy Seabees, and Air Force during World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Orange Chapter 348.

Billy Jack Coon, 71, died December 30, 2006, in Pikeville, Tennessee, of Agent Orange-related diabetes mellitus type II, kidney, heart, and respiratory failure. He served in the U.S. Army and the National Guards of Texas and Tennessee with more than 28 years of service. Coon was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Chattanooga Chapter 203.

George N. Coulter died February 14 in Wisconsin from cancer. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Adams Chapter 729.

Thomas L. Daner, 58, died February 24 at his home in Jamestown, New York. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a life member and charter member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Jamestown Chapter 865.

Joseph C. Davis, 62, died April 14 in Branchville, Alabama. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1969-70. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Tarrant Chapter 416 and was serving as 2nd Vice President of the Chapter.

Robert Dean Edwards, 59, died August 15, 2006, in Fairforest, South Carolina, of Agent Orange-related lung cancer. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and retired after 23 years. Edwards was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Greenville Chapter 523.

Ronald L. Evans, 61, died May 27, 2006, in Kannapolis, North Carolina, from a heart attack and renal failure. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1970-71 with the First Cavalry Division. Evans was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Jacksonville Chapter 909.

Eric E. Finkey, 64, died April 25 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Tulsa Chapter 216.

Fred D. Foster, 69, died January 26 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.

Raymond E. Guise, Jr., 69, died February 20 in Enumclaw, Washington. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Medford (Oregon) Chapter 795.

John L. Hart, 84, died February 15 in Lawton, Oklahoma. He served in the U.S Marine Corps as Second Lieutenant from 1942-45, participating in the invasion and occupation of Okinawa. He was recalled by the Army in 1948 and retired in 1966 at the rank of Major. Hart served as an infantry commander with the 24th Infantry Division in the Korean War and was involved in four major battles. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Lawton Chapter 751.

Philip A. Heil, 58, died January 30 at his residence in Wooster, Ohio, from leukemia. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War in the contiguous waters. Heil was a member and current Chapter President of Vietnam Veterans of America-Barry P. Caruso (Wooster) Chapter 255.

James Ted Holdeman, 70, died April 16 in Gillette, Wyoming. He served in the U.S. Army from 1959-62 having served in Germany, France, and Holland. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Gillette Chapter 99.
Arthur C. Huett, 83, died February 16 in Fort Madison, Iowa. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Fort Madison Chapter 947.

Francis H. Kelly, 80, died February 12 in Wakefield, Rhode Island, of Agent Orange-related chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He served in the U.S. Army as an officer during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam before retiring in 1987. Kelly was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Wakefield Chapter 325.

James T. Kirmse, 60, died February 2 in Tucson from cancer. He served in the U.S. Army and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, having served in the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Tucson Chapter 106.

Barto F. Kline, Sr., 59, died February 4 in Philadelphia. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Liberty Bell (Philadelphia) Chapter 266.Christopher R. Lewis, 65, died on March 6 in Houston of Agent Orange-related multiple sclerosis. He had suffered for 25 years and had been bedridden for the last 20 years. He served in the U.S. Seabees (Construction Battalion) in South Vietnam in 1968. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Bluffton (Indiana) Chapter 698.

Aldie Lingenfelter died May 1 in The Villages, Florida, from cancer and heart disease. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and retired after a long career. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Bluffton (Indiana) Chapter 698.

James Marbaker died recently in Oxford, New York. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Owego Chapter 480.

Gary Lee Merritt, 61, died March 23 at his home in Fort Ashby, West Virginia. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War aboard the USS Oklahoma with the Brown Water Navy Seals River Rats. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Cumberland (Maryland) Chapter 172.

Charles J. Moore, 66, died December 21, 2006, in Tucson from cancer. He served in the U.S. Air Force both on active duty and reserves, retiring after 40 years of service. He was a life member and past Vice President (March 2004-April 2006) of Vietnam Veterans of America-Tucson Chapter 106.

Martha French Reeder Oravitz, 82, died April 5 in Jacksonville, North Carolina, from congestive heart failure. She was a Gold Star Mother and member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Jacksonville Chapter 909.

Charles William O’Rourke, 62, died March 26 in Cumberland, Maryland. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America- Cumberland Chapter 172.

Everette Patterson died March 6 in Wisconsin. He served in the U.S. Army with the Military Police and Security and retired at the rank of Master Sergeant E-8. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Fort McCoy Chapter 462.

George T. Phillips, 63, died December 27, 2006, in his home in Dover, Ohio, from squamous cell carcinoma of the lung. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Phillips was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-New Philadelphia Chapter 857.

Larry Jared Pilkinton, 68, died February 13 in Redford, Michigan, from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and Agent Orange-related diabetes type II. He served in the U.S. Navy for 13 years. In 1964, he was selected for Project 122/Project SHAD, a program of top-secret biological and chemical warfare tests. He was injured in the line of duty but could not receive a medical discharge due to the top-secret nature of his work. He was an at-large life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Michigan.

Frederick K. Pressler, 61, died October 23, 2006, in Wooster, Ohio, of cardiac arrest. He served in the U.S. Air Force from September 1965 to July 1969 with service in the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Wooster Chapter 255.

Charles B. Pruett, 68, died September 8, 2005, in Mobile, Alabama. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Mobile Chapter 701.

Robert L. Redden, 60, died March 24 in Beaumont, Texas, from a heart attack. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Beaumont Chapter 292.

Edmundo G. Rodriguez, 75, died in El Paso, Texas. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-El Paso Chapter 574.

Aldo F. Rossi, Jr., 68, died May 25 in Smithfield, Rhode Island. He served in the U.S. Navy with service during the Vietnam War and retired after 20 years. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-James Michael Ray Memorial (Albion) Chapter 818.

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