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From The National Chaplain

By REV. PHIL SALOIS, M.S.

John Louis Amendola died January 6, 2005, in West Columbia, South Carolina, due to exposure to Agent Orange. He served in the U.S. Army from May 1968-70, with a tour of duty in Vietnam from October 1968-69. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Columbia Chapter 303

Roger Andal died June 13 in Brandon, South Dakota, at the age of 57. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Sioux Falls Chapter 959.

John A. Barilla died from cancer July 9 in Elmwood Park, Illinois. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. Barilla was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Des Plaines Chapter 311.

Lloyd D. Blackwell, 66, died May 20 at home of a heart attack in Oroville, California. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam from June 1966 to May 1968. Blackwell was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Corning Chapter 582.

Ted M. Blass died recently in Sac City, Iowa. He was born August 24, 1944. Blass was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Aurelia Chapter 888.

Paul T. Bobenrieth died July 22 in Saint Marys, Pennsylvania, at the age of 56. The cause of death was Agent Orange-related cancer. He served in the U.S. Army with two tours of duty in Vietnam from 1969-70. Bobenrieth was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Saint Marys Chapter 948.

Ray E. Bowman died recently in Fremont, Nebraska. Bowman was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Fremont Chapter 397.

Leonard Clifton Burns, Jr., 61, committed suicide July 21, 2005, in Waterloo, South Carolina. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Burns was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Barnwell Chapter 828.

Barry Buttars died recently in Lennon, Michigan. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Flint Chapter 175.
William George Cahill, 54, died June 21 in Hilton, New York, of ventricular fibrillation due to myocardial infarction. He served in the U.S. Army from 1970-73 with a tour of duty in Vietnam. Cahill was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Rochester Chapter 20.

David C. Clark died June 16 in Flat Rock, Michigan, at the age of 65. The cause of death was heart attack. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 26 months with a tour of duty in Vietnam. Clark was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Detroit Chapter 259.

Charles H. Cole, Jr., died January 31 in Kingston, New York, at the age of 62. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Kingston Chapter 60.

Richard S. Crockett, 61, died recently in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Crockett was an at-large life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Maryland.

Jack Crosiar died recently in Arroyo Grande, California, at the age of 56. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America-California.

John F. Daniele, 56, died recently in Crossville, Tennessee. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps with a tour of duty in Vietnam from March 1968-September 1969. Daniele was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Cookeville Chapter 741.

Rusch Elliot Long died from cancer June 2 in Colfax, California, at the age of 71. He joined the Army National Guard at the age of 15. He joined the U.S. Navy Construction Battalion (CBs) Reserve when he was 18. Long served active duty in the CBs from 1959-62 with MCB-11 on Okinawa, Midway, and Port Hueneme. He later transferred into the Air Force Reserve and was discharged as a Chief Master Sergeant in 1984. Long was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Grass Valley Chapter 535.

Dan Deoppel died recently in Grants Pass, Oregon. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Deoppel was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Grants Pass Chapter 867.
Richard Erwin Dibble died April 2 in Citrus Heights, California, at the age of 60. The cause of death was Widley meastitc renal cell carcinoma. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Dibble was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Sacramento Chapter 500.

William R. Fisher, 58, died July 29 in Montrose, Pennsylvania. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Fisher was an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Pennsylvania.

Thomas H. Fox, 62, died recently in Owings Mills, Maryland. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Fox was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Baltimore Chapter 451.

Raymond D. Fuehrer died recently in Fremont, Nebraska, at the age of 61. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America- Fremont Chapter 397.

Roy Gregory Hicks, Sr., 68, died April 25, 2006, in Easton, Maryland, of pancreatic liver and colon cancer. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1958-76 with two tours of duty in Vietnam, 1964-65 and 1967-68. He retired after 23 years of service at the rank of Master Sergeant. Hicks was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Easton Chapter 648.

Larry B. “Bear” Hughes, 58, was killed with his brother in an auto accident June 29 in Fullerton, California. He served in the U.S. Army with two tours of duty in Vietnam with E Company, 75th Rangers, 9th Infantry Division with the Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP). He was awarded three Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars, and three Purple Hearts. Hughes was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Orange Country Chapter 785.

Junior L. Jackson, 59, died July 7 in Yountville, California, at the age of 59. The cause of death was congestive heart failure. Jackson served in the U.S. Navy with service in the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Yountville Chapter 702.

David L. Johnson died March 6 in Port Washington, Wisconsin, at the age of 59. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Johnson was an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Wisconsin.

Albert G. Langhorne III died May 10 in West Chester, Pennsylvania, at the
age of 69. His death was Agent Orange-related. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Langhorne was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Phoenixville Chapter 436.

Martha W. Lee died June 4 of a heart attack in Memphis. She was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Memphis Chapter 875.

Neil E. Long, 65, died July 31 in Kansas City, Missouri. Long was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Kansas City Chapter 317.

Keith G. Lucia, 54, died May 24 in Clinton Township, Michigan. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam. Lucia was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Roseville Chapter 154.

Edward Mark died May 16 in White City, Oregon, at the age of 76. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Mark was an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America- Oregon.

Raymond C. “Clarkie” Mason, Jr., died May 28 in Riverside, California, at the age of 59. The cause of death was septic shock due to multiple infected wounds. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1964-70, including three tours of duty in Vietnam as a squad leader and field sergeant. Mason was severely wounded during the Tet Offensive in February 1968 and remained wheelchair-bound. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Providence Chapter 273.

Daniel L. McCurdy died June 29, 2005, in Corpus Christi, Texas, at the age of 58. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. McCurdy was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Corpus Christi Chapter 910.

Darrell Keith “Mac” McKinnis, 60, died July 16 in Lawton, Oklahoma. He served in the U.S. Army from 1965-69 with two tours of duty in the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. From 1971-74, he served in the Army National Guard. He later rejoined the Army as a drill sergeant at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and retired in 1983. McKinnis was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Lawton Chapter 751.

Stanley S. Meston, 68, died June 11 in Vero Beach, Florida, of a PTSD-related self-inflicted gunshot wound. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1961-84, with three tours of duty in Vietnam. Meston was awarded the Purple Heart, among other awards. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Palm Beach Gardens Chapter 680.

Jock Gerald Morell, 58, was found dead November 6, 2005, in his home in Savannah, Georgia. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Cape Coral Chapter 594.

Alexander P. Morris died October 5, 2004, in Blairsville, Pennsylvania, at the age of 60. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Morris was an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Pennsylvania.

Mary M. Morse died April 26 in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the age of 57. She was a life member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-North Little Rock Chapter 184.

Charles E. Muncey, Jr., died in 1999 in Louisville, Kentucky, at the age of 50. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Kentucky.

Billie J. Nation died recently in Riverside, Iowa. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Iowa.

Ernst Allan Nordstrom II died July 7 in Antioch, Illinois, at the age of 61. The cause of death was cardiac arrest and glioblastoma (brain tumor). He served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam. Nordstrom was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Belleville Chapter 209.

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