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BY REV. PHIL SALOIS, M.S.
Only the most basic information is contained in this listing. For more complete information about these obituaries, please go to the VVA web site: www.vva.org/taps.html
Lonnie Ables, 60, died February 6. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Fayetteville, Tennessee, Chapter 580. 
Charles Randall Aldridge, 59, died January 26. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam. He was a life member of Cumberland, Maryland, Chapter 172. 
Enid E. Alfred, 61, died July 1. She was an associate of Florissant, Missouri, Chapter 794.
Daniel L. Allen, 59, died September 2, 2008. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he was a member of Four Oaks, North Carolina, Chapter 990. 
Donald Anglin, 80, died May 29. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Chapter 203.
Eduardo Araujo, 70, died January 29. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of El Paso, Texas, Chapter 574. 
Walter Shepherd Barge, 74, died June 7. He served tours in Korea and Vietnam and was a life member of West End, North Carolina, Chapter 966. 
Richard Allen Barnes, 65, died March 15 from lung cancer. Barnes served two years in the U.S. Army, including one year in Vietnam. He was a member of Vancouver, Washington, Chapter 512. 
William J. Bass, 61, died May 7 from colon cancer and blood clots in the lungs. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps with a 1968-69 tour of duty in Vietnam. He was a life member of Paducah, Kentucky, Chapter 337. 
Edwin F. Bauer, Jr., 80, died June 2 from bladder carcinoma. He served in the U.S. Army for 31 years, with tours that included Vietnam. He was a member of Woodbridge, Virginia, Chapter 617. 
Robert D. Bell died several years ago. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he was a life member of Princeton, West Virginia, Chapter 628. 
Donald M. Bentzel, Jr., 60, died May 23 from cancer. He served in the
U.S. Army with a 1968-69 tour in Vietnam. He was a member of Reading, Pennsylvania, Chapter 131. 
John Edward Bibb, 55, died July 10, 2004. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was an at-large life member of North Carolina.
Joe Pete Bibich, 61, drowned April 23. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam in 1969. He was a life member of Kingman, Arizona, Chapter 975. 
Luther Birchfield, Jr., 71, died July 10. He served in the U.S. Army for 30 years, including service in Vietnam. He was a life member of Lawton, Oklahoma, Chapter 751. 
Thomas A. Bittner, 59, died July 5 from cardiac arrest. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was a life member of Milan, Ohio, Chapter 774.
Robert L. Bloise, 60, died May 7 from a motorcycle accident. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1969-70. He was a member of Dickson, Tennessee, Chapter 950.
Benjamin W. Bolyard, 61, died April 24 from diabetes. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam. He was an at-large life member of Michigan. 
Eugene E. Borowski, 61, died March 30 from metastatic prostate cancer and bone cancer. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Roseville, Michigan, Chapter 154. 
Karmel W. Bowling, 64, died April 27. She was an associate of Baltimore, Maryland, Chapter 451.
Richard C. Bradshaw, 63, died July 17. He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of New Brunswick, New Jersey, Chapter 233. 
James Edward Branch, 68, died May 8. A Vietnam veteran, Branch first served with the U.S. Air Force, then with the U.S. Army. He was a life member of Worcester, Massachusetts, Chapter 907. 
Warren G. Brehm, 84, died October 13, 2007, from natural causes. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was an associate of Vietnam Veterans of America-Maryland.
Victor Anthony Brocksmith, 61, died June 29, 2008. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was a permanently hospitalized veteran member of Portage, Indiana, Chapter 905. 
Claude R. Brodeur, 67, died. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Bow, New Hampshire, Chapter 41.
Benjamin T. Brooks, 58, died April 28 from Agent Orange-related liver failure from hepatitis C. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps with two tours in Vietnam. He was a life member of Rock Island, Illinois, Chapter 299.
Harold Eugene Bushong, 75, died April 11. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was an associate of Centralia, Illinois, Chapter 175.
James D. Butterfield, Sr., 70, died February 1. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a life member of Savannah, Georgia, Chapter 671. 
Philip K. Byard, 66, died April 6. He served for four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including in Vietnam. He was a member of Allenhurst, New Jersey, Chapter 12. 
Roy Frederick Correnti, 60, died April 25 from pneumonia and respiratory failure. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps with a tour in Vietnam from 1967-68. He was a life member and vice president of Lynn, Massachusetts, Chapter 908. 
Robert D. Costner, 67, died May 27. He served in the U.S. Army for three years and with the 502nd Aviation Battalion in Vinh Long. He was a life member of West End, North Carolina, Chapter 966.
Joseph A. Creech, 59, died April 24. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Four Oaks, North Carolina, Chapter 990. 
James Whitneall Cummings died May 12, 2005. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Arlington, Virginia, Chapter 227. 
Robert L. Davis, 67, died June 4 from cancer. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a life member of London, Ohio, Chapter 746. 
Ronald E. Deen, 60, died December 7, 2008, from cancer. He served in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. He was a member of Baxley, Georgia, Chapter 981. 
Claudia Ann Derringer, 64, died June 4 from sepsis. She was an associate of Sparta, Wisconsin, Chapter 462. 
James J. DiStefano died September 28, 2008, from a heart attack. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Philadelphia Chapter 430. 
William Edward Duganne, 58, died May 31, 2007, from respiratory failure resulting from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1969 to 1971. He was a life member of Canyon Country (California) Chapter 355. 
Gary Lee Durst, 61, died February 25. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and remained in the Army Reserves for three more years. He was a life member of Cumberland, Maryland, Chapter 172. 
Christopher K. Ebert, 61, died in June. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and
a life member of North Bend Chapter, Oregon, 799.
Raymond Espin, 75, died April 8 from pneumonia. He served in the U.S. Navy. He was an associate of Jamestown, Pennsylvania, Chapter 865.
John G. Fairservice, Sr., 75, died October 15, 2008, from mesothelioma. He was awarded two Bronze Stars during his tours in Vietnam. He was a life member of Billings, Montana, Chapter 334. 
Carolyn A. Farrington, 64, died July 21, 2008. She was an associate of West Palm Beach, Florida, Chapter 25. 
Grover P. Ferguson, 57, died June 23 from a stroke. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour in Vietnam from 1970-71. He was a life member of Dayton, Ohio, Chapter 97.
Dennis Michael Flanagan, 60, died April 19 from liver cancer. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an at-large life member of Ohio.
Daniel Flores, 60, died September 8, 2004, from acute myocardial infarction due to coronary artery disease and diabetes mellitus type II, hypertension, and a prior stroke. He served in Vietnam from 1968-69. He was an at-large life member of California. 
Jessie Ray Foster, 67, died May 18. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam.  Foster was a member of Tupelo, Mississippi, Chapter 842. 
Erla J. Freidhoff, 79, died May 26 from brain and lung cancer. Freidhoff was awarded the Bronze Star for service while assigned to the U.S. Army Hospital, Saigon. She was a member of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Chapter 364. 
William A. Galway, 66, died June 30. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea during the Vietnam War. He was a member of New Brunswick, New Jersey, Chapter 233.
William F. Gerah, 74, was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an at-large life member of Oklahoma.
Frances Golden, 88, died June 11. She was an associate of New Brunswick, New Jersey, Chapter 233. 
Donat Gouin, 80, died July 15. He served in the U.S. Army for 27 years and earned two Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star, and the Silver Star. He was a life member of Lima, Ohio, Chapter 89. 
Michael L. Grchan, 61, died March 24 from liver cancer. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Rock Island, Illinois, Chapter 299.
Charles Stephen Grosselin, 62, died April 19. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1969 with a tour in Vietnam. He was a member of Morgantown, West Virginia, Chapter 306. 
Ronald M. Grover, 59, died April 28, 2008, from myocardial infarction secondary to Agent Orange-related diabetes type II. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam in 1970-72. He was a member of San Diego, California, Chapter 472. 
Harmon Clinton Hall III, 60, died January 17. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and was an at-large life member of Louisiana.

 

 

 

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