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Taps Since Nam



In remembrance of our fallen brothers who have passed away since leaving Vietnam... May their souls rest in peace as they march along with our brothers that we left on the battlefields of Vietnam...

God Bless them all...





T Curtis Jenkins Passed on September 23, 2022

Obituary for T. Curtis Jenkins

North Augusta, SC—Mr. T. Curtis Jenkins, 74, entered into rest September 23, 2022. 

Mr. Jenkins was born in Eupora, Mississippi, a former resident of Houston, Texas, having made North Augusta his home for the past nine years. He was a United States Army Veteran and served in the First Calvary Division. His passion was assisting the needs of veterans and helping and doing for others. Mr. Jenkins worked in the oil field equipment industry for over 40 years and was an avid golfer, enjoyed spending time outdoors and fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents, Troy George Jenkins and Phyllis Pepper Jenkins,

Survivors include is beloved wife of 50 years, Imogene M. Jenkins; his brother, Bobby (Christy) Jenkins, Houston, TX; two sisters-in-law, Hope Williams, North Augusta, SC and Joy Mullis, Augusta, GA; two nephews, Erin (Christine) Williams, North Augusta, SC and Derrick (Amy) Williams, Kingston, TN.

Ltc. Mike (Six) Chtisty, Chalie Company Commander 1969 1970

Passed on September 7, 2022

Larry (Doc) Holder 

Passed on September 1, 2022

James Abram

James Abram passed on February 11th, 2020

Albert N. Antaki Jr.

Albert Antaki passed on April 5th 2019

Full Obituary can be viewed at https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pilotonline/obituary.aspx?n=albert-n-antaki&pid=192127908&fhid=15635

James (Jim) A. Barden

Affectionally known as "Cannonball" passed on April 27, 2007.at age 58. He lived in Plover WI and was an auto body repairman. Full obituary can be viewed ahttps://www.pisarskifuneralhome.com/obituary/110555. Jim was one of the fiestiest and funniest men I knew (TC Jenkins)

Robert E. Balsley,

Robert E. Balsley passed from this life on August 2, 2009. He lived in Hooven, Ohio. He served as a draftee in Charlie Company, 1st BN, 12th Cavalry in 1968-69. He left Vietnam as a SGT E-5. He is survived by his long time companion, Sarah Rohrer Lewis, daughter Carrie Balsley and son David Balsley. He was buried at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Cleves, Ohio with full military honors.

Jerry Glenn Barfield

 SSG (Ret.) Jerry Glenn Barfield April 12, 1945- November 17, 2013 Fortson, GA- SSG (Ret.) Jerry Glenn Barfield, 68, of Fortson, GA died Sunday, November 17, 2013 at his residence. Funeral Services with full military honors will be held 11:00 AM, Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at McMullen Funeral Home Chapel, 3874 Gentian Blvd. Columbus, GA 31907 with Rev. Randy Comer officiating. An interment will be held at Ft. Mitchell National Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Funeral Home. Mr. Barfield was born April 12, 1945 in Columbus, GA son of the late Rev. Marvin G. Barfield and Kathryn Grimes Barfield. He served in the US Army, a member of the 1st Calvary Division serving in Korea and in the Vietnam War. During his service he received numerous awards including the National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze Service Stars, Combat Infantryman Badge, Air Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, 2 overseas Service Bars, Expert Qualification Badge (M-16), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Num 1), Army Commendation Medal with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal (2d Award), and the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Num 3). He was a member of River of Life Church in Phenix City, AL. Survivors include his wife of 49 years; Sharon D. Barfield of Fortson, GA, daughters; Tammy Hightower (Barry) of Jackson, AL, Kathy Reeves (Joey) of Warner Robins, GA, sister; Sherry May of Mobile, AL, brother; Don Barfield (Sandra) of Jacksonville, FL, grandchildren; Brandon Nelson, Ashlyn Jarman, Jacob Jarman, Cooper Hightower, Samantha Reeves, Braxton Reeves and several nieces and nephews. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ledger-enquirer/obituary.aspx?pid=168091622#sthash.XlTRO6jI.dpuf Read more here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ledger-enquirer/obituary.aspx?pid=168091622#storylink=cpy

Barry Baumgardner,

Barry Baumgardner passed away Feb. 11, 2020. Death was attributed to Lung Cancer. Barry was quite the adventurer, Avid fisherman ( Big cats on the Mon River), Longtime caverof the nth degree he found and explored many caves. Nimble as a monkey, he climbed Class 5 climbs with ease Barry was a river rat and guide on several rivers including the cheat River. He was Mountain Manager of Whitegrass Cross Country Ski Center. Barry's world was named after him..........  Elressa Baumgardner  ejbaum48@gmail.com

James Lee Bernard Sr.

James Lee Bernard Sr., age 65 of Dayton passed away Thursday, February 7, 2013. He is preceded in death by his parents, James Huston and Myrtle Hornsby Bernard; sister, Regina Kenney; brother, Terry Bernard; and grandson, Micah Lee Bernard. James is survived by his spouse of sixteen years Linda Boyce; sons, James Lee Jr. (Sharlyn), Christopher (Deanna); daughter, Cherish (Randy) Medlock; grandchildren, McKaylee, Rejeana, Megan, Christopher, Nathaniel, and James; as well as sister, Tracy (Michael) Roberts. James was a U.S. Army Airborne Specialist 4 and received a Purple Heart for his time in Vietnam in 1964-67. A memorial service will...

James Lee Bernard, Sr., age 65 of Dayton passed away Thursday, February 7, 2013. He is preceded in death by his parents, James Huston and Myrtle Hornsby Bernard; sister, Regina Kenney; brother, Terry Bernard; and grandson, Micah Lee Bernard. James is survived by his spouse of sixteen years Linda Boyce; sons, James Lee Jr. (Sharlyn), Christopher (Deanna); daughter, Cherish (Randy) Medlock; grandchildren, McKaylee, Rejeana, Megan, Christopher, Nathaniel, and James; as well as sister, Tracy (Michael) Roberts. James was a U.S. Army Airborne Specialist 4 and received a Purple Heart for his time in Vietnam in 1964-67. A memorial service will be held at 3pm Sunday, February 17, 2013 at TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME- BELMONT CHAPEL. The family will receive friends from 2pm until the time of services. Memorial contributions may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.com. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tobiasfuneralhome.com. Served with Charlie Company in 1965-66 2nd Platoon 2nd Squad with Jay Snyder Platoon Leader..

Richard Bissett

Richard E. Bissett age 70 of River Road, Morgantown passed away Friday, March 3, 2017 at Monongalia General Hospital. He was born September 15, 1946 in Morgantown a son of the late Martin and Catherine Strosnider Bissett.

Richard was a retired coal miner and was also a United States Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam War. Richard loved hunting, fishing, 4 wheeling, but most of all spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Richard is survived by his wife, Judy Smallwood Bissett, two sons, Richard A Bissett and wife Shaundra of Morgantown and David Bissett and wife Marsha of the Kingwood Pike, three grandchildren, Cody, Garrett and Riley Bissett; great granddaughter, Mariah Bissett; three sisters, Violet Smallwood of Westover, Dorothy Wilson of FL and Evelyn Wallo of Morgantown, and one brother, Frank Bissett of the Grafton Road. Richard was preceded in death by one sister, Fay Twigg and four brothers, Norman, David, Jerry, and Bob Bissett.

Friends may call at the McCulla Funeral Home, 770 Fairmont Road, Morgantown on Monday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm Monday and on Tuesday from 10:00 am until the 11:00 am funeral service with Rev. Dr. David Spence officiating. Burial will follow at Pisgah Cemetery with graveside military honors conferred by the Westover VFW Post # 9916 and the WVANG Military Funeral Honors. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McCulla.com.

Gary Louis Bolte,

Gary Louis Bolte, 68, Union, passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017, at his home.
Gary, son of the late Alfred Bolte and wife Gladys, nee Dierking, was born Aug. 30, 1948, in Beaufort. Gary received his education in Union and graduated from Union High School in 1966. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, from July 22, 1969, to April 26, 1971, where he earned several awards. Those awards included the Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, National Defense Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Purple Heart.
Gary was united in marriage to Brenda Klierthermes July 5, 1985, in Union, and the couple made their home in Union. He was employed in maintenance and retired from RR Donnelly in 2015. Gary was an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church, where he served several terms as president and elder. He also enjoyed farming, hunting, fishing, crossword puzzles, telling long stories, singing silly songs and being with his family. Gary also was a member of American Legion Post 297.
Gary is survived by his wife, Brenda Bolte, Union; three daughters, Lisa Manson and husband Mike, Mendy Rush and husband Scott, all of St. Louis, and Annie Bolte, Union; two sons, Jeff Turner and wife Jaime, Union, and Paul Bolte and wife Erin, St. Charles; 11 grandchildren, Lucas, Kyle, Jacqueline, Aiden, Brady, Kaitlynn, Samantha, Ryan, Abby, Freya and Casper; five sisters, Bonnie Bolte, Linda Pohlmann and husband Dale, Janice Pohlmann and husband Glen, and Ellen Bolte, all of Beaufort, and Carol Mangrum and husband Steve, Eureka; three brothers, Glenn Bolte, Galen Bolte and Greg Bolte and wife Amy, all of Beaufort; parents-in-law, Dorothy and Anthony Kliethermes; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Marta Bolte.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, April 18, at 11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, Beaufort, with Pastor Tim Brown officiating.
Burial followed in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. John's Lutheran Church.
The Bolte family was served by Oltmann Funeral Home, Union.

Joseph F. Bonetti

LTC (Ret.) Joseph F. Bonetti, 66, of Maplewood, N.J., died on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. Born in New York, N.Y., Joseph lived in Maplewood for the past 29 years. He was a banker for Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. in Jersey City, N.J., for many years before retiring in 2006. Joseph graduated from Fordham University, New York, with a B.S. in economics.
He served as an enlisted man with C-1/12 Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Div. from Dec 67 to Dec 68 during the Vietnam War. Joseph retired as a lieutenant colonel after serving in the New York State National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve. Joseph was a member of the 69th Regiment Armory, Manhattan, N.Y.
He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth McParland Bonetti; devoted father of Laura and Christopher Bonetti; dear brother of Andrew Bonetti and his wife, Suzanne; loving son of the late Francis J. and Patricia (LaBarbara) Bonetti. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Jimmy V. Foundation for Cancer Research, 106 Towerview Court, Cary, N.C. 27513, or St. Barnabas Hospice, 95 Old Short Hills Rd., West Orange, N.J. 07052, would be appreciated.
A Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 217 Prospect St., South Orange, N.J., on Friday, Jan. 3, with interment at Brig. General William Doyle Veterans Cemetery, Wrightstown, N.J. 

James E Bryan 

James E. Bryan, Major,, (West Point Graduate Class of 1965) who was the Company CO of Charlie Company in 1968 and was WIA in June. He returned to the field to command another 12th Cav Company later in the Vietnam War. He was killed during a training mission out west in the USA on Sept. 14, 1977. He is buried at West Point next to his father, who was the Superintendent of West Point in the late 50's, and his brother who was KIA in Vietnam.

LeRoy Glen Burgess,

LeRoy Glen Burgess, 71, passed away on April 16, 2013. He was an avid hunter, enjoyed watching his deer tapes, feeding squirrels, ducks & loved the outdoors. He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Rose; 10 children; numerous grandchildren; sister, Dee; brother, Larry and many other family members & friends. Visitation will be from 3-6PM on Saturday, April 20th. Funeral service will be held at 3PM on Sunday, April 21st in Brookside Grand Chapel.

Larry L. Burtrum

BURTRUM, Larry L. Of Grand Blanc, age 70, died Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at St. John Providence in Novi. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road, Flint, Reverend Harold K. Polk, Jr. officiating. Burial with Military Honors in Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly Michigan. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the D.A.V. Visitation 1-8pm Thursday and 9 a.m. Friday until the time of the service at the funeral home. Larry was born in Flint on November 9, 1944 and was a resident of Flint and Grand Blanc all of his life. Larry proudly served in the United States Army Infantry during Viet Nam. He owned and operated Clyde Burtrum Furs since 1969. Recently he enjoyed serving on the Grand Blanc City Council. Larry was a loving family man. He also loved gardening, fixing anything that needed fixing and was an avid Detroit Lions fan. Surviving are wife, Susan; Children, Amy, Wendy and Lauren Burtrum; granddaughter, Sofie Burtrum; father, Clyde Burtrum and wife Sylvia; brothers, James and wife Peggy Burtrum and Dennis Burtrum; a niece and two nephews. He was preceded in death by mother, Mavis Burtrum in 2009. Your condolences may be shared with the family at swartzfuneralhomeinc.com

Charles R. Campanella 

CPT Charles R. "Chuck" Campanella, Midland (Big Sring), TX went to Fiddler's Green 4 Oct 2012. Services in Memoriam were held 11 Oct 2012 at Myers-Smith Funeral Home Big Spring, TX.
CPT then (1LT) Campanella served in Charlie Co. 1/12 from Jul 1966 thru Feb 1967, assigned to B 2/19th Artillery, he was attached to Charlie Company as the FO w/BillMartin as his RTO until Bill rotated back to Ft.Bragg.
1LT Campanella is best remembered by those who knew him for his quick thinking and reactions to the attack on LZ Bird 27 Dec 1966 when he issued the command to load two (2) bee hive rounds into the 105s, the only heavy weapons that had not been blown up and to fire them at zero level. This fast action and leadership by LT Campanella temporarily defrayed the oncoming attack of the 22d NVA Regiment, outnumbering us 5x1, gave us a chance to regroup and fend off the enemy until we could bring in ARA and Artillery Support from LZ Hammond.
At least 12 of us still living today will always be thankful that he was there to take command of Charlie Co. that night as all of our Officers and Sr. NCOs were KIA and Serious WIA instantly.
Campanella entered service 31 Aug 1965, assigned to Ft. Richardson, AK in Admin. He applied for OCS Infantry but accepted Artillery when the opening came sooner for Ft.Sill, OK. After graduating from Ft. Sill, attended jump school at Benning and was assigned to the 1st Cav from there. He served a 2d tour in VN w/5th Special Forces (1970-71) and was discharged 20 Oct 1971 at CPT Rank.
CPT Campanella was awarded 2 Silver Stars, 2 Bronze Stars w/V, 3 Ar Coms, 3 Air Medals, CIB, Master Parachutist Wings, Vietnamese Parachutist Wings, and an assortment of Unit Citations.
He leaves behind 5 Daughters, 1Son, 9 Grandchildren, 1 GreatGrandson, 3 Dogs,4 Cats and 13 Raccoons. Graveside Burial Services were held Friday 1400 Hrs., 12 Oct 2012, at Texas State Veterans Cemetery, Abilene, TX. w/the Family in attendance. Thomas Crabtree C Co 1/12 1966-67, presented the Cav Stetson and 6 Yellow Roses to his daughters.Keep them in prayer in their time of grief.

SGT Thomas Lon Crabtree-C 1/12 1966-67

David Carmody,

David Carmody, 61, of Kalamazoo, Michigan passed away March 28, 2009. He was the 3rd Platoon Leader of Charlie Company, 1/12th Cavalry during 1968. His military decorations included the Silver Star, awarded for his actions on May 28, 1968. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Marion Cooper,

Mr. Marion Cooper, 87, entered into rest on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Mr. Cooper retired from the United States Army in 1972 and worked at St. Joseph's Hospital for 20 years. In addition to working, he volunteered at several places including: Meals on Wheels, the VA Hospital for 18 years, and also at several schools including CT Walker and Meadowbrook Elementary School. He loved going to church when he was able. Mr. Cooper also enjoyed fishing and was also an original member of the 25 Gents. Mr. Cooper is preceded in death by his 8 brothers; 1 sister; mother, Maggie Cooper; and his father, Dewy McLemore. Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Eva Cooper; children, Guila B. Cooper and Marie Hutchison; brother, Macon McLemore (Ida); grandchildren, J'Nai Cooper Martin (Zebedee), Darren Moore, Kavuan Moore and Gerald Moore; great-grandchildren, Kerrigan Martin and Ronald Moore; and godchildren, Claude Jones, Carrie Perkins, Carren Perkins, Cameron Perkins, Taura Hatney and Ray Warren; and a host of family and friends who loved him dearly. The family will receive friends on Monday, May 27, 2019 from 6-8pm at Elliott Sons Funeral Home on Lumpkin Road and from 11-1, Tuesday May 28, 2019 at The Path Worship Center . Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at The Path Worship Center, 515 North Belair Road in Evans, GA at 1pm with Rev. Robert Williams officiating. Interment will follow on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Milledgeville, GA. The United States Army will serve as pallbearers for Mr. Cooper. Honorary Pallbearers will be The 25 Gents, and Zebedee Martin and Gerald Moore.

Giles F. Crider

JACKSONVILLE: Memorial services for COL Giles F. Crider, 64, US Army, Retired, will be Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 1 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, in Jacksonville, with Father James Macey officiating. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery, with full military honors, at a later date. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. COL Crider died Saturday, March 16, 2013 at his residence.

Giles F. Crider began his military career as an enlisted soldier in 1968 and attended Basic and Advanced Infantry training. He was selected to attend Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in April, 1969. COL Crider spent the next 30 years on Active Duty in a variety of Command and Staff positions that spanned the globe from Jungle School in Panama, combat in Vietnam/Cambodia and numerous assignments in Europe and all over the United States. He commanded Infantry units at the Platoon, Company, Battalion and Brigade levels. As a Captain he commanded two Rifle Companies and the Third United States Army Non-Commissioned Officer Academy. He also commanded a Battalion in the prestigious Berlin Brigade during the Cold War. As a Colonel he commanded an Infantry Brigade Task Force in Fairbanks, Alaska. His many staff assignments included Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, 9th Infantry Division; North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) War Planner in Heidelberg, Germany; Chief of the Infantry Team, the General Army Staff, at the Pentagon, where he also served on the Army Staff and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, twice; special weapons advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell; Chief of Staff for the Sixth United States Army, Presidio of San Francisco; his last assignment was the Chairman for the Department of Military Strategy, Plans and Operations at the United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. COL Crider’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star for Valor and the Silver Star for Gallantry in Action.

Upon retirement from the US Army in 1998, COL Crider was hired by the Department of Justice (latter the Department of Homeland Security) to help stand up the Center for Domestic Preparedness, the nation’s only federal counter terrorism training center at the former Fort McClellan, Alabama, as the Director for Plans, Security and Operation. Following the tragedy of September 11, 2001, COL Crider was appointed as the Chief of Staff for the Center of Domestic Preparedness and led the incredible growth of the Center in numbers of 1st Responders trained, huge budget increases and significant employee growth. He forged relationships with the Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Aviation Agency and the United States Attorney’s Anti-Terrorism Task Forces. After three years, as the Chief of Staff, COL Crider was appointed the Director for Special Projects and Initiative and was instrumental in the Center’s outreach efforts. He sponsored and hosted the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center’s Immigration, Customs Enforcement training for the Alabama State Troopers and developed training for the National Bomb Squad. COL Crider was also a speaker for numerous national conferences and seminars on terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.

Henry Russell Edison Jr.,

Henry Russell Edison Jr., 60, of Brusly, MS, passed away Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, at the Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jackson, MS. He was born Jan. 30, 1951, in Winona, Miss. He grew up in Denham Springs, where he graduated from Denham Springs High in 1970. At age 19, he served in the Army in Vietnam from April 1971-April 1972 with C Company, 1st BN, 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division.

Robert "Bobby" Enyeart,

Robert “Bobby” Enveaat, 59, died December 24, 2006. He was born in Marion, Indiana and was a 1966 graduate of Marion High School. He married his high school sweetheart, Donna Rice on October 14, 1967; she survives. He was a self-employed carpenter and worked with his father for 30 years at Bob Enyeart and Son before retiring. He was a US Army Vietnam Veteran earning rank of E5 Sergeant, and the Bronze Star, serving in 1st Calvary Division as a radio man with Company C, 1/12th Cavalry in 1968-69. He and his father founded Mississinewa Skyhawks Model Airplane Club.

Frank Cruz Estrada Sr.



Donald Garvin,

Donald Garvin a rifleman with the 3rd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 12th Cavalry Regiment from 1966-67, passed away suddenly in December 2008. Donald is survived only by his two sisters from Ridgeland, S.C. He was a wonderful soldier and a friend to the entire platoon.

Walt Gassman

Walt Gassman died February 28, 2007. Walt was the Communication RTO and passed away due to cancer at Carnie, Nebraska. Walt was an original member of Company C, 1/12th Cavalry he joined the army from South Dakota where he grew up on the Sioux Indian Reservation. After his army tour of duty he went to work with the Union Pacific Railroad. In April, 1966 he was next to Captain McMillan and Paul Hattabaugh the day they were killed on "Operation Lincoln" in Western Pleiku Province, Chu Pong Massiff right on the Cambodian Border. 

Calvin A. Gooley,

Calvin A. Gooley, 63, died August 2, 2007 in Macomb, Michigan. He was born 1 May 1944 and served in the 3rd Platoon, Charley Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry, from May, 1967 to May, 1968. He was a good soldier and a good guy.

Raphael Lynn “Buggs” Greenwell,

Raphael Lynn Greenwell, 63, Culvertown, Ky, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, at his residence. He was born and raised in Culvertown. He was a retired employee of G. E. Appliance Park in Louisville with 35 years of service. He was an Army veteran and a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Culvertown. He served in C Co 1/12, First Cav Division in Vietnam during 1968 and 1969 as an airmobile rifleman and was known by the nickname Buggs.

Richard D. Hanzel ,

Richard D. Hanzel, age 64, of Kirtland, OH, died Dec 4, 2011.
Dear father of Garrett, Justin, Christianne, and Jordan; former husband of Carol (nee Predovich); son of the late Florenz and Marie (nee Arth); oldest brother of Gail, Karen, Jacqueline, Edward, Marie, Paul, Dianne, Michael, Judith, David, and Joseph. A decorated U.S. Army veteran, Richard served as an infantry squad leader with C 2/12 Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division during the Vietnam Conflict.

Randy Wilson Harwell,

Randy Wilson Harwell, age 62, of Cornelius, NC died Monday, November 23, 2009 at Levine Dickson Hospice House. Born September 3, 1947 in Iredell County, he was the son of the late Russell L. Harwell and Kay Mills Harwell. Randy was a US Army veteran of Vietnam, a painting contractor, a member of American Legion #86 and a member of the Veterans of Foreign War #1072.

Elmer Davis of Charlie Company writes, “Randy arrived in Viet Nam the first part of December 1967, to the 1st Cav’s Charlie Company, 1/12th, 2nd Platoon, 1st squad. He was my 'Mother Hen' when I arrived in February of 1968. He took very good care of me and was always there to do anything for anyone. He was a very giving person and gave of himself daily. He would volunteer for the bad details. He went to the gun squad the last part of May 1968. He was injured in an ambush on June 23, 1968 receiving severe damage to his right knee and elbow. His entire right side had taken several bullets. Later in life he had to have his left knee replaced because of the extra stress caused to it by his injured right knee. All of his battles were, on the battlefield and in life, fought with bravery, courage and loyalty.”

Michael Anthony Higgins,

 Age 71, of Troy passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at VA Medical Center Hospice in Dayton.  He was born on August 23, 1948 in Dayton to the late John Michael and Clare Barbara (Howard) Higgins.Michael is survived by his wife of 49 years: Joan (Shipp) Higgins; two children: Jenny (James) Brueckman, Jr. of Troy and Mark (Cathy Jo) Higgins of Ludlow Falls; three brothers: James (Sherri Colby) Higgins, Jerry (Phyl) Higgins, both of Troy, and Fred (Irene) Higgins of FL; one sister: Kathy Laughman of Pleasant Hill; three grandchildren: Marshall Brueckman, Alannah Brueckman and Skye Fields; and sister-in-law: Judy Higgins of Troy.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother: Donald Higgins and brother-in-law: Paul Laughman.

Charles Ray Hillis, Sr.,

Charles Ray Hillis Sr. Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army, (Retired), age 76 of West Melbourne, Florida (Formerly of McMinnville, Tennessee) died Monday, December 07, 2009.He was born on March 26, 1933, in Campaign, Tennessee. He attended the Warren County school system prior to entering the army in August of 1948 at 15 years of age. He was assigned to occupation duty with the 24th Infantry Division in southern Japan. There he attained the rank of Corporal. He was discharged as a minor in October of 1949. Re-enlisting in the Army in March of 1950, he volunteered for jump school at Fort Benning, Georgia, graduating in June of 1950. He was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. While serving in the 82nd Airborne, he received his high school equivalency. In December of 1951, he was reassigned for duty with the 2nd Battalion, 187th (Airborne) Regimental Combat Team in Korea. While engaged in hand-to-hand combat during the prison riots on Koeji Do Island in May of 1952, he was seriously injured and was evacuated to a hospital in Japan. Upon recovery and a short leave, he again volunteered to return to his Regiment in Korea, where he served as a Platoon Sergeant on the front line until the war ended. After the Korea War, he served as Jump School Instructor, Pathfinder Platoon Sergeant and First Sergeant with the 11th Airborne Division and the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He volunteered for Special Forces Training in 1958. He then served with the 1st Special Forces Group stationed on Okinawa until December 1961. After serving in Vietnam with the 1st SF Group, he returned to Vietnam in August of 1966, where he served two tours of duty with Alpha and Charlie Companies, 1st Battalion, (Airborne) 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. While with A Company, he participated in more than seventy-five combat air assaults and his company was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for a singular combat operation.

Donavon N. Holderread

Donavon N. (SKI) Holderread was with our unit from 69-70 as RTO for David W. Osborne, (platoon Sargeant). His obituary can be found https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/thepilotnews/name/donavon-obituary?pid=199667837

Wallace Ward Hood,

Born in Pineville, NC, Mr Hood was retired from the US Army after 22 years of service. Mr Hood proudly served in Vietnam with Charlie Company 1/12 of the 1st Cavalry Division and with the 82nd Airborne. He received the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Parachute Badge, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Air Medal, 2 Good Conduct Medals, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm as well as other decorations. He enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as fishing and vegetable gardening. His wife, Betty canned everything that he grew.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Betty Jones Hood; his son William Hood and his girlfriend, Kim from Peachland NC; his daughter, Glenda Broderick and husband Dennis of Melbourne, Fla; his brothers Robert Hood of Fort Mill NC, Clyde Hood of Boomer NC and George Hood of Pineville, NC; his sisters, Myrtle Broome, Sara Culp, and Mary Rayfield, all of Fort Mill; three grandchildren, Kristen Gish (Ryan), Timothy Broderick and Stephaniw Broderick; and three great grandchildren, Riley, Declan and Reagan Gish.

Memorial Contributions should be sent to the Wounded Warriors Project, Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675

Sergeant Hood was an original member of Charlie Co through the 187th days and went to Vietnam on the USNS Geiger. He was my Weapons Squad Leader while I was in charge of the 2nd Platoon C Co 1/12 (abn) 1965-66. He was one of a kind and will be missed by all his Charlie Co brothers..

Letters of condolances can be sent to Wallaces's Wife Betty at....

Mrs Betty Hood, 1218 Jenkins St Rock Hill, SC 29732

Darrell G. Houston,

Darrell G. Houston, Col. Ret., company commander of Co. C, 1st Bn (Abn) 12th Cav, 1st Cav. in 1966, died on 24 Mar 2012 after a long, valiant fight against cancer. He lived in Slingersville, New York and is survived by his wife Pat, three sons, and a daughter.
Darrell was a West Point graduate (Class of 1960). His three sons are all USMA graduates and his daughter is married to a USAF officer. He and his family have made a significant contribution to our nation's defense.
In his West Point 50th Reunion book, Darrell made the following statement which should be of interest to all 12th Cav veterans of the Vietnam War. "The two most important areas of my life were serving with troops in combat and my family. I was privileged to serve with some of the best trained, most professional and dedicated troops, in the best Army in the World. I am always hopeful for the future of our country when I reflect on how these young men answered their country's call to duty and served with distinction. During Vietnam they gave us an Army far better than many can comprehend." 

Kenneth Edward Hudnall 

Kenneth Edward Hudnall, 59, of EastBank, West Virginia, died on January 24, 2010. He was born on August 3, 1950.The son of the late Frank and Joyce Mullens Hudnall. Kenny served in Vietnam with Company C, 1/12 Calvary, 1st Calvary Division. He is survived by wife Danielle Yauger Hudnall, and children Edward and wife Brandi, Travis, Ryan Yauger, and Chris Layne.
Kenny joined the unit the end of February 1970. He was assigned to the 3rd platoon, 1st squad,(Mickey Wright, Squad leader). Late March he started carrying the M60, until contacting malaria the end of April. After that he was supply rep at the company rear.

Dimitry Ignatiev,

Dimitry Ignatiev, 50, died from Leukemia on Feb 27, 1995 in Milwaukee, WI. He was born in 1945 in Milwaukee. He was preceded in death by his parents, Anatole and Natalia Ignatiev, and survived by his wife, Kristin Brown Ignatiev and their children, Matthew, Emily, and Peter. Spec 5 Ignatiev served as a Combat Medic with C Co. 1/12 Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Div from Dec 1967 to December 1968. 

Handy Jackson

Handy Jackson of Ellen Woods, Georgia passed away from a fatal stroke April 22, 2008. He was a member of Company C, 1/12th Cavalry. You can send a card to his wife or contact his daughter at : Wife--Annette Jackson, Daughter--Lou Jackson, 135 Bond Lake Dr., Ellen Wood, Ga. 30294.

Thomas R. Jensen

“Tom” Jensen passed away suddenly on Friday January 21, 2022 at the Portneuf Medical Center while in residence at the Pocatello Veterans Home. He was 75. Tom was born to Cleon Lundlie “Tom” and Jennie Royter Jensen in Pocatello, Idaho at the old General Hospital.
Tom grew up in Pocatello where he graduated from Pocatello High School where he made some life-long friendships. He was an active boy scout, played the trumpet, was a member of Poky High’s marching band, and participated in the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California.
After graduation he married Mildred “Millie” Hall and worked in the lumber industry with his cousin in New Mexico. Tom was drafted and then inducted into the Army in March of 1966. He was trained as a medic at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas then deployed to Vietnam.
One of the most harrowing and rewarding times of his life was his service as a member of the 1st Air Calvary 1/12th Company C. While in country Tom was almost continually engaged in combat operations, being flown in Huey helicopters to wherever the enemy might be or was known to be. While arduous, exhausting and very dangerous Tom felt proud to be a solider and dearly loved his brothers in Company C. He also came to admire and love the Montagnard people whom he served and worked. In September of 1967 Tom learned while in Vietnam that his wife had given birth to his son, Todd Ray Jensen. 3 months later, while participating in an especially ferocious firefight against vastly superior enemy numbers, Tom raced to the side of his fallen friend and comrade Rick “Bo” Boeshart and was giving him mouth to mouth resuscitation when he was shot through the arm and chest. Tom’s fellow troopers all report that he was infallibly brave and determined to fight and help save his team members. Tom was awarded the Purple Heart and was very proud of his team and their service to their country.
Tom made his career working in logging, as a carman for the Union Pacific Railroad and as a long-haul truck driver. Tom and Millie later divorced, and he married Carol Jenson Peterson who had a daughter Brandee Simpson and they made their home in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Later, Tom and Carol were divorced and he married Dianne Oliver Talcott. They were sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple on June 12, 2009 and lived very happily and peacefully together until Dianne’s passing in 2020.
Tom loved nature, fishing, and boating. He was a skilled craftsman and when married to Dianne built a large workshop where he made furniture, pens, and other cleverly designed and beautiful items. Tom almost always owned dogs and cats and loved them dearly. He was always very good with his hands in working on cars, trucks, guns or around the house. Charming and affable Tom loved to laugh and joke around and was good at making his nurses at the Veteran’s Home laugh.
Tom was preceded in Death by his parents Tom and Jennie, his brother Phillip Carl Jensen, and his wife Dianne. He is survived by his son, Todd Ray (Kimberly) Jensen, Brandee Simpson, Grandchildren Joshua Todd (Janica) Jensen, Kirsten Zelda Jensen, Madison Marie Jensen, a great grandson, Jack Walter Jensen, and his loving sister Judy Kirkman of Pocatello.
A special thanks to the outstanding administration and staff of the Veterans home in Pocatello, Idaho where he resided these last few years.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday January 29th at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints chapel (Gibson Jack Ward) at 8200 W. Portneuf Rd., Pocatello, Idaho. A viewing will be held the same day at 11am with services starting at 12:00pm.


David M. Kinch

David M. Kinch served with C Co in 1968. He was severely wounded in June of '68 and received a Purple Heart Medal and was discharged due to his injuries. He died October 2, 2009 and was survived by his wife, Debbie. He was buried at Great Lakes National Cemetery.

Robert L. Kirby

March 29th 2018

Bob Lindquist

Colonel Robert E. “Bob” Lindquist, U.S. Army Retired, 81, of Panorama Drive, Rock Springs Community, Lavonia, passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017, at his home.
Born on November 21, 1935, at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, he was the son of the late Roy E. Lindquist Sr. and Alice Murch Lindquist. Col. Lindquist was a 1958 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and received a Masters degree from George Washington University.  Col. Lindquist retired after 28 years of service from the U. S. Army, where he served two tours of duty in the Vietnam War. During his first tour, he served as Company Commander of C Company, 1st of the 12th, First Cav. Division and his second tour, he served as District Senior Advisor for the Trang Bang District of Vietnam.  
Col. Lindquist was a former Real Estate Agent for Paradise Reality, a member of the Hartwell First United Methodist Church and served as an Usher. He was a member of the American Legion Post #109, Hart County Golden K, where he received the Andy Stackhouse Award, received the Hartwell Rotary Club’s Four Way Test award, volunteered for several years for Meals on Wheels and directed the AARP Tax Aide Program for 18 years.
Survivors include his wife, Norma Elsen Lindquist; two sons: Robert “Rob” Lindquist Jr. and Catherine of Ellerslie and Karl Lindquist and  Renee of Columbia, S.C.; a daughter, Debra Hooker and Michael of Ft. Collins, Colo.; six grandchildren: Robert and Cydney Lindquist, Tyler and Samantha Lindquist and Erin and Claire Hooker; a brother, Roy E. Lindquist Jr. and Sara of Salinas, Calif. also survives.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at the Hartwell First United Methodist Church with Dr. R. Allen Stewart officiating.  Burial with full military honors will be at the Nancy Hart Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hartwell First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Howell Street, Hartwell, GA 30643 or to the Hart County Golden K Ramp Fund, P.O. Box 832, Hartwell, GA 30643.
The Strickland Funeral Home of Hartwell is in charge of all arrangements. Online condolences can be sent to the family at

Bruce Ray Linzy
Mr. Bruce Ray Linzy age 76 of Hwy. 4 Jay, Florida (November 23, 1940 - November 29, 2016) passed away Tuesday night at his residence. He was a native and life long resident of Jay, Florida. Mr. Linzy was a member of the Jay First Baptist Church, a 1958 Graduate of Jay High School, and a former lineman with EREC. He enjoyed classic and antique car collecting especially Fords. He was known for his national award winning AACA antique Ford Thunderbird car collection. Bruce was a proud Army veteran, paratrooper - Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Air Calvary, 187th Airborne Infantry, 11th Air Assault Division.

Survivors: Wife- Mary Jim Sheppard Linzy of Jay, Florida (1) Son- Bruce J. Linzy (Tammy) of Jay, Florida (1) Daughter- Leigha Linzy (Greg) Diamond of Athens, Alabama (1) Brother- Joe Max (Elaine) Linzy of Jay, Florida (1) Sister- Linda (Jack) Carden of Jay, Florida (4) Grandchildren- Jordan Linzy Morgan, Malloray Diamond, Brooklynn Linzy, Lauren Diamond

Visitation will be held Friday night December 2, 2016 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at WILLIAMS MEMORIAL CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME BREWTON, ALABAMA.

Funeral Services are scheduled for Saturday morning, 10:30 A.M., December 3, 2016 at the McGowin Bridge Homeplace. Graveside services with Military Honors will follow immediately at the McGowin Ferry Cemetery with Rev. Earle Greene officiating. WILLIAMS MEMORIAL CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME OF BREWTON, ALABAMA DIRECTING.

***Pallbearers- Greg Diamond, Paul Bradley, Jimmy Burgess, Mark Hendricks, Mike Rowell, Derek Bray

***Condolences May Be Sent And Obituaries Can Be Read At williamsmemorialchapel.com

Gary S. Lusk

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Gary S. Lusk, of Dardenne Prairie, Missouri, passed away Saturday, April 2, 2022, at the age of 78. Beloved husband of almost 50 years to Katrina V. Lusk; cherished son of the late Dewey I. and Georgia E. Lusk. Devoted father of Tracy (Christopher) Stutz; loving grandfather of Emily (Zachary) Harness and Logan Stutz; treasured great-grandfather of Dustin Bextermueller and Zoey Harness. Gary is also survived by his sister Sandra (Bert) Tarkenton.  

 Gary proudly served in the United States Army in Vietnam and was a member of Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association. He was very accomplished in his career and received many awards, including 3 Bronze Star Medals 2 w/ V Device, 2 Air Medals w/ Device, a Purple Heart, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Parachute Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, 2 Overseas Service Ribbons, Nation Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation Badge, Master Army Aviator Badge, and Meritorious Service Medal. After retirement, Gary served as a pilot for Helicopters Incorporated, flying for their charter services and television stations including Channel 2 and 4. He then went on to drive a bus for Ft. Zumwalt School District. Gary loved travelling, had a passion for football and loved the Washington Redskins. Most of all, he loved his family and spending time with them. Gary was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. 

 Memorials may be made in Gary's name to Stray Rescue.  

Bob Magruder

Taps: We sadly announce that Bob Magruder, 12th Cavalry Regiment President, passed away on 16 Oct 2012, at 0730.
Visitation will be at at Fern Creek Funeral Home, Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY on Thursday, 18 Oct. from 1400-2000 hours. with the funeral on Friday at 1000 hours at Fern Creek Funeral Home.
Burial will be Monday, 22 Oct, at 1000 hours in the Veterans Cemetery, in Radcliff, KY. The Veterans Cemetery is on Highway 31W next to Ft. Knox, KY. Burial is for family, close friends, and any 1st CAV/12th CAV members that would like to attend.

Donald Ray McCall

Donald Ray McCall, age 74, of Dunlap passed away at home on Sunday, May 2, 2021.
Donald was born in Princeton, Illinois, on June 15, 1946, to Raymond E. and Laura E. (Zimmerman) McCall. He graduated from Illinois State University with Bachelor's and Master's degrees in mathematics. He served in Vietnam with the 1st Cavalry Division of the United States Army from 1969-1970, receiving two bronze stars, and returned to teach mathematics at Pekin High School for seven years. He later worked at several local banks, retiring from South Side Bank in 2007. He was a member of VFW Post 814 and American Legion Post 1, serving with their honor guard. He was a member of Grace Evangelical Church in Morton for many years and recently a member of Grace Presbyterian Church of Peoria.
A devoted family man who lived out his faith, Don is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Lea; daughters, Jennifer (Scott) Reel of Peoria and Dana (Eric) Button of St. Charles, MO; his mother, Laura McCall of Princeton; one brother, Steven (Judy) McCall of Princeton; and one sister, Lynn Hoffman of Princeton. He was the proud and beloved grandfather to Jaelen Russell and Kyle, Hannah, Kelsey and Noah Button.
Don was preceded in death by his father.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Davison-Fulton Funeral Chapel, 2021 N. University St., Peoria, IL 61604, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 6, at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8607 IL-91, Peoria, IL 61615. A funeral service will follow with Pastor John Hopwood officiating. Military honors will be presented at a graveside burial ceremony directly following the funeral service at Parkview Cemetery in Peoria.
Memorials may be made in Don's memory to the following organizations: Greater Peoria Honor Flight, PO Box 5072, Peoria, IL 61601; The Christian Center, 4100 N. Brandywine Drive, Peoria, IL 61614; or a
charity of the donor's choice.
Online condolences may be made at



Bob McClellan, LTC , Retired,

Boby McClellan, A dear friend, mentor and leader who was an original member of Charlie Company, 1/12th Cavalry from 1965 to 1966, passed from this life on Sunday, November 14, 2010. Robert W. McClellan, age 69, was born in Summit, New Jersey and graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1963. He enlisted in the army and received his commission as an infantry officer upon graduation from OCS at Ft. Benning, Georgia. He subsequently completed airborne training and joined Charlie Company, 1st BN (Airborne) , 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division at Ft. Benning. He served as a platoon leader in C Company in Vietnam. He served in infantry and airborne infantry units in the US and in the Republic of the Congo on a security mission to assist the loyalist government and mercenaries, in Germany and in Vietnam, where he served two tours. He served a security assistance tour in Lebanon in 1983 where the Marine Corps barracks was bombed. He was assigned as the Army liaison officer to the Marine Corps Education Center in Quantico, where he was a primary contributor to the development of the Marine Corps anti-terrorism program. Among his military honors were the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Legion of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals for Valor, two Purple Hearts, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Defense Meritorious Service Medal. Survivors include two children, Robert Joseph McClellan of Lorton, VA and Elizabeth Jernigan of Linda, California. Internment at Arlington National Cemetery. 

Gene Menz,

Gene Menz, 52, died on February 17, 2000. Gene was born on July 22, 1947 near Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. He is buried in the Powhatan Community Cemetary, Powhatan, Virginia.
Gene joined the unit not long after we left Cambodia. He was assigned to the 3rd platoon, 1st squad, as Squad Leader.

Roderic E. Ordway,

Col. Roderic E. Ordway,74, a highly decorated Army colonel who was later an investment adviser and consultant in the private sector, died Sept. 24, 2010 at Georgetown University Hospital. He had acute leukemia. Col. Ordway joined the Army in 1958 after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He was the battalion commander of 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment from Dec 1969 to May 1970 in Vietnam War and operations officer in Cambodia. His final active-duty assignment, in 1980, was deputy chief of staff for personnel at the Pentagon. His military decorations include the Silver Star, three awards of the Legion of Merit and three awards of the Bronze Star. Since 1997, Col. Ordway had been the managing director of Lafayette Investments in Washington. From 1982 to 1997, he was a vice president at R.J. Moore & Associates, an engineering firm in Annapolis. Roderic Edward Ordway was born in West Point, where his father, an Army officer, was stationed. He was a 1953 graduate of Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda. In 1972, he received a master's degree in business administration from American University. He had been a District resident since the early 1970s. His paternal great-grandfather was Brig. Gen. Albert Ordway, who fought for the Union during in the Civil War and helped formed the first National Guard in Washington. Ordway Street in Northwest is named after him, according to his family. Col. Ordway's memberships included the West Point Society of D.C., Chevy Chase Country Club and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Bethesda. He was a volunteer with the Wounded Warrior Program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and helped raise money for the Washington Jesuit Academy. His first marriage, to Jeanne Hundley, ended in divorce. Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Nancy Bradford Ordway of Washington. He was laid to rest with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery on January 11, 2011.

 Nelson Ortiz, passed 2/17/2018


Earl Osborne

It is with a sad heart that I report the death of my friend and a friend of many of us, Earl Osborne on September 7th in Pineville, North Carolina, near Charlotte.  Earl, who we called "Ozzie" joined Charlie Company in November of 1967 and served with distinction and honor until November of 1968.  When I returned fron R & R in November of 1967, I took Ozzie and 5 other new guys to the field. The company was at Dak To at that time.  I was told that the company was returning to Kontum, so we caught an aircraft and arrived there only to find out that the company wasn't there.  For the next couple of days I taught these new guys how to set up claymores, what to carry, to build a pancho tent and how to stay alive their first few days in combat.  Oz begged me to take him into my squad.  I asked for him when the company finally arrived and he was in my squad until I left the field.  Oz never refused an order or request, he was a solid soldier and he was an asset to the 3rd platoon of Charlie Company.  He told me over and over that he would do anything for me.  He was a good friend, a good soldier and Dennis Rasmussen, Billy Cabaniss, David Wilkowski, myself and others will miss his smile and his friendship.  He was with me in some hairy operations including ambushes and killer teams.  He always performed at his best. Oz, we loved you and will miss you.  Rest in Peace, Brother! Doug Warden (1967)



Edmond Carney Pelkey, 72, of  Black River, passed November 17, 2017 after struggling with cancer for the past six months.  He passed at his home where he was under the care of his family and Hospice of Jefferson County.

Calling hours will be 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, November 20 at the Bruce Funeral Home 131 Maple St., Black River.

A Funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 21 at St. Rita’s of Carcia Catholic Church in DeFeriet with Rev. Robert Decker, Pastor officiating.  The family will also receive friends 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesday at the church.

Burial with Military Honors will follow in Black River Cemetery.

He was born on January 1, 1945, in Watertown, son of Francis G. (Hank) and Sarah A. (Sally) Carney Pelkey.  He was raised in Black River and graduated from Carthage High School in 1964.  After working a short time at St. Regis Paper Co. in DeFeriet, he was drafted to serve in the Army Airborne Infantry in Vietnam, where he earned a Purple Heart.  He then was stationed in Germany, where he was a member of an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit.  In 1970, he left active duty service and began training in data processing, which prepared him for a long career in computer programming.  He worked in NYC for CBS Television, Sterling Winthrop Pharmaceutical and Computer Horizon Corporation.  During that period, he completed a Bachelor of Professional Studies/Business Degree from Pace University, and concurrently served in the Army Reserves from 1972 to 1993.

In 2001 , Ed was deployed with the NY Guard to serve as a supply sergeant in response to 9-11 attack at the World Trade Center.  He then pursued a different career path at the United States Military Academy, West Point, from which he retired in 2006.  In 2007 he returned to the Watertown area, and built a home near Black River.

His first marriage to Lena Otterbeck ended in her death in 1978.  He later married Mona Fisher, who survives. He is also survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Mikael (Dawn) Pelkey, Black River; stepson and his wife, James M. (Daria) Fisher, White Plains, NY; stepdaughter, Libby Fisher, Fort Montgomery, NY; stepson, Christopher A. Fisher, Beacon, NY; stepdaughter and her husband, Katherine(Casey) Wardynski, Cape Canaveral, FL, five grandchildren, Brynn and Bryce Marks, Colin and Peter Fisher, Jack Wardynski and one on the way.  His brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Carol, Bowie, MD; several nieces and nephews.


LeRoy Shabram

LeRoy Shabram of Neligh, Nebraska passed away on December 14, 2008. He served as an assistant gunner for the 2nd platoon, Company C, 1/12th Cavalry in 1968 and in Headquarters Company 1st Brigade in 1969. He was intending to attend his first Cav reunion in 2008 when he found out that he had cancer and had to have chemo instead.

Mike Sinkovits,

Mike Senkovits of Parkton, NC passed away on December 3, 2008. He served in Company C, 1/12th Cavalry for a few months in 1966 he then was transferred to Company A, 1/12th Cavalry until he was wounded in August, 1966. He was a good Airborne/Ranger soldier with three tours in Nam, visited Arlington cemetery every year on Veterans Day and put flowers on all our 1/12th Cavalry gravesites. He was involved with the establishment of the 1/12th Cavalry Airborne Memorial in the Airborne museum in Fayetteville.

Thomas D. Skelly

Newark - Thomas Dale Skelly, age 75, of Newark, DE passed away peacefully with his family by his side on 1/27/2022 at St. Francis Hospital. Tom was born in Wilmington, DE on 8/31/1946 of the late Frank and Bessie Skelly. Growing up in Newport, Tom graduated from Henrik J. Krebs school and Henry C. Conrad high school, class of 1964. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1968 from the University of Delaware, he served two years in the U.S Army, including a one-year tour in Vietnam as an infantryman in the 1st Cavalry Division. Discharged with the rank of Sergeant, he started working for the 3M Company of St. Paul, Minnesota in 1970. After more than 33 years of working in sales for 3M, where he was respected by his colleagues and received many honors, Tom retired as a Senior Account Executive in 2004.

Tom enjoyed traveling, playing cards with old friends, dining out with a group of fellow retirees called the ROMEO Club, and attending Calvary Presbyterian Church with his wife Jean. He liked to sit at the sign in table for most events he was involved in such as Conrad reunions, Beef-N-Beers, and neighborhood parties. He loved his Village of Long Creek community and was on several committees including grounds, where he introduced the phrases "know the snow" and "grass class."

Tom is survived by the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Jean Elizabeth Phillips, who he married in 1975. He is also survived by his younger brother, Jerry Skelly and wife Irene of Newark, DE. He was most proud of his children; daughter Christine (Majewski) Townsend and husband Mike, son Jeremy Leerssen and wife Laura, daughter Debra (Majewski) Dudeck and husband Joey, son David Skelly and wife Michelle, and his grandchildren; Caroline, Meghan, and Elizabeth Townsend, Zachary and Jadyn Leerssen, Joshua and Joseph Dudeck, and Kyle and Natalie Skelly.

A memorial service will be held for family and friends at a later date. To leave online condolences, please visit mealeyfuneralhomes.com.


Gerry Spencer

Gerry Spencer past away November 24, 2007 in Buffalo N.Y. Gerry was a member of the 2nd Platoon of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 12th Cavalry from 1965 to 1966. He had been battling cancer for some time. Our prayers and condolence goes out to his lovely wife Barbara and the rest of his family. He serve his Country proudly. We will miss him.


Lawrence G. Stoffel

Fond du Lac - Larry G. "Silver Dollar Kid" Stoffel, age 73, of Fond du Lac, died Thursday, September 9, 2021, at St. Agnes Hospital. He was born on       December 20, 1947, in Campbellsport, the son of Jerome and Shirley (Klumpyan) Stoffel. Larry graduated from Goodrich High School. Larry served in theUnited States Army 1st and 12th Air Cavalry. He was a member of Trier-Puddy American Legion Post 75, Trier-Puddy American Legion Post 75 Firing Squad, DAV, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and he was a Purple Heart recipient. Larry loved talking, riding his bike, fishing, and of course handing out silver dollars and candy.

Survivors include his siblings, Gloria (Jim) Twohig, Mike (Pam) Stoffel, David Stoffel, Kay (Richard "Van") Van Der Vaart; his nieces and nephews, Jeffrey Twohig, Jim Twohig, Jamie (Stefanie) Osgood, Sammy Stoffel, Jerome "JJ" Stoffel, Matt (Lori Jayne) Stoffel; his aunt, Pat Stoffel; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Richard and Donald "Stosh"; one niece, Carol.

Visitation will take place on Saturday, September 18, 2021, from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM at Uecker-Witt Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow the visitation at the funeral home at 2:00 PM. Burial will follow the service at Ledgeview Memorial Park. Trier-Puddy American Legion Post 75 Firing Squad will conduct military graveside honors.


 Dennis R. Sutherland

Dennis R. Sutherland died Oct 17, 2011 in Chicago, IL. Beloved husband of 42 years to Treva; dear father of Daniel (Cathy) and Ryan (Christina); devoted grandpa of David, Amber and Brandon; loving brother of Russell (Noreen); fond uncle of Sheila (Mark) Cotton; Cherished son of the late Russell and Margaret (nee Carlson) and son-in-law of Georgia Green; dear friend of many. Past Commander and Life Member of the V.F.W. Post 8322. A decorated U.S. Army veteran, Dennis served with C 1/12 Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division during the Vietnam Conflict.

Ronald “Scott” Taylor

Ronald “Scott” Taylor, 64, on Sunday January 18, 2009 at the Veteran’s Administration Nursing Home in Washington D.C. from complications of diabetes, brought on by his exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. Mr. Taylor, an Arlington, VA native, graduated from Virginia Tech as a member of the Corps of Cadets, and commissioned into the Army as an infantry officer in 1966. He had two combat tours of duty in Vietnam with the 1st Cavalry Division, and the Military Advisory Command, Vietnam. He received numerous decorations, including the Distinguished Service Cross, our country’s second highest award for combat valor after the Medal of Honor.

Gene Raymond Tetzlaff,

Gene Raymond Tetzlaff, age 58, of Cleveland, entered into Eternal Rest on Oct. 10, 2007. Preceded in death by his beloved parents, Wilbur and Jeanette (nee Eggert); dear father of David and Andrea; beloved brother of William (Charlene), Darlene Matthews, Debbie Kreilach, Denise Ontko, Joan (Karl) Meyer, John (Barb) and Jim. Veteran of the U.S. Army Viet Nam. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Gene Tetzlaff Memorial Fund. The family will gather in Celebration of Gene's Life at HUMENIK FUNERAL CHAPEL, 14200 SNOW RD., BROOKPARK, ON SUNDAY 2-4 AND 6-8 P.M., where Funeral Services will be held on MONDAY AT 1 P.M. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. 1-877-HUMENIK www.cleveland.com/obits   Gene served with Charlie Company in 1969

 Gary Lee Uliano,

Gary Lee Uliano, Col. (Ret), 64, of Orlando Florida went home to be with his Lord on March 28, 2009. Gary served as Company Commander of C Co, 1/12 Cav from February 1969 to August 1969. He then served as Assistant G3 with HHC 1st Cav Div (Air Mobile) from September 1969 to February 1970. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his distinguished service. Gary proudly served in the US Army for 26 years in a wide variety of command and staff positions. He has spent the past 17 years in the defense industry managing simulation, training and support programs for Loral and Lockheed Martin. Gary was a member of River Run Christian Church in Orlando Florida. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends. Gary was a Florida Gators fan. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Pat Uliano; his daughter Marcia Bayard and his son Peter Uliano. Gary was laid to rest at Bushnell National Cemetery in Florida. He will forever be remembered. He will forever be missed. His son, Peter, can be contacted at peteruliano@msn.com

Kenneth Walker,

Kenneth Walker 60, of Somerville, New Jersey died just prior to Veteran's Day, 2008. He would have been 61 on New Year's Eve. He served in Company C, 1/12th Cavalry in 1968 and 1969. He was awarded the Bronze Star with a "V." Ken attended one Cav Reunion in Washington DC in 2004 and enjoyed it greatly.