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From The National Chaplain
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 “Taps” page on the VVA web site: www.vva.org/taps.html

L.J. Adams, 75, died December 2, 2009. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Loretta, Tennessee, Chapter 976. 
John F. Arnett, 75, died January 17. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954-62 and in the U.S. Army from 1962-64. He was a permanently hospitalized member of Lawton, Oklahoma, Chapter 751.
Mike T. Athanason, 64, died in 2009. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an at-large life member of Florida.
Judeth Regina Averella, 54, died November 1, 2009, from cancer. She was an associate life member of Baltimore Chapter 451.
Nell Marie Beasley, 76, died January 10. She was an associate member of Daleville, Alabama, Chapter 373.
Dudley Pearsall Berry, 76, died December 1, 2009. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and served worldwide until his retirement in 1975. He was a life member of Rutland, Vermont, Chapter 1.
Stephen Bischoff died in 2009. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Chapter 224.
Richard Duane Blacksmith, 59, died November 24, 2009. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Des Moines, Iowa, Chapter 490.
Gary Michael Bowers, 60, died December 12, 2009, from metastatic adenocarcinoma of the colon. He was a Vietnam Army veteran and a life member of Defiance, Ohio, Chapter 954. 
Ralph S. Bremers, 66, died October 26, 2009. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Omaha, Nebraska, Chapter 146. 
Lee Buczynski, 62, died. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Cedar Grove, New Jersey, Chapter 510.
Jim C. Burdick, 66, died December 9, 2009. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1963 and served in Vietnam as a crew chief. Burdick was a member and past president of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Chapter 467.
Donald Lee Burdine, 80, died January 15. He entered the U.S. Army in 1946 and retired in 1976. He served three tours of duty in Korea and one tour in Vietnam. He was a member of Lawton, Oklahoma, Chapter 751.  
John W. Capriotti died July 24, 2009, from cancer. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Northern Virginia Chapter 227. 
Anthony T. Cardillo, 61, died December 31, 2009, from cancer. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour in Vietnam in 1968. He was a member of Hudson, Florida, Chapter 1003.
John O. Chimile, 63, died November 23, 2009. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, Chapter 862.
James F. Clair, Sr., 66, died December 18, 2009, from a heart attack. He served in the U.S. Navy. He was a life member of Liberty Bell, Philadelphia Chapter 266. 
Maynard L. Cowgill, 74, died in 2009. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Cumberland, Maryland, Chapter 172.
Edward J. Desrochers, 62, died May 27, 2009, from Agent Orange-related lymphoma.  He served in the Vietnam War with the 4th Infantry Division from 1967-68. He was a life member of Providence, Rhode Island, Chapter 273. 
Michael A. DiGuiseppi died February 1. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserves and was stationed in Naples, Italy, from 1965-67. He was a member of Hicksville, New York, Chapter 82.
Leff Woodrow Douglas, Jr., 60, died March 17, 2009. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Galax, Virginia, Chapter 710. 
William R. Douillette, Sr., 79, died January 15. He was an associate life member of Bow, New Hampshire, Chapter 41.
James Francis Drury III, 61, died December 12, 2009, from hypertensive heart disease and hyperlipidemia.  During the Vietnam War he served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of Bow, New Hampshire, Chapter 41. 
Kenneth Egge, 67, died December 31, 2009, from a stroke. He served in Vietnam as a U.S. Navy corpsman attached to the 3rd Battalion of the 3rd Marine Division. He was a member of Glendive, Montana, Chapter 234.
Rex E. Farmer, 61, died February 8. He was a U.S. Army veteran, served in Vietnam, and was a life member of Princeton, West Virginia, Chapter 628. 
Larry Dee Fiedler, Sr., 61, died October 10, 2009. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Port Huron, Michigan, Chapter 284.  
Gerardo A. Figueroa, 68, died in 2009. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and
a life member of Merced, California, Chapter 691.
Terry R. Folk, 63, died December 28, 2009. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1964-68, including aboard the U.S.S. Weise off Vietnam. He was a life member of Henderson, Nevada, Chapter 17. 
Dennis Lee Fox, 63, died December 9, 2009. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Cumberland, Maryland, Chapter 172.   
Mary Graf died November 2009. She was an associate member of Texarkana, Texas, Chapter 278.
Mirve Tex Griggs, 61, died December 28, 2007, of complications from Agent Orange-related diabetes mellitus type II. He spent four years in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Hyannis, Massachusetts, Chapter 338. 
Thomas M. Gwaltney, 56, died in 2009. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Dryden, New York, Chapter 377.
William J. Hanlon, Sr., 68, died April 15. He served in the U.S. Army for 11 years, including a tour in Korea and two tours in Vietnam. He was a member of Winchester, Virginia, Chapter 1019.
Douglas W. Hanna, 61, died November 6, 2009. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Port Huron, Michigan, Chapter 284.
Harry M. Hansen III, 60, died July 21, 2009. He was an associate life member of Quad Cities, Iowa, Chapter 299.
Thomas H. Hansen, Jr., 62, died September 15, 2009. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a permanently hospitalized veteran member of Pleasantville, New York, Chapter 49.
William J. Hardee, 66, died October 25, 2009. He served in the U.S. Army from 1963-66. He was a life member of Bluefield, West Virginia, Chapter 985. 
William T. Harry, Jr. died September 4, 2009 from multiple myeloma and amyloidosis. He was a member of Roanoke, Virginia, Chapter 81.
William Edward Haynes, 62, died August 25. He was a member of Chesapeake, Virginia, Chapter 433.
Dale E. Hayward, 61, died December 9, 2009. He was a permanently hospitalized member of Defiance, Ohio, Chapter 954.
Louis L. Hickman, 61, died October 9, 2009. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, Chapter 862.
James M. Higgins, 84, died January 17 from heart failure. He served in the U.S. Navy and was also a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Higgins was a life member of Westfield, Massachusetts, Chapter 219. 
Jerry R. Hilgeman, 67, died May 22, 2009, from kidney failure and diabetes mellitus type II. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960-81. He was a life member of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Chapter 431.
Dan Hill, 65, committed suicide December 31, 2009. He served in Korea and Vietnam and was a life member of Clarksville, Tennessee, Chapter 396. 
Stanely J. Holloway, 63, died May 18, 2009, from glioblastoma multiform. He served as a U.S. Army artillery officer in Vietnam. He was a member of Henderson, Nevada, Chapter 17. 
Glenn Allen Huber, 62, died December 21, 2009, from lung cancer. He served in the U.S. Air Force, including a tour in Vietnam. He was a member of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Chapter 210. 
Otis E. Jackson, 77, died December 26, 2009, from cancer. He served in the Korean War and in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Centralia, Illinois, Chapter 176. 
Harold D. Johnson, 62, died December 14, 2009, from cancer. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Rock Island, Illinois, Chapter 299.
Joe Kelly, 65, died January 21. He was an associate member of Texarkana, Texas, Chapter 278.
Robert N. Kelly, 67, died January 16. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam with the 189th Assault Helicopter Company and was an at-large life member of Michigan.
Robert Reycraft Kinch, 65, died November 18, 2009. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Lawrence, Indiana, Chapter 295. 
Timothy Ray Larson, 56, died November 30, 2009, from cancer. He served in U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from 1970-73. He was a member of Mayville, North Dakota, Chapter 374. 
Ivan V. Lawhon, Jr., died October 3, 2009. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Oregon, Missouri, Chapter 638.
Kenneth J. Lawler, 85, died December 22, 2009, from heart failure. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was an associate member of Jamestown, New York, Chapter 865 and served as the chapter chaplain. 
J.L. Lawson, 73, died January 12 from cancer. Lawson served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 16 years and was a veteran of Vietnam. He was a member of Cumming, Georgia, Chapter 1030. 
Wallace E. Leach, 84, died January 2 from cardiac arrest and diabetes mellitus type II. He served in the U.S. Army, the Marine Corps, and the Navy during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He was a life member of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Chapter 670.
Donald K. LeGay, 79, died January 15. He entered the U.S. Army in 1947. After returning from Korea, he did a tour in Vietnam. He was a member of Leominster, Massachusetts, Chapter 116.
Vernon E. Lemaster, 76, died March 12. He was an associate member of Omaha, Nebraska, Chapter 146.
Mark Charles Leveroni, 62, died January 2 from heart failure. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1967-68 as a combat medic. Leveroni was a member of Chico, California, Chapter 582.
Robert E. Lewis, 63, died September 15, 2008, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1965-69 during the Vietnam War. He was an at-large member of Oregon.
Floyd Byerl Lyerla, 81, died December 23, 2009, from heart disease. He was an Army veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, and retired in 1970. He was a member of Topeka, Kansas, Chapter 604. 
Virgil Lee McCuddy, 64, died June 26 from lung cancer. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, with service in the Vietnam War. He was a member of Jackson, Tennessee, Chapter 995.
Martin Joseph McIsaac, 75, died November 17. He joined the U.S. Army in 1956 and served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He was a member of Lawton, Oklahoma, Chapter 751. 
Richard C. McMillan, 61, died October 2. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member, four-term President, and twelve-term Secretary/Treasurer of Birmingham, Alabama, Chapter 416.
James J. McSorley, 66, died December 23, 2009, from cancer. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour in Vietnam in 1966. He was a member of Hudson, Florida, Chapter 1003.
Roger L. Meadows, 61, died October 31 from Agent Orange-related lung cancer. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War with Delta Company,
1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, “The Walking Dead.” He was a life member of Owego, New York, Chapter 480.
Robert E. Miller, 59, died November 1 from Agent Orange-related cancer. He served in the U.S. Army from 1967-70 with a tour in Vietnam. He was a member of Greater Providence, Rhode Island, Chapter 273.
Lewis L. Millett, Sr., 88, died November 14. His military career spanned more than three decades and three wars—WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. He was a member of Riverside, California, Chapter 47.   
Joyce Marie Miner, 59, died June 14 from cancer. She was an associate member of Bennington, Vermont, Chapter 601.
Jerry L. Moyer, 63, died. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Portage, Indiana, Chapter 905.
George C. Myers, 92, died August 31, 2009, from metastatic lung cancer. He was a Vietnam veteran and a life member of Norfolk, Virginia, Chapter 969.
Roger Alan Nichols, 62, died October 8 from complications from Agent Orange-related diabetes mellitus type II. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Grand Prairie, Texas, Chapter 1013.  
James Alden Nordstrom, 65, died September 7, 2007. He served in the U.S. Army at Fort Ord during the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Portage, Indiana, Chapter 905. 
Donald J. Nowak, 77, died. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Rome, New York, Chapter 708.
Joseph A. Nunez, 74, died April 10, 2007. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and retired at the rank of Gunny Sergeant. He was an at-large life member of Maryland.  
Dale Clifford Ogdahl, 60, died December 6, 2009, from Agent Orange-related cancer. He entered the U.S. Army in 1968 and served in Vietnam with the Mobile Riverine Force. He was a member of Alexandria, Minnesota, Chapter 235.
Ernest Mitchell Perdue, 62, died September 9, 2009, in South Carolina. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, Chapter 862.
Keith K. Petty, 61, died December 18, 2009, from Agent Orange-related ischemic heart disease. Petty was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of South Bend, Indiana, Chapter 1027. 
Henry Ponce, Jr., 67, died January 11 from sepsis. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Hobart, Indiana, Chapter 905.
Isaac Jerome Shider, Sr., 63, died December 28, 2009. He joined the U.S. Army in 1967 and served in Vietnam from 1968-69. He was a life member and the president of Lawton, Oklahoma, Chapter 751.
Charles Frederick Sloan, Jr., 64, died December 3, 2009. He served in the 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Cumberland, Maryland, Chapter 172.  
Buster B. Speaks, 74, died June 17, 2009. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a Vietnam veteran. He was a life member of Lawton, Oklahoma, Chapter 751.
Willie B. Telfair, 63, died January 17 from a heart attack. He served in the U.S. Army from 1967-69 with service in the Vietnam War. He was an at-large life member of North Carolina.  
Larry Joe Trexler, 65, committed suicide January 8. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962-66, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was a member of Cunningham, Tennessee, Chapter 396.
Kenneth E. Turnmeyer, 66, died December 27, 2009, from cancer. He served in the U.S. Army from 1961-64. He was a member of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Chapter 437. 
Wayne A. Urban, 65, died December 3, 2009 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, and a life member of Newark, Ohio, Chapter 55.
Lawrence D. Wallman, 61, died March 6, 2009, from cancer. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee, Chapter 942. 
Michael Warren, Sr., 59, died December 1, 2009. He was in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years and a member of Coral Gables, Florida, Chapter 121. 
David Albert Wells, 66, died November 3, 2009, from sepsis. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1966-67 with service in the Vietnam War. He was a member of Yountville, California, Chapter 702.
Dwight C. Wilson, 76, died in 2009. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Brookings, Oregon, Chapter 757.
Vestal O. Wilson, Jr., 69, died October 16, 2009, from a heart attack. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Port Huron, Michigan, Chapter 284. 
Robert L. Ziman, Sr., 79, died December 13, 2009, from Agent Orange-related Parkinson’s disease. He served for 32 years as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and flew 274 combat missions in Vietnam. He was a member of San Marcos, Texas, Chapter 923.

 

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