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September/october 2008

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BY REV. PHIL SALOIS, M.S.
William T. Adcock, 63, died in Baltimore. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Baltimore Chapter 451.

Clyde G. Adkisson, 62, died March 31 in Fargo, North Dakota. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Mayville Chapter 374.

Harold L. Albright, 78, died September 17, 2007, in North Augusta, South Carolina, from cancer. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was a Seabee in Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Liberty Bell (Philadelphia) Chapter 266.

Ernest Amabile, 61, died in Albany, New York. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Albany Chapter 8.

Marco Ambrosi, 60, died July 3 from lung disease. He was an Army veteran and served in Vietnam. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Kansas City Chapter 317.

Danny Avery, 61, died March 29 in Jackson, Tennessee, from cancer. He served in the U.S. Army from 1967-68. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Jackson Chapter 995.

Bradley Shane Beatty, 35, died May 12 in Greenville, North Carolina, from a gunshot wound. He was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Greenville Chapter 292.

Phillip Joseph Bianco, 57, died February 25 in Whiting, New Jersey. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Cedar Grove Chapter 510.

Robert C. Boswell, 63, died July 1 in Philadelphia from cancer. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Liberty Bell (Philadelphia) Chapter 266.

John Broomall, 61, died April 7 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Springfield Chapter 866.

Robert Leroy Brown, 54, died April 6, 2006, in Culpeper, Virginia. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Rixeyville Chapter 752.

Henry Edward Budd, 60, died at his home on June 14, 2007, from esophageal cancer. He served with 101st Airborne in Vietnam. He was wounded in Hue, for which he received the Purple Heart. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Stanhope Chapter 327.

Henry Burke died July 17 in Brooklyn, New York, of complications from surgery. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War with the First Cavalry Division and was awarded the Bronze Star with “V” device and the Purple Heart. He was a VAVS Representative at the Brooklyn VA Medical Center. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Brooklyn Chapter 72.

Perry King Burrows, 51, died April 21 in Greenville, North Carolina, from a heart attack. He served in the U.S. Army during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and retired in the U.S. Army Reserves after 30 years of service. He was a life member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Greenville Chapter 272.

Anthony A. Cacioppo, 69, died November 9, 2007. He served as a Captain in the Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Bettendorf Chapter 776.

Richard Gray Caldwell, 62, died November 30, 2006, in Concord, Massachusetts, from lung cancer. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Caldwell was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Concord Chapter 116.

James Edward Callahan, 62, died July 29 as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. A Vietnam veteran, he was a sergeant in the Army from 1965-69. He served as a combat medic and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Bronze Star medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. He was a life member and president of Vietnam Veterans of America-Pittsfield Chapter 65.

Lexie Carter, 66, died in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Graterford Chapter 466.

David Castell, 61, died March 8 in North Las Vegas from an accident. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Las Vegas Chapter 17.

James Edward Chaffin, Jr., 61, died June 20 in West Columbia, South Carolina, from cancer. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1967-71 and was stationed at Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam. He was a founding member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Columbia Chapter 303.

Edward Clement Charvat, 69, died January 10 in Baltimore. He was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Baltimore Chapter 451.

Michael D. Clark, 61, died March 21, 2007, in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, from cancer. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1962-66 with a tour of duty in Danang from 1965-66. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Wisconsin Rapids Chapter 101.

Ralph B. Clay, 65, died in Fort Mohave, Arizona. He was a life member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Kingman Chapter 975.

Daniel J. Collins II, 60, died October 27, 2007, in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Hollidaysburg Chapter 967.

John Anthony Colucco, 61, died December 17, 2007, in Post Sainte Lucie, Florida. He served as a Navy Corpsman from 1964-67. Colucco served in Vietnam from 1966-67 with Charley Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. He was awarded a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Two Purple Hearts, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Presidential Unit Citation, and the Fleet Marine Force Service Ribbon. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Port Ste. Lucie Chapter 568.

Thomas R. Crawford, 60, died June 24 in Amarillo, Texas. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Texas.

Gary D. Cross died in Cortland, New York, following a motorcycle accident. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Dryden Chapter 377.

Lee Croswell, 67, died in Brooklyn, New York. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Brooklyn Chapter 72.

Jackie Garry Coulter, 65, died May 30 in Rock Springs, Georgia. He served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Chattanooga Chapter 203.

Richard Lewis Cox, 64, died April 24 in Liberty City, Texas, following a motorcycle accident. He served in the U.S. Army Special Forces with two tours in Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Longview Chapter 987.

Eugene E. Culver, 75, died January 9 in Lawton, Oklahoma. He served in the U.S. Army with two tours of duty in Vietnam. He retired after 32 years of service. Culver was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Lawton Chapter 751.

Edward Paul Daugherty, 72, died August 18, 2003, in Glen Saint Mary, Florida. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1962-66 during the Vietnam War. He retired after a 20-year career. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-James Michael Ray Memorial (Albion) Chapter 818.

Jerald T. Denny, 64, died January 2 in Rochester, New York. He was an Army veteran of Vietnam where he served in the 25th Infantry Div. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Rochester Chapter 20.

Mario Robert DiGiovanni, 56, died June 14 in Alger, Michigan. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Mount Clemens Chapter 154.

Earl W. Dodge, 67, died March 31 in the Philippines. He served in the U.S. Air Force with a tour in Vietnam and retired at the rank of Captain. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Angeles City Chapter 887.

Larry Dowler died in Carson City, Nevada. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-“The Rock Pile” (Carson City) Chapter 719.

Jewel Dean Tidwell Estes, 60, died February 11 in Winfield, Alabama. She was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Winfield Chapter 786.

Jimmie D. Eutsler, 67, died in Vacaville, California. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Mariposa Chapter 368.

Timothy P. Finucane, 54, died November 17, 2007, in Hollidaysburg, Pennsyvlvania. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Hollidaysburg Chapter 967.

Robert Fish, 59, died June 20 in West Bend, Wisconsin. He served in Vietnam with the 82nd Airborne in 1969-70. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Newburg Chapter 448.

Monty Fisher, 61, died May 4 in Bend, Oregon. He served in the U.S. Navy with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Bend Chapter 820.

John Thomas Flack, 74, died April 3 in Jamestown, North Carolina, from multiple myeloma. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea, Vietnam, and the Dominican Republic. He retired after 22 years of service. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-West End Chapter 966.

Jay Merrill Fowle, 68, died May 11 at his home in Cape May Court, New Jersey. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Cape May Chapter 955.

Earl C. Frank, 62, died December 17, 2007, in Glendive, Montana. He joined the U.S. Navy in the fall of 1963 and served for four years. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Glendive Chapter 234.

Robert L. Franz, 84, died April 7 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1943-46 in World War II. He was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Manitowoc Chapter 731.

Aloysius Bowling Gardiner, 73, died May 22 in Williamsburg, Virginia, from heart and lung disease. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 23 years, including service in Korea and Vietnam. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Williamsburg Chapter 957.

James Lowell Gingerich, 64, died June 21 at his home in Blue Springs, Mississippi, from cancer. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Tupelo Chapter 842.

Clifford William Goeden, 63, died June 17 at home. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Carlyle Chapter 269.

Michael H. Goode, 61, died in Kissimmee, Florida. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Kissimmee Chapter 755.

James T. Gootee, Jr., died in West Paducah, Kentucky. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Paducah Chapter 337.

Levon L. Grimes, 66, died in Etoile, Texas. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Nacogdoches Chapter 931.

Phil Hackney, 63, died April 27 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, from a heart attack. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Chattanooga Chapter 203.

David L. Hanes, 63, died May 17 in Nashville of heart disease. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1963-85 with a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1965-66. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Saint Marys Chapter 720.

John Martin Hayes, 61, of Conway, South Carolina, died July 15 from heart disease. He was a Master Sgt. in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years. He served three tours in the Vietnam War and received the Silver Star. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Little River Chapter 925.

Thomas I. Heckman, 70, died in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Pennsylvania.

Millard P. Heistand, 69, died March 10, 2007, in Charleston, South Carolina, from ventricular fibrillation, coronary heart disease, and diabetes mellitus type II. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and in the U.S. Army with two tours of duty in Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Charleston Chapter 780.

Ralph H. Helms, Sr., 78, died April 11 in Lawton, Oklahoma. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 1947 and served for 20 years in Japan, Korean, Vietnam, and Germany. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Lawton Chapter 751.

John C. Hillestad, 61, died in Iola, Kansas. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Wichita Chapter 934.

Dennis Ralph Hodge, 57, died May 18 in Houston. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1970-74 with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Houston Chapter 343.

Russell B. Hodges, 77, died December 8 in Lompoc, California, from a heart attack. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War from 1965-66 as a combat forward air controller supporting the Army Special Forces and retired in 1981 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Meritorious Service Awards, 16 Air Medal Awards, and many other awards. He was an at-large life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-California.

Lynn Bradley Hulsey, 60, died May 10 in Gainesville, Georgia. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Gainesville Chapter 772.

Charles Oliver Hunt, 64, died at home May 25. He served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Korea from 1962-65. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Owego (New York) Chapter 480.

Lloyd E. Hydle, 59, died June 24 in Cottonwood, Arizona. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an at-large life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Arizona.

William Victor Jefferson 70, died April 11 in Lawton, Oklahoma. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955-80 with service in Vietnam. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Lawton Chapter 751.

James Jenkins, 62, died October 7, 2007, in Durango, Colorado, from a heart attack. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Santa Rosa (California) Chapter 223.

Floyd Robert Jensen, 65, died at home in Warren, Arkansas, October 2, 2007, from cancer. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Jensen was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Dryden (New York) Chapter 377.

Ira Arthur Jett died April 4, 2007, in Arlington, Virginia. A retired Captain in the U.S. Army, Jett was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Arlington Chapter 227.

Monty D. Johnson, 61, died July 19 in Rising Sun, Maryland. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Bel Air Chapter 588.

Charlie M. Jones, Jr., 76, died June 6 at home in Texarkana, Arkansas. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Texarkana Chapter 278.

Chester David Karasinski, 60, died March 13 in Hainesport, New Jersey, from complications from transplants. He served in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam 1970-71 and in Bosnia-Herzegovina and retired in 2007. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Bordentown Chapter 899.
Francis H. Kelly, 80, died February 11 in Wakefield, Rhode Island. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-South County (Wakefield) Chapter 325.

Leslie B. Kelly, Jr., 72, died recently in Kissimmee, Florida. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Kissimmee Chapter 755.

Martin Edward Kirk, 78, died May 9 in Wenatchee, Washington, from diabetes mellitus type II. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950-76, with tours in Newfoundland, Germany, and Vietnam. He was an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Alaska.

Ronnie J. Klam, 61, committed suicide June 11 at his home in Dubina, Texas. He served in the U.S. Army from 1969-70 in Vietnam. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Schulenburg Chapter 870.

Michael Walter Klesk, 60, died May 16 in Minneapolis. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Lindstrom Chapter 684.

Raymond J. Landry, 84, died in May in Benicia, California. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-San Jose Chapter 201.

Warner L. Langevin, 70, died June 18 in Richmond, Indiana, from metastatic lung cancer. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Richmond Chapter 777.

Charles Stanhope Lauraine, Jr., 60, died January 3 after a long battle with diabetes and heart trouble. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam with two tours of duty in 1966-67 and 1969-70. He was an at-large life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Texas.

Elwood A.D. Lechausse of Enfield, Connecticut, died May 17 at the age of 67. The cause of death was esophageal cancer. He served in the U.S. Army from 1958-65 with the 101st Airborne Division. During his Vietnam tour, he served with the 178th Signal (Spt), 39th Signal Battalion in Qui Nhon. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Hartford Chapter 120. He was inducted into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame in 2007.

Kevin D. Lehmann died December 21, 2007, in Chicago from a heart attack. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Chicago Chapter 209.

Roscoe B. Little, 67, died April 2 in Winfield, Kansas. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Wichita Chapter 934.

Jon Anthony Loren, 64, died June 14 in Brookings, Oregon, from lymphoma and leukemia. He served in the Coast Guard in the South Pacific, including Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Brookings Chapter 757.

David L. Matthews, 72, died April 3 in Clarksburg, West Virginia. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Fairmont Chapter 874.

Alan Eugene Maxwell, 64, died January 26 in Ottawa, Kansas, after a heart attack. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1961-66 with two tours of duty in Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Ottawa Chapter 912.

Gerhard McBride, 56, died May 26 in Rochester, New York. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Rochester Chapter 20.

John J. McDonald, 65, died recently in Chillicothe, Ohio. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Chillicothe Chapter 810.

Joseph Marshall McDonnell, 74, died April 8 in Colleyville, Texas, from brain cancer. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a pilot in Vietnam from 1965-66. He retired in 1985 after 30 years of service. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Arlington Chapter 330.

Sarah Louise McDonnell, 70, died May 15 in Colleyville, Texas, from TTP disease. She married Air Force Pilot Joseph “Skip” McDonnell shortly after her return from Vietnam. She served in the U.S. Air Force as a triage nurse in Vietnam and was an at-large life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Texas.

Mario Mercado-Jimenez, 62, died October 18, 2007, in Ponce, Puerto Rico, from lung cancer. He served in the U.S. Army from 1967-69 with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Puerto Rico.

Charles Richard Mexico died June 21 in Monroe, Michigan, from lung cancer. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Southgate Chapter 259.

Lowell F. Meyers, 60, died May 10 in Marquette, Michigan, from cancer. He served in Vietnam. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Negaunee Chapter 380.

John Mihailoff, 67, died April 22 in Vail, Arizona, from Agent Orange-related esophageal cancer. He served two tours in Vietnam in the U.S. Army from 1965-66 and from 1970-71. Mihailoff was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Tucson Chapter 106.

Theodore C. Miller, 70, died in June in Winfield, Kansas. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Wichita Chapter 934.

Philip D. Mineer died in 1997 in Captiva, Florida. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Somers Point (New Jersey) Chapter 228.

Annie Moebuis, 59, died in 2007 in Baltimore. She was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Baltimore Chapter 451.

Larry James Moore, 60, died April 14 in Indianapolis from a heart attack. He served in the U.S. Army and during the Vietnam War served in the 9th Infantry Division. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Indianapolis Chapter 295.

Steven P. Moriarity, 60, died March 4 in Bayonne, New Jersey. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Bayonne Chapter 151.

Frank W. Mott, 66, died June 5 in Ramona, California. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Beaumont Chapter 292.

Stephen E. Myers, 61, died in May in Gardner, Massachusetts. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Gardner Chapter 294.

Jack E. O’Keefe, 58, died May 9 at his home in Pittsville, Wisconsin. He served in the U.S. Army with the Fourth Infantry Division in Vietnam from 1970-71. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Wisconsin Rapids Chapter 101.

Kenneth M. Olsen, 67, died June 4 in Yakima, Washington. He was an at-large life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Washington.

Timothy James O’Malley, 61, died October 20, 2007, in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Hollidaysburg Chapter 967.

Eldon J. Pearsall, 62, died March 9 in Byron, Michigan, from a heart attack. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1963-67 during the Vietnam War. Pearsall was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Flint Chapter 175.

Richard R. Pennebaker, Sr., 60, died May 2 in Lewistown, Pennsylvania. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam with India Company, Third Battalion, Ninth Marines, Third Marine Division and was awarded two Purple Hearts. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Lewistown Chapter 791.

Joseph F. Perez, 63, died September 27, 2007, in Mannington, West Virginia. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-White Hall Chapter 874.

Peter Petorak, Jr., died in Simpson, Pennsylvania. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an at-large life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Pennsylvania.

Richard C. Raymond, 65, died June 5 in Las Vegas of heart failure and diabetes mellitus type II. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and retired at the rank of Master Sergeant. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Mount Clemens Chapter 154.

Jack Edward Reimus, Sr., 52, died February 29 in Blythewood, South Carolina. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam era. He was an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Florida.

Dennis Michael Rice, 56, died May 29 in Brooklyn, New York. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an at-large life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Florida.

Gary E. Rice, 65, died May 16 in Springfield, Ohio. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Ohio.

Raymond J. Rice, 62, died November 14, 2006, in Cape Coral, Florida. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Cape Coral Chapter 594.

Vicki Rodriguez, 67, died August 2 in Tucson, Arizona, from cancer. She was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Tucson Chapter 106.

Cruz Ruiz-Vega, 61, died May 19 in Yauco, Puerto Rico. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Yauco Chapter 483.

William D. Sadler, 57, died February 9 in Roanoke, Virginia. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Lynchburg Chapter 196.

Ralph Savarese died recently in Carson City, Nevada. He was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America- “The Rock Pile” (Carson City) Chapter 719.

John J. Schultz, 50, died October 31, 2001, in Pembroke Pines, Florida. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Bayonne (New Jersey) Chapter 151.

John P. Simard, 69, died January 2 in Wichita, Kansas, from heart failure. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Wichita Chapter 934.

Eugene J. Siroki, 67, died March 12 in Louisville, Kentucky, from cancer. He was retired from the Army National Guard, 223rd MP Company. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Louisville Chapter 454.

William Skelton died in May 2007 in Cincinnati. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans
of America-Cincinnati Chapter 10.

Anna M. Smith, 80, died May 6 in Plymouth, Michigan. She was a life member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Plymouth Chapter 528.

Robert Dunham Smith, 74, died July 2 in San Marcos, Texas. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-San Marcos Chapter 923.

Travis Lynn Smith, 61, died recently in Sweet Home, Oregon. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Oregon.

Wesley Smith died August 6 in London, Kentucky. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was the President of Vietnam Veterans of America-London Chapter 621 and the Kentucky VVA State Council Vice-President.

Thomas B. Snell, 62, died July 2 in Whitmore Lake, Michigan, from heart disease. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Plymouth Chapter 528.

Michael F. Stejbach, 61, died February 20 in Rochester, New York. He was a Marine Corps Vietnam veteran and an at-large member of Vietnam Veterans of America-New York.

 

 

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