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January/February 2003
FROM THE NATIONAL CHAPLAIN
   
 

Taps

BY REV. PHIL SALOIS, M.S.


Stephen Bailey died recently in Huson, Montana. He was born August 5, 1949. Bailey was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Winnemucca (Nevada) Chapter 744.

Thomas Michael Bird  died July 20 in White River Junction, Vermont. He was born June 1, 1950. Bird served in the U.S. Army from 1969-71 with the 101st Airborne Division and later in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Division. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement. Bailey was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Essex Junction Chapter 829.

John W. Brown died recently in El Paso, Texas. He was born June 8, 1934. Brown was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-El Paso Chapter 844.

George Judson Commins died July 3 in White River Junction, Vermont, of leukemia. He was born June 14, 1924. Commins joined the U.S. Army and served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam as a medic with the 25th Infantry Division, 65th Battalion, Corps of Engineers. During his service in Korea he was awarded a battlefield commission and the Bronze Star with "V" Device for Valor. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Essex Junction Chapter
829.

Kenneth Don David, 60, died November 17 in Birmingham. He served in the U.S. Army for 21 years as a Chief Warrant Officer and was a Vietnam veteran. David was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Athens Chapter 511, a VVA Service Representative Officer, and was named 1995 Veteran of the Year by the Alabama VVA State Council.

Harry E. Flauaus died recently in Bowling Green, Missouri. He was born February 10, 1922. Flauaus was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Bowling Green Chapter 833.

Alfred George Harris died July 8 in Athol, Massachusetts, of cardiac and liver failure. He was born in Montague, Massachusetts, on November 21, 1948. Harris was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Athol Chapter 340.

Jerry Joshua Hoopert died November 1 in Sharpsburg, Maryland, of cancer. He was born January 5, 1935. Hoopert served in the U.S. Army and in the Vietnam War. He  retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Cumberland Chapter 172.

Earle C. Irwin died August 4 in Daleville, Alabama, of lung cancer. He was born June 6, 1941. Irwin served in the U.S. Army with service in Vietnam from 1971-72. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Daleville Chapter 373.

Doris Turner Nock Jones died November 10 in Nassawadox, Virginia, of cancer. She was born April 21, 1934. Jones was a life member and associate liaison of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America-Onley (Virginia) Chapter 614.

Johnny Odell McCulloch, 54, died September 23 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Athens Chapter 511.

Richard W. Newman died recently in Chaparral, New Mexico. He was born February 9, 1931. Newman was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of American-El Paso Chapter 844.

Bernard Odom died August 25 in Kearneyville, West Virginia. He was born July 23, 1947. Odom served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1970-75. He was a Vietnam veteran and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Cumberland (Maryland) Chapter 172.

Charles D. Reighard died April 11 in Conroy, Iowa, of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was born October 24, 1944. Reighard served in the U.S. Army with service in  Vietnam from 1967-68. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Des Moines Chapter 490.

John F. Richards died October 28 in Ellensburg, Washington, of Agent Orange-related cancer. He was born on January 14, 1950. Richards served in the U.S. Coast Guard for four years and served in Vietnam in 1966. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Ellensburg Chapter 514.

Jonathan F. Sweet died June 28 in Omaha, Nebraska. He was born August 20, 1944.  Sweet was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was an at-large member with the state of Nebraska.

Jerry Washington died recently in Jacksonville, Florida, of a staph infection. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam as a captain with SOG in 1970. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Nashville Chapter 46 and served as the chapter treasurer.

Louis Weiler died October 29 in Quincy, Michigan. He was born October 12, 1940. Weiler served in the U.S. Army in the Special Forces and was a POW in Vietnam for 18 months. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America-Coldwater Chapter 730.

Curtis Wilson died September 25 in Clarksville, Tennessee. He was born June 11, 1936. Wilson was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America- Clarksville Chapter 396.

   

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