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Fiddlers' Green Poem  



Halfway down the trail to Hell in a shady meadow green,

are the Souls of all dead troopers camped near a good old-fashion canteen,

and this eternal resting place is known as Fiddlers' Green.


Marching past, straight through to Hell, the Infantry are seen,

accompanied by the Engineers, Artillery and Marine,

for none but the shades of Cavalrymen dismount at Fiddlers' Green.


Though some go curving down the trail to seek a warmer scene,

no trooper ever gets to Hell ere he's emptied his canteen

and so rides back to drink again with friends at Fiddlers' Green.


And so when man and horse go down beneath a saber keen,

or in a roaring charge fierce melee you stop a bullet clean,

and the hostiles come to get your scalp,

just empty your canteen and put your pistol to your head

and go to Fiddlers' Green.


Origin and author is unknown








Hollis Newberry, 91, of Abilene, passed away suddenly on Thursday, April 7, 2016 in Bedford, Texas.
Hollis was born in Abilene, Texas on February 14, 1925 to Claude and Ethel (Holly) Newberry. From 1942 to 1945, Hollis served in the United States Army during World War II in the First Calvary in the Pacific Theatre, where he received two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars. He then served in the United States Navy SEABEES during the Vietnam War in 1967 to 1968. He worked in the trucking repair business his entire life; owning and operating Newberry Auto Service, Newco Truck and Bus, and then Newco Services. Hollis was a member of Wylie Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Doris Ann (Donald) Newberry in 1997; and his second wife, Florence (Merrill) Newberry in 2006.
Hollis is survived by his two sons, Bill Newberry and wife Veronica of Hurst, Bob Newberry and wife Suzan of Abilene; one brother, James Newberry of North Richland Hills; two sisters, Martha Cantrell of Keller and Mary Poplawski of Phoenix, Arizona; seven grandchildren, Emily Gilmore and husband Trey, Linsey Green and husband Tim, Hunter Clayton, Cody Lindsey, Rodney Lindsey, Jason Newberry and wife Christie, and Jarod Newberry.
Hollis spent the last day of his life with his sons doing what he loved, fishing.
Memorials may be made in honor of Hollis Newberry to the Paralyzed Veterans of America-PVA: Donation Processing Center, 7 Mill Brook Rd, Wilton, NH 03086; or any charity that would benefit disabled veterans.


Colonel Andrew T. Poznick, 45, of Carlisle, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 20, 2016 in Carlisle.
He was born at Fort Bragg, NC on April 15, 1970 to the late Charles John Poznick, Jr. (CSM Ret.) and Hermina Hendrika Johanna vanGremberghen Handy. Andy was a Soldier, a husband, father and friend. He will be remembered for his devotion to duty and to his family whom he loved very much. His love of service was born from being an Army “brat” and traveling all over the world. He graduated from Ayer High School, Class of 1988 in Ayer, MA where he was a member of the National Honor Society, played football, basketball and baseball, while being a manager at McDonald’s. Of his senior class, Andy was voted Most Friendliest and Teacher’s Pet. He attended Auburn University, Class of 1992 on an Army ROTC scholarship, participated in Ranger Challenge and was a founding member of “The Five”. Andy graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry. He had received two Master’s Degrees, one from Troy State University in International Relations and one from the US Army War College in Strategic Studies. He was currently enrolled as a PhD candidate at Temple University.
His Army travels took the family twice to Fort Benning, GA and twice to Fort Hood, TX, Fort Leavenworth, Fort Carson, Fort Polk, Peterson Air Force Base and the Carlisle Barracks. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom twice, securing stability in the Battle of Baquoba in 2006 and Basra in 2011 where he commanded the last
combat troops to exit Iraq. Andrew’s military honors include a Bronze Star medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Superior Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal with Campaign Star, Iraqi Campaign Medal with 3 Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Kuwait Defense Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist, Air Assault Badge and Andrew was the recipient of the Legionnaire Level of Order of St. Maurice. The proudest moment of Colonel Poznick’s military career was leading the Chargers of 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry during their deployment to Iraq.
Andy married his best friend and love, Trish, on December 23, 1993. They have two children, John Thomas, age 17, currently a senior at Carlisle High School and Emma Jane, age 16, also at Carlisle High School. Andy loved his family dearly.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Trish Jane Pellecchia Poznick and their two children, John Thomas and Emma Jane, of Carlisle; his mother, Hermina Handy and husband, Lynn Handy (COL Ret.) of Harker Heights, TX; a brother, Anthony W. Poznick of the Republic of Korea; his sister, Joni Loper and husband Jeffrey Loper (CSM Ret.) of Helendale, CA; and five nephews, Matthew, Zachary, Joshua and Jake Loper and Jesse Poznick.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 28, 2016 at the US Army War College Memorial Chapel with Chaplain (COL) Gregory J. D’Emma as Celebrant. Interment will be handled at the convenience of the family at a later date. Military honors will be provided by the United States Army following Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Easter Seals Dixon Center for Military & Veteran Services, 1425 K Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005.


Larry C. Norfleet, 68, from Virginia, who served in Vietnam with A Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry from January, 1971, to January, 1972 during their Cambodian excursion, has passed away. He went in for heart surgery on February 4th and during the surgery, his organs failed.
He was born May 18, 1948 and died February 8, 2016. He leaves behind his wife of 40 years, Margaret, two children, Sheryl and Kevin and three grandchildren.
He served two years on active duty and attained the rank of SGT E-5 while in Vietnam. He then spent 24 years in the 80th Training Division where he made SFC E-7. During Vietnam, Larry was awarded the Bronze Star with "V", with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster and the Army Commendation Medal with "V", with 1st OLC. He worked as a Navy machinist at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia before retiring in 2011.
He attended the A Company, 2nd/12th reunion in Oklahoma last year, the first he ever attended. He was really looking forward to attending the 12th Cavalry reunion in Branson, Missouri, this year.
His widow, Margaret, has requested that in lieu of flowers, donation can be sent in Larry's name to the Hickory U.M.C. Good Neighbor Festival, an annual kid's charitable event at the church that Larry was deeply committed to supporting. The Church's address is Hickory U.M.C., 27208 Battlefield Blvd. South, Chesapeake, VA 23322, ATTN: Pastor Tom Mercer


Terry David Combs, 68, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, passed away in Springfield, Missouri on December 17, 2015. Terry Combs was born December 23, 1946, in Marysville, California to Allen Combs and Clara Ovella (Pilcher) Combs-Ford.
Terry served our country during the Vietnam War where he was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a distinguished member of the 12th Cavalry Regiment and was on the Board of Governors for the 1st Cavalry Division.
Terry enjoyed getting together with his friends from the 12th Cavalry Troopers, telling stories, fishing, hunting and golfing. His greatest times though were spent with his grandchildren and his family.
Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Clara and Curly Combs; a brother, Don Combs; and sister Kay Ford Whitley.
He leaves behind his wife, Della of the home; son, Terry Combs and wife Dana; step-son, Chris Taylor and wife Daleana; three grandchildren, Casey Combs, Kelsey Combs, and Terry Colton Combs; two sisters, Imogene Bradley and Marilynn Hammons; as well as many extended family members and friends too numerous to mention.
Funeral services are 9:30 am, Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at the First Baptist Church of Tahlequah. Officiating will be Reverend L.B. Wildcat and Chaplain Bill Lord. Pallbearers are Mike Barber, Judge Lynn Burris, Patrick Pointer, Richard Powers, Carl Combs, and Chris Combs. Honorary pallbearers are Members of the 12th Cavalry Troopers and The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. Interment will follow at 12:00 pm in the Fort Gibson National Cemetery in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma under the care of Green Country Funeral Home. Online condolences for the family may be left at








Loyd Perkins Rhiddlehoover Jr., 84, died on 7 August 2015, in Colorado Springs Colorado after a valiant battle with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.
Loyd P. Rhiddlehoover Jr. was born on 28 August 1930 to Loyd and Esther Rhiddlehoover, and spent his childhood in Hot Springs, Arkansas influenced by the strong virtues of his family, the Methodist Church, scouting, the public school system and athletics. This strong foundation enabled him to enter the United States Military Academy as a member of the Class of 1952. While at West Point, he discovered his prowess for lacrosse and became a starting defensive player. He earned a varsity letter with a gold star for beating the Naval Academy, was named to the College Lacrosse All American - second team, and was elected captain of the 1952 North All Star Team.
Upon graduation from West Point in 1952, Loyd received his commission in the US Army as a Second Lieutenant. His 28-year career was distinguished by numerous accomplishments including the award of two Combat Infantry Badges as well as the Bronze and Silver Stars for service in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. In 1960, the Army posted Loyd to Tulane University where he graduated with a Master of Science in Nuclear Physics and was inducted to the national Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society. Loyd took great pride in being a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, earning his Master Parachutist Badge and ultimately serving as its Assistant Commander for Operations. Loyd achieved his promotion to Brigadier General in 1975 after 23 years of service. In 1980, he retired from the Army to become the President of Kemper Military School and College in Boonville Missouri. In 1983, Loyd moved to Colorado Springs where he spent six successful years employed by CBS Insurance prior to retiring completely to pursue his passions of skiing, biking and traveling the world.
Loyd is survived by his wife of 55 years, Elizabeth Dawson Rhiddlehoover of Fayetteville, North Carolina; his sister, Mrs. Beth Haville of Hot Springs, Arkansas; his daughter, Colonel Sarah Beth Cliatt (USAF, Ret) of Colorado Springs who graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1986; and his son, Loyd Perkins Rhiddlehoover III of Washington DC who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1989. Loyd was also the beloved Guy Guy to his two grandchildren, Carter and Charlotte Cliatt of Colorado Springs.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on 22 August 2015 at St. George's Anglican Church, 217 E. Pikes Peak Ave. in Colorado Springs. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Loyd's honor to the West Point Lacrosse Team at


Henry (Hank) A. Sabine III, 70, passed away May 1, 2015, in Medicine Park, OK.
Hank was the third, and last, Henry Sabine to dwell in Comanche County. He was born in Lawton, July 15, 1944, to Elizabeth and Henry A. Sabine, Jr. He attended Whittier, Central Junior High, Lawton High School (class of '62).
Hank attended Cameron College ('64) and then Oklahoma University, earning a Bachelor's degree in Journalism (Public Relations) ('67). Designated a Distinguished Military Graduate, Hank accepted a Regular Army Commission and entered service as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry. Hank volunteered for the Infantry because he had been born and raised in Lawton and consequently chose to be stationed in places other than Fort Sill!
In 1967, Hank reported to the First Air Cavalry in Viet Nam as a platoon leader. He conducted 36 air assaults, three as the lead platoon under fire. While in this assignment, he earned the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and the VN Cross of Gallantry. During his 23 years in the Army, Hank served in command and staff positions from platoon to division and completed ten years in the Pentagon. He served in public relation assignments on the staff of both the Secretaries of Army and Defense. His additional awards include parachute badge, staff badges for both Sec/Army and Sec/Def, the Meritorious service Medal (2OC) and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. He was a graduate of several Infantry and Public Relations courses, and the Command and General Staff College. He earned an MBA from Western New England.
Following his retirement, Hank managed several service contracts for Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institute of Health. He also spent six years with Miller and Smith, Inc. a large home construction firm in Fairfax, Va.
Hank's first marriage of 30 years ended in divorce. In January 2000, Hank's high school sweetheart, Wanda Lee Mattoon, found him after 37 years. They were married in 2002 in Dana Point, Calif., on the 40th anniversary of their first date. A month later, they returned to Lawton to attend their 40th reunion of Lawton High School class of '62. While there, they located a special home in Medicine Park, purchased it, and returned following retirement in 2006. The Round House with its statue of a "goofy moose" has become a Park landmark.
Hank's family played a substantial role in Comanche County in its early days. His Grandfather Henry ("Hy") was born under a covered wagon during an early land run. Hy and Hank's Great Grandmother (Seina) worked for Elmer Thomas. Seina was the first cook in what is now the Old Plantation Restaurant. Hy built the first four cabins for Elmer Thomas and managed the grocery store. Hank's father (Henry Junior) was born in The Park. The family moved to Lawton in the 1930s after the Elmer Thomas business partners sold their interest in Medicine Park.
Hank is survived by his wife Lee, and the family who adopted him including his son and daughter-in-law, Peter and Carolina Foglesong; and Hank's granddaughter, Melanie Brook.
A service will be held in memory of Hank in Medicine Park, at a date to be announced later by the family.









Robert Gene Gabriel, 67, of Athens died Friday, July 24, 2015 at The Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus.
Born Jan. 8, 1948 in Athens, he is the son of Geneva Weekley Gabriel of Athens and the late Guy Gabriel. A 1965 graduate of Chauncey Dover High School, he was owner and operator of Bob Gabriel Construction. He was a member of Conrath-Bean DAV Chapter 37 and K.T. Crossen Post 21 American Legion, both of Athens. He served as the representative for disabled veterans on the Athens County Veterans Service Commission for 10 years, the maximum time any one member can serve.
In the book “Patriots” by Christian Appy, Bob is described as “a tall man with a sense of wonder about all he’s survived. He lives in rural southern Ohio and works as a carpenter. In Vietnam he was assigned to Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion of the 12th Calvary, 1st Calvary Division. One historian has described the 2nd of the 12th as the ‘lost battalion’ because it was cut off from air support during the Tet Offensive of 1968.” Bob loved nature and his home in Southeastern Ohio. He served in the Vietnam War and lived in Vermont, but his heart was always here and he was never gone for long.
Bob loved The Blues, good food, lovely women, and a great game of poker or Farkel. He had a shy smile and an infectious laugh and he will be missed more than we can express with the words given to us in this lifetime.
In addition to his mother, Bob is survived by his wife Donna Morgan; two daughters, Stephanie Gabriel (Matthew) Wright of Morrow and Neva Christina West of Boston, Mass.; step children- April Morgan of Albany, Dirk Morgan of The Plains, Brenda Cunningham of Stockport, Sheila Van Dyke of Albany and Karen (Armour) Radcliff of Athens; a niece and nephews.Besides his father, he is preceded in death by a brother, Gary Gabriel.
Military rites were conducted by K.T. Crossen Post 21 American Legion, VFW Post 3477 and VFW Post 9893 Honor Guards at the funeral home.







Colonel Jerry "J.W." Thurman, 68, U.S. Army retired, of Elizabethtown, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown. He was born January 4th, 1944 in Coeburn, Virginia to Virgie Macie and John Thomas.
Colonel J.W. Thurman enlisted into the U.S. Army in March of 1966. He was commissioned a second lieutenant and attended the field artillery basic course in May of 1967. After flight school, Colonel Thurman was deployed to the Republic of South Vietnam where he was assigned to 2nd Squadron 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Colonel Thurman then branch transferred to Armor branch, serving tours in armored and cavalry assignments in Europe and in the United States. He commanded A Company 2-32 Armor, 3rd Armored Division at Kirchgoens, Germany in 1975. In 1983, he commanded the 3rd Squadron 12th Cavalry, 3rd Armored Division at Budingen, Germany. Colonel Thurman had several assignments at the Armor School and Fort Knox where he was the chief of tactics and director of the command and staff department.
His most notable achievement was his establishment of the Armored Scout Platoon Leaders Course where he help shape young officers and non-commissioned officers in armored reconnaissance. Colonel Thurman's last duty assignment was as the G3 Operations Officer, 2nd U.S. Army at Fort Gillem, Georgia.
Colonel Thurman's awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Cross, Legion of Merit 2 OCL, Distinguished Flying Cross 2 OCL, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart 2 OCL, Meritorious Service Medal 4 OCL, Air Medal 23 with V device, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal 2 OCL, Viet Nam Service Medal 4, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon 2 OCL, Republic of Viet Nam Campaign Medal, Republic of Viet Nam Cross of Gallantry with Palm and the Army Aviator Badge. He also was inducted into the Field Artillery OCS Hall of Fame at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
J.W. was a member of American Legion Post 113 and V.F.W. Post 10281.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Thurman of Elizabethtown; daughter and son-in-law, Jerri Christine and Christopher Berry of Palm Coast, Florida; son and daughter-in-law, Cmdr. James Patton and Beth Thurman of Fort Worth, Texas; brother and sister-in-law, retired Gen. James D. and Dee Thurman of Salato, Texas; four grandchildren, Justyn Christine Berry, Austyn Nicole Berry, William Porter Thurman and James Gray Thurman; two great-grandchildren; the mother of his children, Ellen Hack of Palm Coast, Florida; brother-in-law, Bruce Johnson of Elizabethtown; and two nieces, Jaime Brown of Fort Riley, Kansas, and Laura Johnson of Elizabethtown.
Col. Thurman was buried with full military honors in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central in Radcliff, Ky on Friday, Feb 27, 2015.


Michael Anthony Morse, 68, passed away peacefully at Hospice at Hospice of NW Ohio on October 16 after fighting a 6 year battle with ALS. A lifetime resident of Toledo, Ohio, Tony was born to Earl and Mary (Wintersmith) Morse on Nov. 10, 1945. He graduated from Libbey High School in 1964 and attended the University of Toledo before enlisting in the United States Army. He served two tours in Vietnam as a combat infantryman in the 1st Cavalry Division.
Tony married Nadine (Westfall) on July 25, 1981. Together they raised their sons: Colin Hamilton and Garrett Anthony. Family was everything to Tony and he was blessed by a large family of 13 siblings and scores of nieces and nephews, as well as, great nieces and nephews. He talked to his sons and siblings daily and enthusiastically attended every family function, gladly serving as the family historian by having his camera and video camera ready to capture every moment. Tony loved to travel with his family all over the country, especially his yearly trips to Sarasota, Florida and his weekend trips to the cottage at Bird Lake.
He is survived by his loving wife, Nadine and sons: Colin and Garrett (Kacey) Morse. His grandchildren who called him “Papa” and were the joy of his life: Ella, Jaxson and Mason; sisters: Iva Davis, Sherley Blessing, Marlene (Wes) Menter, Beverly Rock and Sunday (Don) Miller; brother, John (Jill) Morse and brother-in-law, George Taber. Along with his parents, Tony was preceded in death by brothers: Bud, Bob, Tom, Butch, Jim and Skip and a sister, Gail “Sue”.
Funeral Services were on Monday, October 20 at 10:30 AM at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 951 N. Reynolds Rd. Interment followed in Toledo Memorial Park.


Lt. Col (Ret.) Kenneth P. Callicott, 90, was born on October 7th, 1923 on a farm 5 miles southwest of Harrison, Arkansas, the son of Alter Bayard Callicott and Mary Ben Callicott. Kenneth attended Harrison Public Schools and was a member of Future Farmers of America in which he attended several conventions in Kansas City, Missouri. He was a graduate of Harrison High School, class of 1941. After high school he attended Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas for a period of two years where he studied engineering.
In August of 1944 he was drafted into military service with the Army. He attended basic training and was sent to Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, Georgia. After graduation he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army, Infantry Division. In the spring of 1945 he was assigned to the 12th Regiment of the 1st Cavalry Division, stationed in Yokohama, Japan. He spent one year in the occupation of Japan. He separated from military service in the fall of 1946.
A Memorial Mass was held Thursday, February 13, 2014 at St. Johns the Evangelist Catholic Church with internment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials in his name to Ducks Unlimited, Harding University in Searcy, AR, or St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church Building Fund.


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.


SSG (Ret.) Jerry Glenn Barfield,68, of Fortson, GA died Sunday, November 17, 2013 at his residence.
Funeral Services with full military honors were held Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at McMullen Funeral Home Chapel, 3874 Columbus, GA with interment at Ft. Mitchell National Cemetery.
Retired after twenty-one years in the US Army, he was a member of C-1/12, 1st Air Calvary Division during 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.


Dr. Ival Ray Thomas, of Rochester, CO, died on Aug 20, 2013. He was born January 4th, 1944 in Coeburn, Virginia to Virgie Macie and John Thomas.
He attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and later the University of Tennessee at Memphis, where he earned his M.D. in 1969 and met his lifelong friend, Fred Williams. He then moved to Richmond, VA to complete his medical internship at the Medical College of Virginia.
He enlisted in the United States Army in August 1970, serving in Vietnam with the 1/12 Cavalry until August 1972 as a captain and physician. He was awarded two bronze stars among other decorations. His final assignment was Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Denver, CO, the city where he chose to settle and start a family. Dr. Thomas worked at St. Anthony Central Hospital and later transferred to St. Anthony’s North upon its opening. In 2004 he began working at Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton, CO.
Ival was always reading a book, whether it was a Louis L’Amour novel or a medical mystery. He loved studying civil war history and watching old movies. He also loved to travel and was a walking Encyclopedia Britannica, always ready with relevant geographical or historical information. He loved the freedom of living in the country, riding his tractor, or tending to his beloved 1972 Blazer or restored 1971 Porsche. He was always “afixin’ to get ready to start.”
Ival was a devoted father to his children Kimberly Thomas, Paige Diller, and Hunter Thomas, a devoted brother to siblings Peggy Evans and Jerry Thomas, a grandfather to Brooke and Wyatt Diller, and a loving husband to his wife Kathleen Thomas.
Memorial contributions can be made in Dr. Thomas' name to either Make-A-Wish Foundation, Colorado Chapter, 7951 E. Maplewood Avenue #126, Greenwood Village, CO 80111 or Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 3031 West 144th Ave., Broomfield, CO 80023.


MG (Ret) Guy S. Meloy, III, 83, who commanded 1-12 Cavalry in Vietnam in 1970-71 died on 25 August 2013.
He was buried with full military honors on 6 September at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.
He was born on 16 May 1930 at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, DC and nicknamed “Sandy” as an infant. During his early years he lived in five different states, but from the age of 11 until he entered West Point at 19 he was raised and educated in Texas. After graduating from West Point in 1953 he commanded infantry troops and served on parachute status at every rank from 2nd lieutenant through major general. He served in Germany, Lebanon, Korea and Vietnam and commanded four platoons, two rifle companies, a mechanized infantry company in the DMZ of Korea, two infantry battalions in combat in Vietnam for 18 months, and was a brigade commander, the Chief of Staff, assistant division commander, and commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division. He is both a Ranger and a Master Paratrooper with 153 jumps. His final Army assignment was Director of Army Training in the Pentagon. Among his more than 60 awards and decorations were a Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, a Silver Star, three Distinguished Flying Crosses, three Bronze Star Medals for valor, and two Purple Hearts.
He is survived by Harriet G. (Hatsie) Meloy, his beloved wife of 59 years, a son, Guy S. Meloy, IV, PhD, and his wife, Debora Ann Meloy of Fayetteville, NC, daughter Sharon E. Meloy, RN, of Austin, Texas, daughter Catherine M. Lally and son-in-law Captain Robert A. Lally (US Navy, Retired) of Colorado Springs, CO, and three grandchildren, Elizabeth Anne Lally, Michael Kevin Meloy and his wife Kristen, and Robert Arthur Lally, Jr. He was predeceased by his mother and father and two younger brothers, William N. Meloy and Colonel John N. Meloy (US Army, Retired).
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1SG (Ret) William H. Stanfield, A Company, 2-12th Cavalry, 1965-66, died on 5 October 2013 at his Columbus, GA residence.
Graveside services were held on October 9, 2013 at Ft. Mitchell National Cemetery.
1SG Stanfield was born in Vigo County, Indiana. He entered active duty on April 1, 1943 and retired on August 1, 1968. During World War II he served with the 43rd Infantry Division in the Pacific Theater and was awarded the C.I. B. and a Bronze Star Medal with V Device. During the Viet Nam War he served with the 1st Calvary Division and was awarded the Purple Heart and the second Combat Infantry Mans Badge. His total overseas service was 18 ½ years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bertha and Jesse Stanfield of Vigo County, Indiana, one sister, Mildred Applegate of Indianapolis, two brothers, Robert Stanfield of Charleston, Illinois and Paul Stanfield of Paris, Illinois and a sister, Marie Kinney of Terre Haute, Indiana.
Survivors include his widow, Helga Stanfield, a son, N.W. "Bill" Stanfield, both of Columbus, two daughters, Vivian Hubbs of Atlanta and Dareen Traylor of San Francisco, California, a sister-in-law, Bertha Mae Stanfield of Charleston, Illinois, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.







Daniel W. French, Major General retired, 85, of Steilacoom, WA, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family on August 11, 2013. He was born in Baker City, OR in 1928 and spent the last 22 years of his life in Steilacoom, WA.

He was a great American and gave 35 years of distinguished service to the U.S. Army including two combat tours in the Republic of South Vietnam. In 1967 he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Silver Star while commanding 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, for his personal bravery and inspired leadership while conducting combat operations in support of the 1st Cavalry Division. He also commanded the same battalion in 1968 during the Tet Offensive. His many assignments included seven commands while leading units from Fort Ord, CA, Fort Knox, KY, Fort Benning, GA, Fort Riley, KS, Fort Monroe, VA, the Republic of Korea, and the former West Germany. He completed his military career as Commander of the U.S. Army Soldier Support Center and Post Commander of Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN from 1981 - 85.

Upon his military retirement, Dan assumed the position of General Manager for the Tenth Pan American Games in Indianapolis, IN. In 1987 after completion of the Games he served as the Director of the Metropolitan Emergency Communications Agency integrating the public safety emergency communications system for Indianapolis and Marion County until 1991. He and his lovely wife Maribeth of 59 years moved to Steilacoom, WA in 1991. Dan was very active in the Steilacoom community, serving on the School Board, volunteering at many town events such as the Steilacoom Apple Squeeze, Steilacoom Fireworks Committee, Steilacoom Salmon Bake, and Town Cleanup. He was the Steilacoom Chamber of Commerce President for several years. He was recognized as Steilacoom's "Citizen of the Year" in 2005 for his many civic works, and a member of Kiwanis. In addition he taught history and composition courses for Pierce College for fifteen years until 2012 when he retired at age 83. Dan graduated from the University of Oregon in 1952. He is a graduate of the National War College and holds a Masters Degree from George Washington University. Dan was preceded in death by his wife Maribeth in 2010.

He is survived by daughter Rebecca, son-in-law John, daughter Cynthia, her partner Marianne, grandsons Daniel and Beau, and brother Gordon from West Chester, PA. Dan was beloved by many. He had a keen sparkling wit and a optimistic, cheerful demeanor. He will be sorely missed by his family, his country, and his community. Graveside services with full military honors were held in Tumwater, WA at the Masonic Memorial Park Cemetery on August 26th.


David Carr Williams, of Eldorado, KS, lost his fight to Glioblastoma on Saturday, June 22, 2013. He was born on Decenber 16th, 1947, to Moreland (MC) and Vera Mae (Winsky) Williams. Born and raised in Newton, David graduated a Railer in 1967. Shortly after graduation, he was drafted to the United States Army and headed to Vietnam. David served with the First Calvary, Company D, 1/12. After returning in 1969, he continued his education at WSU, earning a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts. For the past 18 years, he has worked at the El Dorado Correctional Facility, until forced into retirement. David’s free time consisted of spending time with his family. He loved to fish, camp and be outside. His true passion was the Gideon Ministry, serving as president of the local camp at the time of death. He loved speaking a churches and participating in Bible distributions. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Masons, First Cav. Association, and Gideon’s International. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Norman Dale; and son, Jeremiah Carr. He is survived by his wife Jami and daughter, Taylor of the home; son Justin (Kencia) and daughter Kelsey of Wichita; son Joshua of Manhattan; granddaughters Jaycee and Danika of Wichita; sister Marilyn (Don) McCann of Newton; and brothers Bill (Ula) of Tourney, Mo. and Victor (Sandra) Ewy, of Clarion, Pa. Memorials to his memory for Gideon’s International may be left with Carlson Funeral Home, El Dorado.







Giles F. Crider, Col. Ret., 64, of Jacksonville, AL, died on March 16, 2012 at his home.. 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 Divison; 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 (later the Department of Homeland Security) to help create 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 First 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.

COL Crider was preceded in death by his parents, Giles E. and Peggy Frank Crider; his brother, Chris Crider; his sister, Debra Crider; and his father-in-law, Henry Lee Owen. He is survived by his wife, Vickie Owen Crider of Jacksonville; two sisters, Susan Teuton and her husband Don of British Columbia and Mary Hutchinson and her husband Tim of California; two brothers, Peter Crider of New Mexico and Guy Crider of Oregon; his mother-in-law, Sybil H. Owen of Jacksonville; his brother-in-law, Joseph L. Owen of Jacksonville; eight nieces; and six nephews.

Memorial services were held on 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.


Carmen Mistretta, of Rochester, NY, died on 27 Aug, 2012. He was one of the last surviving horse soldiers of WW II, serving in E Troop, 1/12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Mary; 3 children, Vincent (Sharon), Carmel (Mark) Mancuso and Michael; 4 grandchildren, David (Jen), Michael and Matthew Mistretta and Heather (Jim) Uhl; 3 great-grandchildren, Trevor Mistretta, Shayna and McKenna Uhl; 2 brothers, Philip and Sam Mistretta; 3 brothers-in-law, Thomas (Joyce), Anthony (Anne), Michael (Pauline) Cringoli; 2 sisters-in-law, Margaret (Lawrence) Siverd, Theresa (Al) Fantauzzo; several nieces and nephews. Carmen was a Veteran of WW II and a Purple Heart Recipent. The family would like to thank the staff at Mt. Carmel House for their loving care.

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James V. Cuthbertson, 75, of Waukesha, WI, died on Monday, November 12, 2012 at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. He was born in Marion, North Carolina on May 28, 1937 the son of William and Dollie (nee Sparks) Cuthbertson. James proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1954 until 1974 serving two tours of service in Vietnam where he was assigned to Company B 2nd Battalion 12th Calvary. After retiring from the Army, James worked for many years as a custodian for the School District of Waukesha. He was a member of the American Legion DJ Martin Post #8.

He will be sadly missed by his wife of almost 54 years, Lucille (nee Schwartz) of Waukesha, his son Randy (Lisa) Cuthbertson of Jacksonville, FL and his daughter Ellen (Steve) Cox of Waukesha, his eight grandchildren, Robin, Renee, and Leanna Cuthbertson, Michael Davis, Ericka (Brad) Toutant, Jeremy (Ashley) Berra, Jacob Berra and Madisen Cox and 11 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by his brother Johnny (Marie) Cuthbertson of Valdese, North Carolina, his sister Nancy (Burl) Branch of Marion, North Carolina along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by two infant daughters, his brother Stephen Cuthbertson and by his parents

Funeral services with full military honors were held on November 15, 2012 at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 21731 Spring Street, Union Grove, WI 53182. If desired, memorials are appreciated to American Legion DJ Martin Post #8, P.O. Box 111 Waukesha, WI 53186.


Bob Magruder, 67, of Louisville, Ky, died on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 after suffering a stroke. Bob was a Louisville native and a graduate of Western Kentucky University. He was a long-time member of Beulah Presbyterian Church, where he was active in many capacities. Bob was retired from the Jefferson County Public Schools after 30 years of service. He taught at Rockford Lane Elementary School, Fern Creek Elementary School, Moore Middle School, and Thomas Jefferson Middle School. He also coached middle school basketball, high school soccer, and high school baseball. For many years, Bob coached and was chief umpire for the Fern Creek Babe Ruth Baseball League.

Bob was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the U.S. Army First Cavalry Division (Airborne), and at the time of his death, he was president of the 12th Cavalry Regiment Association, a national organization. He was also president of the Fort Knox chapter of the First Cavalry Division Association. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and volunteered at the VA hospital.

Bob was an avid UK sports fan. He loved to play golf, work in his garden, and spend time with his grandchildren.

Bob was preceded in death by his father, Earl Lewis Magruder Sr.; and a brother, Paul Magruder. He is survived by his wife, Melanie; daughter, Molly Hall (Jerry); son, Toby Magruder (Cynthia); and three grandchildren, Shelby and Tristen Hall and Emelia Magruder. He is also survived by his mother, Gladys Laverne Magruder; three brothers, Earl Jr. (Shirley), Jimmy, and Michael (Julie); a large extended family; his golf buddies; and many other friends.

Bob was buried at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central.


CSM Basil L. Plumley, 92, died Wednesday October 10, 2012 at the Columbus, Hospice House, Columbus, Georgia. CSM Plumley was born in Blue Jay, West Virginia, the second son and fifth child of an electrician Clay Plumley and his wife Georgia, both of West Virginia stock. Plumley was also preceded in death by his wife, Deurice who died on May 28, 2012, his grandson, Kenneth Kimble, two brothers and three sisters.

He is well known for his actions as Sergeant Major of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, at the Battle of Ia Drang (1965). General Hal Moore praised Plumley as an outstanding NCO and leader in the book We Were Soldiers Once...And Young. The sergeant major was known affectionately by his Soldiers as "Old Iron Jaw."

Plumley enlisted in the U.S. Army on March 31, 1942 as a private, having completed two years of high school. His civilian occupation was listed as semiskilled chauffeur/driver of bus, taxi, truck, or tractor. Plumley is a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. During World War Two, Plumley made four combat jumps with the 82ND Airborne Division: OPERATION HUSKY (Sicily), OPERATION AVALANCHE (Salerno), OPERATION NEPTUNE (Normandy), and OPERATION MARKET GARDEN (Holland). He also made one combat jump in Korea with the 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment in the Battle of Yongju.

He retired as a command sergeant major on December 31, 1974. After his retirement he worked 15 years for the Army at Martin Army Community Hospital as a civilian and retired again in 1990.

Plumley's awards and decorations include the Silver Star (one Oak Leaf Cluster), Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (one Oak Leaf Cluster and Valor Device), Purple Heart (three Oak Leaf Clusters), Air Medal (one silver and three bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Presidential Unit Citation (two Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Word War II Victory Medal, Korean Service Medal (with Arrowhead device and three campaign stars), Vietnam Service Medal (with one silver and three bronze campaign stars), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Republic of Korea War Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal for Korea, Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Master Combat Parachutist Badge (with gold star, indicating 5 combat jumps), Vietnam Army Basic Parachutist Badge, and the Order of St. Maurice. He was one of only 324 known recipients of the third award of the Combat Infantry Badge.

CSM Plumley received the "Doughboy Award" in 1999. The Doughboy Award is presented annually to recognize an individual for outstanding contributions to the United States Army Infantry. The award is presented on behalf of all Infantrymen past and present.

He was portrayed by Sam Elliott in the film We Were Soldiers.

Survivors include his daughter, Debbie Kimble, his granddaughter, Carrie Brown and her husband Jeff, his great grandchildren, Carson Brown, Jackson Brown, numerous nieces and nephews.

Donations may be made to National Infantry Foundation, 1775 Legacy Way, Suite 220, Columbus, Georgia 31903 or those wishing to donate online can do so at in honor of CSM (R) Basil Plumley or to the Columbus Hospice Inc. , 7020 Moon Road, Columbus, Georgia 31909 or those wishing to donate online can do so at in honor of CSM (R) Basil Plumley. Funeral services with Military Honors were held on October 16, 2012 in the Infantry Center Chapel, Ft. Benning, Georgia with burial in the Main Post Cemetery, Ft. Benning, Georgia.


Edward J. Bickel, 62, of of Harvard, IL, died unexpectedly Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, in Ocala, Fla. Edward was born in Chicago on Nov. 29, 1949, but grew up in Round Lake Park. He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Carla Bickel; one son, Earl (Heidi) Bickel of Lakewood, Colo.; sister, Carol (Ken) Swanson of Lake Villa; nephews, Zachary and Joshua Swanson; niece, Christine Rosenbaum of Florida; and nephew, Steve Bickel of Florida. He also is survived by three stepchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren. He loved them all dearly but the youngest grandchild, Emmalee, was the apple of his eye. Whenever he had a bad day, she always knew how to make him smile. He also is survived by a special friend, Mary Whalen. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward John Bickel Sr. in 1974 and Christine (Walkdoetter) Bickel in 2008; and one brother, Stephen Bickel in 2009.

Edward was a graduate of St. Paul Lutheran School in Round Lake Park and Round Lake High School. He was drafted into the Army right out of high school in September 1968 and was a decorated Vietnam veteran serving with B Company, 2-12th CAV, in 1969-70. He continued active and reserve service until 1993. He was a 100 percent disabled veteran.

He had an environmental engineering degree and retired as an environmental engineering tech from Great Lakes Naval Training Center in North Chicago in 1998. He also was an avid NASCAR fan and realized his dream of doing a Richard Petty Driving Experience with 10 laps around the Indy Speedway for his 50th birthday. He was a Richard Petty fan to the end.

Keeping with Edward's wishes, he was cremated. Hiers-Baxley Funeral Home in Ocala was in charge of arrangements. In expression of condolences, the family suggests memorials to Victory Junction Gang Camps (run by the Petty family), 4500 Adam's Way, Randleman, NC 27317, in memory of Edward.


Fr. Philip J. Lucid, SJ , 90, died August 20, 2012, at the Jesuit infirmary in Spokane. An officer and gentleman, priest and lawyer, teacher and friend; many titles apply to this man of God whose smile, wit, and gracious manner won the hearts and minds of all who knew him.

One of five siblings, Philip Joseph Lucid was born in Everett, WA on May 6, 1922 to Philip and Nora (Gorman) Lucid. He graduated from Seattle Preparatory School in 1940 and entered the Jesuit Novitiate at Sheridan, OR, in August 1942. Phil was ordained a priest on June 18, 1955, in Spokane. Upon the completion of his Jesuit training, Fr. Lucid briefly taught at Gonzaga University and then traveled the Northwest giving parish retreats. Desiring to serve his nation as a chaplain, Fr. Lucid was commissioned in 1966 and sent to Vietnam. He spent two tours and during one of them he was the Catholic chaplain for 1/12th Cav. 1st Air Cavalry. Twice the age of the soldiers in his unit, he was regularly at the front lines of battle to minister to them. Wounded in action during his second tourwhile helping to evacuate injured soldiers, Fr. Lucid was awarded a purple heart. He also earned two silver stars, a bronze star, and numerous other medals and commendations.

Following his discharge from the Army in 1970, Fr. Lucid enrolled in the school of law at Syracuse University where he earned his law degree in 1973. After law school he worked in the federal court system in Seattle for over 30 years. He ably assisted Judge Walter McGovern for many of those years as his chief clerk. His knowledge of the law, deep respect for all people, and caring manner made him well-loved by all who worked with and for him.

Fr. Lucid was preceded in death by brothers Jack and Bob Lucid and sisters Betty Terhar and Mary Gierman Kane. He is survived by brother-in-law Jack Terhar and cousin Peggy Clarke, nine nieces and ten nephews, numerous grand-nephews and nieces, cousins and friends as well as his brother Jesuits of the Oregon Province.

A vigil service was held Sunday, August 26, at the Jesuit House Chapel on the Gonzaga University campus. The funeral Mass was held Monday, August 27, at the same chapel. Burial followed at the Oregon Province Cemetery. A memorial Mass was celebrated on September 8, 2012, at St. Joseph’s Parish, Seattle. Contributions in honor of Fr. Phil Lucid, SJ, may be sent to The Senior Fund, c/o The Oregon Province Society of Jesus (P.O. Box 86010, Portland, OR 97286) and/or to Hospice of Spokane (P.O. Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210).


Dick Lupo, 86, of Phenix City, AL went home to be with the Lord on August 13th, 2012. He passed away gently in his Phenix City home with his family at his side. He was born in what was then called Girard (now Phenix City), Alabama on December 6th, 1925 to Irwin Day Lupo and Lillie Waller Lupo. He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife Ramona Stewart Lupo, his brothers Paul, Billy, Jack, and Larry, and his sister Margie. He is survived by his loving daughters Tori Funk, and husband Tom, and Joi Lupo, both of Phenix City, and several nephews and nieces.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943 and served honorably for two years during World War II in the Pacific Theater with C Troop, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. After the war, he worked in local movie theaters as an usher and manager, and was a lifelong fan of Hollywood and the movies. He later became a brick mason and remained so until he retired. Some of his legacies are the many homes, buildings, and churches he built in Phenix City, Columbus, and the surrounding area.

He loved his family, old Hollywood movies, University of Alabama football, and the 1st Cav.

Mr. Lupo accepted Christ at an early age and was a long-time member of First United Methodist Church in Phenix City.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Vistacare Hospice, whom the family thanks with all their hearts for their loving care and support.


Donald "Doc" George Johansen, 69, of Holmdel, NJ, passed away with his wife and daughter by his side on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank. born on July 11, 1943 in Brooklyn, NY and resided in Holmdel since 1986. Don was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army serving with A and B Companies of the 1/12th Cav as a combat medic during the Vietnam War in 1965-1966, whereby he was awarded the Purple Heart during his service. He was an active volunteer for the NJ Vietnam Veterans' Mem. Foundation in Holmdel, often holding lectures (at schools) and educating students about the Vietnam War. Don was a member and advocate of LZ-Hope based at East Orange and Lyons VA Hospitals. Mr. Johansen was a bond trader for Paine Webber and Company in NY, where he held the position of VP before his retirement in 1989. Characterized by his handlebar mustache, Don was an avid NY Jets fan, loved to golf and spend time with family and friends.

Don was predeceased by his parents, George and Mary (Coleman) Johansen. He is survived by his beloved wife, Eileen; his loving daughter, Jennifer, and her fiancé Chris; his dear brother and sisters, George Johansen and his wife Gail of Greenwood Village, CO, Arlene Cummings and her husband Eugene of Pine Bush, NY, Mariann Hartmann and her husband Lou of Red Bank, along with many beloved nieces, nephews, friends and his cherished dog, Oliver.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Disabled America Veterans or National Kidney Foundation . For information,or to send condolences to the family, visit








Henry Russell Eidson 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. He retired from B.F. Goodrich and the U.S. Postal Service. He was a carpenter by trade and loved building things. He loved to work in his shop, keep his yard meticulous, and travel with Debra and family on vacations, especially cruises. He helped many veterans apply for their well-deserved benefits. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Brusly, Louisiana; past commander and member of American Legion Post 160, Westside Honor Guard, past president and member of In-Country Vietnam Veterans, member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, former member of Vietnam Veterans Association No. 488, and former Brusly Lions Club member.


Charles E. Cade Jr., age 66, of Dayton, passed away Thursday, June 21, 2012. Mr. Cade was born in Clayton, Ohio on September 17, 1946. Retired from the Dayton Daily News and member of the Teamsters Int'l Graphics Union Local #128. He was a highly decorated U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War serving with A-1/12, 1st Cavalry Div. He was a proud life member of the American Legion Post # 613, life member of the V.F.W. Post #7741, life member of the Vietnam Veterans of America #97, life member of both the 1st and 12th Calvary Associations.

Preceded in death by his parents, Charles, Sr. and Thelma Cade. Survived by his daughter, Christina Cade; son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Jennifer Cade; 2 sisters and brother-in-law, Martha and Mickey Milton Morper and Phyllis Cade; grandchildren, Kayla, Jacob, Kaleb and Jonah; nephew and niece, Marshall Morper and Amanda Dunn Bushelman.

His funeral service was 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at the GEORGE C. MARTIN FUNERAL HOME, "Northridge Chapel," 5040 Frederick Pike at Needmore Road. Interment with military honors was in the Dayton National Cemetery. Following the interment, a celebration of his life was held at V.F.W. Post #7741, Dayton, Ohio. Condolences can be shared at


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."

Among Col. Houston's many awards are two Silver Stars and two Purple Hearts. He will be buried at West Point, date TBA.


Ronald H. Piatek, 66, of Scituate and Barrington, RI, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 29, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Gail A. (Cabral) Piatek for 33 years. Born in Providence, Ron was a son of the late Joseph and Cecilia E. (Karol) Piatek. Ron was the proud 2nd generation proprietor of Piatek Machine Co., Inc., Pawtucket, Est. 1940.

Ron served as a Sergeant in the 115th Military Police Company, RI National Guard and in 1968 was put on active duty and sent to the USMA at West Point, there he trained in reconnaissance, night maneuvers and riot control. Ron received orders, to Vietnam, in 1969. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Air Medal among other awards, for his service with the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile).

In his off time, Ron was an avid boater; he also enjoyed fishing, traveling and gardening, but especially enjoyed spending time with his two grandsons. Besides his loving wife, he leaves a daughter, Tracy A. Greenlaw and her husband, Brian of Warwick; two grandsons, Chad and Chase Greenlaw; one brother, Robert Piatek; two nieces, Tara Keffer and Andrea Wilcox. Ronald also leaves many wonderful friends and customers.

His funeral was held at WILLIAM W. TRIPP Funeral Home, 1008 Newport Ave., Pawtucket, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial and Interment with Military Honors at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Providence. In lieu of flowers, gifts to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Center, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 will be appreciated








Thomas Donatelli , 89, of Vero Beach, FL. died Feb. 7, 2012, at Indian River Medical Center, Vero Beach. He was born in New Jersey and moved to Vero Beach in 1955. He was an Army veteran having served in the 1st Cavalry Division with C Troop, 12th Cavalry Regiment during World War II. He was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Vero Beach. He also was one of the founding members of the Vero Beach Italian-American Club, lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Italian War Vets of Vero Beach. Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Darlene Donatelli; daughter, Jennifer Woodiwiss of Vero Beach; brothers, Mauro Donatelli and Robert Donatelli, both of New Jersey; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice Donatelli; and daughter, Linda Harris. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1850 Sixth Ave., Vero Beach, FL 32960. Services: A service will be at 11 a.m. Feb. 13 at Our Savior Lutheran Church. Interment and military honors will take place following the service in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Fort Pierce. Arrangements are by Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory,


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.
A memorial service will be held at 12 noon, Saturday, December 10, 2011, at Saint Anselm Catholic Church, 12969 Chillicothe Rd., Chesterland, OH 44026.









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.








Joe E. Cunningham died Sept. 27, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center of Tupelo. Services were at Miracle Temple Church of God in Christ with Elder Robert Brown Sr. and Pastor Charles Godfrey officiating. He was buried in the Memorial Gardens of Columbus.
Mr. Cunningham was born Dec. 29, 1947, in Columbus, to the late Robert Pointer and Henretter Porter. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving with A 1/12 Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division during the Vietnam Conflict. He was a member of Christ M.B. Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Corneilous D. Cunningham. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Cunningham; daughter, Stephanie Jamison; sons, Michael and Christopher Brown, Issac Robinson; eight sisters and six brothers; and eight grandchildren.
Joe had recently attended a reunion with members of A-1/12 in Branson, MO and had been awarded a long overdue Purple Heart for wounds received in Vietnam.


Forrest Hicks joyfully went home to the Lord on August 22, 2011 surrounded by his devoted family. He was born June 28, 1947 in Lancaster, NH, the son of Clayton and Patricia (Thayer) Hicks of Jefferson, NH.

Forrest served as a medical corpsman in the 2/12 Cavalry. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Silver Star, as well as Air Medal for outstanding service in connection with military operations against hostile forces in the Republic of Vietnam.

Forrest is survived by his wife and two children Forrest Paul Hicks II, his wife Stacey, and two children Rebecca and Garret Forrest, as well as Benjamin Christopher, his wife Erica, and their four children Haile, Tyler, Alexis, and Benjamin Forrest. Forrest was one of nine children. Six survive him: Clayton Thayer Hicks, Wanda Lacasse, John Hicks, William Hicks, Bruce Hicks, and Jennifer Foster. He had many special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents along with a sister Kathy Mathieu and a brother Edward Kent Hicks.

Funeral services were held at the Forrest Hicks Field in Jefferson, NH, on Friday August 26th at 2:00PM

In lieu of flowers the family would like to continue to develop the Forrest Hicks Field with added lights, a scoreboard, bleachers and a snack bar. Please send your contribution to the Forrest Hicks Memorial Field fund set up at the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank, Jefferson, NH.







Bobby Maurice Fisher, U.S. Army CSM (Ret), 80, of Lubbock, born May 7, 1931 in Eastland TX, died May 10, 2011 after a long battle with lung cancer.
He enlisted in the Army in 1947. Initial assignments in the military included tours with the 4th Infantry Division, 24th Corps in Korea, 2nd Armored Division and 3rd Armored Division in Germany, 4th Army Instructor Group (ROTC) junior and senior divisions, USAREUR Headquarters in Germany. In Vietnam he served as operations Sgt with 1st Bn. 7th Cav. 1st Cav. Division, Airmobile from 1967 to 1968. His second tour of duty in Vietnam was from 1970 until 1971 with the 2nd Bn. 12th Cav. 1st Cav. Division. Bobby was assigned as operations NCO, and principle drill instructor with the ROTC at West Texas State University on his return from his second tour of duty in Vietnam in July, 1971. He was a graduate of the 2nd Armored Division NCO Academy, 7th Army NCO Academy and the U.S. Army Special Warfare School / MATA SR NCO.
Awards and decorations received while in the service include Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal (First Oak Leaf Cluster), National Defense Service Medal with First Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal with Seventh Award, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Bronze Star, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Metal, Three Overseas Service Bars, Expert Infantry Badge, Army of Occupation Medal (Germany), Army of Occupation Medal (Japan), Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Qualification Badge Pistol .45 Cal. and Expert Qualification Badge Rifle M-1.

He is survived by his son, Bobby Lee Fisher and wife Donna S. Fisher of Austin; daughter, Leota Susan Von Rohr and husband Rolf Von Rohr of Los Lunas, NM; their mother, Anita Fisher of Austin; grandson, Christopher Dillon McDonald and wife Melissa McDonald of Wichita Falls. Nieces are Sandra Kay Davis, Sherry Glenn Terry, Glenna Fay Blair and Cecelia Wynn Fuller. Nephews are Barry Lavon Fisher and Montie Lavera Fisher.

Final resting place will be at Resthaven Memorial Park in Lubbock, Texas, where Bobby's wife also is at rest. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. prior to service at Resthaven Funeral Home & Memorial Park, 5740 West 19th Street, Lubbock, TX 79407. A funeral service, including Military Honor Guard detail, will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2011, at Resthaven Funeral Home's Abbey Chapel with Dr. Ken Horn officiating.


Sgt. Vorasack Thomas Xaysana, 30, whose home of record is Westminster, Colo., died April 10 in Kirkuk, Iraq, of injuries sustained, April 9, in a non-combat related incident.

Xaysana joined the military in September 2005 as an indirect fire infantryman and was assigned to the mortar platoon of HHC, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood since September 2010.

Xaysana deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from August 2007 to October 2008 and deployed in support of Operation New Dawn in September 2010.

Xaysana's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons and Combat Infantry Badge.

Circumstances surrounding his death are under investigation.


Joe Luis Garcia, 92, of Kingsville, died Feb. 2, 2011, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Sgt. Joe L. Garcia was a highly decorated United States WWII Army Veteran assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division, 12th Cavalry, Troop E (1940-1945). He worked for public works in Corpus Christi Army Depot and retired at NAS Kingsville with 35 years of federal service. He was also a member of St. Martin’s Catholic Church, St. Martin’s Mutualistas since 1956, 1st Cavalry Div. Assoc., D.A.V. member, member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, charter member of the Order of the Purple Heart. Survivors include his wife, Estella F. Garcia of Kingsville, TX.; one son, Jose Luis Garcia Jr. of Austin, TX., one daughter, JoLee Garcia West, of Kingsville, TX., two grandsons Gabriel C. Garcia (Veronica) of Austin, TX; Shem T. Vinton of Natalia, TX; one great-grandson, Xavier G. Garcia and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held Feb. 7 at Ramirez-Salinas Funeral Home in Kingsville. A rosary was recited Feb. 7 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church. A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 8 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Naul Ordonez officiating. Burial followed at Resthaven Cemetery in Kingsville with full military honors.


Justin Kenneth Tate, 28, born in Duarte, CA. May 18, 1982, died in Nolanville, TX. on Dec. 21, 2010. He lost control of his motorcycle just outside of Ft. Hood, TX, where he was stationed. His military decorations include two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon Army Service Ribbon and Combat Infantry Badge. He is survived by his beautiful wife, Staff Sergeant Dawn Tate of Killeen, TX. who is expecting their first son, Connor Justin Tate, due April 20, 2011, by his daughter, Michele Rene Tate of Fargo, N.D, by his proud parents, Deborah L. Tate and David B. Tate of Ukiah, CA, by "his rock"-Grandmother Brenda Ganatos of Lapine, OR, his adoring sister Ashley Rene Tate-Scott of Ukiah, CA, his sister, Leah Hurley-Tate of Exeter N.H. and numerous loving family members and friends. He will always be remembered for his astounding love for his family, his country, and his brothers in arms. Services to be held Mon. Jan. 3 at 10:30 am at Acheson and Graham Mortuary , 7944 Magnolia Ave., Riverside CA. Burial to be held at Riverside National Cemetery following the service, with full military honors. A Memorial Service in Ukiah will be planned in the future.

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.

Brigadier General (Ret.) James H. Leach, 87, Beaufort, SC died on December 17th, 2009 of an apparent heart attack while driving. He was survived by his wife of 58 years, Marion, and his son, James H. Leach, Jr. (Jamie). Born in Houston, Texas on April 7, 1922, James H. Leach joined the Texas National Guard at 16 and at 22 became the platoon commander in a tank company under Gen. George Patton during World War II. Leach was a five-time Purple Heart recipient and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his service during WWII. The medal is the nation's second-highest military decoration, behind only the Medal of Honor. A past commander of the 3/12 Cavalry, Brigadier General Leach retired from the Army in 1972 after tours in Korea and Vietnam.

He and Marion eventually settled in Beaufort, SC, where he was active in veterans' affairs and served as an adviser to the Adjutant General of the S.C. Military Department, which oversees the S.C. National Guard and S.C. Air National Guard.









Raphael Lynn “Buggs” 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.

He was preceded in death by his father, Martin Eugene "Junior" Greenwell Jr.; three brothers Phil, Greenwell, Stan Greenwell and Owen Greenwell; and a sister, Dorothy Greenwell. Survivors include a son, Raphael Allan (Miranda) Greenwell, Paducah; a grandson, Garret Greenwell; his mother, Elizabeth Irene Thornsberry Greenwell, Culvertown; two sisters, Angela (Donald) Murphy, Springfield; and Carol Greenwell, Culvertown; three brothers, Dennis (Mary Jane) Greenwell and Vernon Greenwell, both of Culvertown, and Van Greenwell, Raywick.

The funeral was 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 30, at the Immaculate Conception Church, Culvertown with burial in the St. Thomas Cemetery, Bardstown, Ky.





Bob McClellan, LTC , Retired, 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.










Robert Edward Waszak 63, was born on September 28, 1946, in Rochester, N.Y. He was the oldest child of Edward and Joe Marie. He is survived by his wife Suzanne and his daughter Melinda. Decorated Vietnam War veteran. Retired Sergeant of Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. His passions were golf, travel and gardening. A natural born leader, he loved life and cherished time with family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all those that knew him.

He suffered a massive heart attack while at a golf outing in Georgia. Rob loved life and cherished time with family and friends and loved his dog Colby.

Rob's Vietnam tour began in April of 1967, and he left Vietnam flying back to "The World" in April of 1968. He was assigned to the First Platoon of B Company 2/12 First Air Cavalry, Rob was wounded during an ambush on June 28, 1967 in Dak-To. He rejoined B Company in the Que Son Valley just in time to fight off a major NVA attack on LZ Ross. Rob's battalion was shifted farther north during January of 1968. When the TET offensive of 1968 began in early February, the 2nd of the Twelfth was air assaulted from LZ Evans to PK-17 in the vicinity of Hue. With little or no air or artillery support, the 2nd of the 12th managed to fight off several ground attacks against its perimeter. Using the cover of a dark moonless night, the 2nd of the 12th moved out of its perimeter through enemy territory, to reach high ground overlooking the city of Hue and the enemy positions. Because of the daring night move in which the 2nd of the 12th vanished from the NVA's gun sights, it became known as the "Lost Battalion of TET". Robert E. Waszak was a survivor of the TET offensive of 1968 and of the battle for Hue. He will always be remembered by his Vietnam brothers.


Msgr. Edward Moretti, the longtime pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul The Apostles Catholic Church in Bradenton and Vicar General of the Diocese of Venice, died Friday after a short illness.

Msgr. Moretti, who marked the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on July 10, was 76.
In June, then-Father Moretti was bestowed the rank of Monsignor, Protonotary Apostolic Supernumerary by Pope Benedict XVI, the highest honor that can be given a diocesan priest.

Frank J. Dewane, Bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida, expressed his condolences to Msgr. Moretti’s family, and to all who knew him. “Please pray for the repose of his soul,” Dewane said. “May he rest in peace.” Msgr. Moretti “was a trusted advisor and friend; indeed he was a priest who possessed unique gifts that made him a legend in his own time,” Dewane added. “He had a holiness of life that served as an example to us all.”

Msgr. Moretti was ordained July 10, 1960, at St. Mary Major Basilica in Rome. From there he returned to the United States and served as a parochial vicar in East Boston, Mass.

He served as a chaplain with the 82nd Airborne Division of Fort Bragg, N.C., and then with the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam from 1968 to ’69. “I was there to serve the men; to be with them when they needed me and to celebrate Mass for them in the field,” Msgr. Moretti said. A lifetime member of the 1st Cavalry Association, he was awarded, among other medals, a Silver Star for Gallantry in Action, a Bronze Star for Heroism with an Oak Leaf Cluster, a Soldier’s Medal for Heroism and an Air Medal for Heroism.

Msgr. Moretti was then approached to serve in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, where he was assigned to Holy Name Parish in Gulfport.

In 1975 he was named pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Bradenton. He remained there until 1987, when he was named founding pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul. Since that time, he helped the parish build 10 buildings on 44 acres. He was appointed Vicar General in 2003.

In 2008, he was selected to represent the priests of the Diocese of Venice at a Mass for Religious by Pope Benedict XVI at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. “I’ve met six popes — Pius the XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I (only as cardinal), John Paul II and now Pope Benedict XVI,” Msgr. Moretti said at the time. “Anytime you are going to meet a pope, it is still going to be exciting because of what he represents.”

Msgr. Moretti was born Jan. 6, 1934, in Providence, R.I., to Francesco and Rose Papa Moretti. He was the youngest of six children. He is survived by his brother Wilfred and numerous other family members.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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Robert F. Caldwell Sergeant Robert F. 'Bubba' Caldwell, 69, of Albany, Georgia passed away at Crisp Regional Hospital in Cordele, GA on June 3, 2010. Sgt Caldwell had been in a coma since April. Sgt Caldwell served with D 1/12 Cav and was part of the advanced party to Vietnam in July 1965. His wife Barbara Ann passed away in 2007.

Nickolaus Gregory Gossack, On Sunday June 20, 2010, Spc. Gossack was involved in a car accident at Fort Hood, Texas, which took his life. He was interred on June 29, 2010 at Willamette National Cemetery.

After graduating from Silverton High School in 2005, Spc. Nickolaus Gossack joined the army in December of 2007 and was deployed to Irag in December of 2008 with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry regiment out of Fort Hood, Texas. He served honorably, receiving numerous awards and decorations including the Army Commendation medal, National Defense Service medal, Iraqi Campaign medal, Global war on terrorism expeditionary medal, Global war on terrorism service medal, Overseas service ribbon and Army service ribbon.

Nick was in his element as a U.S. soldier, and was prepared to deploy again at the end of this year to defend the country he loved.

Nick is survived by his parents, Greg and Shannon Gossack, and sister, Vanessa Gossack all of Silverton; grandparents, Ed and Jacquie Gossack; great-grandmother, Marjorie Matchett; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; special friend, Sara; and his brothers in Bravo Company.

Donations can be made to the Wounded Warriors.


Donald E. Grigg, Captain, (medically retired), age 71, of Pine Bluff, AR, died May 6, 2010 at the John L McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock after a long bout with viral pneumonia.  He was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetary on May 26th, 2010.  He was born on May 6th, 1931 in El Dorado AR, son of the late Thurman E and Florene Coplen Grigg.  He was a US Marine from 1960-1963.  He joined the army in 1965, serving two tours in Vietnam; one as a platoon leader in A Company, 1/12 Cavalry.  He was wounded in the 506 valley and later medically retired as a Captain in 1968.  Trooper Grigg had been awarded a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, Paratrooper Wings, and two Purple Hearts

Survivors include wife Lisa Anne Grigg, son Grant Grigg, daughter Danielle (Scott) Pinney, and two grandchildren.

His wife, Lisa, said the Arlington services were; “A fitting tribute to a life dedicated to his country, first in the military and then in civilian work for his fellow veterans.”.  She also stated that he was always proud to remind everyone he was “Cav Airborne.

Troopers can contact his wife at: Lisa A Grigg, 8408 Griggs Road, Pine Bluff, AR 71603-1153

Trooper Grigg has long been an active supporter of the 12th Cavalry Regiment Association; he liked to pay his dues in advance and had prepaid his dues to 2014.  

Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Veteran's Home in Little Rock; St. Peter and St. Joseph Catholic School in Pine Bluff; or the Jefferson County Humane Society.


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.

He was honorably retired as a Sergeant Major at Fort Dix, New Jersey in August 1978.  His official awards and decorations include: the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal for Valor with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, The Army Commendation Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal 10th Award, Army Occupation of Japan, National Defense Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Campaign Stars, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Campaign Stars, Vietnam Medal of Honor 3rd Class, Vietnam Service Medal, United Nations Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Infantry Badge 2nd Award, Master Parachutist Wings, Gilder Badge, Nationalist Chinese Parachutist Badge, Royal Thai Army Parachutist Badge and Fourtagere.

After retirement he attended the Morris College of Business in Melbourne, Florida, and operated a small business until returning to McMinnville in 1982, where he owned and operated a Computer Training Facility. In May 2008, he moved to Melbourne, Florida where he died at home on December 07, 2009.

Charles was preceded in death by his mother, Florence Bain Hillis, his father, Linzie Hillis, and four brothers J. L. Hillis, Earl Hillis, Bill Hillis, and Barry Hillis.

He is survived by his former wife and mother of his children, Shirley F. (Wiggins) Windham of Melbourne, Florida, and their three children, Charles R. Hillis, Jr. of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Brenda F. Cornman and husband Ron of West Melbourne, FL, and Cynthia H. Wheeler and husband Keith of Lake Mills, WI. Charles had six grandchildren, Aimee and Ryan Cornman of West Melbourne, FL, Sophie Carver of Greenfield, WI, Matthew Wheeler of Madison, WI, Chase Wheeler of Mountain, WI, and Vanessa Wheeler of Boston, MA. He is also survived by three great-grandchildren Jayden K. Carver, Madeline E. Carver, and Kyla N. Gress. Charles is also survived by his brother Eddie Hillis and wife Sharon and sisters Marsha Hillis and Linda Durham and husband Terry.  
Funeral service is 2 P.M. Saturday, December 12, 2009, in the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Bob Deason will officiate. Interment will follow at Mt. View Cemetery. Military grave rites will be administered by the American Legion Post 173 and V.F.W. Post 5064. The Hillis Family will receive friends on Friday from 4 P.M. until 8 P.M. and again on Saturday from 11 A.M. until 2 P.M. at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home.


Randy Wilson Harwell, 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.

Memorial services were conducted at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 25 in the Chapel of Raymer Funeral  Home. He is survived by his wife, Beverly Washam Harwell, son, Joseph Russell 'Russ' Harwell and wife Amy of Cornelius, daughter, Allison Nicole 'Nikki' Harwell and fiance, Dr. Donnie Stewart of Lenior, NC, grandchildren, Abigail Brooke Hege, Kayley Elizabeth Harwell, and Madison Leigh Harwell.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Levine Dickson Hospice House, 11900 Vanstory Dr., Huntersville, NC 28078.

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.”


Harold Heinzeroth, we are saddened to report the death of Harold "Hootie" Heinzeroth. He died on November 13th, 2009 in Wellsburg, West Virginia, when his heart gave out. He served with Bravo Company, 1/12th Cav, 3rd Platoon in 1969-70. He spent virtually all of his tour as a rifleman in the jungles northeast of Tay Ninh and in the Central Highlands near the Cambodian border. He was with the 1/12th into Cambodia and will be remembered with respect and warmth by those he served with.  Our condolences go to his wife, Gwen, and his family.

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.

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

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

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. 


At the start of the Tet Offensive in January 1968, Lt Taylor’s unit, C. Co. 2/12th Cavalry was heavily engaged with the enemy in the Que Son Valley.  Lt. Taylor’s platoon was encircled by an NVA regiment that repeatedly tried to overrun his small unit.  During the 26 hour fight, 20 of his 50 men were wounded.  His Distinguished Service Cross citation noted that Lt Taylor rallied his men while constantly exposing himself to the enemy fusillade, moving from position to position, calling for and adjusting a concentrated ring of friendly artillery fire. Charles Krohn wrote in his memoir, The Lost Battalion, that over 7,000 rounds of division artillery were fired on top of and around the besieged men to hold off the NVA.


After leaving active duty, Mr. Taylor served in the Army Reserve, and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.  He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1975, and later received an MBA from Stanford University. Mr. Taylor spent most of his federal career as a Department of Justice Criminal Division attorney in Washington D.C., prosecuting crimes throughout the country.  He retired on disability in 2001. He leaves his wife, Le Thu Taylor of Falls Church, VA; mother Ruth of Woodstock, VA; two brothers, Robert Parks of Arlington, VA, and Kevin, of Aldie, VA, and six nieces and nephews. His brother, Kevin, can be contacted at

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. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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.

Rutland D. Beard Jr., 84, of Potomac, Maryland passed away on December 21, 2008. He was the Commander of the 1/12th Cavalry from December 1965 to June 1966. His thirty-three years of military service began when he enlisted during World War II and served with the 102nd Infantry Division. Colonel Beard was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Boys Town, 300 Flanagan Blvd., PO Box 7000, Boys Town, NE 68010 or

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, 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. He will be laid to rest in Arlington Cemetery on Friday, February 13, 2008, at 3:00 PM.  Anyone wishing to attend should arrive at the main gate one half hour early, in their own vehicles.

Kenneth "Dingle F**K"  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.

Raymond " Butch" Hawthorne, of Utah passed away on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008. He was in the U.S. Army from 1965 - 1967, during which time he served in Vietnam with the Company D, 2/12th Cavalry as a M-79 Grenadier, a great "Blooper Man.". Butch considered his Vietnam service as one of the finest periods of his life. He cared and appreciated his "brothers."

Douglas Carroll Thomas, 82, of Frederick, Maryland died Saturday, May 24, 2008. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army, 12th Calvary, as a medic. He was stationed in the Occupation Force in Japan where he helped to set up a base hospital. He received a World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal/Japan.

Tilden Sherman Mauk, 66, of Surgoinsville TN, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday June 17, 2008. Tilden lost his battle with cancer and passed from this life at his home in the foot hills of the Great Smokey Mountains.  His wife Brenda and his family are deeply saddened by their loss. 

Tilden served in the U.S. Army having served in Vietnam 1967-1968. Tilden was a member of B Company, 2/12th Cavalry, First Cavalry Division (Air Mobile).  Tilden served in many areas of South Vietnam including Bong Song, Dak-To, Que Son Valley, and Hue just to mention a few. 

He was a survivor of the battle for Hue during the TET offensive of 1968. After his battalion was surrounded in a village named Thon La Chu, Tilden escaped certain death, along with the rest of his Battalion, as they made a daring night march through enemy lines to high ground where they were able to continue their fight for Hue.   Tilden was a member of the "Lost Battalion of TET".

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.

William "Leroy" LAWSON, 62, of Washington DC., died Thursday, July 10th 2008. Leroy is survived by his wife Morgan Kulla, and son, Travis. "LT" Leroy was a member of DELTA Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry as both a Platoon Leader for the 3rd Platoon and then as Company Executive Officer when DELTA went into Cambodia in May-June 1970. After Viet Nam, Leroy became an accomplished artist, teacher and full time volunteer at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. Our dear friend and comrade will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday September 30th 2008.  He was loved by the DELTA soldiers, enlisted and officer alike-we will miss him greatly. He will be remembered by his brothers forever as one of those "...soldiers who cannot get older..." In lieu of flowers, etc., donations should be made to "The YELLOW RIBBON FUND" .

Clyde "Bill" Kizziar, 60, of Lake Isabella, California passed away November 23, 2006. He served with the 3/12th Cav in Budingen, Germany three times. The most recently being with C Troop from 73-76. He served twice in Viet Nam, one of those tours with 3/5 Cav. Scouts Out!

Jackson, Handy 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.

Fuchs, Gerald C. "Jerry" of Fairport, New York, Suddenly on April 8, 2008. Survived by his loving wife, Jewell "Bunny"; 4 sons, Erich, Karl, Jerry and Michael Fuchs; sister, Deborah Licata. Jerry was a Vietnam Veteran. He was a 1st Sergeant with Company B, 2/12th Cavalry of the U.S. Army's First Calvary Division.

Riley Frank Palmer, 62, of Terrell Co., GA., died Saturday February 9, 2008. Survived by his wife, Jane, and son, Jeramy, stepson, Joseph Capogreca, and stepdaughter, Julie Duncan. A member of B 2/12 in his first tour in 1966-67. He was one of the original members of the Bravo212 group. Riley once drove 12 hours to be with us for our reunion banquet, then turned around and drove home. He will be remembered by his brothers at every reunion.


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.

Rodney E. Jefferson, 62, passed away on November 14, 2007.  Lieutenant Jefferson served as Platoon Leader in 1968 with First Platoon, A Company, 2/12th Cavalry, First Air Cavalry Division from March to July, 1968.  His loving wife, Gail of 40 years, his 4 sons, his extended family and many friends are missing him already.  He was a good, decent and honorable man who was admired by the combat soldiers that he led. Five of those soldiers carried him to his final resting place and they also are going to miss him greatly. He was a huge part of his Platoon member’s lives as he was one of the original organizers of reunions that began 32 years after their time in Vietnam.  He truly is and truly will be missed.  All honorable Vietnam combat veterans could be proud that this good man was one of them.


John "Mike" Steel, 63, died October 4, 2007 after losing his nine-month battle with Non-Hodgkin's Mantel Cell Lymphoma, one of the conditions recognized by the Department of Veterans' Affairs as associated with exposure to herbicides in the Republic of Viet Nam, where Mike served as a SPC 4, in D Company, 1/12th Cavalry from October 19, 1967 to September 2, 1969. For 38 years, Mike suffered the torment of Post-traumatic Stress Disease. Since 2001 with the help of the dedicated staff and veterans at the West Haven Veteran's Hospital, Mike received the support he needed to begin to achieve his potential. He became the first chairperson of the PSTD Veterans' Arts Council. Memorial contributions may be made to PTSD Arts Council, c/o VA CT Health Care/ PTSD Arts Council, 950 Campbell Avenue, West Haven CT 06516.

Robert "Bobby" Enyeart, 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. Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans.

Myron "Mike" Taylor, Captain, died April 18, 2007. He was from Gering, Nebraska and is survived by his wife Marge. Mike served with C Troop, 12th Cavalry Regiment from 1942 to 1946.

Marvin Epstein died April 25, 2007 from bone cancer. He was from Southfield, Michigan and is survived by his wife Marilyn, children, and many friends including those in the First Cavalry Division Association. Marvin served in F Troop, 12th Cavalry Regiment from August, 1944 through October, 1946. He and his wife Marilyn were a welcome sight at the annual 1st Cavalry Division Association reunions. He will be missed by all who knew him.

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. 


Thomas M. O'Reilly died December 28 2006. Bravo Company, 1/12th Cavalry '65-'66 Vietnam combat Veteran.  He was from Amityville New York. He was working on a bridge as an iron worker when he received his draft notice and although he was at first dismayed, he went to serve his country without regret and would do it again, if called. He took training at Fort Gordon in Augusta GA before attending jump school at Fort Benning GA and was eventually assigned to the new Air Cavalry Unit with the First Cav Division. He kept in close contact with his buddy, Joe O'Brick (who relayed this information and will miss his friend's letter exchange every year on Saint Patrick's Day). Trooper O'Reilly also worked on Building Number Seven at the World Trade Center and fell off the 11th Floor when it was under construction. When this building fell after the attack of September 11, 2001, Thomas and his son volunteered to go back to help clean up the twisted iron at the site. Trooper O'Reilly's name was ceremoniously entered on a construction beam left there at the site, placed there by his son.

Jack Burton Gies, Sr., MSG (R), 80, Died Nov. 28, 2006, at Midland Hospice House. He was born Feb. 7, 1926, at Topeka KS, Jack attended Tecumseh Grade School, Highland Park High School, and received a Bachelors Degree from Washburn University. He received his Masters Degree from the University of Kansas. Jack was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II (HHT, 12th Cavalry Regiment) and was retired from the Army. He retired in 1988 with 39 years as an educator. Memorial contributions may be made to the Highland Park High School Alumni Scholarship Fund, 2424 S.E. California Ave., Topeka, KS 66605.

Daniel Marshall Morris, SSG, 28, of Clinton passed away Saturday November 25 while participating in combat operations in Iraq...His family will receive friends Saturday from 6 to 8 pm at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton with funeral services following at 8 pm in the chapel...Interment with full military honors conducted at graveside will be held at 2 pm Sunday at the Oak Ridge Memorial Park...In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials instead be made to a college scholarship fund that has been set up at ORNL Federal Credit Union, PO Box 365, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 for his 10-year-old daughter...Holley-Gamble Funeral Home of Clinton in charge of all arrangements.

Mutz, Mitchel, SGT, November 15, 2006 U.S. Army SGT. Mitchel Mutz, 23, a soldier in the First Cavalry Division and a resident of Falls City, died in Iraq Nov. 15. He had been in the Army for three years and three months and was on his second tour of duty in Iraq. His parents are Bobby Mutz, a former Karnes County sheriff, and Dixie Mutz, a librarian at the Falls City Library. His brother, Nathan, is a Department of Public Safety trooper in Wilson County. Shawna Mutz is his sister-in-law. He was born in 1983 on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day. He was returned to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Nov. 17, and will be returned to San Antonio Nov. 20. Memorials can be made to the Falls City Public Library.
  •Visitation: Friday, Nov. 24, beginning at 5 p.m., Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Falls City.
  •Rosary: Friday, 7 p.m., in the church.
  •Funeral Mass: Saturday, 10 a.m., in the church.
  •Interment: Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery, Falls City.


Petrovich, Walter D., SGT, July 20, 2006. Army/technician, 52-year Colorado Springs resident, born July 16, 1947. Survived by his wife, Catherine; and two sons, Steven Michael Saleny and Walter Joseph Petrovich. Visitation, 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Swan Law Funeral Directors. Services, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Swan Law Funeral Directors. Burial, Fairview Cemetery, Colorado Springs.

Valletta, Richard F., SFC, July 14, 2006.  Richard was with Company A, 2/12th Cavalry from 1968 to 1970 and he lost his battle with cancer on July 14th, 2006. His former wife, Isolde Valletta can be contacted at

Swain, Richard A., MSG (R), December 11, 2005. Honorary Sergeant Major of the Regiment since 1992 and he was a charter member of the Association and served as its President for several years. He was a regular at all the 1st Cavalry Division reunions. Survived by his wife, Erica Swain, 4892 Old Cliff Road, San Diego, CA 92120.

Tilden Sherman Mauk, 66, of Surgoinsville TN, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday June 17, 2008. Tilden lost his battle with cancer and passed from this life at his home in the foot hills of the Great Smokey Mountains.  His wife Brenda and his family are deeply saddened by their loss. 

Tilden served in the U.S. Army having served in Vietnam 1967-1968. Tilden was a member of B Company, 2/12th Cavalry, First Cavalry Division (Air Mobile).  Tilden served in many areas of South Vietnam including Bong Song, Dak-To, Que Son Valley, and Hue just to mention a few. 

He was a survivor of the battle for Hue during the TET offensive of 1968. After his battalion was surrounded in a village named Thon La Chu, Tilden escaped certain death, along with the rest of his Battalion, as they made a daring night march through enemy lines to high ground where they were able to continue their fight for Hue.   Tilden was a member of the "Lost Battalion of TET".

Larry Stoffel died in Fond Du Lac, WI on September 9, 2021. He served with C Co. 1/12 First Cav Division in 1968 until wounded in March of 1969. He was a lifetime member of both the First Cavalry Association and the 12th Cavalry Association. He was buried with Full Military Honors and several who were in Larry's squad in Vietnam were in attendance.

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