Quinn H. Becker
General Quinn H. Becker, (Retired.), 91, passed away on Sunday, March 13th,
2022 at his home in San Antonio, Texas.
He was born June 11th, 1930, in Kirksville, Missouri to Sarah Lucille
Henderson and Quinn Henry Becker. Quinn Henry, a family doctor, passed away
when Quinn was fourteen years old. His mother then moved the family to her
childhood home in Monroe, Louisiana. Quinn worked to support his family,
peddling newspapers on an old bicycle. He excelled academically in high
school and enjoyed fixing bikes, motorcycles, and cars. He also liked
welding, carpentry, art, and farming equipment, and these interests
continued throughout his life.
Quinn attended Northeast Louisiana State College in Monroe, where he met
and married his beautiful wife Gladys Marie Roussell. He enrolled in the
Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and initially majored in agriculture.
His science professor recognized his competence and guided him to change his
major and pursue medicine. Quinn graduated from college in 1952, as a
Distinguished Military Graduate. He was initially commissioned a Regular
Army 2LT in the Military Police but deferred from active duty to attend
Louisiana State University Medical School in New Orleans as the Army had a
shortage of doctors.
Quinn graduated from LSU Medical School in 1956 and then completed his
internship at Tripler Army Hospital in Hawaii, followed by an Army sponsored
orthopedic residency at Confederate Memorial Hospital, Shreveport,
LTG Becker served as an orthopedic surgeon at Fort
Gordon, Georgia and Fort Rucker Alabama. In 1964, he moved to Heidelberg,
Germany where he commanded the 5th Surgical Hospital (Mobile Army). Later he
moved to Wurzburg, Germany as the 3rd Infantry Division Surgeon and then
chief of orthopedic surgery at the 33rd Field Hospital.
returning from Germany in 1967, LTG Becker served as the assistant chief of
orthopedics at Walter Reed General Hospital.
of the Armed Forces Staff College in 1970, LTG Becker deployed to Vietnam.
His initial assignment in Vietnam was chief of professional services at the
85th Evacuation Hospital. Later, LTG Becker was the division surgeon and
commander of the 15th Medical Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division. Besides
leading the medical battalion in Vietnam, he managed a fleet of medical
evacuation helicopters and crews. This assignment began a close association
with the air ambulance mission and battlefield medicine, resulting in lifelong
Following his return from Vietnam in 1971, LTG
Becker was reassigned to Tripler Army Medical Center where he served as
chief of orthopedics and the orthopedic residency training program.
After completing the US Army War College in 1975, LTG Becker and his
family moved to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served as the XVIII
Airborne Corps Surgeon and concurrently commander of the Fort Bragg Medical
Activity (Hospital). Not only was LTG Becker responsible for providing
health care for soldiers, family members, and retirees at Fort Bragg, but he
also supervised medical readiness of the XVIII Airborne Corps.
Upon being selected for Brigadier General, he worked for the Army Surgeon
General in the Pentagon as the Director of Health Care Operations. In this
senior leadership position, he worked on battlefield medicine readiness
including funding, designing, and obtaining Deployable Medical Systems
(DEPMEDS), upgrading medical evacuation helicopters, and coordinating health
service support for Airland Battle.
Selected for his next command
and his second star in 1980, LTG Becker commanded the Academy of Health
Sciences at Fort Sam Houston, the largest allied health care training
facility in the United States. He was responsible for training all the
medical specialties in the Army, to include officer and NCO leadership
training. Additionally, he was also responsible for developing doctrine for
field medical units. He was instrumental in starting the Combat Casualty
In 1983, during the Cold War period, LTG Becker was
called to lead the 7th Medical Command in Europe, consisting of 11 large
hospitals, 67 health and dental clinics, a Europe-wide aeromedical
evacuation unit, and a plethora of other medical support services. Besides
commanding a large and complex health care system for deployed military and
their families, he concurrently served as the United States Army Europe
Surgeon and the United States European Command Surgeon.
LTG Becker was selected for his 3rd Star, and appointed as the 36th Army
Surgeon General. As the Surgeon General, he oversaw the Army’s complex
health care system worldwide. Working directly for the Army Chief of Staff,
he was also responsible for the medical readiness of the force to support
wartime and deployment missions. Some of his initiatives included
establishing the Enlisted Advisory Council, which looked after the needs of
enlisted soldiers, Non-commissioned Officers (NCOs), and their family
members. LTG Becker became the first commander of the Army Medical
Department (AMEDD) Regiment. As one of the key founders of the regiment, the
AMEDD Regiment organization exists today to instill pride and heritage to
the many medical personnel that served.
Even after retiring from
the Army in 1988, LTG Becker’s legacy of medical readiness was realized
during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. During this Gulf War, the
field medicine work orchestrated by LTG Becker during the 1970s and 80s was
instrumental in providing health service support to the deployed force.
Following the war, retired LTG Becker, was personally called and thanked by
Desert Storm Commander, General Norman Swartzkopf, for emphasizing medical
readiness while on active duty. LTG Becker responded to General Swartzkopf,
“Sir, it was a great team effort”.
LTG Becker, throughout his
career, was known as a ‘field doctor” and for emphasizing “medical
readiness” of the force, his legacy to the Army. He accomplished things
throughout his entire life by building teams and creating personal bonds and
relationships. He was respected because of his humility, sincerity, and
General Becker’s military education includes the Armed
Forces Staff College, Flight Surgeon Course and the Army War College. Awards
include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, 2 Bronze Stars, 3
Meritorious Service Medals, Air Medal and Army Commendation Medal and
others. He also earned the Combat Medical Badge, Parachutist Badge, and
Senior Flight Badge.
Quinn was recognized by Who’s Who in America
and recently inducted into the DUSTOFF Hall of Fame for his contributions to
the Army’s aeromedical evacuation mission.
During his retirement
years, LTG Becker continued to build and lead teams of people in whatever he
did. Beyond his professional career, he contributed considerable time to
public service, including President of the Civitan Club, fraternal member of
Masons, and Fellow of American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He was also a
long-standing board member for nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and
Quinn and Marie enjoyed retirement together, traveling
extensively, serving as Wagon Master and Tail Gunner on RV trips to Mexico
and Alaska, square dancing across the country with his brother John and wife
Alitia, and living, hiking, and skiing in Colorado. He was a ski leader on
expert slopes and drove and maintained grooming machines on cross country
trails. He and Marie went “Cat” and “Heli” Skiing with the “Over the Hill”
While residing at the Army Residence Community (ARC), Quinn
served on the board of directors representing the residents. He also served
as president of the ARC Golden Kiwanis, and as the Resident Council
president for residents living independently at the ARC. He started the ramp
construction program for disabled and handicapped individuals in the greater
San Antonio area and carried it forward for many years.
enjoyed impressionistic art and photography. His photographs are on display
throughout the ARC. He enjoyed remodeling homes and working on farm
equipment and cars. He was an excellent “fix it man” and pilot.
Quinn was always supportive of his children, grandchildren,
great-grandchildren and others.
Richard Schroder, 76, of Lenexa, Kansas passed away on November 19th,
2021. He was born on August 11th, 1945 in Topeka, Kansas. He was raised by
his parents Carl & Sadie Biggart and spent a lot of time with his
grandmother and uncles in Oskaloosa, Kansas.
Richard was a proud
Topeka High School graduate. He went on to graduate from Washburn University
with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and received his Master’s in Biology
from Fort Hays State University. Before his time at Fort Hays State, he
enlisted in the United States Army serving four years of active duty with a
year being in Vietnam. He remained in the army as a reservist. Richard was
employed at KU Medical Center in the Pharmacology Department and later by
the Plastic Surgery Department. He went on to retire from Johnson County
Community College where he taught certified nursing assistants.
was active in the Civil Air Patrol, The Masonic Lodge and several appendant
bodies, The Commemorative Air Force and The Overland Park American Legion.
Richard was a deacon at the Shawnee Presbyterian Church.
Robert (Bob) Mckinley
“Bob,” 80, of Largo passed away August 18, 2021, at Bay Pines VA Healthcare
Center. Bob was born in Camden, WV, to Hoke and Wanda Hunt McKinley on July
1, 1941. Bob joined the US Army in Sept. 1959 and retired from service on
Jan. 1, 1980. His tours of duty overseas included Okinawa, Germany, and
Vietnam. While in Vietnam (65, 66, 67, 68, 70, 71), he served with the 15th
Medical Battalion (Medevac) First Cavalry Division.
After retirement he joined the 15th Med Association as a charter member
and remained active, seldom missing a reunion. In 2021 he was in Peru, IN,
at the American Huey Museum 369. He was surprised to find the Vietnam
helicopter #803 that he was crew chief on had been restored and was now
being used for flights. Bob joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars at Post 4256
in Madeira Beach in 1983 and held many offices including two years as Post
Commander. He also was a life member of the Military Order of the Cootie,
the Honor Degree of the VFW. Bob served as Grand (State) Commander in
2010-2011. He volunteered annually at Cootie Christmas in Eaton Rapids, MI,
at the VFW Home for Children, working the holiday parties for the staff and
children. After retiring from the US Army Bob was employed at DRS
Technologies as a Quality Engineer for 20 years.
Bob was a good man and a comrade to anyone he met and would happily
visit and share a beer. His service will be at Bay Pines National Cemetery
on Friday, October 1, 2021, at 1:30 pm. A Celebration of Life will follow at
VFW Post 10094 on Walsingham Road, Largo. Bob loved all of his rescue dogs
but especially Benji and Sun Zu. He volunteered 17 years for the rescue
transporting, fostering and anything else needed.
Bob served 3 tours in Vietnam. His first tour was with 17th Aviation, 1st
Cavalry Division , a Caribou (CV-2) unit stationed at Pleiku 1965-66. His
second tour was initially with the 9th Infantry Division (unit Unknown) from
Feb-April 1967. He requested and received a transfer to HSC 15th Med BN in
April 67 and served there until his DEROS in February 1968. According to
Corky Walsh, Bob's third tour was with an unknown aviation unit that flew
OH-13 helicopters out of Phan Rang 1970-71.
Bob was a friend to all. He was one of the 26 Charter Members of the 15th
Medical BN Assn ( attended the first reunion in Franklin, VA in 1998). Our
records indicate that he attended all or nearly of the reunions. He served
as Treasurer from 2003- 2014, and as Parliamentarian since 2019. He was also
always ready to step up and help out whenever needed.
John J. Crespi
ohn Joseph Crespi,
79, of Olathe, passed away on July 6, 2021 at Olathe Hospice House.
He was born on February 9, 1942 to Louis and Eunice (Bowman) Crespi at
San Francisco, California.
John served in the US Army, retiring after 21 years of service. He then
began a career in law enforcement, employed as a police officer in Barbers
Point, HI, Garber & Mooreland OK, Chief of Police in Wellsville, KS,
security officer at Gear for Sports, and finally, Security guard at
Pembrooke School, retiring in 2006.
On July 17, 1965, he married Barbara Ann (Corwin). John and Barbara lived
in Ewa Beach, HI, and have resided in Olathe, KS for the past 16 years.
He was a member of VFW, and he enjoyed anything that dealt with history,
especially military, researching our family tree, being with family
(especially his military brothers he served with in Vietnam), and he loved
all animals (especially his dog Jasper) and never knew a stranger.
Wayne Brooks, 78, husband of Linda Brooks, died Sunday, April 12, 2020 from
heart problems related to agent orange exposure. Born
in Dunlap, TN, he was the son of the late Frank Nance and Vera Thompson.
Bobby was a retired combat medic in the US Army with the 15th Medical
Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, and also served as a US
Damian D. Vierra
"Pineapple" Vierra 68, of Statesville, NC passed away unexpectedly on
Wednesday 31 Jul 19. Born on 1 Jan 51 in Waialua, HI. He was the son of the
late Hercules Vierra and Francis Santiago Vierra, who survives.
Damien was a retired Army Veteran who honorably served his country. In
Vietnam he was a crew chief on a Medevac helicopter assigned to the 15th
Medical Battalion of the 1st Cavalry Division. His nickname was “Pineapple”
in his army days, and then went on to be called “5.0.” He loved drag-racing
and went to drag races any chance he could. He had a special place in his
heart for dogs, especially his four puppies; Lady, Tramp, Lucky, and Bear.
Raymond D. Kinnard
Raymond D. Kinnard, CPT, Medical Service Corps, of Engelwood, CO passed
away on 25 December 2018. Ray served as a Medevac pilot with the 15th
Medical Battalion in Vietnam from May 67-May 68.
Randell "Randy" J. Brewer
"Randy" Johnson Brewer passed away at home 28 September 2018, in Biloxi, MS.
Randy was born in 1946 in Marianna, FL, the son of J. Olin Brewer and
Mary Eugenia "Gigi" Johnson. He was graduated from Marianna High School
before serving with Medevac in the 1st Cavalry Division and 101st Airborne
in Vietnam from 1967 to 1970. He was at A Shau Valley, Khe Sanh, Da Nang,
and Hue. His medals include the Air Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross,
and two Purple Hearts. He later attended West Florida University and worked
in Special Education at the Margaret K. Lewis School in Panama City, FL.
Wartime injuries forced early retirement, and he moved to Biloxi in 1992. He
and Gary Taylor became partners in 1993 and were married in 2014.
He was a member of The 15th Medical Battalion Association, the 1st Cav.
Division Association, and The Military Order of the Purple Heart. He enjoyed
fast cars, high-powered guns, military history, gardening, and he was a hell
of a cook. Many benefited from his generosity.
David M. Cooper
Monroe Cooper, age 72, of Dallas, GA, passed away on 30 September 2018. He
was born 13 July 1946, in Atlanta, GA, to the late Russom Perry and
Josephine Bagley Cooper. David attended North Georgia College for two years,
graduating from West Georgia College with a business degree. Dave Cooper,
aka “Coop” served in the 15th Med Bn as a medic and a door gunner and was
extremely proficient in both. David worked as a Georgia State Patrolman for
13 years. David was a faithful member of Legacy Baptist Church, as well as a
member of VFW and the American Legion. David enjoyed riding motorcycles and
horses, and was dearly loved by his family and friends. His sense of humor,
funny sayings and wisdom will always be treasured.
Donald C. Barton, M.D.
Donald C. Barton, M.D. of Corbin, KY was born 23 Mar 35, to the late Clyde
T. and Lula (Brown) Barton in Salem, KY and departed this life 7 Apr 18 at
He was graduated from Williamsburg High School, Williamsburg, KY in 1952.
He then attended the University of Louisville for eight years, earning a
Bachelor of Arts Degree and later his M.D.
Dr. Don entered military service in June 1966, and received basic
training at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX. In 1966, he was assigned to
Fort Campbell, KY before transferring to Vietnam in 1967. He was assigned to
the 15th Medical Battalion, 1st Air Calvary Division (Airmobile) and became
Company A commander from May 68 to 69.
He participated in numerous engagements, including: AN KHE, LZ Baldy, LZ
Evans, LZ Stud to support the liberation of Khe San, Au Shau Valley, and LZ
Sharon at Quang Tri. He received the Air Medal (1968) and Bronze Star
(1968). Dr. Don was discharged in Seattle, WA in June 1968, with the rank of
In civilian life, he was a family practice physician, retiring in June
2000. In retirement, he enjoyed golf, hunting, and travel.
William K. Haistings
William K. “Bill” Haistings, 75 of Mendon, IL passed away on 13 April 18
in his home. Bill was born on 9 Aug 42 in Mendon, IL to the late Kenneth A.
and Nora Jane (McCormick) Haistings. He married Frances Stevens on 15 Feb 86
in Palmyra, MO.
Bill served his country during the Vietnam War in the United States Army
as part of the 15th Medical Battalion, 1st Air Cavalry Division. He had
worked as a mechanic for Sparks and Wiewel, a manager at Auto Works, he
worked at the Lima Lake Pump Station and was a stationary Fireman at the
Illinois Veterans Home. Bill was a member of the Lima Masonic Lodge. Bill
enjoyed rebuilding cars, gardening, going to tractor pulls, and flying radio
Kenneth R. Flowers
Randall Flowers, 68, passed away 9 Feb 18, at Baylor Scott & White Hospital
in Round Rock, TX. He was born 25 March 1949 and was graduated from Garland
High School in 1967. He then entered the Army where he served as a combat
medic in Vietnam in the 1st Air Cavalry Division on the ground and as a
flight medic on Medevac helicopters of the 15th Medical Battalion. Doc Nose,
as he was nicknamed, was a well respected crewmember and an excellent mentor
for less experienced combat medics. He amassed a long list of heroic
measures taken for his fellow wounded comrades.
In 1978, he received a BS in Radiological Sciences from Midwestern
University in Wichita Falls, TX. He was a Radiology Tech for several years.
Then he enjoyed great success selling insurance for A.L. Williams and worked
his way up to Senior Vice-President. Later in life he returned to school,
receiving an MBA in Hospital Administration from the University of Dallas in
1995. He held positions in healthcare administration and ended his career as
CEO of Uropath.
His greatest "job" was becoming a rancher on his 160-acre ranch known as
"Little Big Sky" in Comanche County, TX. He specialized in raising purebred
Black Angus Cattle and became well known throughout the state for his fine
MARTIN, age 81, of Dandridge, TN died 5 Aug 17 after a long battle with
cancer. He was born on 10 Apr 36 to James C. Martin and Margaret Parnell
Martin in Cloverdale, IN. Preceded in death by four brothers, Louis, James,
Ralph and Irwin; two sisters, Effie and Junita. He is survived by his wife,
Yolanda Derome Martin, who he married on the 4 Jul 59 in France; two sons,
Patrick and Michel; daughter, Viviane; daughter-in-law, Melissa; son-in-law,
Gilles; and six grandchildren.
Arthur retired in 1974 from the U. S. Army after 20 years of service,
where he served two tours in Vietnam, and was a member of the 1st Calvary
15th Medical Battalion flying Medevac helicopters. Arthur was wounded on 11
Oct 67 and was awarded the Purple Heart medal. In 1998, he retired from civil service after 24 years
with American Battle Monument Commission as superintendent. He had the honor
of performing as the Purple Heart Tennessee State Commander, was Worshipful
Master of Lafayette Lodge # 51, past Master of Martha Dandridge Eastern Star
Chapter, and was appointed Grand Officer Grand Chapter of Tennessee.
James "Clay" Keys, Jr.
James "Clay" Keys Jr., 65, passed away 12 Jun 17. James was born on 27 Jul
51 in Knoxville, TN to the late Juanita and James Keys Sr. A gathering of
family and friends was held on 18 June 17 at the Moraine Eagles Lodge, 3143
Elbee Road., Moraine, Ohio 45439, ending with military honors.
Bobby J. Aldridge
Joe Aldridge, 82, went to be with his Lord and Savior on 28 Mar 17. Bobby
died after a long illness surrounded by his children. He was born on 27
Oct34. He married Faye Marie Goforth on 14 Jul 56 in Cabool, Missouri and to
this union three children were born. Bobby was graduated from Summersville
High School, Summersville, MO and was born and raised in the Tyrone
community. He enjoyed his life. He loved his family, enjoyed stock car
races, baseball, gardening, and small engine mechanics.
Marco E. Endara
was born19 Nov 41 and died 12 Jan 16
Burial is at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, TX.
Jacob W. Mast
MAJ Jacob "Jake" W. Mast died after his tour in Vietnam on 12 May 15 at
the age of 75 after a five- year, courageous struggle with Agent Orange
exposure sarcoma in Chesterfield, VA. Jake was a graduate of Flight Class
64-3 and served in Vietnam with HHC 15 MED 1 CAV in 67-68.
as a Major in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps, where he was involved in
the operation of military hospitals and medical evacuation detachments. He
piloted Medevac helicopter rescue missions in the Republic of Korea and
Vietnam. A graduate of Randolph-Macon College and master's degree recipient
from the VCU School of Rehabilitation Counseling, Jake pursued a career
dedicated to public service, concentrating in long-term geriatric care
administration. Jake retired as CEO of the nonprofit Lucy Corr Village of
the Health Center Commission for Chesterfield County. In his almost
three-decade career there he demonstrated foresight in his understanding of
the health care industry by inspiring development and construction of an
expanded nursing home, the first special care unit for dementia residents in
the Commonwealth of Virginia, a licensed assisted living adult day care
center, a state of the art health care center, and a full service continuing
care retirement community, "Springdale." Jake served on numerous boards of
directors of health care commissions and foundations including being a
Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Administrators, the Virginia
Health Care Association, the Central Virginia Health Planning Agency, the
Virginia Association of Nonprofit Homes for the Aging, Covenant Woods and
the Lucy Corr Foundation. He was a Preceptor, Virginia
Administrator-in-Training Program, President Virginia Chapter ACHCA, member
Virginia Career Education Advisory Committee, member Education Committee
Alzheimer's Commission, Capital Area Health Advisory Council, and 1979
Virginia Health Care Association Administrator of the Year. Jake was also
Past Commodore of the Greater Richmond Sailing Association and a 43-year
active member of Rotary International, South Richmond Rotary Club.
Jake always enjoyed golf, tennis and jogging, but his favorite pastime
was sailing with Kay, either when racing their Flying Scot daysailer or
relaxing upon their Freedom yacht cruising the Chesapeake and the East Coast
from Nantucket and Newport to Florida and the Bahamas. Born on the Eastern
Shore of Virginia, Jake always said he "had saltwater in his veins."
Miranda, 65, of Phoenix, AZ, was laid to rest on 14 June, 2015, after a long
battle with cancer. Edward was a PFC in the Army, working as crew chief and
door gunner on a Medevac helicopter extricating soldiers who were wounded in
battle. Edward went on to fly about 800 missions in Vietnam and the
helicopters he flew in were shot down six times.
Billy B. Swatzel
MAJ Billy B. Swatzell died after his tour in Vietnam on 23 Feb 15 at the
age of 83 in Saint Hedwig, TX. Billy was a graduate of Flight Class 62 and
served in Vietnam with 15 MED 1 CAV in 63-64 and in 66-67.
James E. McDonald
Edward McDonald, 77, of Longview, TX passed away 28 Oct 15, at home. He was
born 30 Aug 38, in Philadelphia, PA, to John and Sue McDonald.
James entered active duty 8 May 1958, and was assigned to the Army
Medical Department. His overseas tours included two assignments to
Europe and five tours to Vietnam. He served in combat operations with
Special Forces, Rangers and foreign field forces.
James was awarded two Bronze Stars, three Meritorious Service Medals,
eight Air Medals (two for valor), three Army Commendation Medals, two Army
Achievement Medals, and numerous other medals, ribbons and badges
highlighting his distinguished career, including the Vietnam Service Medal
with 12 Campaign Stars.
James held a Command Sergeant Major ranking when he retired in 1988. He
was presented one of our nation’s highest peacetime awards, The Legion of
Merit, for his 30 years of service.
He then became an employee of St. John Medical Center, serving as
security and safety manager for several years. He made good friends there
and after retiring, James enjoyed lunch visits at the hospital several times
Guthrie L. Turner, Jr.
Guthrie Lewis Turner, Jr., MD Passed away 9 Jan 14 at Madigan Army Medical
Center, the hospital he commanded from 1980 to 1983. He was born on 26 May
30 in Chicago, IL. He was raised in Snow Hill, NC, and received a bachelor's
degree from Shaw University, Doctor of Medicine from Howard University,
Master of Public Health from Harvard University, and Master of Business
Administration from Pacific Lutheran University. He was married to the
lovely Ellaworth Kirby on 6 Jun 56. The only child of Guthrie and Nettie
Turner, BG Turner enjoyed a distinguished military career, culminating with
his selection as the US Army's first black physician promoted to the rank of
Brigadier General. After his retirement from the military, Dr. Turner
entered a second career as the Medicaid Director of the Medicaid Assistance
Administration of the Department of Social and Human Services for the State
of Washington. A man who believed in service, Dr. Turner donated his time to
many, many organizations, such as Shaw University, the Franciscan Health
Network, the National Medical Association, the Madigan Foundation Board, the
Tacoma Urban League, and Oberlin Congregational Church.
Lawrence E. Chance
E. "Ed" Chance, 81, formerly of Murfreesboro, passed away peacefully at John
Knox Village retirement center of Tampa, FL January 21 of natural causes. Ed
served for many years as a psychiatric social worker at the Alvin C. York
Veterans Administration Medical Center and retired from there in the mid
1990s, continuing to work in the area in a variety of settings until he and
his wife Dorothy relocated to Florida approximately 15 years ago. Ed retired
from the US Army as a colonel. He volunteered for service during the Vietnam
War and served in active combat, earning many commendations including
multiple bronze stars.
He was the lone social worker for the Army Division that ultimately
suffered the highest number of casualties during the Vietnam War, and during
the period of highest casualties of the War.. His main clients were the
combat troopers, but those of us medical personnel who were around him found
him to be a constant source of encouragement and inspiration.
He had a wonderful sense of humor. His humor was mostly self-deprecating,
making fun of himself, never at the expense of others. He often joked that
he was just a civilian in a green uniform, but the many medals that he
received, and the fact that he attained the rank of Full Colonel in the Army
Reserve belied that image.
Joe H. Landon
Harley Landon, age 80, of West Fork, AR, died 27 May 14 in West Fork. He was
born 14 Feb 34 in Topeka, KS, the son of Clarence Harley and Emily Griffith
Landon. He was in the Army Special Forces, retiring after 24 years as a 1SG.
He was a long time member of the VFW Post 2722 in West Fork, and Renault
Remote Control Airfield.
John D. Hayes
John D. Hays started his 30-year career at 22, enlisting in the Army after
college. Hayes died 27 Apr 14 of complications from leukemia. He was 77.
Hayes, who was reared in the Panama Canal Zone, developed a life-long
love of the outdoors. He was deployed to Vietnam, an experience of which he
never spoke after returning. He was later assigned to the Office of the
Surgeon General, working with returning Vietnam prisoner-of-war veterans. He
debriefed the prisoners when they returned and helped them readjust to their
families. He always thought it was one of his most meaningful assignments.
Wesley T. Morganfield
(Ret) Wesley Morganfield was born on April 21, 1937 to the late Rogers and
Mattie Morganfield in Marianna, AR, where he was also raised and educated.
On July 25, 2014, our Heavenly Father called Wesley home. He was a servant
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and faithful member of Anderson Chapel
A.M.E. Church where he once served as class leader.
Wesley Morganfield served his country honorably while enlisted in the
United States Army from February 1960 to April 1986. During his military
career, he served with distinction as a Green Beret with the United States
Army Special Forces. He served two tours in the Vietnam War (1967-1968 and
1970-1971). Wesley's dedicated service to his country resulted in numerous
awards, decorations, and commendations to include: Bronze Star Medal with
one Oak Leaf Cluster and "V" Device, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal,
Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Presidential Unit
Citation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal Silver
three loops, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one
Silver Service Star and one Bronze Service Star, Republic of Vietnam
Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal,
Expert Badge (Rifle), Combat Medical Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Vietnam
Parachutist Badge. Following his retirement from the military, Wesley
continued to serve his community in a second career as a Paramedic at
Darnall Army Community Hospital working in the emergency room and ambulance
sections from 1987 to 1995.
Thomas R. "Tommy" Machande, Sr.
Thomas R. "Tommy" Machande, Sr. (24 Jun 44 -
13 Nov 14) Tommy
was hired by the Bowie Vol. Fire Department in 1965, where he worked at all
three stations during his career. His fire service career was interrupted by
service in the U.S. Army, in 1968 and 1969, serving with the 1st Air Calvary
Division, 15th Medical Battalion in Vietnam. Upon his return home, he was
transferred to the Boulevard Heights Vol. Fire Department from 1970 until
1973. Transferred back to Bowie in 1974, Tommy served as the Technician
until he retired in 1993. He was considered by many of his peers to be one
of the best technicians in the fire service in Prince George’s County. Tommy
was awarded Life Membership status in the Bowie Volunteer Fire Department in
1993 and served as a volunteer technician and member of the Apparatus and
Equipment Committee until his death. Tommy was a patient mentor to
generations of firefighters in both the Bowie Volunteer Fire Department as
well as the Prince George’s County Fire Department.
Charles E. Williams
Charles Edward Williams was called to his Heavenly home on 9 Nov 13, at
the age of 69. He was born in Helena, Arkansas, on 8 Aug 44, to Edgar Lee
and Catherine (Trainer) Williams. He enjoyed a childhood full of outdoor
sports: swimming, diving, water skiing, fishing, hunting, baseball, and
football. He attended Ouachita Baptist University on a football scholarship
and also played baseball worthy of notice by professional scouts. He
participated in ROTC and was graduated with a Bachelor's degree and a
commission as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He became a helicopter pilot in
the First Cav Div Air Ambulance, or Medevac Unit, serving in Vietnam
1968-1969, and was highly decorated for his service. In 1971 Charles married
Janice Koltermann in San Antonio, TX. He worked in the general construction
business, and was part owner of Mesquite Construction, Inc. Later he worked
as an estimator for Phelps, Garza, Bomberger - Architects. Charles met the
challenge of a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis with courage and
determination and continued to move about in his power wheel chair, doing
activities he enjoyed. One of the greatest joys in his life was coaching
youth soccer. His teams, always called the Mustangs, won many tournaments
and district or season championships. He had great talent in the field of
developing young athletes. He was a great Spurs fan.
Daniel L. Boyd
CW2 Daniel L. Boyd died after his tour in Vietnam on 17 Aug 13 at the age
of 66. Daniel served in Vietnam with 15 MED 1 CAV in 68-69 with the call
signs of DUSTOFF 20, MEDEVAC 25. Dan was born 11 Nov 46 in Macomb, IL. A
veteran of the Vietnam War, he was a Chief Warrant Officer who served his
country proudly as a Medevac helicopter pilot for the United States Army.
After serving his country Dan worked in power plants around the country
before settling in Clemmons, where he worked for Essent Guaranty as Director
of Application Development. Dan was a lifelong biker, riding his
Harley-Davidson to work most every day. He was an avid football fan and
talented cook, with a great taste for food and fine spirits. He was also a
serious computer geek who honestly enjoyed his job and the wonderful people
he worked with. He was known for keeping a candy jar on his desk.
Joseph (Doc) W. McNaney, Jr. MD
Joseph (DOC) W. McNaney Jr, MD, MPH, 79, a decorated military man and
medical doctor passed from this earth on 29 Sep 12 at home with his
family. He was born to Joseph and Margaret McNaney 18 Apr 3 in Springfield
COL McNaney entered active duty on 17 Aug 61 after graduating from Holy
Cross College in Worchester, MA with an AB in Pre-Med. COL McNaney continued
his medical training and completed medical school at New York Medical
College in New York, NY. Upon completion of medical school COL McNaney
did his internship at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MA. His residency
assignments include St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, Walter
Reed Army Medical Center and an Aerospace Medical Residency. COL McNaney
also has a Masters of Public Health from the University of California,
COL McNaney began his service to the 1st Cavalry Division in the Republic
of Vietnam in June 1969. From June 1969 to June 1970 he served as both the
Division Surgeon and the Commander of the 15th Medical Battalion. COL
McNaney retired from active duty on 1 Feb 84. Until his death COL McNaney
continued his service to the 1st Cavalry Division on the Association of
Board of Governors and the Division Support Committee Chairperson for the
1st Cavalry Division Association.
COL McNaney had number military awards and his civilian awards include
the Sikorsky "S" and a Helicopter Rescue Award.
CW3 Joseph Holmes died after his tour in Vietnam on 19 Sep 12 at the age
of 72 in Dothan, AL. He was a graduate of Flight Class 65-8W. He served in
Vietnam with 15 MED BN 1 CAV in 65-66. He was one of two African-American
students in his flight class and was recognized with honor. Joe was the
quiet, unassuming guy when the Civil Rights movement was at
After his return from RVN, he became an instructor at Ft Rucker. Joseph was
recognized there with over 22,000 hours. At age 70, he was still enjoying
his work as an examiner.
Daniel T. Wilkinson
T. Wilkinson, 63, died Tuesday, 28 Feb 12, at Allegheny General Hospital in
Pittsburgh, PA. Born 20 Nov 48, he was the son of the late Thomas Wilkinson
and Dorothy Edwards. He was a Vietnam veteran serving in the U.S. Army,
where he served with Medevac, 1st Air Cavalry Division. He retired from C&S
Construction on 7 Jan 87, after being disabled from an on the job accident.
He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.
He was buried at Riverview Cemetery with the Tri-State Veterans Burial
Group providing full military honors.
RICHARD B. MELLON
B. Mellon, 63, died 23 June 09, in the Veterans Administration Medical
Center, West Roxbury, after a long battle with cancer. Formerly of
Dorchester and Canton, he was the son of the late John and Edna Mellon of
A retired manufacturer in the curtain industry, he was owner of Mellon
Company and an auctioneer. Having obtained his Eagle Scout distinction in
Dorchester, he remained active in Scouting until his death. He was also a
member of the Quincy-St. Paul's Algonquin Masonic Lodge and devoted his time
to the King Philip Shrine Club, raising funds for their transportation fund,
which allows for transportation from the east coast of the U.S and
Caribbean, including South America, for burn patients to come to the
Shriners Burn Hospital in Boston.
He was an active member of the Greater Taunton Charitable Association
from its inception, providing a helping hand and improving quality of life
for families in Taunton and surrounding areas. After graduation from Hyde
Park High School, he served in U. S. Army in Vietnam, serving as a crew
member on Medevac helicopters in the 1st Cavalry Division. Richard was a
member of the Disabled American Veterans.
W. Rex Davis
COL (Ret) W. Rex Davis, died 12 June 12 at the Hospice Brazos Valley Inpatient
Unit in Bryan, TX.
Gordon L. Russell
SFC (Ret.) Gordon Lee Russell, age 93, passed away on 17 May, 2012. SFC
Russell was born on 7 August, 1918 in Gadsden, AL. He was a decorated
soldier in the U.S. Army, having had tours in WWII and Vietnam. Later he was
a mentor with the Ft. Benning Drug Abuse program.
Daniel E. Weaver
Daniel Eugene Weaver, 59, of Lockport for 25 years, formerly of Lemont,
passed away Saturday, 8 Aug 09 at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet. Daniel
was born Aug. 22, 1949 in Huntingburg, IN, a veteran of the U.S. Army
serving in Vietnam, a member of the American Legion in Lockport, a member of
15th Medical Battalion, 1st Calvary Division Association, and avid Harley
rider and a member of H.O.G. Chapter Joliet.
Dillard R. Carter
Roscoe Carter, Age 59, of Stafford, VA died on 14 May 09. He was buried in
Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle, VA. He joined the Army and served as a
SP4 Medevac helicopter crew chief from 1970-1971 with the 15th Medical
Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam. He was part of many heroic
patient rescues but never complained about how dangerous the mission of
patient rescue during combat.
Milton H. Heins
MAJ Milton "Milt" H Heins died after his tour in Vietnam on 16 Nov 07 at
the age of 82. Milton served in Vietnam with 11 CAG 1 CAV in 65, 2/20 ARA 1
CAV in 66, and 15 MED BN 1 CAV in 66.
Adrian "John" J. Bean
WO1 Adrian "John" J. Bean died after his tour in Vietnam on 29 Jul 06 at
the age of 58.8 from murder. He served in Vietnam with 15th MED 1 CAV where
he flew a medical evacuation helicopter for the Army in 69. John was shot
during a robbery of the restaurant he co-owned and died the next day from
ELDON H. IDEUS, SR.
Eldon H. Ideus, Sr., 61 years of age, of Roanoke, TX, was killed after the
single engine plane he was flying crashed into a wooded area in far
southeastern Norman, Oklahoma on 21 Jan 03. His passion for flying led him
to work for the Texas Aerial Inspection Company as a pipeline patroller. He
was flying natural gas pipeline inspection routes for Texas Aerial
Inspections, Inc. at the time. He very much loved flying and contracted with
the company to fly these routes in Oklahoma on a monthly basis. His
attention to detail was remarkable and he was dedicated to safety, very well
respected for his skill.
As a career military officer, he served two tours of duty in the U.S.
Army in Vietnam as a Medevac Pilot and also led the Medevac into Desert
Storm commanding 3250 medical troops. He had two Purple Hearts and earned
many other commendations. Eldon joined the Army National Guard in 1959 and
retired in 1994. He subsequently was a Director of Operations for American
Medical Response, a national ambulance company--still committed to saving
lives. All Eldon wanted was to be was a good soldier in life. That is what
he was. He never drew attention to himself, but cared passionately about
helping others. Eldon was inducted into the DUSTOFF Association Hall of Fame
Sherman (Snore) Breeden
Sherman was born on 10 Oct 49 and passed away on Sunday, 28 Jan 01.
Sherman "Snore" Breeden established the first official Web site for former
members of 15th Medical Battalion, First Calvary Division. Snore's Web site
had "Bad Moon Rising" playing in the background and, as a tribute to him, we
continue that tradition on this Web site. Sherman, a very altruistic
individual set about to find and meet with his old comrades. With the help
of many others, he expanded his Web site, helped to extend the search for
former members of the unit and served as a guidepost for the rest of us.
Marvin E. Nester
CW3 Marvin E. Nester died after his tour in Vietnam on 12 Oct 99 at the
age of 63 from cancer in Brewton, AL. He was a graduate of Flight Class 66-1
and served in Vietnam with 15 MED 1 CAV in 66-67, 273 HHC in 69, and 222 AVN
in 69-70. He call sign in Vietnam was MERCY 31.
William N. Jackson
CW2 William N Jackson died after his tour in Vietnam on 31 Jan 96 at the
age of 52 from heart attack in Clayton, OK. He was a graduate of Flight
Classes 67-503 and 67-23. He served in Vietnam with 15 MED 1 CAV in 68-69
with the call sign of MEDEVAC 17.
Stephen F. Modica
1LT Stephen F. Modica died after his tour in
Vietnam on 7 May 95 at the age of 49 from diving accident in River Ridge, LA
He was a flight school graduate of Flight Class 69-22. He served in Vietnam with 15 MED 1 CAV in 69-70
with the call sign
of WILD DEUCE.
Michael L. hagerty
CPT Michael L Hagerty died after his tour in Vietnam on 1 Apr 82 at the
age of 42 from heart attack. He was a graduate of Flight Class 63-3. He
served in Vietnam with HHC 15 MED 1 CAV in 69-70.
Guy S. Kimzey
MAJ Guy Seering Kimzey died after his tour in Vietnam on 20 May 72 at the
age of 36 from an aircraft accident. He served in Vietnam with 15 MED 1 CAV
in 65-66 and the 237 MED DET in 69-70.
His private aircraft crashed in Monterey, CA enroute from Fritzche
AAF/Fort Ord, CA to San Rafael, CA. The aircraft departed at about 2255 over
the Monterey Bay. At 2300 he advised FSS that his engine had quit on take
off over bay. The aircraft was observed ditching in the bay & sinking
immediately off Palm Beach near Watsonville, CA. An immediate night search
was conducted by the USCG with 2 vessels & a helicopter with an HC130
dropping flares. The USCG found an oil slick, but no wreckage was found. His
spouse's body was spotted the next morning by the maintenance manager for
the Moss Landing Harbor Patrol District & recovered by the USCG. No trace of
Kimzey was ever found and the search was suspended. The NTSB found that
there was a power plant failure for undetermined reasons. A CFI pilot for
the US Army, MAJ Guy S. Kimzey was 36 with 3100 flight hours.
William F. Sallenger
CW2 William F Sallenger died after his tour in Vietnam on 19 Jun 70 at
the age of 25 from a motorcycle accident in Glenarm, IL, two weeks after
DEROS. Bill was a graduate of Flight Class 69-7 and served in Vietnam with
15 MED BN 1 CAV in 69-70.