Arthur Martin

Arthur Martin 15th Med Bn memberARTHUR 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 Division's 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.

Bobby J. Aldridge

Bobby Joe Aldridge 15th Med Bn.Bobby 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.




Guthrie L. Turner, Jr.

BG (Ret.) 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

Lawrence E. Chance 15th Med Bn.Lawrence 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

Joe H. LandonJoe 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. HaysCOL 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

Wesley T. Morganfield 15 Med Bn.1SG (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. Machande, Sr. 15th Medical Battalion.Thomas R. "Tommy" Machande, Sr. (June 24, 1944 - November 13, 2014) 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 15th Med Bn.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.

Joseph (Doc) W. McNaney, Jr. MD

Joseph W. McNaney, Jr. MDCOL Joseph (DOC) W. McNaney Jr, MD, MPH, 79, a decorated military man and medical doctor passed from this earth on September 29, 2012 at home with his family. He was born to Joseph and Margaret McNaney 18 Apr 3 in Springfield MA.

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, Berkley.

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.


Richard B. MellonRichard 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 Canton.

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.


Eldon H. Ideus, Sr.COL 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 in 2004.