Gregory (Simp) Simpson

Greg SimpsonGregory Allen Simpson, 75, of Brentwood, TN was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on May 31, 2024 in Nashville, TN. Greg dedicated his life to serving his family, his country, his work, and The Lord. Greg was born in 1948 in Crookston, Minnesota to the late Jesse W. Simpson and the late Muriel St. John. The third of four children, Greg and his family moved to Tennessee in 1962. He graduated from Antioch High School in 1966, and in 1968 he married Jane Marilyn Matthews. Greg and Jane moved to Brentwood, where they raised their two children and made Brentwood their home for 48 years.

Greg graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with BS and MS degrees. He also received a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the United States Army War College. Greg began his flying career as a Medevac Pilot in Vietnam and proudly continued his military career in the Tennessee Army National Guard and Army Reserves for almost forty years, achieving the rank of Colonel. He earned numerous commendations for his bravery and leadership including the Legion of Merit and four awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 Greg’s civilian career included serving in the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department as an officer of the tactical unit and a pilot of its first helicopter. He began working for Thompson Machinery as a pilot in 1978 and then became the Director of Flight Operations and later on the Safety Director, retiring after 40 years. Greg attended Brentwood Baptist Church, and in service to the LORD, he performed many safety audits with JAARS at their flight operations centers around the world. Believing in the LORD’s healing, Greg was a teacher in the REBOOT Combat Recovery program.

William Robert Downey II

William Robert Downey IIColonel William "Bill" Robert Downey II (ret.), a distinguished veteran and accomplished professional, passed away peacefully in Bonney Lake, Washington on May 3, 2024. He was born on May 18, 1929, in Houston, Texas, to Bennie Twiggs Downey and Lillian Margurite Coleman.

A man of remarkable achievements, Colonel Downey's journey began at Booker T. Washington HS in Dallas, Texas, where he excelled both academically and athletically, lettering in football. He continued his education at Prairie View A&M College, earning a B.A. in History, and later obtained a Masters of Hospital Administration from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Colonel Downey's illustrious career spanned five decades, with 25 years of dedicated service to the United States Army. He served with distinction during World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, and the Cold War Era, earning numerous accolades including the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, and Purple Heart, among others.

Beyond his military service, Colonel Downey made significant contributions in teaching, coaching, hospital health services, consultant administration, and real estate. His passion for athletics led to his induction into the Prairie View A&M University Sports Hall of Fame in 1998, a testament to his enduring legacy.

Colonel William Robert Downey II will be remembered fondly for his unwavering dedication to his country, his family, and his community. His legacy of honor, integrity, and service will continue to inspire generations to come.

Daniel N. (Dan) Korty

Dan KortyDDan Korty passed away on 22 November 2023. Dan was born on 13 October 1946, to the late Norbert and Marian (Allgeier) Korty of Lafayette, Indiana. He was graduated in 1964 from Central Catholic HS. From 1966-67, Dan bravely served his country with the 1st Cavalry Division, 15th Medical Battalion, flying for Medevac as the crew chief and door gunner on a Huey during the Vietnam War. He was awarded 2 Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for his sacrifice.

After serving his country, Dan returned home to Lafayette and was hired at Eli Lilly, where he worked for over 30 years before retiring. On 5 May 1973, he married Elizabeth E. “Betty” Windler of Oxford, IN, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fowler, IN.

Not one to sit idle, Dan felt it essential to contribute to his community. He served 40 years on the Randolph Township Vol. Fire Department, was a longtime representative on the Randolph Township Board and Romney Regional Sewer District Board, drove school buses for the Lafayette Catholic Schools and Tippecanoe County School Corp, and served on the Honor Guard with the American Legion, Post 11. He was a St. Bernard Catholic Church member, a 4th Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus Council 456, and a member of the American Legion, VFW, American Huey 369, the 40 & 8, and the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association.o:p>

Dan demonstrated a life of loving service, and his most rewarding roles were as a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. Always a farmer at heart, he was well known for his prolific vegetable garden and was often seen outdoors splitting wood with the “Korty Woodcutters” or in the fields helping local farmers.


mark (doc) holiday

Mark (doc) HolidayMark ”Doc” Holiday passed away on 23 March 2023. Doc served as a Medevac Crew Chief with 15th Med BN in Vietnam from August 1970-August 1971. He served with courage, honor and distinction. Doc was one of the 26 Charter Members of our Association. He was elected Vice President at the first reunion in 1998. He was elected Jr. Vice President at the 2021 reunion in Kokomo, IN, progressed to VP at the 2022 reunion in Omaha, NE, and was slated to become President at the 2023 reunion in Austin, TX. He was very interested in 15th Med BN history, and had a phenomenal memory. He wrote one of our War Stories, Medevac Proves Invaluable Asset: 1970-Phuoc Vinh, RVN. We will greatly miss his friendship and dedication to, and enthusiasm for our Association.

James V. Belair, Sr.

James Belair, Sr.James V. Belair, Sr. age 74 of Williamstown, NJ passed away on Tuesday, 20 December 2022. Jim was a proud Veteran of the US Army and served 4 tours in Vietnam, receiving many metals and commendations. Jim served his last tour with the 15th Medical Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Airmobile as a valued member of the air ambulance helicopter maintenance team.

Jim enjoyed many different interests. He was an avid bike rider, walker, and exercise enthusiast, that loved driving his Can-Am and Sling Shot. Jim brought joy to others delivering presents in his Santa suit and was always helping friends, family, neighbors, and strangers. He was the type of guy that would give you the shirt off his back. Jim got the most joy in life spending time with his wife JoAnn and precious dog Angel.

Clyde D. “Gus” Bensenhaver

Gus BensenhaverClyde D. “Gus” Bensenhaver, age 82 , of Rig Road, Moorefield, WV, passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2022, at the Pendleton Manor in Franklin, WV. He was born on September 4, 1940, the son of the late Charles and Eula (Halterman) Bensenhaver. On September 19, 2000, Gus married Patsy (Carr) Berg Bensenhaver, who survives in Moorefield.

Mr. Bensenhaver was a graduate of Moorefield High School, a member of the Oakdale Presbyterian Church and a Veteran of the US Army, serving in the Vietnam War. Gus was a member of the Potomac Highlands VFW Post #6454, Moorefield American Legion Post #64, the Forty and Eight Club of Romney, WV, and the 15th Medical Battalion and 1s t Cavalry Division Association. He had worked for Glovers Auto in Petersburg, the WV State ABC Store in Moorefield, and retired from Wompler Foods in Moorefield, as a Security Guard. Gus loved hunting and fishing, however fishing was his favorite. He also enjoyed reunions with his military friends and spending time with his family.

Quinn H. Becker

Quin BeckerLieutenant 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, Louisiana.

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.

After returning from Germany in 1967, LTG Becker served as the assistant chief of orthopedics at Walter Reed General Hospital.

Following completion 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 friendships.

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 Care Course.

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.

In 1985, 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 kindness.

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 hospice.

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” Gang.

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.

Quinn 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 L.Schroder

Richard L. SchroderRichard 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.

He 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 McKinleyMcKinley, Robert “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

John J. Crespiohn 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.

Bobby Brooks

Bobby Brooks Medevac MedicBobby 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 Navy Corpsman.

Damian D. Vierra

Damian D. VierraDamian "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

Randell J. BrewerRandell "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

David M. CooperDavid 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.

Dr. Donald BartonDr. 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 age 83.

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 CPT.

In civilian life, he was a family practice physician, retiring in June 2000. In retirement, he enjoyed golf, hunting, and travel.

William K. Haistings

Bill HaistingsWilliam 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 controlled airplanes.

Kenneth R. Flowers

Kenneth R. FlowersKenneth 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 cattle.

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.

James "Clay" Keys, Jr.

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

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.




Marco E. Endara

Marco Antonio Estrella EndaraMarco was born19 Nov 41 and died 12 Jan 16 Burial is at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, TX.







Jacob W. Mast

Jacob W. MastMAJ 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.
Jake served 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."

Edward Miranda

Edward MirandaEdward 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

James E. McDonaldJames 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 a week.

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. (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 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.

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 W. McNaney, Jr. MDCOL 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 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.

Joseph Holmes

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 its peak. 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

Daniel T. WilkinsonDaniel 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. 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.

W. Rex Davis

Rex DavisCOL (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 E. WeaverDaniel 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

Dillard CarterDillard 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

Adrian BeanWO1 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 his wounds.






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.

Sherman (Snore) Breeden

Sherman BreedenSherman 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

William F. SallengerCW2 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.

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