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HE RUNS THE RIVER NIGHT AND DAY
UPON HIS HEAD A BLACK BERET.
COMBING WATERS FILLED WITH DEATH
KNOWING FEAR WITH EVERY BREATH.
FIGHTING FOR A CAUSE THAT´S RIGHT
A CHANCE OF NOT LIVING THROUGH THE NIGHT,
SAILORS OF A DIFFERENT BREED
TRAINED TO FIGHT BORN TO LEAD.
FIGHTING BOATS WITH HULLS OF GREEN
THE VERY BEST YOU´VE EVER SEEN.
HE STANDS UP STRAIGHT WITH HEAD HELD HIGH
WILL ALWAYS LOOK YOU IN THE EYE.
SO MY FRIENDS WHEN I´VE GONE TO REST
LAY A BLACK BERET UPON MY CHEST.
by
Chief Robert "Willie" Wilson
River Division 592/ RPG-56

 

  In Memoriam...


William E. Hayenga Jr. 

 

Submitted by: Steve Watson (1/25/2017)  I just found this in the current issue of the Purple Heart magazine. He was in RD-535.

 

William E. Hayenga Jr., 68, of Lafayette passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at his home. He was born November 21, 1947, in Rockford, IL, to the late William and Ruth Neblock Hayenga. Bill attended Hononegah High School in Rockton, IL and Purdue University. He was a veteran of the Navy serving in the Vietnam War and was awarded a Purple Heart and the Navy Cross. On October 20, 1990 he marreid Susan L. Meadows in Lafayette and she survives. Bill served as the Postmaster in Fowler for 15 years and previously worked for the Postal Service in Lafayette in various positions. He was a member of the VFW 1154, American Legion Post 11, 40 & 8, Navy Club 12, League of Postmasters, NAPS, Legion of Valor, NRA and The Military Order of the Purple Heart. Bill enjoyed fishing, playing with his grandchildren, socializing, and living large! Surviving are his children Jennifer J. Vandervate (Terry), William E. Hayenga III (Skye Abt), Joshua J. Hayenga and Cyndy S. Howard all of Lafayette. His pride and joy grandchildren: Emily, Clayton, Maddy, Jonny, Cassidy, Ansley, Jace and William E. Hayenga IV. Also surviving are his sisters, Cheryl L. Roden (Rick), Ruth A. Welcher (Tom) all of Lafayette and a brother Daniel S. Hayenga (Linda) of West Lafayette and sister-in-law Susan A. Hayenga. Preceded in death by parents and siblings: Maryangela Tammy Hayenga, Kathy Rogers, Michael S. Hayenga and Gene W. Hayenga. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Wednesday at Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel, 400 Twyckenham Blvd. Service will be 10:00 am Thursday at Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel, Rev. Joseph Park officiating. Interment will be at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens with American Legion Post #11 graveside rites.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to: Leukemia Lymphoma Society or Wounded Warriors Project. You may sign the guest book, leave memories and photos at  www.soller-baker.com.

 

See more at: Legacy.com

 

 

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Ron VanSlyke  

 

Submitted by: Karen VanSlyke (1/25/2017)

 

It is with profound sadness to inform you of the loss of a fellow PBR gunner's mate, Ron VanSlyke. I wish to thank you all for bringing your PBR craft  to the Rose Festival and to help my husband, Ron, heal some very deep wounds. You were all so wonderful to share your stories and let him know he was not alone in his suffering. He will be missed terribly! Again, thank you so very much and keep doing what you're doing to help all the Brown Water Navy Vets!

Ron VanSlyke was born in Spokane, WA February 5, 1950 to Richard and Vivian (Nelson) VanSlyke, Ron graduated from John Rogers High School in June 1968. He enlisted in the US Navy after graduation and served in the Brown Water Navy in Vietnam from 1968-1971. He received 3 purple hearts and was the sole survivor of 3 attacks on their PBR in the Mekong River. After returning home, Ron took time to travel across the United States and during a stop in Chicago, decided to try out for the Chicago Cubs open try-outs and played shortstop for the Cubs for one season. He settled in Spokane and trained to be a journeyman steamfitter /welder working for the Local 44 union (which his grandfather founded) and then in 1995 moved to St. Helens, OR and worked for Local 290 union in Portland until his retirement in 2014. 

Ron enjoyed fishing, riding on his Harley Davidson, his 4 cats and 2 dogs, music and traveling. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Darlene Gray.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; daughters Stephanie and Alexis; stepdaughter, April; 2 granddaughters and a grandson.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Disabled Veterans of America, Wounded Warriors Families, and your local Humane society. 

 

 

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Warren "Tom" Thomson  

 

Submitted by: Jay Eichhorn (10/16/2016)

 

Warren Keys Thomson, 76, “Uncle Bubba”, of Georgetown, TX, recently died, along with his fiancé, Johanna “JoAnn” Sturm, in an auto accident on Leander Rd in Georgetown, TX.
 
Warren was born in Augusta, GA, August 12, 1940, and lived in numerous places throughout his life. Warren proudly served and retired from the US Navy in 1981 as a Chief Petty Officer, after 23 years of service, including 3 tours in Vietnam as a “River Rat” aboard PBR’s (Patrol Boat Riverine) and among numerous other awards and commendations earned the Silver Star for bravery behind enemy lines. 

Please sign the guest book at his memorial site, here.

 

 

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 Bill Goldman   

 

Submitted by: Al O'Canas (11/11/2016)

 

I talked with Bill Goldman this past Wednesday (11/9/2016) and I was having trouble hearing and keeping a conversation with him, which happened quite a bit the last several months. I just received a phone call from his cousin, Richard Sommers and he informed me that they had to take Bill to the hospital. He is having trouble breathing and he is not expected to make it through the night. Bill has lead a real rough life from his wounds during the Nam. His cousin, Richard Sommers called me about two hours later and told me that Bill had just passed away. His kidneys were failing and then his heart started to give out.   

Bill served in the Navy for 12 years. He served on the USS WEXFOR CTY before going to PBR’S. Bill was severely wounded on Jan 18th of 1968.

 

 

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 SEE BELOW - Reported as Passed Away   

 

Reported by: United States Postal Service/ Nancy Re

No details are available at this time re: the below.  

E6

Carl

Collier

VA 52 VAL 4 VP 9

CWO3

JAMES T.

DuBOSE

Riv Div 522

CAPT

ROBERT H.

FRED

TM1

MALCOLM W.

FULLAM

Riv Div 534 & 593

JOHN

KEIPER

Riv Div 543 & 544

RADM

ARTHUR W.

PRICE, JR.

CTF 116

SM3

MERLE E.

SCHLOTTERBACK

Riv Div 593

MR

BARRY C

BENNER

NSA SAIGON, NHA BE, BINH TUY

CWO

RUSSELL J.

KIPKOWSKI

Riv Div 511

JAMES A.

RAMSDEN

JOSEPH

SCHREIBER JR

MINE FORCES 

GMGC

WALTER F.

SUAREZ, JR.

 

RDC

RONALD J.

WEEKS

Riv Div 593 & 544

BMCS

ALBERT C.

MAXSON

ALB 1 & Stabron 20

 

REST IN PEACE OUR BROTHERS



 Frank Duhlke   

 

Submitted by: Facebook  entry

 

Passed away 10/2015 of lung cancer. Extreme exposer to Agant Orange was noted on his death certificate.

 

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 John Choat   BM1 RD-533 '68-'69

 

Submitted by: Facebook entry

Passed away 3rd quarter 2016.

 

 

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 Art Kern   RD-551

 

Submitted by: Facebook entry

 

Passed away 12/26/2015.

 

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 Mike Wacasey   "Big Mike" RD-532

 

Submitted by:  Facebook entry

 

Passed away Sunday 10/11/2015.

 

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 Roger D. Kauffman   VN 1968

 

Submitted by: SBU XI

Roger, 68 years young of Drexel, MO, passed away August 14, 2015.

 

 

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 Rear Admiral Kevin Francis Delaney   Seawolves '68

 

Submitted by

The retired Admiral passed away on April 7, 201 following a lengthy illness.5

 

 

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  Ron Weeks   

 

Submitted by: Facebook entry

 

Although I know only some of you, it is my sad duty to inform you Ron Weeks passed away Saturday, 23 August 2014. Ron was in poor health and did not visit much these last years because he was particularly susceptible to any kind of infection. Most of those in RivDiv 593 remember Ron as RDC Weeks who served in 593 in the early days of 544/593

 

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  Wesley G Smith   RS-541 '66-'68

 

Submitted by

Notified of passing 1/4/2015.

 

 

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  William G. Williams  MN1

 

Submitted by: Facebook entry

 

 A member of Task Force 116. I regret to inform you he passed away on August 7, 2008 and is buried in Albert G. Horton Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk, VA. He was born Apr 29, 1931 and was 77.

 

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  Billy Lee Melton  

 

Submitted by: Facebook entry

His passing was June 18, 2015

 

 

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 Ed Delarsoa 

 

Submitted by: Facebook entry

His passing was shared July 22, 2015

 

 

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LT Larry Dean Countryman   NSA Na Be

 

Submitted by

USN(RET) / Ozark, MO, 10 AUG 15 He served with honor and distinction in the US Navy for 22yrs and achieved the rank of Lieutenant before retiring in August of 1978. During his time in the Navy he was assigned to the Naval Support Activity Detachment in Nha Be Vietnam, USN Recruiting Station, El Centro CA. , Charleston Naval Base and attended the Naval Air Technical Training Center both in Millington TN. He served aboard the USS Perkins, USS Simon Lake , USS Umpqua where he was acting XO for decommissioning, the USS Charleston and the USS Cascade where he was stationed with his family in Naples, Italy from 1971 – 1974. Shared
August 8, 2015

 

 

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 Captain Joseph "Roy" Faulk  (Commander TF-116 1970)

 

Submitted by William Straight BStr8@aol.com 12/6/2015

 

Captain Joseph "Roy" Faulk, USN, who served in 1970 as Commander, River Patrol Force (Task Force 116), based at Sea Float, passed away on January 6, 2016. He will be remembered as an excellent naval officer and leader by those who had the privilege to serve with him. 

 

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Joseph Roy Faulk, 92, passed away on January 7, 2016 at Maison Teche Nursing Home. He was born in Kaplan on November 4, 1923 to Adore' and Regina Fabre Faulk. After graduation from Kaplan High School, he attended SLI until the beginning of WWII, at which time he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and became an aircraft carrier pilot. During his time in the Navy, he commanded a jet fighter squadron, a 12,000 ton ship, The Cavalier USS, and he was also a central figure of the famed Task Force-116 River Patrol Boats aka PBR's during his service spent in Vietnam 1970. He was engaged in a great deal of fighting and was awarded several medals including the Bronze Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

When he returned from duty in Vietnam, Roy commanded the New Orleans Naval Air Station in Belle Chase. He retired from the Navy with the rank of Captain after 31 years of service. Roy was a silver life master bridge player, an excellent golfer and gardener, an avid reader, and enjoyed scuba diving.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Marie Daigre Faulk; daughters, Shelley Moore and Grace Kester; sons, Michael Faulk and Derek Faulk; two stepsons, David Kester and Bill Kester. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Jennifer Shawn Faulk, and his siblings, Francis Broussard, Janelle Monroe, and Dennis Faulk. Roy donated his body to medical science. On Saturday, January 16, 2016, visitation will commence at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church followed by a memorial Mass at 11:00 AM officiated by Father Mark Derise. The family would like to thank the staff at Maison Teche Nursing Home for the wonderful care that was given during his stay there. 

 

 

REST IN PEACE OUR BROTHER


 Wayne Penny   (RS-532 68-69)

 

Submitted by Richard Cragg (rjc29339@aol.com) - 12/6/2015

 

This from Dick:

Wayne Penny, a plank owner and Gunners Mate in River Section/Div 532, passed away on Thanksgiving in Sargent, Nebraska.  I am getting the memorial and obiturary from his sister.  Please pass on to all 532 members.  Keep Wayne and his family in your prayers.

 

 

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 "Big Mike" Wacasey   (RS/RD-532 68-69)

 

Submitted by Paul Wayne Cagle - 10/18/2015

 

Mike Casey passed away this Sunday afternoon (10-17-15).

I will never forget him. God Bless and Keep You 'Big Mike". That was his nickname in Nam.  See you one day on the Other River Bank.

 

 

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 Harry Douglas Ramsden    (ASKAR NAG '68-'69)

 

Submitted by Harold Huggins 9/1/2015

 

Harry Douglas Ramsden, 79, died Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at Delta Medical Center. A 31-year Navy Veteran Master Chief Ramsden was also Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart recipient. After the Navy, he earned his Business Degree and Masters Degree at the University of California Laverne where he graduated Sigma Cum Laude. He taught at San Diego Community College and was a manager of the Link Trainer for the U.S. Navy at Point Loma, CA. He was a member of Munford Baptist Church over 20 years and taught Sunday School. He also taught Computer at Rosemark Academy and was a Volunteer Substitute Teacher at Munford Elementary School where he was known as, "Mr. Harry". He was a member of Gideon's International; Mason s, Shriner s; VFW, and the Fleet Reserve.

 

His survivors include his wife, Jung Sook Ramsden of Millington; children, Carol (Bobby) Pruitt; Cindy(Danny)Gentry; David Teresa) Francis; Ted Francis; Chris (Betty) Ramsden; Lance (Tamara) Ramsden; Joshua Ramsden; and 12 grandchildren; brothers, Jack Ramsden; Jim Ramsden; sisters, Barbara Falise and Jean Storms. The family will receive friends at Munford Baptist Church on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from 5-7. Funeral Services will be at Munford Baptist Church on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be at Northridge Woodhaven Cemetery.

 

 

REST IN PEACE OUR BROTHER


 William 'Bill' Maki    (MINRON 113)

 

Submitted by Harold Huggins 9/1/2015

 

Gamewarden William "Bill" Maki, MINRON 113

 

We sadly note the passing of another Brother.  Though ceremonies have already occurred it is good to know that one of his brothers Ken Delfino was able to attend his funeral and offer these words to his family and friends.

 

Good morning and thank you for allowing me to make some comments.

My name is Ken Delfino and I serve as a director for Gamewardens: Viet Nam to Present and I am here to say farewell to our shipmate Bill on behalf of the officers and men of our organization.

First off to the Maki family and friends, I wish to express our deepest condolences on Bill’s passing. We are glad he made it home for we know the dangerous work that he and his crews did.

Operation: GAMEWARDEN encompassed the men of Task Forces 116 which were mostly river patrol boat units, but also included support activities, SEAL teams, Special Tactics Assault Boats, a Light Attack Helicopter Squadron and Mine Squadrons 112 and 113.

Our mission was to protect the South Viet Nam’s capitol of Saigon from the west, south and east by interdicting all enemy water traffic and capturing or destroying it. One of the primary missions was also to keep the Long Tau River shipping channel open and that was the main function of the Mine Squadrons.

These wooden boats took off before dark from our base in Nha Be and started their long patrols down and back up the Long Tau river sweeping it for any mines that might be planted to sink a ship in that channel.

One ship blown up in that river would have taken away a major supply route for the allied efforts.

The men of MINRONS 112 and 113 did their jobs magnificently for during their entire tour, not one ship was sunk in that channel.

Bill and his crews were not as heavily armed as our river patrol boats were and their coxswains and machine gunners were easy targets for the Viet Cong to pick off because to their boats’ proximity to the shore.  However, these men heroically did their jobs every single day and no one quit for they knew the importance of their work.  Bill and I may have crossed paths in the chow hall or bar or even at one of the pho stands in Nha Be; I can’t remember, but his name did ring a bell with me and it may have been because we crossed paths at a Gamewardens’ reunion.

I am not here because we were close friends or even crewmates…I am here because he is a brother.  It’s been said that “The bond of friendship between men forged in combat is second in strength only to that between a mother and child”.  While enlisted men rarely have sideboys when arriving or leaving a command, I have no doubt that he did have sideboys when he arrived at his Final Change of Station in the formation being those men of MINRON 112 and 113 who were killed in action.

Fare winds and following seas shipmate Bill…until we meet again.

 

 

REST IN PEACE OUR BROTHER


 C. E. Buddy Dunstan    (RIV SEC 512 and 522)

 

Buddy passed away on May 23 at the VA Medical Center Memphis.

 

He proudly served his country as a Boat Captain receiving a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Buddy leaves his wife of 46 years, Charle Clark Dunstan, one daughter Missy Dunstan Ashe (Ken) and two granddaughters, Dunstan and Kailee Ryan Ashe.

 

 

REST IN PEACE OUR BROTHER


 Gary Borodaeff    (RD 512  69-70)

 

Gary Borodaeff passed on July 13, 2013

 

From Rob Marter: "He was my Brother-in-Law and was a good man. RIP.

Click here to View his tribute page.

 

 

REST IN PEACE OUR BROTHER


 Jim Walker    (HAL3  67-68)

 

I am sad to report that we have lost another brother;

 Seawolf 36 has flown his final earthly mission. Lt. James R. (Jimmy) Walker (HAL -3 Ace and Navy Cross awardee) succumbed to his illness and passed away 2/7/2014.  He is no longer in pain and for that we give thanks to God!

 

 

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 Chief Rodney Jones    (RIver Division(s) 532 and 594, 2/68-2/69)

 

I am sad to report that we have lost another brother;

Chief Jones died 11/22/2014. His funeral was scheduled for the following Wednesday. His wife and daughter would like to hear from Carl who used to work with him on the boats @ Camp Elliot.

Wife Mary. 858-273-5822 --- Daughter Patty 858-531-3860

 

 

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 Jackson Fondren Niles    (River Division 532)

 

(posted Oct 22, 2014 by way of Jerry Gandy)

 

I am sad to report that we have lost another brother; Jack Niles, River Division 532....Arrangement are as sent below by Paul Cagle. Thanks Paul.

 

In Memory of

December 18, 1933 - October 18, 2014

Obituary

 

Jackson F. Niles, 80, current residence of Washington, NC, passed away on October 18, 2014. He was born on December 18, 1933 to the late Oliver H. and Ruby Niles in Clarksdale, MS. He is predeceased by his wife of over 50 years Barbara T. Niles and son Ronald Niles.
Mr. Niles retired from the US Navy and earned many honors including the Purple Heart.
He is survived by his step-daughters Deborah Woolford and Carol Ann Kulikowski; two sisters Shirley Berry and Sandra Fay Keech and husband Kenneth; four grandchildren Tara Humphrey, Taylor Woolford, Mark J. Marcus and Bret Niles; one great grandchild Carly Marcus, and many nieces, nephews and loved ones in Washington, NC.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 11AM at Rosewood Memorial Park, 601 N. Witchduck Rd., Virginia Beach, VA. You may offer your condolences at www.kellumfuneralhome.com

 

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 Captain Frank Yusi    (River Section 533)

 

(posted June 7, 2014 by way of Al Ocanas)

 

It is sad news that I will report, Captain Frank Yusi passed away last night. His daughter, Beth, just called me and she will post it on Caring Bridge soon. Frank, as some of y'all know was a Good Man, Officer and Brother! He will be missed by us who knew him. I for one am glad that I had the pleasure of knowing him, serving with him and patrolling with him. God speed Frank. You will be missed, but never forgotten.

 

Al.

 

 

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 William (Bill) Cater

  

(posted May 29, 2014)

 

Gamewardens, It is with deep sorrow that I must inform you of Bill's passing on April 2nd, 2014. He died of heart failure. We enjoyed the reunions we attended and were planning on coming this year. You may read his obituary online at newcomer Newcomer Funeral Home. Thank you for all the warmth and friendship over the years.



Sincerely,
Jayne

 

REST IN PEACE OUR BROTHER


 BMC Kieth J. Pecha

 

(posted Feb 11, 2014)

To All River Rats from James Davy,

I just found out today that shipmate and friend Keith Pecha passed away. I am not sure of all the details but I guess he died in December and the word has been slow in reach us. Keith was V.P. West Coast for many years and was a very nice man, he will be missed.

 

Please send any additional info re: Kieth to the GWP&P Webmaster
  

 

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 SCPO Charles Clepper

  

(posted Jan 5, 2014)

To All River Rats from Al Sears

Info on passing of SCPO Charles Clepper who was a River Rat, not a SCPO then, retired as SCPO.  I have no idea of Riv Div/Unit the notice did have a photo of him in greens with his Beret perhaps one of the Gamewardens will have served with him, he lived in the Pensacola Area.

Please send any additional info re: Charles to the GWP&P Webmaster

 

 

REST IN PEACE OUR BROTHER


 WOC-B Jerry Jernigan

 

(posted Dec 26, 2013)

To All River Rats from Alice Schultz

Subject: Death of Jerry Jernigan
It is with much sadness that I forward this to you.

I WAS JUST INFORMED OF A GOOD FRIEND WHO PASSED AWAY LAST WEEK DEC 19 AT HIS HOME IN ALBANY OREGON.   HE WAS A MEMBER OF GAMEWARDENS OF VIETNAM.  HIS NAME IS JERRY JERNIGAN AND HE WAS A    CHIEF WARRANT BOATSWAIN.  HE WAS ON THE SWIFTBOATS.  HE AND HIS WIFE JUST VISITED ME 2 WEEKS AGO.  WILL YOU PLEASE LET ANYONE WHO KNEW HIM ABOUT THIS?   THANK YOU ALL   ALICE SCHULTZ 

 

 

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 EN3 Jimmy Maddox

 

(posted Fri, June 15, 2013)

To All River Rats from Paul Cagle

 

Subject: Death of Jimmy Maddox River Section/Division 532

It is with much sadness that I forward this to you.  Some of you may or may not remember EN3 Maddox of PBR 139.

 

Also learned that Larry Lafontain of 532 died in 1988 at the age of 39.

From The Valley Courier, Friday Feb 15, 2013

Jimmy G. Maddox, 65, died Oct. 27, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada of congestive heart failure with his children by his side. He was born January 11, 1947 in Phillips, Texas to James and Wanda Maddox. The family moved to South Fork in 1956 where he later graduated from Del Norte High School in 1965.

Following graduation, he served two tours of duty in the Navy and was a veteran of the Vietnam War where he received a Bronze Star with Valor. He worked as a logger and a heavy equipment mechanic in the mining industry. Jimmy enjoyed photography, scuba diving and boating on Lake Mead with family and friends. His greatest passion was driving his IMCA modified race car. Although he never came in first, he was never last!

Survivors include: two daughters, Carrie (Chris) Crane of Montrose, Colorado and Nikki Smartt of Corvallis, Oregon; and a son, Tyler (Trista) Maddox of Springfield, Oregon; five grandchildren, Emily and Sam Crane, Shayanne, Jayciee and Kamilla Maddox, and two step-granddaughters, Kara and Kirsten Smartt; a brother, Michael (Pauline) Maddox and sister, Patti Buffington, of Del Norte; five nieces and one nephew, as well as great nieces and nephews and many friends.

If you would like to share your memories, go to Facebook and search for “In Memory of Jim Maddox” where the family has set up a memorial page for him. You will also see what plans there will be for the celebration of his life later this summer.

 

 

REST IN PEACE OUR BROTHER


 Henry C. Sala, Jr

 

(posted Fri, June 14, 2013)


To All River Rats:

  It is with deep sadness that I inform you that my husband, Henry C. Sala, Jr. passed away May 14, 2012.  He was proud to be a life member of the Gamewardens of Vietnam although his health did not allow him to attend the reunions.

 

Mildred Sala, Wife

 

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 En1 Charles (Charlie) Edward Baxter

 

(posted Mon, Apr 29, 2013)

To All River Rats:

It is my sad duty to report the loss of another brother-in-arms; En1 Charles (Charlie) Edward Baxter, River Section 512, 1966 -1967 surrendered up his sword to his maker after a prolonged illness and was committed to the Lord in a service at Mt. Tahoma National Cemetery on Friday, April 26th 2013.  He served honorably and will be sorely missed.

 

Albert Moore

 

 

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 Lt. Michael Kennedy Glynn

 

(posted Oct 17, 2012)

My name is J. Patrick Glynn, younger brother of Michael Kennedy Glynn, who served in Riverine as a Lieutenant on a PBR and was a member of the Gamewardens of Vietnam. I know that he was in the same OCS at NETC, Newport, RI, in 1965 as Richard Marcinko, and that they served in the delta about the same time. Among his medals, Mike received the Bronze Star with V device for his service and received a Purple Heart from wounds in combat. Beyond those details, I know little of Mike's service. He retired from the Navy, after 26 years, in 1986, and opened a marine supply business in Newport. For the past 18 years, he lived on Fort Myers Beach, FL. I am writing you now to report that my brother died yesterday, August 26, 2012, after a bout with cancer. If any of his former colleagues in your association knew Mike, I wanted to let them know of his death. If you have a way to pass along the information, I would appreciate it. Even though I knew little about his actual service, I was always proud of my big brother.

Thank you.
J. Patrick Glynn


Lt. Glynn served in River Section 513

 

 

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 Chief Joe Osman

 

(posted Aug. 8, 2012)

  The Chief as Patrol Officer

 

BMC, First Class U.S. Navy Retired Joseph K. Osman, a lifelong resident of West Babylon until his retirement as a Senior Court Clerk of Suffolk County Family Court, passed away on Saturday, July 28th, 2012 in Hampton Bays, New York.

 

Osman was the recipient of The Purple Heart and Bronze Star, as a Patrol Officer of River Division 554 in the rivers of Vietnam in 1969. His actions were detailed in a New York Daily News article on July 31st, 1969, as he led his patrol, whose boats were stacked with ammunition, through the rivers of Vietnam and helped repel two other separate attacks on his base camp.

Osman is survived by his wife of fifty-five years, Catherine, his seven children – Kenneth, Robert, Catherine, Kevin, Thomas, Patricia and Joseph, his sister Carol, 20 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

BMC  Osman is interred at Calverton National Cemetary in Calverton, New York.

 

 

 

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 Robert A. Fred

 

(posted Feb 10, 2012)
This from Jerry Gandy:

Attached (below), please find the obituary of Capt. Robert (Bob) Fred, USN, Ret.  Bob was a mainstay of the Mid Atlantic Chapter, Gamewardens Association, Vietnam to Present, and leaves a deep void to fill.  We will miss, mourn and remember him in fondness. 

 

Go with God and rest easy our Brother!
Jerry

Captain Robert (Bob) Fred
Capt. Robert H. Fred

Norfolk - Robert H. Fred, Capt. USN, Retired, passed away Feb 9, 2012 at DePaul Medical Center. He was born Oct. `16, 1934, in Gardner, Ma. and was the son of the late John and Gabriel C. Fred.

Bob Enlisted in the US Navy shortly after graduating from high school. His Navy career spanned 36 years. From Airman Apprentice to the rank of Captain. During this time he was the commanding officer of the USS Hunterton County (LST 838) as a unit of TF-116 in Vietnam; the USS Opportune (ARS-41); the USS Newport (LST-1179);Commodore of Service Squadron 8, Little Creek, Va.; and Commodore of Mine Group 2, Charleston, S.C.

During his Navy career, he was the recipient of the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (two awards with Combat V), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), as well as numerous other decorations, medals, awards, citations, and campaign ribbons.

Bob was a lifetime member of Foreign Legion, and was a lifetime member and active participant of the Gamewardens Association. He was an avid woodworker and enjoyed his fellowship with the Tidewater Woodworker's Guild. He was very interested in photography and the computer and thoroughly enjoyed these hobbies.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Geraldine A. Fred, two daughters, Judith R. Fred, and Jacqueline M. Powell, and her husband Terry; two sons, Robert H. Fred Jr., and James E. Fred. He had five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Michael Fred and his wife Lana. He was predeceased by his sister Sandra Simkewicz, and his first wife Marie E. Janssens.

The family will receive on Saturday Feb. 11, from 7 to 9p.m. in Smith and Williams Funeral Home Norfolk Chapel, 818 Norview Ave. A funeral service will be held 12:30p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12th in the funeral home. Burial will be at Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery at a later date. You may pay condolences at  www.smithandwilliamsnorfolk.com

 

 

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 Clarence G. Cooper  

 

(posted Feb 4, 2012)

Published in The Virginian Pilot on February 1, 2012

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Virginia Beach - Clarence G. Cooper, 78, of Virginia Beach, Va. Beloved Dad, Grandpa, Navy and Vietnam veteran, Bronze Star (valor) recipient, veterans advocate and dear friend, "Coop" passed away January 29, 2012 in Va. Beach surrounded by family and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 36 years, Evelyn. Coop is survived by a brother, Ronald Cooper of Granbury, Texas; daughter, Vicki Hughes of Newport News Va.; a son, Eric Cooper of East Hartford, Conn.; grandson Derek Hughes and granddaughters Jessica and Elena Cooper. He will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held for Coop, Friday, February 3 at 11 a.m. at the Pbr 109 Gamewardens of Vietnam Memorial located on the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. Please enter the base using gate #3. In order to attend the service, the Base requests you call the funeral home at 428-7880 and provide your name and your driver license number for entrance onto the base. Following the service the family will host a reception from 1230-1430 in the Willoughby Room at the Norfolk Hilton located at 1500 N. Military Hwy, Norfolk, Va. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to a veterans or troop-support organization, or simply thank a veteran. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel is handling arrangements and online condolences may be made to the family hdoliver.com here.


Compiled Facebook messages

Mike Worthington -- Coop--I enjoyed the phone conversations and emails from you over the years--RIP my BROTHER--fair winds and following seas--a TRUE AMERICAN HERO---HOOYAH!!!

Cindy Ann LaBrode-- God Bless Coop's Family and friends. My Prayers are with them.

Thomas Morris -- RIP Coop.

Dan Arnes -- Condolences to the family. I posted on Seawolf forum for those Seawolves who knew him.

Bruce Cullen -- Thoughts and prayers brother, God Bless!

Jennifer Shuler Wooten -- May he rest in peace and I hope he finds my Dad in the afterlife. God bless the family.

Pete Lund -- Prayers are with another great sailor and veteran.

Robert Kilkelly -- Until the sea gives up her dead; we shall meet again

Nancy and Frank Re -- COOP, we will truly miss you.  I remember the first reunion when you took us to the exchange to get the ribbon bars for Frank.  Thank you for being a friend to all of us  - for your kind and gentle direction and soft strength.  All our love goes with you.  Rest in Peace.

Mike Worthington -- Coop--I enjoyed the phone conversations and emails from you over the years--RIP my BROTHER--fair winds and following seas--a TRUE AMERICAN HERO---HOOYAH!!!

Cindy Ann LaBrode -- God Bless Coop's Family and friends. My Prayers are with them.

Thomas Morris -- RIP Coop.

Dan Arnes -- Condolences to the family. I posted on Seawolf forum for those Seawolves who knew him.

Bruce Cullen -- Thoughts and prayers brother, God Bless!

Jennifer Shuler Wooten -- May he rest in peace and I hope he finds my Dad in the afterlife. God bless the family.

Pete Lund -- Prayers are with another great sailor and veteran.

Robert Kilkelly -- until the sea gives up her dead;we shall meet again.



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 Richard (Dutch) Schultz  

 

(posted 10/2011) - This from Alice Schultz.

"TO ALL   PLEASE NOTE THAT MY HUSBAND RICHARD HAS PASSED AWAY AFTER A LONG ILLNESS.  HE DIED YESTERDAY (Oct 1, 2011) AFTER A LOT OF SUFFERING."  PRAY FOR HIM.
ALICE

 

 

 

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 Vaughn S. Shuler

 

(posted 10/2010) - Gamewardens', Vietnam to Present, 1st Vice President was laid to rest in the Veteran's Cemetery, Culpeper VA, with full military honors on October 20, 2010.  His interment followed funeral services at Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville, VA.

There, in support and remembrance of Vaughn, was his loving family and the following; Gamewardens of Vietnam and wives: Clarence Cooper, Craig Vanderhoef, Dennis Scully, Ed Vick, Gary Marker,  Ham Duncan, Jerry Gandy, Jim Morgan, Laurence Bissonnette, Larry Weatherall,  Newel Butts and wife, Pat Doyle, and Allen ("Wes") Weseleskey and wife.

Vaughn, noted for his out-spoken and candid manner was loved and highly respected by us all and, his absence will leave a vacancy within Gamewardens' Vietnam to Present, that can never be filled. We will all miss him. Hooooyah shipmate!

 

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 William Hedrick, Sr.

(ABCS)(posted 10/2010) - Gamewardens' Association, Vietnam to Present River Division 553 passed away Nov. 6, 2010 at 0230 hours.

 

 

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 Chief Robert "Willie" Wilson

 

River Division 592/ RPG-56 (posted 11/2010)

This by way of Ralph Christopher.

It is with heavy heart that I send this letter out and feel free to pass on. My friend and fellow river rat brother Don DeCrona sent me the sad news this morning that another Naval Legend has passed on.

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ Police have identified the two people involved in a fatal one-vehicle crash on Wednesday as a married couple from the Port Monmouth section of Middletown. Robert Wilson, 75, died after the crash at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank, according to Chief Jerry Vasto. His wife, Elizabeth, 73, was flown to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, where she remained listed in critical condition today, Vasto said. At about 12:31 p.m., Robert Wilson was driving a van with his wife in the front passenger seat, heading east on Route 36, when he crashed into a tree, according to Vasto. An investigation is still ongoing and an autopsy on Robert Wilson is scheduled for later today, Vasto said.

I first met Willie at the Wall in DC with his son Chet and he was very kind to me and gave me a Pbr ball cap that I will always cherish in the memory of him. We spent the next two years emailing and talking on the phone while writing River Rats and he volunteered all his info to me in memory of the river rats and the brotherhood we share. Willie was a chief mineman and patrol officer with RIVdiv 592 and when they turned their Pbrs over went on with them to serve in RPG 56 of which he was immensely proud. He had been stationed on YRBM 21 with me and my NSA brothers and we spent many hours recalling those days of duty honor and sacrifice on the Mekong, Grand Canal and Vam Co Dong. Willie lost his CO, LCDR John Poe in Nam but never forgot him or any of his shipmates and spent many hours helping me record their stories of which I will always be in his debt. He never treated me like a E4 support puke and supported me and my work for many years and so did his wife Betty and son Chet. I have been so blessed to have had men in my corner like Willie and the rest of you and thank the lord for this. With the passing of my buddy and silent partner Tom Glickman who was my mentor and worked hard with me thru two books, GWVN East Coast Vice President Vaughn Shuler and now Willie Wilson we have all lost three brothers who were our leaders in Nam and remained our friends through life. It seems only fitting to me that I end this sad note with the poem that Willie wrote and donated to me and my book River Rats and I have already requested that my wife do the same for me as Willie requested on the last two lines of his heart felt poem.

HE RUNS THE RIVER NIGHT AND DAY
UPON HIS HEAD A BLACK BERET.
COMBING WATERS FILLED WITH DEATH
KNOWING FEAR WITH EVERY BREATH.
FIGHTING FOR A CAUSE THAT´S RIGHT
A CHANCE OF NOT LIVING THROUGH THE NIGHT,
SAILORS OF A DIFFERENT BREED
TRAINED TO FIGHT BORN TO LEAD.
FIGHTING BOATS WITH HULLS OF GREEN
THE VERY BEST YOU´VE EVER SEEN.
HE STANDS UP STRAIGHT WITH HEAD HELD HIGH
WILL ALWAYS LOOK YOU IN THE EYE.
SO MY FRIENDS WHEN I´VE GONE TO REST
LAY A BLACK BERET UPON MY CHEST.

by
Chief Robert "Willie" Wilson
River Division 592/ RPG-56

 

 

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 Tom Glickman  

 

(posted 11/2010) - Captain, U.S. Navy Retired - Gamewarden member passed in August, 2010.

This by way of Jerry Gandy.

It is with a heavy heart that I must let you know that a most loyal and loving Chapter Brother has passed away. Tom, who lived here in Virginia Beach was quite active with Gamewardens and the local chapter. He will be missed by those of us who held him so dear to our hearts.

 

 

 

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 Don English

(posted 11/2010) - Passed away on Friday night, November 12th, 2010. (Thanks to Herb/Lorie Stephan)

 

 

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 Captain Burt Witham

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The first Commander of Task Force 116 and Operation Game Warden - will be sorely missed.

 

Captain Burton Brooks Witham Jr., 85, (USN Ret.) of Englewood, Fl., formerly of Virginia Beach, VA, passed away peacefully on August 7, 2008. 

Burt was born in Portland, Maine, the son of Burton B. and Celia A. Witham. He served in the U.S. Navy for 32 years retiring in 1973.  Captain Witham was Commander of Task Force 116/Gamewardens from mid-1966 to April 1967.  He was a 32nd degree Mason, an avid hobbyist and community volunteer.  He is survived by his daughters, Mary Huddleston of Huntersville, N.C.,  Anne Kilpatrick of Easley, S.C.; three granddaughters and two great-granddaughters.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Caroline Milliken Witham.

 

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 EN3 Robert L. Blais   In honorarium.

 

PBR 139 - KIA 31 January 1969

HE WAS A MATE
He was a mate, a real good mate 'e was,
A friendly sort of feller, liked a joke;
And if it had to happen, it's a shame
It had to happen to such a decent bloke.

But - ah, fair dinkum, don't it make you wonder
What God in Heaven's thinkin' about up there;
The way He chooses who to sacrifice
To me somehow it doesn't quite seem fair.

You'd think He'd want to take a bloke like me
Who'd be no loss to no-one here on Earth;
But no, He always seems to pick the best
Whose life amounts to ten times what mine's worth.

But I suppose He'd say it's not His fault,
It's us and how we treat our fellow man;
And if too many good blokes' lives are lost
We can't just blame it all on His great plan.

He slung us here on Earth and said "Righto,
Get on with it you blokes, the world is yours";
But all we've done is fight among ourselves
And destroy each other with our endless wars.

Now, there's a sort of aching here inside,
I can't quite put my finger on what's wrong;
But a sailor can't afford to feel this way,
He's got to grit his teeth and carry on.

So how's a bloke supposed to deal with this?
I know they trained me well, I can't complain;
But this is somethin' you don't learn about
When they teach you how to play the sailor's game.

They teach you how to shoot and how to kill,
You even learn which enemy to hate;
But nowhere in their training do you learn
How to live with the loss of a real good mate.

(author unknown)

A warrior's marker!

 

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 BMC James J. (JIM) Rice

 

(posted Fri, Dec 22, 2013)

To All River Rats from Gary Grahn

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Virginia Beach - James J. "Jim" Rice, 73, passed away peacefully December 14, 2013 in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving family.

A native of Deep River, CT, he made his home in Tidewater, Virginia after he joined the military.

Jim served his country proudly as a Chief Boatswain's Mate in the U.S. Navy, retiring with over 20 years of dedicated service. He was a veteran of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Vietnam War, serving aboard the PBRs, patrolling the rivers in Vietnam.

Jim was an avid Redskins fan, enjoyed country music and Nascar, as well as dinners out with his family.

He is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 51 years, Myrtle; daughter Rene and her husband, David Thomas of Texas; son Joe and his wife, Patty; daughter Kelly and her husband, Roy Whitehouse; as well as four grandchildren, Craig, Bailey, Hunter, and Conner; and his sister Joan Johnson of Vermont; as well as many other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Angel Whitehouse.

A celebration of life will be held at 7:00 pm, Monday, December 23, 2013 at Family Choice Funerals & Cremations. 5401 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, December 26, at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk with full military honors, followed by a reception at the Rice Home.

Jim was loved by everyone who knew him and will be dearly missed by his family and friends. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made in Jim's honor to the veterans charity of your choice . Friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.familychoicefunerals.com .

Published in The Virginian Pilot on Dec. 22, 2013



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