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Roger L Tharp                               


 Dad passed away June 19, 2004 in Sherman, Texas.  He is buried in Whitesboro, TX where he and my mom lived for several years before he passed away.  My parents were married for 35 years.  He was born February 19, 1944 in Logansport, Indiana.  He was the father of two daughters, two sons, and a step son.  Dad had 6 grandchildren and one on the way.  I have a memorial page on my website,   http://www.geocities.com/texaslollypop/dad.html  Susan (Tharp) Thompson


Ross M. MacAskill

Battalion CO 1/5 2/3

Deceased Date 9-29-2005


OBITUARY IN WASHING POST                                EULOGY GIVEN BY SON RO MacAskill

Click on the above links to read the Obituary and his son's Eulogy


Amick C. Sleeper

Geary OK.

Passed away 1989

Information received from Sister-in-Law



Age at Death - 59

Deceased Date - 03/08/2004

Harry W. Dowdy

Winton NC.


Deceased Date: 12-24-2004


John C. Dandrow

Albany, NY.



Info submitted by Bob Cruz private investigator & a Marine of 2/3 & 1/1


Michael M. Sypek Jr.

Age at death 51

Deceased Date - 12/04/1991

Received information on Mikes departure from wife.

Click here to read information in newspaper

Orville D. WALTON

Deceased Date - around the 4th of Aug 2006

info supplied by John Morrissey




William R. Nichols "Stretch"

 Alpha Company Weapons 1965-1966

Passed away ..12/27/07. He died in his sleep

Information received from John Morrissey & Don Current via Email

Services was on Monday December 31, 2007 at Camp Lejeune

William Dean Shay

Deceased Date - 05/17/2007

Received information on Bills departure from wife.

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Tony Moschello

Waiting for More info from Dennis May




Anthony Viscichini

Deceased Date : September 1995

Information received from his Sister Regina Viscichini



with H&S Co 65-66

Deceased Date : 12-15-2009

 Info rec'd from Barry Saltzburg



Paul Bradley

Deceased Date :October 29, 2008

Information received from Nick Sabetto

Age 63, of Bethel Park PA., beloved husband of Betty ; father of Brian, Sherry (Greg) Hrebinko and Tina Bradley; grandfather of Abby and Ben Hrebinko; son of Beatrice and the late Paul Sr.; step-son of Martin Connelly; brother of Fran Munsch, Larry, and Marian Bradley. Paul served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam era receiving the purple heart. Burial will be at the National Cemetery in Bridgeville PA, south of Pittsburgh MONDAY 3 NOV 2008 at 1230.


Drill Instructor

 Victor J. Nichols

Deceased Date : March 25, 1996

Information received from Blanche Nichols

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Col. Van D. Bell Jr. USMC

NETTLETON , MS -  Col. Van Daley Bell Jr., 90, died Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Col. Bell was born Aug. 25, 1918, in Atlanta, Ga., to Van D. Bell Sr. and Grace Hicks Bell. He grew up in Miami, Fla., and enlisted in the Marine Corps in l936 at the age of 17. He honorably and bravely served his country for 39 years, retiring with the rank of colonel from the U.S. Marine Corps. After boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., Col. Bell went to China and served with the 4th Marines during the Sino-Japanese War. He spent several years in China and served throughout the Pacific aboard the flagship of the Asiatic fleet, the USS Augusta, serving as an orderly and bodyguard for Admiral Yarnell. During his China years, he won the Asiatic Pacific and All Navy boxing championships. During World War II, Mst. Sgt. Bell participated in the battles of Gaudalcanal, Bougainville, Guam and Okinawa. After World War II, 1st Lt. Bell was ordered back to China. He later served in the Korean War, where he became company commander of A/1/7. Lt. Col. Bell served as the battalion commander for the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, in Vietnam for two consecutive tours. In l967, Col. Bell returned from Vietnam to serve as inspector for the 2nd Marine Division at Camp LeJeune, N.C. He then went to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he was commanding officer of Marine Barracks and Ground Forces Defense Commander for the U.S. Naval Base. He later was Chief of Staff for Landing Forces Training Command in Coronado, Calif. In l973, he went to Okinawa as commanding officer of Camp Butler. Upon returning to Camp LeJeune, he retired after 39 years service in the Marine Corps, starting as private and retiring as colonel.


 His distinguished and highly decorated service to his country made him among the most decorated and respected Marines of all times. His decorations include two Navy Crosses (the nation's second highest decoration), two Silver Stars, Legion of Merit with Combat V, Bronze Star with Combat V, five Purple Hearts, Combat Action Ribbon, four Presidential Unit Citations, four Navy Unit Citations, Good Conduct Medal with two Stars, Yangtze Service Medal, China Service Medal with Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Korean Service Medal with four Bronze Stars, Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with two Gold Palms and one Gold Star among others. He enjoyed attending military reunions around the country. After retirement to Nettleton, Col. Bell completely devoted himself to country living and raising his two sons. He enjoyed fishing with them and gardening. He was a member of the Nettleton United Methodist Church.


Marines all around the country are diminished at Col. Bell's passing and he will be remembered for years to come among America's great military leaders in the mold of the “Greatest Generation.”


Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 7, 2009, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with the Rev. David Brooks officiating. Col. Bell will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. among the nations' military heroes.


Survivors include his wife, Hilda Shumpert Bell of Nettleton, whom he married Jan. 7, l967; two sons, Lt. Col. Doug Bell (Patricia) of Camp LeJeune, N.C., and Sgt. Sam Bell (Lane) of Tupelo; five grandchildren, Cayman Bell, Ryan Bell, Riley Bell, Carson Bell and Garrett Bell; a sister, Wilma Grace (Don) of Tampa, Fla.; a brother-in-law, Eugene Pettigrew (Pat) of Nettleton. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Brownlee; three brothers, Murray, Jimmy and Eugene Bell; his in-laws, Lester and Bessie Riley Shumpert; and a sister-in-law, Kay S. Busenlehner.


Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday only.


Memorials may be made to the Tupelo Veteran’s Memorial Park, P.O. Box 3608, Tupelo, MS. 38803



Edward Warren Boyce Jr




Husband, Father, Father-in-Law, Grandfather, Son, Brother, Brother-in-Law, Uncle, Cousin, Friend, & Animal Advocate



Born on the 7th of July, 1943 Ed Boyce lived in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, Ed was known as Skip to his family and friends.   Skip took his place as the eldest of 6, playing that role with pride and strength. Skip was schooled in Brooklyn: Sacred Heart Grammar School, Trinity High School and ultimately St Francis College. He was an altar boy, Boy Scout and athlete.  Those who know Skip, know of his determination and commitment.  He interrupted his schooling to join the United States Marine Corps, a story which represents his ability to overcome odds and celebrate the success of the victory!  He was not blessed with good eyesight, and he failed to meet his initial physical exam because he could not meet the Marine Corps numbers for entry.  But that did not stop him, no way!  He ‘studied’ the eye chart so well that he ‘saw’ what he needed two days later, becoming a Marine! He served proudly in Vietnam with a battlefield promotion.  He always remained a Marine...in spirit, discipline and integrity. When he returned from Vietnam to embrace civilian life, he joined the work force in Manhattan.  He was on top of the world when he met his soon-to-be wife, Rosemary.  Married in 1970, Skip and Rosemary moved out of Brooklyn to Staten Island! And that was nothing compared to the next move to Bologna, Italy where Skip would pursue his education in veterinarian affairs (and for thirteen years he lived in Italy).  However, Skip and Ro gave the world a priceless gift named Christian Boyce., presently a Deputy United States Marshal in St Louis, Missouri.  Chris, in turn, gave Skip the opportunity to be a father-in-law and to be adopted as a ’grandparent’ by marrying his wife Stephanie - Devin and Aby on 7 October, ‘05.  Returning to the States, he lived out his career dream of being involved in animal care and health in the New York City Department of Health Veterinarian Affairs.  Skip introduced us often to his “Friends on the Street”: his critters, creatures, carriage horses, bats, and sometimes a lion, all with starring roles in a story of his care and concern for these “friends” of his.  The family values that he possessed mimicked that of Grandpa Boyce, who also deeply loved his family, and the importance that he placed on togetherness is something that will remain with the family for years to come.  Although it was too short of a time to know him, another hundred years would not have been long enough.  What Skip has taught us will remain in our hearts, minds and lives forever.  Skip has now moved on.  Born into eternal life on February 23, ‘07, he is now organizing his rest (likely causing a few ripples in the otherwise peaceful waters of Heaven).  Skip will be sorely missed, a tremendous loss to all who knew him, we know he is in the Hands of God, joining many who have gone before him, leading the way for us to join so many loved ones, to be first in line to greet us when it’s our turn to step beyond this world. 

   Interment in Greenwood Cemetery  Brooklyn, NY  -

Lord, take Skip into your hands … 

Information received from his son Chris Boyce




Colonel John Grider Miller, USMC (Ret) died at his home in Annapolis, Maryland on Monday, August 31, 2009 from natural causes. He was 74.

Colonel Miller was born in Annapolis, Maryland on August 23, 1935, son of John S. Miller (U. S. Naval Academy ’32) and Ruby Young Miller, and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. William O. Young of Conduit Street and Edgewater.

He was raised in the Washington, D. C. area and commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1957, upon graduation from Yale University. After four years of infantry duty in California and on Okinawa, he was assigned to the Marine Barracks, Washington, D. C., the oldest post and ceremonial heart of the Corps. After a student tour at the U. S. Army Infantry School and Airborne School, Fort Benning, Georgia, he served in Vietnam as a rifle company commander (and later assistant operations officer), of the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines.

Colonel Miller next served in Norfolk, Virginia in the Atlantic Command before returning to Vietnam in 1970 as an advisor to the South Vietnamese at the battalion, brigade, and division levels. During his next tour, at Headquarters U. S. Marine Corps, he served as principal speechwriter for Marine Commandants Chapman, Cushman, and Wilson before attending the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He went on to command the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and Battalion Landing Team 1/8 in the Mediterranean.

Colonel Miller returned to Washington, D. C. for duty with the Operations Division at Headquarters, U. S. Marine Corps. In his final field tour on Okinawa, he served as Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3 (Operations and Training) for the III Marine Amphibious Force, covering the western Pacific and Indian Oceans. He retired in Washington, D. C. in 1985, as Deputy Director of Marine Corps History.

In retirement, he returned to Annapolis to serve as Managing Editor of the Naval Institute’s Proceedings and Naval History magazines for 15 years. He wrote four historical books and received author-of-the-year awards from the Marine Corps Historical Foundation and the Naval Institute , as well as lifetime-achievement awards from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation and the Navy League of the United States. He was a member of the St. Crispin Society, which recognized his military service and Shakespearean training (“…we happy few, our band of brothers.” ) He received the 2009 Brigadier General Robert L. Denig Memorial Distinguished Performance Award, signifying lifetime achievement in promoting the U. S. Marine Corps.

Locally, he was a long-term member and officer of The New Providence Club, the Military Order of the World Wars, and the Annapolis Civitans. He sang with the Annapolis Chorale and the Calvary Choir of Calvary United Methodist Church.

Colonel Miller is survived by his wife of 34 years, Susan Bailey Miller (another Navy ’32 junior); a brother, Brian Miller of Winston-Salem, N. C.; son John C. Miller of Manhattan Beach, California; daughter Alison Birmingham of Frederick, Maryland; daughter Kerry Cole of Madison, Wisconsin; and four grandchildren.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to (1) The Music Fund at Calvary United Methodist Church, 301 Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis, MD 21401; or (2) the National Museum of the Marine Corps , c/o The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, 3800 Fittler Park Drive, Suite 104, Dumfries, Virginia, 22025.

A memorial service will be held at Calvary United Methodist Church on Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 10:00 AM. A reception will follow at the church.

Visitation will be held on Friday evening, September 4, 2009 from 7 PM to 9 PM at John M. Taylor and Sons Funeral Home at 147 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, Maryland.

Internment with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on October 27, 2009 at 3 PM.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of John M. Taylor and Sons, Annapolis.(410) 263-4422.

Information received from Richard Bianchino.



 Chris Christiansen

 with C Co & H&S 66-67

Deceased Date : August 1, 2009

Information received from Doc Wayne F. Dowd


Anthony Sabettini

Deceased Date :April  2008

Information received from Cynthia Findlater


I must say with deep sadness that my father, Anthony Sabettini, known as 'doc sab' passed away last year on Easter at the age of 82. He served with the 1st Ballation, 1s Marines in Vietnam from 1965-1966 and received a purple heart from being wounded. My dad was very proud of his country and always looked forward to attending the reunions. God bless all of you for the sacrifices you gave for our country.



WILLIAM W. MCELRAVY SEARSPORT, MAINE - 1SG William W. McElravy USMC (ret), 72, died Sept. 22, 2008, in Bangor, Maine. He was born Dec. 22, 1935, in Washington, Pa., son of Henry and Mable (Freeman) McElravy. He was a career U.S. Marine who served two tours in Vietnam, his awards include two Navy Commendation Medals - one with V Device for Valor, the National Defense Service Medal and the USMC Combat Action Ribbon. After his career in the Marines, he received a degree in social service and worked at Bradbury Nursing Home in Belfast, Maine and Maine State Prison in Thomaston, Maine. He then worked at Belfast Laboratory. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and was well known in Searsport as "Striper Bill." William was predeceased by a brother, Henry Jr.; and sister, Mary Alice. Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Iva G. McElravy; two children from his first marriage, SFC Shawn McElravy USA (ret) and wife Kanchita of Hawaii, Sharon McLain and husband David of Georgia; two brothers, John McElravy of Florida and Mac McElravy of California; and five grandchildren, Ashley Conley of Allentown, PA, Travis, Ryan, Matthew and Jacob McLain in Savannah, Georgia along with numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial services with military honors were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27th, at Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast, Maine.

Information received from Son Shawn W. McElravy





































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