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Abanto, Rizalito

Lt. Col. Rizalito Abanto, USA Retired, a resident of Colorado Springs since 1958, passed away on June 7, 2004 at the Pikes Peak Hospice. He was retired from the United States Army after 22 years and also worked for the Internal Revenue Service for 17 years.

Riz was born on December 30, 1914 in Antique, Philippines. He went to school in San Andreas, CA and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a BA in Business and Accounting. While in the Army, he served in World War II with assignments in New Guinea, the Philippines and Australia, where he was with the Special Forces under General Douglas MacArthur. He was also a veteran of the Korean War. Additionally, Riz served tours of duty in Ft. Lewis, WA; Camp Roberts, CA; Scheinfurt, Germany; Ft. Riley, KS; Okinawa, Japan; Ft Carson, CO; South Korea; and Denver, CO. His military decorations and medals include: Asiatic Pacific Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with Bronze Star, American Theater Ribbon, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Silver Star, Philippine Independence Service Medal, Silver Star with Oak leaf Cluster, and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation.

While on duty in the Philippines, he met and married his wife, Esperanza, on February 16, 1946. they enjoyed 58 years of wedded bliss. Riz loved playing golf, gardening, and cruising with his wife and family. He was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather, and has always been embraced by the love of his family.

He is survived by his wife, Esperanza (Lily), his son, Richard and three daughters: Gail (& Ted) Gildea, Clarisse, and Leslie (& Steve) Sexton. He is also survived by his grandsons: Michael Ramirez, Eric Sexton, David Sexton, Aaron Gildea and Jesse Gildea. He is survived by granddaughters: Nicole Sexton, Lindsay Ramirez, and Danielle Sexton. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews in New York, Los Angeles, and the Philippines, as well as, a sister who still lives in the Philippines.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on June 9, 2004 at Memorial Garden Chapel, 3825 Airport Road, Colorado Springs CO, 80910 (Phone 596-7990) with an evening Rosary at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., on June 10, 2004 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 3122 Poinsetta Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80907 (phone 633-2132). Entombment at Memorial Gardens, Thursday June 10, 2004 at 1:00 p.m., with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions and donations be made to the Pikes Peak Hospice, 825 East Pikes Peak Avenue, Suite 600, Colorado Springs, CO. 80903-3624.

Abbey, John P. (aka John P. Abbaticchio)

John P. Abbey, 83, (aka John P. Abbaticchio), of Melrose, Florida, died Wednesday, October 5, 2011, at the VA Hospital, Gainesville, Florida.

Born November 23, 1927, in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, he graduated from Lincoln High School Class of 1945. Born with an I.Q. of a genius, his life was consumed by the pursuit for knowledge. He attended the Virginia Military Institute, and was the last U.S. Army class to actually use horses in training the cavalry. He graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

He was a combat infantrymen hero, earning two Silver Stars for gallantry in action in the Korean War. One citation reads, Sergeant Abbaticchio single-handedly held off a fanatical enemy banzai charge then stood up to draw enemy fire from three machine guns in order to discover their positions. He then directed his platoon to return fire eliminating the enemy positions. His selfless courage and remarkable leadership in the face of enemy fire inspired and stimulated his men into repulsing two additional enemy attacks. A superior said he stormed a hill against 40 to 1 odds, the enemy dead was stacked like cord wood and referred to John as the 'Audie Murphy' of the Korean War. He was given a commission of 2nd Lieutenant which he later relinquished to remain with his men.

John loved aviation, started flying at age 14, owned many aircraft, was a commercial rated pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings and a licensed A&P aircraft mechanic. He was an expert on the Luscombe aircraft giving seminars at national air shows.

An expert in weapons from hand guns to heavy artillery; he designed an automatic revolver using the Wankel rotary engine principle in design of the cylinder magazine.

He worked in civil service administration with Sergeant Shriver developing the 'Head Start Program' and for the Coast Guard in charge of vessel registrations and inspections.

Later in life, John became a member of the many scientific associations. He traveled to Russia seven times to participate in space technology meetings, and was invited to witness a Russian space shuttle launch and attended the banquet with the cosmonauts the night before the launch. He attended an international workshop in Moscow at the Bauman Moscow State Technical University, the topic 'Space development: Theory and Practice.'

John was a member of Mensa, The British Interplanetary Society, National Space Society, SAE Engineering Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Federation of American Scientists, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, National Rifle Association, American Civil Liberties Union, Experimental Aircraft Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Horace J. and Adelaide Abbaticchio of Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, and a sister, Paula Zamule. John is survived by sister, Betts Graham, Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, and brothers, Martin, Pompano Beach, Florida, and Robert, New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

John was a one of a kind character who will be missed by many. The family requests any memorial donations be made to the Ellwood City Public Library, Ellwood City, Pennsylvania

Ables, Robert J.

Col. Ret. Robert J. Ables, 88, died at home on Thursday, May 10, 2012. He was predeceased by his wife of 44 years, Evalyn Ables of Falls Church, VA and his first born son, Robert Anthony Ables. He is survived by their remaining four children, Diane Haggis (Doug) of Oakville, CT; Nancy Donaldson (John) of Lee's Summit, MO; Carol Nichols (Ken) of Laurinburg, and Tom Ables (Tana) of Wilmington, NC; his 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; his brother, Jack Ables (Merle) of Bluffton, SC; two nieces, two nephews and their families.

He was born in Bronx, NY on June 22, 1923. He graduated from Syracuse University, cum laude, in 1949 and received his Law Degree from Cornell Law School with an LLB in 1951. At Cornell, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Cornell Law Forum, the Law School newspaper.

He retired as a full Colonel from the United States Marine Corps. He served as a fighter pilot in World War II and Korea and ultimately received the Distinguished Flying Cross and other combat decorations.

He practiced Corporate and Maritime Law for more than 50 years. His law profession career included participation in the United States Aeronautics Board, serving as Special Transportation Counsel to the Senate Commerce Committee of the US Senate, Special Counsel to the Presidential Railroad Commission and General counsel of the Maritime Administration for the Department of Commerce. Robert Was appointed by three US Presidents (Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Reagan) as a Member of the Emergency Board involving national transportation disputes, and he held a private law practice in Washington, DC as well as serving as an Impartial Labor Arbitrator for federal, state and local government agencies. He was also an Eagle Scout.

Funeral services with full military honors will be 9:00 a.m. August 2 in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

Abplanalp, William L. "Bill"

William L. “Bill” Abplanalp of Waukesha died Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at AngelsGrace Hospice at the age of 83. He was born on October 29, 1931, in Waukesha, the son of Paul and Josephine (nee Kowalski) Abplanalp Sr.

He was a 1950 graduate of Waukesha High School. On April 14, 1951, he married the former Margaret “Peggy” Eckrich in Milwaukee. He was an artillery crew chief in the U.S. Army and proudly served his country during the Korean War. For 36 years he worked as a heavy equipment operator for Oliver Construction. He was a lifetime member of Soat-Vergenz VFW Post 721 and lifelong member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

He will be sadly missed by his wife, Margaret “Peggy” of Waukesha, along with their children Gary Abplanalp and Tom (Lee) Abplanalp both of Waukesha. He is further survived by his siblings Barbara Thompson and Richard (Barbara) Abplanalp, both of Waukesha, and Sally (Dennis) Feryan of Oshkosh; sisters-in-law Jean Abplanalp, Kathleen Sroka and Pat Eckrich; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends, especially the Monday breakfast group from Oliver Construction.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter Katherine; brother Paul “Ben” Abplanalp; and sister Nancy Kolanowski.

A special thank you to Dr. Leech, Dr. Burkert, Dr. Wassenaar, the staff of the Heart Unit, the ICU, Betty and all the girls in Medical Oncology at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, as well as AngelsGrace Hospice.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 11, from 4:00 p.m. until the 7:00 p.m. vigil service at Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Prayers continue at the funeral home on Monday, January 12, at 12:00 p.m. followed by the procession to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 822 N. East Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186, for the 1:00 p.m. funeral Mass. The Rev. Bill Key will preside. Graveside services with military honors will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorials in William’s name are appreciated to St. Joseph Catholic Church (address above) or to the charity of donor’s choice.

Ackeret, Harry G. "Sonny" Jr.

Harry "Sonny" Ackeret Jr., 78, Seymour, Indiana, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family.  He was born July 4, 1933, in Seymour, the son of Harry Sr. and Myrtle Russell Ackeret.  He married Geraldine Y. Jackson on August 25, 1956, in Jennings County.

Mr. Ackeret received a Silver Star for his bravery in the Korean War. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1925 where he held several offices and did a lot of volunteer work. He was also a member of American Legion Post 89 and Immanuel Lutheran Church. He was a former grand marshal of the VJ Day Parade. He was retired from Silgan Industry in Seymour. He loved hunting, fishing and working with horses.

He enjoyed playing the harmonica and mandolin. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his children, Kathy Burton, Valerie Brown and Brian (Sheila) Ackeret; grandchildren, Jason (Mary) Lange, Tennille (Ryan) Chandler, Leonard Burton, Sheena Burton, Chris Ackeret, Jimmy Brown, Brady Ackeret and Bradly Evans; siblings, Curtis (Janet) Ziegler, Byron (Marcia) Merrick, Ricky (Brenda) Collins, John Ackeret, Eddie Ackeret, Russell (Susan) Ackeret and Scott (Betsy) Ackeret; his great-grandchildren, Lillian and Locklyn Lange, Myles and Addison Chandler and Jenna Ackeret; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine Y. Ackeret, and a sister, Sherry Houser.

The Rev. Ralph Blomenberg will conduct funeral services at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Voss Chapel, Seymour. Burial will take place at Riverview Cemetery with full military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, Disabled American Veterans 47 and Korean and Vietnam Veterans, all of Seymour. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and from noon until time of service Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Immanuel Lutheran School, Vista Care Hospice or donor's choice of charity.

Acuff, Brig. Gen. Earl C.

BLACKSBURG, Va., February 18, 2013 – Earl C. Acuff of Blacksburg, United States Army Airborne Light Infantry and commandant of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets from 1973 to 1980, died Wednesday, February 13. He was 94. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary-Low Fahrenwald Acuff and son William Dean Acuff.

Acuff was born on July 24, 1918, to Walter and Agnes Patterson Acuff in Whiteburg, Iowa. Following the death of his mother at age three, Acuff and his siblings lived with his older sister, Ollie Erickson.

He learned to box as a young boy and with his older brother Art, became a Golden Gloves champion in high school. Following high school graduation in Des Moines, Iowa, his family moved to Kellogg, Idaho, where his father worked in the silver mines. Always a gifted and über competitive athlete, Acuff was scouted by a coach while playing baseball with friends. He was offered a full football scholarship to the University of Idaho and enlisted in ROTC.

While at the university he met Mary-Low Fahrenwald. They were married in Carmel, Calif., in 1941 while Acuff trained in desert warfare at Ft. Ord with the 82nd Airborne. Soon after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, in typical Army fashion, he was secretly shipped to the Aleutian Islands in Alaska.

He was executive officer to the 1st Intelligence Combat Platoon, also known as Alaskan Scouts. His fondest memories were serving in this unique unit, that survived without resupply or personal contact with the outside world in order to scout Japanese forces in the Aleutians Islands. After the war, the Scouts mapped the entire western coastline of Alaska and provided Acuff with a lifetime of memories of the Alaskan bush.

Acuff left the military in 1946, started a family and built his first home overlooking Cook Inlet. He was a bush pilot, big game guide, and taught physical education at East High School in Anchorage until he was asked by the Army in 1949 to return to service and teach Arctic survival skills. This was the beginning of an Army career that spanned 33 years.

In 1952, as commander, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry, 7th Infantry Division, he fought for and defended hills 255 and 266 – also known as Pork Chop and Old Baldy, earning a Purple Heart, his second Combat Infantryman Badge, a Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with four Oak Leaf Clusters and V for Valor.

He was a Master Parachutist. In 1965 when the Army asked him to evaluate and recommend changes to the Ranger training program at Fort Benning, Ga., at age 47 he became the oldest man to successfully graduate as a U.S. Army Ranger.

In 1966 he received a master's degree in international policy from George Washington University and worked for the State Department on Central and South American affairs. In 1968, he served as Commander of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division Republic of Vietnam and earned his 3rd Combat Infantryman Badge.

In 1969, he served as Deputy Post Commander at the U. S. Army Infantry School in Ft. Benning, Ga. In 1970, he was asked to teach military science at Virginia Tech. In 1974, he was promoted to Brigadier General and became the commandant of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets.

While at Virginia Tech, Acuff and his wife built their second home on their farm in Ellett Valley. He raised cattle with his border collie, Mack, gardened and began a competitive career in racquetball. He was inducted into the University of Idaho Sports Hall of Fame, the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, and the National and World Champion Racquetball Hall of Fame after earning 20 gold medals at major national and international tournaments.

Acuff truly loved people and was an incredible storyteller. His range and depth of knowledge was astounding — how many people know you shouldn't try to eat walrus meat? He had a rapier wit to the end, but he never stopped worrying about his eight children and 12 grandchildren.

Acuff is survived by Thomas and Jan Davis Acuff of Smiths, Ala., and their children Michael Acuff of Auburn, Ala., Dana and Kristin Acuff May of Auburn, Ala., Katy Acuff of Columbus, Ga., and Alex Acuff of Atlanta, Ga.; Dan and Mary Ann Acuff Bowling of Pearisburg, Va., and their sons, Russell and Jessica Nicole Bowling of Stephens City, Va., and Evan Bowling of Roanoke, Va.; Mike Schaas and Ardis Acuff of Copper Hill, Va., and her sons, Nate Preston of Portland, Ore., and Bill and Mikal Bohne Preston of Anchorage, Alaska; Rodney Acuff and Bobbie Hanby of Roanoke, Va., and his daughter Lindsey Acuff of Christiansburg, Va.; Janice Acuff and Mike Judkins of Seattle, Wash., and her daughters, Kerry Low Beckman of Atlanta, Ga., and Kim Beckman of Seattle, Wash.; John and Teresa Acuff McMahon of Asheville, N.C.; Larry and Dawn Acuff Connor of Fairfax, Va., and their young son, Callum Connor. It was our honor to love Earl and spend so much time with him.

The family would like to convey their deepest gratitude to Debra Kittinger and Brooke Lawson of Medi Home Health and Hospice in Christiansburg and the entire staff at the Kroontje Center, Warm Hearth in Blacksburg, who honored our father with the finest, most loving care in a way that preserved his dignity to the end.

The family will receive friends at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the War Memorial Chapel on the Virginia Tech campus. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. and full military honors will be held graveside at the Memorial Gardens of New River Valley at 3:30 p.m. Acuff will be laid to rest beside the great love of his life, Mary-Low. In lieu of flowers, family would like donations to be given to the Wounded Warrior Project. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home in Blacksburg.

Adams, Homer Bud

Homer Bud Adams, Jr., passed away July 22, 2012, of natural causes. Homer was born to Georgia and Homer Bud Adams on August 22, 1930, in Crescent, OK. He was the drum major and football captain at Crescent High School. In 1953, he married his junior high sweetheart and love of his life, Patricia Jo McCall. Homer was a proud captain in the United States Air Force where he was a pilot during the Korean War, then served in the Oklahoma Air National Guard. He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity at Oklahoma State University. After graduating from OSU, Homer joined the Clarence L. Boyd Co., where he retired as President at 51 years old.

After retirement, he and Pat moved from Oklahoma City to Tyler, TX, where they built their dream home on Lake Palestine. His children and grandchildren have many fond memories of the times they shared at the lake house. In 1999, he and Pat returned to Oklahoma City to be close to their cherished life-long friends and watch their youngest grandchildren grow up. He spent the last years of his life in The Woodlands, TX, enjoying time with his wife and his daughter's family.

Homer is survived by his two children and their spouses, Debby & Alan Turnbow of The Woodlands, TX, and Chip & Karri Adams of Edmond, OK; grandchildren: Erin and Ryan Turnbow and Alex and Tyler Adams; and brother, William Earl Adams. He will be remembered as an adoring husband and loving father and grandfather who taught his family values and to stand for what is right.

Homer was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Patricia Jo Adams; his brother, John Edwin Adams; and his sisters, Ina Mae Adams and Mary Arganbright.

Homer was an excellent business man who will be remembered for his class and integrity. He and Pat enjoyed traveling. They traveled to all 7 continents; teaching their children and grandchildren to follow their dreams and to enjoy life. Homer also enjoyed fishing and cheering on his beloved OSU Cowboys. More than anything, Homer enjoyed being with his wife and making her happy.

Service will be 3:00 pm, Friday, July 27, 2012, at Memorial Park Historic Cemetery Chapel. A celebration of life will follow at his son, Chip's home.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675 or at www.WoundedWarriorProject.org.

Aguayo, Manuel (KIA in Korea)

Funeral service with requiem high mass will be held for Manuel Aguayo at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 909 E. Washington for PFC Manuel Norberto Aguayo, 22, who was killed April 5 (1952) in action in Korea. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery. The Thunderbird Post of the American Legion will have charge of graveside services.

Private Aguayo was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alejandro Aguayo, 1104 S. 14th St. (Phoenix, Arizona). He was born in Sonora, Arizona (June 6, 1928), and entered the U.S. Army in November 1950. He served a year in Japan before being sent to Korea where he served two months.

Besides his parents, five brothers also survive. They are Alejandro Jr., Juan, Oscar, Daniel and Richard, all of Phoenix. [Arizona Republic Newspaper]

Private First Class Aguayo was a member of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 223rd Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division. On April 5, 1952, as he prepared to bury the body of a Chinese soldier, a nearby Chinese grenade exploded killing him. He died in the Kumhwa zone, Kumsong-Chwapae Sector, Korea.

[Note: Manuel’s nephew Oscar Aguayo was killed in service in Vietnam in 1967.]

Airhart, Ben George

It is with great sadness that we, his family, note the passing of Ben George Airhart, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather on December 14, 2015. His passing is related to circumstances related to Alzheimer's disease.

Ben was born on December 20, 1929 in St. Anthony, Idaho to George and Louise Mackert Airhart. They lived on their family farm and were hard workers. This is where he learned his strong work ethic.

He graduated from St. Anthony High School in 1948. He enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1949 and was promoted to a Tech Sgt. In 1950, he served in the Korean War until 1951 as Sgt. First Class. He received the Bronze Star for outstanding service.

Before he went overseas in 1950, he married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Fletcher. They lived in Idaho Falls and Pocatello and were married for 22 years until Dorothy passed away in 1972. They have three children, Greg, Toni and Curtis. He met and married Lynnette Albert in 1981 in the Salt Lake City Temple 34 years ago. He was a wonderful, kind stepfather to her three children, Scott, Sheryl and Darin Carlson.

Ben worked for the Caterpillar Dealership, Western Equipment Co. as a Parts Manager in Pocatello and Inventory Control Manager in Boise. He retired in 1995 after working at Caterpillar for 42 years. He was respected and well liked by his co-workers and customers.

Ben is survived by his sweetheart, Lynnette; children, Greg (Becky) Airhart, Toni (Greg) Vinnola and Curtis Airhart; step-children, Scott (Tamara) Carlson, Sheryl Carlson and Darin (Amy) Carlson; grandchildren, Taya Harper, Jarom, Jake, Joslyn, Jessica, Jordan, and Jamey Airhart, Scott and Bret Tolman, Fisk and Chelsea (deceased) Sorensen, Chad and Tawni Carlson, and Alan Carlson; 30 great-grandchildren; brothers, Charles (Midge) Airhart of Twin Falls and Donald (Linda) Airhart of St. Anthony, Idaho. There are many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Lynnette and family would like to express their thanks and love for the staff at Spring Creek, Meridian; Emerson House, in Garden City and the hospice nurses for their tender, loving care for making his two years full of fun and happiness. You will forever be in our hearts.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at the LDS Chapel located at 3555 S. Cole Rd., Boise. A viewing will be held prior to the service from 10:00-10:45 a.m. at the church. Family will also greet friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 18, 2015 at Relyea Funeral Chapel, 318 N. Latah St., Boise. Interment will follow the service at Morris Hill Cemetery.

- Published in Idaho Statesman on December 16, 2015

Ben George Airhart
1929 ~ 2015
It is with great sadness that we, his family, note the passing of Ben George Airhart, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather on December 14, 2015. His passing is related to circumstances related to Alzheimer's disease.
Ben was born on December 20, 1929 in St. Anthony, Idaho to George and Louise Mackert Airhart. They lived on their family farm and were hard workers. This is where he learned his strong work ethic.
He graduated from St. Anthony High School in 1948. He enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1949 and was promoted to a Tech Sgt. In 1950, he served in the Korean conflict until 1951 as Sgt. First Class. He received the Bronze Star for outstanding service.
Before he went overseas in 1950, he married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Fletcher. They lived in Idaho Falls and Pocatello and were married for 22 years until Dorothy passed away in 1972. They have three children, Greg, Toni and Curtis.
He met and married Lynnette Albert in 1981 in the Salt Lake City Temple 34 years ago. He was a wonderful, kind stepfather to her three children, Scott, Sheryl and Darin Carlson.
Ben worked for the Caterpillar Dealership, Western Equipment Co. as a Parts Manager in Pocatello and Inventory Control Manager in Boise. He retired in 1995 after working at Caterpillar for 42 years. He was respected and well liked by his co-workers and customers.
Ben is survived by his sweetheart, Lynnette; children, Greg (Becky) Airhart, Toni (Greg) Vinnola and Curtis Airhart; step-children, Scott (Tamara) Carlson, Sheryl Carlson and Darin (Amy) Carlson; grandchildren, Taya Harper, Jarom, Jake, Joslyn, Jessica, Jordan, and Jamey Airhart, Scott and Bret Tolman, Fisk and Chelsea (deceased) Sorensen, Chad and Tawni Carlson, and Alan Carlson; 30 great-grandchildren; brothers, Charles (Midge) Airhart of Twin Falls and Donald (Linda) Airhart of St. Anthony, Idaho. There are many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Lynnette and family would like to express their thanks and love for the staff at Spring Creek, Meridian; Emerson House, in Garden City and the hospice nurses for their tender, loving care for making his two years full of fun and happiness. You will forever be in our hearts.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at the LDS Chapel located at 3555 S. Cole Rd., Boise. A viewing will be held prior to the service from 10:00-10:45 a.m. at the church. Family will also greet friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 18, 2015 at Relyea Funeral Chapel, 318 N. Latah St., Boise. Interment will follow the service at Morris Hill Cemetery.
 
Published in Idaho Statesman on Dec. 16, 2015 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/IdahoStatesman/obituary.aspx?n=Ben-George-Airhart&pid=176898778#sthash.LE9zDbCY.dpuf

Alati, Sgt. Nicholas V.

During the Korean War, Nicholas Alati participated in the assault and seizure of Inchon in September 1950, capture and secure Seoul in October 1950, the Wonsan-Hungnam-Chosin Campaign in North Korea from October to December, 1950 and operations against enemy forces in South and Central Korea from December, 1950 to September, 1951.

Sergeant Alatl was an 1833 AMTRAC Crewman.  He was also a member of the "Chosin Few" group.

His decorations included the Presidential Unit Citation with star, Good Conduct Medal, Navy Occupation Medal with "Europe" Clasp, Korean Service Medal with three stars and the Rifle Sharpshooter Badge.

My late father is my hero.  He passed away with all his nine children and his wife at his side, at home April 27, 2007. His liver failed from years of meds due to the affects of frost bite and the Chosin reservoir.

Nicholas Alati, Jr.

Alberts, Carl A. Jr.

Carl A. Alberts, Jr., age 80, of 7333 Michigan Street, Plymouth, Indiana, passed away at 11:34 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at the Kindred Hospital Northern Indiana in Mishawaka, Indiana. Carl was born on July 26, 1932 in Plymouth to Carl A. Sr. and Mary Elizabeth (Anderson) Alberts. On August 1, 1953, Carl married the former Shirley A. Schroeder.

Carl retired from Bomarko as a supervisor. His most recent position was at 1st Source Bank. He also worked at Kroger's and delivered ice cream for Hawthorne Melody. Carl proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War. Carl is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Shirley Alberts; and their three daughters, Nancy Rife of Winamac, Indiana, Crissie (Jan) Garrison of Plymouth and Linda Gleitz of Plymouth. Also surviving are Carl's seven grandchildren, Hillary (Chris) Pine of Winamac, Adam Rife of Winamac, Cory Gleitz of Plymouth, Andrew Gleitz of Plymouth, Cameron Gleitz of Plymouth, Morgan Garrison of Plymouth, and Keely Garrison of Plymouth; and his sisters, Betty, Mary Frances, and Rita Alberts all of Plymouth. Carl was preceded in death by his parents, & son-in-law, Robert Rife.

Memorials may be given to: The American Heart Association , 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, Illinois 60674 or The American Diabetes Association , 30 North Michigan Avenue #2015, Chicago, Illinois 60602. Visitation is Sunday, December 2, 2012 from 3:00-6:00 P.M., with a Rosary at 5:00 P.M, at Van Gilder Funeral Home, 300 West Madison Street, Plymouth, Indiana 46563. Services are Monday, December 3, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. at Saint Michael Catholic Church with the Rev. Father William Kummer officiating.

Allan, Dean Sylvester

Dean Sylvester Allan, age 85, of Mapleton, Utah, passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2017. He was born on November 19, 1931 to Sylvester (Smuss) Allan and Ena Florence Carrick Allan. He was raised in Mapleton during one of the worst depressions this country has ever seen.

He enjoyed his youth, which involved many family gatherings with the Carrick, Callister, and Marchbank families. He fondly remembered the many Thanksgiving dinners at his Grandmother Carrick's home. He learned to hunt with his close neighbor, Collin Allan, and Collin's older brother, Evan. They started hunting with rubber band flippers and graduated to rifles and shotguns. He loved to hunt everything from pheasants to deer and elk.

His father taught him to work the dry land farm. He was taught a great work ethic at a young age. As his boys came along, they too, worked the dry land farm. They all have priceless memories of the good times they had together.

Dad loved sports and competition. He played varsity sports for the Springville Red Devils, playing tennis, track, basketball and football. He participated in the Senior Olympics for many years and won many gold, silver, and bronze medals.

He also loved airplanes. When he was 14, his dad's close friend, Roy Despain, took him on his first airplane ride. He was hooked and was determined to learn to fly. Not only did he obtain his pilot's license, but he started the aeronautics program at Springville Junior High. He enjoyed many years of flying and taking his family and friends on airplane rides.

Rather than being drafted, Dad and a few of his friends from Springville and Mapleton joined the Air Force in January of 1951. Within a years time, Dad moved through basic training, gunnery training, and crew training for the B-29. His eleven-man crew was assigned to Yokota Air Force Base, Japan, to fly bombing missions over North Korea--hitting industrial plants, military sites, bridges, and frontline supports. The B-29 crew was made up of eight LDS crew members and three non-members. On their 9th bombing mission they had to crash land their plane, breaking the plane in half. Three of their crew were injured and had to be replaced. They received a new plane and went on to fly 19 more combat missions. Dad wrote a book about his military experiences and copies are found at Mapleton, Springville, and BYU libraries.

Dad dated his sweetheart, Jean Averett, his senior year of high school. He proposed before he left for Korea. Dad was ordained an Elder by his Captain. He returned home on October 25, 1952 and he and Jean were married on October 29, 1952. They returned to the Air Force so that Dad could continue his service. He was given an honorable discharge and they returned home to Utah.

Dad graduated from BYU in 1957 with a teaching degree in math, physics, and chemistry. He taught for three years in Provo District and then thirty years in Nebo School District. He went on to gain two masters' degrees. He served as math teacher, school counselor, principal, and for the last five years of his career, he was Director of Secondary Education over Nebo's high schools, junior highs, and middle schools.

Dad served two terms on the Springville City Counsel, where he was instrumental in bringing many businesses to the Industrial Park such as Stouffers/Nestle, Wal-Mart, Cracker Barrel, Comfort Inn, and a Chevron Station. When he moved to Mapleton he was elected to two terms as Mayor.

Dad was an active member of the LDS Church. He served in three bishoprics, 5 years as a branch president at the MTC, two time high-priest group leader, and counselor on the Springville Stake High Council.

Dad was recently able to participate in an Honor Flight for Korean War Veterans. His son-in-law, Tim Taylor, accompanied him as his guardian. They flew to Washington, DC to see all of the memorial sites. His son-in-law pushed his wheelchair during the entire excursion. His family was able to participate in their homecoming, which was an overwhelming event for Dad and a memory his family will never forget.

Dad is survived by his sweetheart, Jean Averett Allan, daughters Sherry Taylor (Tim) of Provo; Valerie Duncan of Payson; sons, Gregory Allan (Lorraine) of Spanish Fork; and John Allan (Anne) of Mapleton; ten grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren with one more on the way. He is also survived by one brother, David Allan, (Edna) of Fountain Green and one sister, Jeannie Strong (Douglas) of Mapleton. He was preceded in death by both parents and one sister, Beverly Malhero of Phoenix, Arizona.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Mapleton 16th Ward Church located at 1316 South Main, Mapleton. Viewings will be held on Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 at Wheeler Mortuary, located at 211 East 200 South, Springville, Utah and Thursday from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. at the Mapleton 16th Ward Church.

Dad loved and served his community and his country, but he loved and served his family first and foremost. He loved to gather his family for special occasions which always began with him giving us a lesson of some sort. He was always available for a kiss and a hug and words of wisdom. He was generous, loving, and kind and loved those special kisses and hugs from his grandchildren and great grandchildren. As a family we are grateful that Dad has been released from his pain and suffering and we know that he is happy to be reunited with his parents and sister. We feel at peace because we know that our family is eternal and one day we will all be reunited.

Allen, Otis Day

Allen, Otis Day
CMSGT, US Air Force
World War II, Korea, Vietnam

Born 12/19/1927
Died 12/11/1998
Buried at Greenlawn Cemetery, Waycross, GA

My name is Rodney Allen. My father, Otis Day Allen, served in World War 2, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. He was in the Civil Engineering group, US Air Force. Dad passed away December 11, 1998 after a three-year long battle with cancer of the esophagus. He was a very proud man and was loved by his nine children and twenty-one grandchildren. He tried to give us the best life he could growing up as Air Force brats. I miss him very much. I wish he was still here so we could surf the net together and look for some of the fellow soldiers that used to work for him. He talked of his times in the military often and I loved to listen to him.

I love you, Dad, and know I will see you in Heaven. Thank you for the fighting for my freedom and a better way of life. - Sincerely, Rodney

Almond, Lt. Gen. Edward, Commander at Inchon

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) - Lt. Gen. Edward Mallory Almond, 86, who served the Army in three wars and commanded the ground troops in the Inchon landing in the Korean War, died Monday [June 1979] in Brooke Army Medical Center.

From 1946 to 1951, Gen. Almond was Gen. Douglas MacArthur's chief of staff at Headquarters Far East and United Nations commands.  he retired in 1953 as commandant of then National War college.

Gen. Almond commanded the 10th Corps during the Korean War in 1950 and 1951 during combat that included the Inchon landing, the capture of Seoul and the evacuation of Hungnam after the Chinese intervention.  The Inchon landing was a daring, decisive amphibious assault on September 15, 1950, behind the North Korean advance into South Korea.

As an infantry lieutenant in World War I, Gen. Almond commanded a machine gun unit in France.  he was wounded in the Aisne-Marne offensive.  During World War II, he commanded the 92nd Infantry Division in Italy and the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Swift, Texas.

His decorations included an Air Medal with 15 oak leaf clusters, two Silver Stars, a Purple Heart, the Distinguished Service Cross, two Distinguished Service Medals, and a Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters.

Gen. Almond also was president of his alma mater, the Virginia Military Institute, and was a member of VMI's board of visitors from 1961 to 1968.

He leaves his wife of 62 years, Margaret, a daughter, three grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

Alston, Alfonso

Alfonso Alston, 80, of Philadelphia, a decorated Korean War veteran, died September 23, 2010 at home.

Born and educated in Chester, he was a graduate of Chester High School. Mr. Alston worked for Levy United News for many years before his retirement in 1995.

A Korean War veteran, he served four years in the Air Force, achieving the rank of sergeant and receiving numerous citations and medals.

He was a member of John A. Watts Lodge 224, where he was twice elected Leading Knight, serving until he cared for his ill wife. Mr. Alston was past commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2425, past commander of the Chester Vets Council, past commander of the 7th District, past state membership chairman, past state community activity chairman, past seam squirrel for Put Tent 8, Military Order of Cooties and past color guard captain for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Nicknamed ”Fonnie“, Mr. Alston was known for his kindness. He was devoted to his family and friends. Mr. Alston was the widower of Margaret Morris Alston. He was the son of the late Leavander and Sarah Alston.

Survivors: Daughters, Althea Green, Carolyn Outen; sons, Keith Alston, Kevin Alston; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews; cousins.

Service: 11 a.m. Thursday, Temple Baptist Church, 736 West 7th Street, Chester. Visitation: 9-11 a.m. Thursday at the church. Burial: Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown, Bucks County. Arrangements: Chandler-Nugent-Phillips Funeral Home, Philadelphia.

Alt, John B.

John B. Alt, 83, of Cleona died Wednesday, November 25, 2009, at the Lebanon VA Medical Center. He was the husband of Anna M. Funk Alt, with whom he celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary this past June.

John was born in Philadelphia on June 12, 1926. He enlisted in the United States Navy on June 22, 1943, and served as an electricians mate and gunner aboard the U.S.S. Hunt destroyer (DD-674) during World War II from September 1943 to July 1945, assigned to the 5th Fleet's Task Force 58 and 3rd Fleet's Task Force 38. The U.S.S. Hunt engaged the enemy on numerous occasions, including the invasion of the Marshall Islands, bombardment of Truk Atoll, invasion of the Marianas, battle of the Philippine Sea, battle of Peleliu, landings at Leyte Gulf and the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He helped rescue 422 survivors from the stricken aircraft carrier U.S.S. Franklin, then protected the ship from further attack. On April 14, 1945 the U.S.S. Hunt was struck and heavily damaged by a kamikaze while on picket duty during the battle for Okinawa.  A second kamikaze was shot down before it could reach the ship. The U.S.S. Hunt returned to San Francisco in July 1945.

John B. Alt separated from the U.S. Navy on March 12, 1946, and then enlisted in the U.S. Army on November 23, 1946. He served in the U.S. occupation forces in Japan from May 15, 1947 to May 10, 1949 as the Palace guard in Tokyo. After Japan he spent a short tour of duty at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

He then served three combat tours of duty in the Korean War from the fall of 1950 thru 1953. After helping capture the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, his infantry unit spearheaded the deepest U.S. forces penetration towards the Chinese border by capturing the town of Sonchon 17 miles south of the Yalu River (the North Korean/Chinese border). A combat after action report indicated: "Corporal John B. Alt, a squad leader of the 3rd Platoon, Company "B", 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, distinguished himself and showed extraordinary heroism on July 14th 1951. As his squad moved out into the attack they were hit by a tremendous artillery barrage. One of these rounds fell in the midst of his squad, killing two men and wounding several others. Despite a heavy machine gun cross-fire and a continuous artillery barrage, Corporal Alt, in the face of almost certain death, single handedly pulled his men to a relative position of safety from which they could be evacuated. This deed was even more remarkable when one considers that Corporal Alt was wounded himself. After this was accomplished he proceeded with the remainder of his squad into the attack. When the initial objective was reached, Corporal Alt was ordered to the aid station. Despite his protests, he left the squad. The following day Corporal Alt voluntarily returned to his squad. In a renewed attack upon the enemy he raced forward completely exposed and tossed several grenades into the enemy bunkers, killing many of the enemy. He followed this up by advancing to the next bunker, wiping out many more enemy soldiers with M-1 rifle fire. Corporal Alt's inspiring leadership and courage spurred the men to fight valiantly against a numerically superior enemy." He was awarded the Silver Star Medal for gallantry in this action.

He married the former Anna Mary Funk of Cleona on June 12, 1954. He was stationed at numerous posts in the United States, including Battle Creek Michigan; Wilmington, Delaware; Seaford, Delaware; and Fort Indiantown Gap. John B. Alt spent three years assigned to Fort Amador, Panama from 1963-1966.He retired as a Sergeant Major from the U.S. Army at Fort Lewis Washington on June 1, 1970.

His awards and decorations include: Silver Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, U.S. Army Commendation Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Korean Service Medal (with 1 silver star and 2 bronze stars), Combat Infantry Badge, Good Conduct Medal (with 5 oak leaf clusters), United Nations Service Medal, Philippines Independence Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Occupational Medal (Japan), Pacific Theater Ribbon (with 5 stars), American Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal, and Philippines Liberation Ribbon (with 2 stars).

After retirement from the Army he returned to Lebanon, Pennsylvania where he was an avid boater, fisherman, hunter, and scuba diver. He also enjoyed traveling and camping.

He is among the last of a generation who saved our country as they risked everything on our behalf. The United States, and our way of life, would not exist today if not for the actions of such men.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons: John 'Jack' W. Alt of Palmyra, Jody Alt, husband of Gina of Mary Esther, FL, and Jeffrey Alt, husband of Karuna of Niceville, FL; one daughter, Susan J. Alt Seyfert, wife of Allen Seyfert of Myerstown; six grandchildren, Jack Alt, Scott, Bradley and Deanna Seyfert, Thomas and Alyssa Alt; and three great-grandchildren, Rachel and Jenna Alt and Gage Seyfert.

Funeral services were held Monday, November 30, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. from the Kreamer Funeral Home and Crematory, 618 E. Main St. Annville. Interment took place at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery with full military honors. Viewing was held one hour prior to the service from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Lebanon VA Hospital in c/o Hospice, 1700 S. Lincoln Ave. Lebanon, PA 17042.

Alvarado, Julio

Julio Alvarado, 80, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 28, 2010 at Marion Hospital in Santa Maria. Julio was born August 31, 1929 in New Mexico and lived most of his life in California. He was a well decorated Korean War Veteran, having served two years in Korea. Julio served four years in the US Army, and having achieved rank of sergeant. He was employed with Gallo Winery in Modesto for numerous years. He most recently lived in Santa Maria, and had previously resided in Soledad and Modesto.

Survivors: His sister; Lucy Melendrez of Salinas; brother, Trinidad Alvarado of Fresno, and many other extended family members.

Visitation: From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, April 5, 2010 at Woodyard Funeral Home, 395 East St, Soledad.  Inturnment: Soledad Cemetery, 1711 Metz Rd, Soledad.

Amadon, Dale H.

My name is Diane Seelman. My father Dale H. Amadon serve in the Korean War. He passed away on October 26,1997 after surgery and then a stroke he suffered at the hospital. He was 71 years old. He had 3 grandchildren. I am his oldest and then there is my bother Dale Jr. Dad was a very proud man and is missed so much. Just thought I would write in to let the Vets know he thought of them often and told us countless stories of things that happened. We miss the stories and wish we could hear more. Thank you so much.

Sincerely,
The children of Dale H. Amadon

Amescua, Edward G.


Edward G. Amescua

Edward Gutierrez Amescua, 81, of Gustine, passed away January 7, 2012.  Mr. Amescua was a native of Canoga Park. He lived in Gustine for more than 30 years.

Mr. Amescua was an iron worker at San Jose Steel for 38 years. He was a member of the Iron Worker’s Union 604 and Comite Mexicano de Beneficiencia.

Mr. Amescua was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in the Korean War. He was involved in the battle of the Chosin Reservoir, the Inchon Landing and the battle of the Pusan Perimeter.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Amescua of Gustine; two sons, Rick Amescua of Arizona and Ed Amescua of Newman; a daughter, Nancy Butler of Newman; two sisters, Eileen Graves of Camarillo and Diane Graves of Los Angeles; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A funeral mass will be held today (Thursday) at 11 a.m. at the Shrine of Our Lady of Miracles in Gustine. Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. in San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, Santa Nella. Hillview Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Remembrances may be directed to: Our Lady of Miracles School, 370 Linden Ave.

Amico, Salvatore M.

Salvatore M. "Sal" Amico, 83, of Manchester died December 29, 2012 at the Elliot Hospital after a sudden illness. He wasborn on April 8, 1929 in Lynn, MA, the son of Michele and Rose (Gallos) Amico. He grew up in Lynn, was educated in the local school system and was agraduate of Lynn-English High School. He also attended Northeastern University.

He was a US Navy veteran serving during the Korean War aboard a minesweeper, the USS Partridge. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal, the UN Medal, the American Theatre Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the Navy Occupation of Asia Medal.

Anderson, Willie Edward

Our daddy was a Korean War veteran - 3 bronze stars - US Army, honorably discharged in 1952. He died on Friday, March 15, 2002. He was from Swainsboro, GA. His name was Willie Edward Anderson, and was 71 at his death. He attended a Korean War veteran reunion in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina a couple of years before he died. He had a wonderful time. Thank you to all of those who made him feel so special. We really miss him. He was a wonderful American. Sadly, his 3 bronze stars and all the Korean Service medal, etc. arrived the week after he died - so he never got to see them after waiting on them for years.

[Submitted by his daughters, Joy and Sherry.]

Andrews, Carrol

Carrol Andrews, 73, Murdo, SD, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, at Rapid City Regional Hospital. Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at the United Methodist Church in Murdo, followed by a Masonic and Eastern Star service there at 7.  Memorial services are planned for 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at the United Methodist Church in Murdo, followed by burial at the Murdo City Cemetery.  The Isburg-Hofmeister Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Carrol Andrews was born Dec. 23, 1929, to Henry A. and Gladys Rheba (Ike) Andrews in Gregory. The family lived at the Butterfield Ranch southwest of Wood until 1935 when Carrol started grade school in Wood. In 1942 he moved with his family to White River and graduated from high school there in 1948.  Following his graduation he took over his father’s mail route until 1951 when he was drafted into the U.S. Army Infantry. He was stationed at Fort Riley, Kan., then was sent to serve in Korea from June 1951 to June 1952. Carrol was discharged from the service in October 1952.

When he returned home, he resumed working the mail route. He married Beverly Brooks on April 19, 1953, and they recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. Carrol continued the mail route until September 1959 when he purchased the Mobil Station and owned it through 1962. He joined the state highway department in 1963 and worked there until his retirement 25 years later.  He took some time to enjoy retirement before working part-time for the county highway department until 2002.

Carrol and Bev enjoyed motorcycle riding and took numerous trips with their family and friends through the years. He also enjoyed woodworking, reading and working with heavy equipment. He was a ham radio operator, which allowed him to visit with people all over the world.

He is survived by his wife Beverly of Murdo; two sons, Thomas Andrews and his wife Robin of Murdo and Richard Andrews of Belleville, Wash.; six grandchildren; and one nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Orvis; and an infant sister.

[Posted by Robin Andrews.  Should anyone out there know of Carrol Andrews and his time served, the family would love to hear from them.
E-mail trandrews@wcenet.com.]

Apodaca, Guilibaldo "Gil"

Gil Apodaca passed away on October 12, 2012. As he requested, he was in the presence of his family and close friends and at his home in Oceanside in the hour of his passing. He left the earth quietly and peacefully. A career military man and special operations soldier (Green Beret), the sergeant was finally overwhelmed by AML (acute myeloid leukemia) -a cancer of the blood. The disease rapidly advanced over a 2-month period to eventually take his life. This was his third bout with cancer.

Guilibaldo was the second son born to Francisco and Maria Luisa in El Centro, California. He was raised in the barrio of Carlsbad during World War II. His family included four brothers and three sisters. Guili attended Pine school in Carlsbad and Oceanside High School. But while in high school, he was compelled to serve our country and joined the military.

His first military service was with the U.S. Marine Corp Reserves where he was sent to boot camp in San Diego. He was released from the Marines shortly after boot camp with a minority (underage) discharge. In January of 1951 Guili enlisted with the Army and was sent to basic training in Camp Roberts. He was then ordered to combat service in Korea.

Upon his return from Korea, he was ordered to Fort Bragg, North Carolina in June of 1952. A year later he volunteered for airborne service with the 82nd Airborne Division. In early 1957, He was ordered to Germany and spent three years with the 3rd Army--Armored Field Artillery stationed in Budiegen. In 1960, he returned from Germany to Fort Bragg, North Carolina and was reassigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. In July 1962, Sergeant Apodaca volunteered for the Army Special Forces group, which gained prominence and presidential support as a tactical guerrilla force during John Kennedy’s presidency.

He went through rigorous training to earn his elite warrior status and prestigious “Green Beret”. He was attached to the 7th Special Forces group in Fort Bragg. Sergeant Apodaca served in the Viet Nam conflict in 1964 stationed in Pleiku and again in 1968 and 1969 (12mos)—when the conflict was most serious. At this time he was with the 5th Special Forces Group. The Viet Nam conflict intensified during this period with the “Tet Offensive” that brought significant numbers from North Viet Nam to the South. Sergeant Apodaca was stationed in Bhami Tut in the central highlands of South Viet Nam and was attached to the Special Forces Group’s MAC-SOG. It was not uncommon for this detachment to venture into Laos and Cambodia for reconnaissance missions of enemy activities. Later, in this tour Sergeant Apodaca was involved with prisoner recovery operations operating from Saigon.

In between the Viet Nam tours, Sergeant Apodaca was ordered to Panama, Canal Zone (1965-1968 and 1969-1971) and served the country with the 8th Special Forces Group. This service period took him to many Central and South American countries where he trained foreign military and performed other clandestine operations for the U.S. government. Sergeant Apodaca retired from the military in 1971 and achieved the rank of Master Sergeant (E-8).

He closed his career in Fort Bragg North Carolina with the Special Forces. He returned to California in 1973 and later began a second career with the City of Vista-Public Works division. He eventually worked his way to supervisor role starting in the Parks department and completing his career with Streets maintenance department. During this period Gil performed a leadership role in the employee’s union and was involved with union contract negotiations.

Guili (Gil) met the love of his life Hortencia “Tencha” Granados from Vista while they were both in high school. The year was August 11,1950. The passion of their romance was so compelling that Tencha joined Gil in his military life as wife and lifetime partner. They were married in Yuma, Arizona on August 23rd, 1953. Three children were born of this love, Michael Dennis, Gil Charles, and Cynthia Ann.

Gil and Tencha recently celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary last August 20th. Gil valued his family and it was the primary focal point of his life. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren especially watching their sporting events. In retirement, Gil maintained relationships with his military comrades. He was involved with Retired Special Forces Southern California Chapters 12 (Orange County) and 75 (San Diego). He was also an honorary member of the Coachella Valley Airborne Association.

In the end Gil has inspired his family with leadership and courage and will leave a proud legacy. For those whose lives he touched, he is remembered for his ability to easily engage others especially through humor. He is also remembered for his work ethic, creativity, and his ability to teach others to work and perform well together as a unit. Recognizing the value of education, one of his proudest achievements was to assist his granddaughter Felicia in the pursuit of her bachelor’s degree, which she earned last spring.

Gil is survived by his wife Tencha and three children Michael Apodaca, Gil Apodaca and Cindy Villalpando; brothers Gus Apodaca, Alfred Apodaca, and Jerry Apodaca; sisters Mary Hoover and Nancy Ridgeway. His surviving grandchildren include: Alexander Apodaca, Anthony Villalpando, Mariel Apodaca, Adam Apodaca Felicia Villalpando, and Andrew Apodaca. Surviving great grandchildren include: Anthony Villalpando Jr., Jordan Apodaca, Malia Villalpando, Makayla Villalpando, and Azalea Apodaca. Daughter-in-laws Rose Apodaca, Stephanie Apodaca, and son-in-law Jaime Villalpando also survive him. He is further survived by a large extended family of nieces, nephews, grand and great grand nieces and nephews. Preceding Gil in death are his beloved mother Maria Luisa Apodaca, father Francisco Apodaca, uncle Phillip Cabrera, sister Jenny Abdulla, brother Gilbert Apodaca, sister-in-law Clairie Apodaca, nephew Ronnie Apodaca, and great grandson Austin Villalpando.

Armitage, Col. Gerard Thomas

The following death notice was taken from the BostonHerald.com - published on November 22, 2009.  He commanded the Third Division at Bunker Hill in Korea. His burial at Arlington will take place on March 30, 2010.

ARMITAGE, Colonel Gerard Thomas Armitage USMC (retired). Died November 14, 2009. Born, 14 January, 1921 Haverhill, Mass. Attended St. Gregory Grammar School and St. James High School. Graduate of Boston College. Mr. Armitage is a member of St. John’s Evangelist Catholic Church in Viera, FL. Enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in March 1939. Commissioned in February 1942. During WWII, participated in operations at Guadalcanal, the Philippines, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and strikes against the Japanese homeland. During the Korean War he commanded the Marines at Bunker Hill Battle August 1952. Following medical discharge in 1962, Armitage worked for 20 years as an executive in the Construction Industry, primarily overseas. He is survived by his wife Emily (Gleason) Armitage, a daughter Kathleen Clemente three sons, Mark, Brian and Stephen, thirteen grand children and six great grandchildren Burial: Arlington Cemetery.

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From Brian D. Armitage -

As your fabulous web site on the Korean War contains references to my father, Colonel Gerard T. Armitage, I felt obliged to advise that he passed on 11/14/09.

We will be traveling to Arlington National Cemetery to inter the Colonel with full honors, on March 30th. I would appreciate it if you could advise those members of your site who may have served with him, especially at the Battle of Bunker Hill in Korea. (3rd Battalion, 1 Marines)

My father never forgot those who served with him, either in the Pacific or in Korea, particularly the honorable brave who were lost under his command. He prayed for them continuously as well as for their families.  And, he continued to be a Marine, a Patriot and a tremendous Catholic to his last day, dying with dignity and composure, and secure in the knowledge of a hereafter.

“No finer Marine than He, no son more proud than Me”

Arnold, Alexander Thompson

Alexander Thompson Arnold died at 11:40 a.m. on November 24, 2008, at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.  Born February 20, 1929, in Bryantsville, Kentucky, he was a son of Walter Tribble and Ella Mae Hagan Arnold. He was inducted into the U.S. Marine Corps in May 1952. His basic training was done on Parris Island, N.C. He served in the Korean War and was awarded two major Battle Stars.

After returning home, he was employed at Cowden Manufacturing Company as manager of the shipping department. When he left Cowden, he was district maintenance supervisor with the state highway department. He later was owner of the Gulf service station on Richmond Street and operated the Standard station, and later purchased the property and built and operated a convenience store.

He was active in the Democratic party, served many years on the Garrard County Executive Committee and had served as chairman. He managed several campaigns.

After retirement, he and Tina purchased and operated an antiques store in Lancaster. He enjoyed playing golf and traveling.  He was a faithful member of the Lancaster Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Tina Raines Miller Arnold; two daughters, Angela (Alan) Osborne and Jennifer (Jay) Hierro; and three stepdaughters, Phyllis (Mike) Tracy, Sharron Miller and Bobbie Gail (Rex) Speake.  He also is survived by four grandchildren, Zachary (Karen) King, Molly King (Greg Anderson), and Lindsey and Alex Knight; four step-grandchildren, Michael (Amy) Tracy, Michelle (Delynn) Jones, and Jessica and Jamie Speake; three great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Pauline Hulett and Frances Ruble; four brothers, Walter Lee (Pete), James Hogan, and Cecil B. and Samuel Drennan Arnold.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lou Anna Sutton Arnold; a son, James Randall Arnold; a grandson, Seth King; a brother, Andrew; and two sisters, Claudyne Hagan Arnold and Louise Arnold Edwards.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Ramsey Funeral Home, conducted by Bro. Bob Rush and Bro. Brad Shockley. Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery.

Ashman, Cleo Brice

PELLA — Cleo Brice Ashman, 79, of Pella and formerly of Des Moines and Cedar, died Saturday, May 1, 2010, at the Pella Hospice Comfort House in Pella.

He was born October 11, 1930, at Beacon, the son of William George and Ethel Foster Ashman. He graduated from the Cedar High School with the Class of 1949. On October 8, 1950, he was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Margaret Walker at the Cedar United Methodist Church in Cedar. In 1951 he entered the U.S. Marine Corps; he was honorably discharged in 1952.

Following his discharge from the Marines, he went to work as a crane operator. He worked on many area projects including: Interstate 80, the Ottumwa Dam, Red Rock Dam, and he drove the piling for the mile-long bridge. In 1965, he became a union representative for the heavy equipment operators. He later became the Business Manager for the state office of the Operating Engineers Local 234; he retired from there in 1992.

He enjoyed camping and fishing. He truly enjoyed traveling with Margaret; their trip to Europe was one of his favorites. He was a member of the Fort Des Moines United Methodist Church, Marine Corps League in Des Moines, and the Operating Engineers Local 234 for over 40 years. Brice served on the Eddyville School Board for several years, the Des Moines Airport Board, and Camp Sunnyside Board.

Brice took great pride in his family.  He was especially proud while attending various activities of his children and grandchildren. His family includes his wife of nearly 60 years, Margaret Ashman, of Pella; two daughters and their husbands: Pam and Kelly Ryan, of Visalia, California, and Jan and Pat Cruzen, of Eddyville; two sons and their wives: Collin and Peggy Ashman, of Pella, and Rodney and Colleen Ashman, of Eddyville; 12 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; two brothers: Bill Ashman, of Oskaloosa, and Bob (and Martha) Ashman, of East Dubuque, Illinois; and a sister: Wilda (and Bob) Current, of Indianola.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter: Denise Farmer; a great-grandson: Andrew Lindsey Farmer; and a brother: Gordon Ashman.  Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 5, at 11:30 a.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa with the Rev. Dr. Douglas Smiley officiating. Burial was in the Cedar Township Memorial Cemetery at Fremont. The Bates Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.  Memorials may be made to the Pella Hospice Comfort House or Camp Sunnyside.

Atencio, Joe

Joe Atencio of Oklahoma died on August 23, 2005 and was buried in Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, Oklahoma.   Mr. Atencio owned a used auto dealership called Big Joe's Auto Sales.

Jose "Joe" Atencio was born on September 19, 1930 and grew up in Dixon, New Mexico.  He was wounded in action in Korea in 1952 and was treated for his wounds in Brooke Army Hospital.  He was awarded the Purple Heart, Silver Star, and Bronze medals.  He married Marcella Nadine Austin on May 18, 1966.  When his wife became ill with Alzheimer's Disease, he cared for her until her death in 2002.  He was also pre-deceased by two children.  He is survived by one daughter, Jolena Moore, one adopted daughter, six stepchildren, a sister Mary Gonzales, and two brothers David and Herman Atencio.

He was a wonderful man who fought so hard for this country as all of the men here did and was severely injured in the process. I now have his Purple Heart and other medals and look at them often. I miss him and his stories.  He was a wonderful, caring, giving man but most of all, he was honorable. This is a very hard trait to find. If anyone remembers him and wants to contact me, please call me at 405-455-1194. Thank you, Jolena

Ault, Lillian D.

Lillian D. Leutz Ault passed away at home in Palo Alto, California on October 13, 2009 with her beloved friends Betsy, Julie and Dulce nearby. She was born in New York City on August 30, 1922, one of six children and grew up in Forest Hills, Long Island. She graduated from Orange Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1945. One of her most memorable experience was her service in the Navy Nurse Corps stationed on the Hospital ships USS Haven based in Inchon Bay caring for the wounded during the Korean War. After earning a MPH degree from U.C. Berkley she pursued a career as a Public Health Nurse at the Santa Clara County Health Department and the V.A. Hospital, Palo Alto.

Lillian and her late husband Carroll shared an intellectual curiosity and a desire to explore and learn together.  They danced, camped, traveled and showed their champion dogs. She was independent, generous in heart and spirit, and gave freely of herself and her talents.

Lillian is survived by her loving sister, Dorothy Nadig, as well as her dear nephew, nieces, cousins, and many friends. As she requested her ashes were scattered in San Francisco Bay.

 

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