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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
National Guard in 1949 and was promoted to a Tech Sgt. In 1950, he served in the
until 1951 as Sgt. First Class. He received the
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.]
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.