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Dabbs, Ralph

Lt. Col. Ralph T. Dabbs, Retired U.S. Army, of College Park died August 31, 2006. Colonel Dabbs had a long and distinguished Army career, serving in World War II and Korea. He was honored with a Silver Star and a Purple Heart. At one time he was Commander of the President's Honor Guard and the Honor Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery. Mr. Dabbs graduated from The Citadel and Emory University School of Law, and he also taught ROTC at several schools in the Atlanta area. Colonel Dabbs was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine Lang Dabbs, and he is survived by his brother, Charles F. and Mary Dabbs of Ann Arbor, MI; his nephew, Michael F. Dabbs of Ann Arbor, MI; his nieces, Patricia Dabbs of Charlotte, NC and Julia Dabbs, PhD. of Morris, MN; and dear friends, Judy and Ron Cleveland of Stockbridge, Peggy Isenburg of Snellville, and Ruby Reeves of College Park. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date and burial will be at Chattanooga National Cemetery with Full Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make contributions to the American Cancer Assoc., 2200 Century Pkwy, Suite 950, Atlanta, GA 30345. Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home, East Point, GA 404-761-1138. Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 9/3/2006.

Dauster, Elmer Lee

E. Lee Dauster, 84, Sonora, California, died January 13, 2013.  He had been ill for some time and was under special care at the Avalon Care Center, Sonora, California.  A memorial service will be held at a later date and further details will be added to this obituary.

Lee was born December 25, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri.  After finishing high school he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps from 1946 to 1948.  He served two years as an active reservist in a USMC fighter squadron as an intelligence clerk for a squadron of F4U4's.  In September 1950 he was recalled from inactive Marines for duty in the Korean War, arriving at Hungnam, North Korea in December 1950 in the 3rd replacement draft as Marines were coming out of the Chosin Reservoir.  He joined an artillery forward observation team assigned to George Company, Third Battalion, 1st Marines.  Lee was wounded twice in a six-week period, losing a leg to automatic weapons fire on April 24, 1951. He received a Silver Star for valor, as well as two Purple Hearts.

After discharge Dauster managed a drug store from 1952 until 1956 while attending college.  He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in May 1956 and then became a manufacturer's representative for a major work clothing company.  He and his wife Marie moved to Houston, Texas, where he worked from 1956 until 1965. In 1965, Lee and his family moved to California, where he later became a self-employed casualty insurance agent and broker until his retirement.

A 100% disabled Korean War veteran, Lee Dauster was past commander of Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) Chapter 7 in Tuolumne County, California, past commander of Santa Clara County Chapter No. 6 KWVA, past president G-3-1 USMC reunion group, member of Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion, life member of the Korean War Educator, and KWVA National Director from June 2004 until June 2010.

He is survived by his wife Marie; brother Ed Dauster (also a Korean War veteran of the United States Marine Corps); and other family members.

Davis, Nick

Nick Davis - born 9/30/1929 - death 11/10 2006

My father's name was Nick Davis. He was a Greek American drafted into the army from Michigan and sent to California for quick basic training. He said as soon as they found out he was a cook he was shipped to Alaska. I remembering him saying that the army bus in California he was in tipped off the road and he woke up in the hospital a couple days later. He served as head cook (Sergeant) in Alaska during the Korean War. He was in charge of feeding all the troops and USO that passed through. I remember him saying thousands of souls passed through his kitchen daily. His favorite story was that he received a cigar from Red Skeleton after feeding him and his USO Company. He came home and worked as a bouncer in a Detroit bar before becoming a chef. I know he worked at Detroit Yacht Club, the Roostertail and Carl's Chop House on Grand River during the 50's or 60's. In the mid 70's he opened D & H Tire store on Van Born road in Taylor, MI. His family carries on his name in Bloomfield, MI. God Bless

Davis, Albert H.

MSG Albert H. Davis, US Army, retired, passed away on 27 April 2009 while in the hospital. Al was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars and joined Special Forces in 1952. His SF assignments included service with the 3rd, 5th, 10th, and 77th SFG(A). He also served with SF Training Group and three tours with MACV-SOG. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge in Korea and Combat Medical Badge in Vietnam along with numerous other awards and decorations. He is survived by his wife Ruth and two children.

Davis, Ray

From the Korea Times by Jeffrey Miller, Feature Writer:

Korean War Hero Dies at 88

Raymond G. Davis, a retired U.S. Marine general who was one of America’s most highly-decorated military officers, died on Wednesday in Georgia after suffering a heart attack. He was 88. Davis, a recipient of the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor had an impressive military career that spanned over 33 years and three wars--World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam.

He is perhaps best known here in Korea for his valiant efforts during fierce fighting around the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea in 1950 when he led a battalion of marines over a treacherous mountaintop to rescue a beleaguered rifle company. For his actions he was awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest American award for heroism. During his military career, he was also awarded the Navy Cross, two Distinguished Service Medals, two Silver Stars, two Legion of Merit awards, a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart among his many awards.

President Richard Nixon nominated Davis to the rank of general in 1971. Gen. Davis ended his military service as assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, the nation's second-highest ranking Marine when he retired in 1972. After retiring from the military, Davis worked tirelessly for the creation of the Korean War Veterans Memorial as well as his efforts in the search for the remains of U.S. service members in North Korea. He was also a board member of the U.S.-Korea 2000 Foundation, Inc., which worked closely with Korean War veterans and helped to promote a better understanding of the war and its legacy. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Willa Knox Davis, two sons, one daughter and seven grandchildren.

Davis, Virgil L.

Virgil L. "Virg" Davis, beloved husband of the late Evelyn Davis, devoted father of Shirley "Sam" (Eric), Timothy (Pam), Dale "Tony" (Olivia), Thomas (Deb) Davis, also survived by 10 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, dear brother of Susan Burgess, died Wednesday, May 30, 2007, at the age of 79. Funeral services were held at the Naegele, Kleb & Ihlendorf Funeral Home, 3900 Montgomery Rd, Norwood, Friday, June 1 at 1:30 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Korean War Memorial Fund, PO Box 2372, Washington DC 20013-1372.

Davison, Robert A. Sr.


Robert A. Davison Sr., age 81, of North Bristol, Ohio, died early Monday evening, November 14, 2011, at his home.  He was born October 9, 1930, in Youngstown, Ohio, the son of Harold Marell and Martha Adrianne Sweeney Davison.

Bob served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War, from 1948-52. He has been self-employed for 50 years, owning Bob's Welding Service in Bristolville.

Bob was the current master and past master of West Farmington Western Reserve Masonic Lodge No. 507, where he was a master mason since 1971. He was also a member and past officer of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Youngstown and a member of the Aut Mori Grotto in Youngstown.

Bob is survived by his wife, Roberta E. Thorpe Davison, whom he married December 10, 1953; two daughters, Roberta A. (Les) Wildman of North Bristol and Rhonda S. (Keith) Camp of Kingsville; one son, R. Koti Davison of Boseman, Montana; one stepson, Russell I. Reeves Jr. of North Bristol; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Richard Davison of Lakeland, Florida; three step-siblings, Virginia Howell of Jefferson, David G. Cummins of Collins, Georgia, and Florence Martie of Champion; five half-siblings, Ms. Pat Alba of Texas, Laurel Nye of Ontario, California, Dorothy Roof and Martha Fritsch, both of Warren and Jim Cummins of Minnesota.

One son, Robert Davison Jr.; one brother, Bill Davison; three stepsisters, Roberta Risher, Barbara Zollac and Lois Kemmer; and a half-sister, Marilyn Thorpe; and a half-brother, Tom Cummins, all have preceded him in death.

The funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 18th, at Shafer-Winans Funeral Chapel in Cortland, with Pastor Fred Keener officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, November 17, at the Funeral Home, where Masonic Services will be conducted at 5:45 p.m. by Western Reserve Lodge No. 507 F&AM.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family or to Western Reserve Masonic Lodge No. 507, 216 W. Main St., West Farmington, Ohio 44491, in Bob's memory.

Day, Albert Evans

Graveside Services for Albert Evans Day, age 82, of Brownwood, Texas, will be held Friday, July 06, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at Bangs Cemetery in Bangs, Texas with Lynn Turnbow officiating. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening at Davis-Morris Funeral Home. He passed away Sunday, July 01, 2012, in Brownwood, Texas.

Albert was born on October 29, 1929, to Fred and Martha (Nelson) Day. He was a lifetime member of the Bangs American Legion, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and the VFW. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and involved in the Scottish Rite and Shriners organizations. He was also a member of St. Johns Church in Brownwood.

Albert enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1958 and took basic training in Fort Chaffee in Arkansas. He attended several electronic schools, and served in Korea, Vietnam and Europe. He earned several medals and awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, a Vietnam Service Medal with two battle stars, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry Medal, and six awards of Good Conduct Medals. He became an Army Recruiter in Brownwood from 1970 to 1977 and spent the last year of his military career as a counselor at Ft. Hood. After his retirement from the military, he served as the Brown County Veterans Service Officer for many years.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Martha Day; a half-brother, Fred Day Jr.; and a son, Bruce Odell Day. Albert is survived by two grandchildren, Kelly Etheredge and husband Scott of Roscoe, Texas, and Sara Jo Newton and husband Jewel of Lake Brownwood; five great-grandchildren, Sydny, Hunter, Vickie Jo, Davis, and Alex; a brother, Bob Day and wife Joyce of Bangs, Texas; and sister, Betty Bartee and husband Don of Lake Brownwood.  He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephew.

DeArmond, John Edwin

In case anyone has wondered what might have happened to my father since his Army days:


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Cpl. John Edwin De Armond
born- 22 May 1930
died- 02 June 1995
buried- Caldwell, KS Cemetery

He was born in Byron, Oklahoma, the family moved to Amrita, Oklahoma, Driftwood, Oklahoma, and finally settled in

 Cherokee, Oklahoma when Dad was in grade school.  He dropped out of school at the end of his 8th grade year to go to work. He did farm work, and was a mechanic at the Chevy dealership until he was around 18, then moved to Wichita, Kansas and worked at a meat packing plant.  He then worked at Coleman and finally Boeing, working for the latter for 30 years.  He retired at the age of 57. He was one of the "A" Leads in Tooling and had worked assignments not only in Wichita, Kansas, but also in Renton, Washington, Everett, Washington0, and Mashau, Louisiana.

He was married to Vivian I. Arterburn in 1953 after returning home from his U.S. Army stint in Japan and Korea, having served with in the 45th Infantry Division's 189th Field Artillery Battalion, B Company. They had one child, John E. De Armond II and one grandchild John E. De Armond III.

John Sr. was an avid fisherman, hunter and camper, rock hound and lapidarist. He love working with his hands, anything from wood, metal to rock.  He had the knack and skills to complete what he set out to build.  Unfortunately his life was cut short on 2 June 1995 when he was murdered in Enid, Oklahoma at the age of 65.

I am his son, and would sincerely like to hear from anyone that served with him so I can learn more about where they were in Korea and about the life the unit had while there. - Please contact me at Enigma0722@aol.com.

Dechert, Louis Tarleton Sr.

Louis Tarleton Dechert, Sr., age 86, went to his heavenly home surrounded by family and music on October 21, 2017. He was born January 18, 1931 in Junction, Texas to parents Clarence and Bea Fisher Dechert. He is survived by Marietta, his wife of 68 years, daughter
Deborah Jackson of San Antonio, son Louis T. Dechert, Jr. (Paula Sue) of Perkins, Oklahoma, 6 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

He was commissioned in the U.S. Army in 1952 and retired in 1973 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. During his Army career, he served in the Korean War and spent four
tours of duty in Vietnam. He also served in South America and Germany. He was proudest of becoming a Green Beret. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star of Valor, the Bronze Star for Merit, the Purple Heart and awards and commendations from the Korean,
Vietnamese and Bolivian governments. He authored numerous articles in military and secular journals.

After retirement, he consulted with international refugee organizations regarding relief and refugee issues following the Vietnam War. He served as International Director of the Christian Missionary Alliance (CMA) and National Evangelical Associations relief project, OPERATION HEARTBEAT. He recruited, trained and directed staffs at five refugee sponsoring offices in the United States, Canada and Guam. HEARTBEAT located sponsors for over 25,000 refugees, and the procedures and techniques pioneered then continue to be utilized by the United States’ and United Nations’ refugee and rural development agencies.

LTC Dechert was ordained as a CMA pastor in 1988. In 2004, he was elected President, Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA), a national veterans corporation affiliated with the International Federation of Korean War Veterans. He continued serving KWVA until recently.

He was the great great grandson of John Berry, hero/survivor of the Battle of San Jacinto and a proud member of the Sons of the Texas Republic. He loved the Hill Country, its hillsides covered with bluebonnets and mesquite, and being part of a large German clan. He was blessed to have many friends and will be remembered often.

Once a soldier,
always a soldier.

Diehl, Robert (Bob)

Bob Diehl died October 27, 2006 after fighting cancer for the last five years.  He served in the 2nd Platoon (7th Marines) in Korea December 1951 to December 1952.  His widow lives in Elgin, IL.

Dillon, William J. Jr.

William J. Dillon, Jr., 86, died Wednesday, November 30, 2016, surrounded by family at the Lebanon Medical Center Hospice after a long illness. He taught area children chess at local libraries and schools. He was the devoted husband of the late June Theresa Dillon after 53 years of marriage.

William was born in Brooklyn, NY and attended the School of Industrial Arts in New York City where he met June. He served in the U.S. Army infantry as a Corporal in the Korean War where he was awarded the Military Order of the Purple Heart. After his honorable military discharge, he and June raised their family on Long Island and later moved to Pennsylvania in their retirement.

Mr. Dillon was formerly the Facilities Manager at the Oaks Condominiums and served on the board of directors. He retired as a Fire Safety Inspector at the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant and had worked most of his life in construction, including construction of New York’s World Trade Center in the 1970’s. Besides chess, Mr. Dillon enjoyed fishing and wood crafts.

Family includes: Deborah and Wayne Irvin of Lancaster, Patricia Dillon of Pottstown, Thomas Dillon of Stroudsburg, and Michael, who was stillborn. Loving grandchildren include: Jennifer and Ralfael Contes of Lititz, PA; Rachael and Kevin Eschleman of Leola, PA; Rebeccah Dillon of Asheville, NC; Thalia Dillon of the Bronx, NY; Nicholas and Marcus Dillon of Stroudsburg, PA; and Elizabeth Roberts of Lititz, PA.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 601 E. Delp Rd., Lancaster with the Rev. Dan Powell as Celebrant. Burial will follow in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery at 1:30 PM. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 PM Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Charles F. Snyder, Jr Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz.

In lieu of flowers, William would be honored to have donations made in his name to Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

DiPiano, Rocco J. Sr.

Rocco J. Di Piano, Sr., 80, of Springfield, died at HCR Manor Care of Mountainside on Wednesday, December 9, 2009. The visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, December 13, in Paul Ippolito Summit Memorial, 7 Summit Ave., Summit. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, in Our Lady of Peace Church, 111 South St., New Providence, followed by the interment in St. Teresa’s Cemetery, Summit.

Mr. Di Piano was born and raised in Summit and lived in New Providence for 38 years before moving to Springfield 10 years ago.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Marie (nee Renzulli) of Springfield; his sons, Rocco, Jr. and his wife Caryl of Fanwood, Michael of Summit, and a daughter Denise Di Piano and her husband, Bob Lynn, of Budd Lake; grandchildren Rocco, III and Monique Magness and great-granddaughter Cora Magness. He is also survived by his brothers Jerome and John De Piano and sisters, Carol Gamba and Helen Ingaro. He was predeceased by his siblings Adolph, Alphonso, Jr., Leonard, Jenny Fornaro and Lorraine Terhune.

Di Piano was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He served in active duty combat from 1951-53, during which time he was wounded and received a Purple Heart. After his release from active duty he went on to serve in the Army Reserves from 1953-57. In addition to the Purple Heart, he was also the recipient of two Bronze Star medals and the Distinguished Service Cross, among other commendations. He was a member of the American Legion Post 433 in New Providence, where he was a past Commander and American Legion Post 228 in Springfield.

Mr. Di Piano was the owner and operator of RDP Landscaping in Summit for 44 years before retiring in 1996. He was an avid baseball fan and was a coach for the American Legion Baseball, winning a state championship in the 1970’s. He also played for and coached in the Summit Men’s Fast Pitch Softball League for 50 years.

In lieu of flowers please make donations in his memory to Deborah Hospital, 200 Trenton Road, Browns Mills, N.J. 08015.

Doan, James C.

James C. Doan died August 1, 1998.  He served in Korea January 9, 1951 through May 9, 1952.

Dodge, George Franklin "Sonny"

George Franklin “Sonny” Dodge, age 84, died on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at Norwood Hospital, surrounded by the comfort of his loving family.

Born in Norwood on September 4, 1928, George proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He and Georgette, his devoted wife of 58 years, were married in Foxborough on April 2, 1954.

George was employed for many years with the former Foxborough State Hospital, retiring from the Maintenance Department in 1993. Known as a tireless worker, he would often serve in other positions as well and become a familiar face as a baker at the former Donut Kettle in Foxborough center. An avid reader in his later years, He enjoyed history, real-life adventure and current events. He also was a life-long NASCAR enthusiast and serious collector of vintage die-cast model vehicles.  George was a simple man, private and humble, content in his role as a proud and devoted, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He is survived by his loving wife Georgette M. (Theberge) Dodge, children Gerald Dodge of Connecticut, Michael and Christopher Dodge, both of N. Attleboro and Lori Dodge of Sandwich. George was the devoted grandfather of Gerry Dodge, Jr., Amber Dodge-Bengston and Derek Dodge, and proud Great grandfather of Nathan and Reagan Bengston. In addition, he was a loving brother to Dixie Ferrini of Norton and the late Robert Dodge, and beloved cousin of Nancy Quinn of Florida.

Dolvin, Welborn G.

he tenth child and fifth son of James B. and Lily Griffin Dolvin, Welborn was born on the family farm on 8 February 1916 in Greene County, Georgia, where his father was a respected “cotton and cattleman.”   He died May 17, 1991 in Stevensville, Virginia.

His early years were idyllic; he learned early to love the land and its many products. An older sister taught him and other farm children in a one-room school, the Dolvin School, located on the family farm. He became an avid hunter and fisherman and spent long hours exploring the countryside; he carried these interests all his life. After graduating from the nearby Greensboro High School, he went to The Citadel in Charleston for two years, until he was appointed to West Point by Congressman Brown of Georgia's 10th District.

The Citadel experience made life at USMA easy for Tom, as he was soon nicknamed by his classmates; this name was then his chosen one for life. No doubt his Georgia heritage and love of the outdoors prompted him to select Infantry, with his first station at Benning in Company E, 29th Infantry Regiment. Soon bitten by the ‘armour bug,’ he transferred to the 67th Infantry, a medium tank regiment, as a platoon leader and company commander for 33 months, to include the Louisiana Maneuvers. In the fall of 1941, Tom moved to a light tank battalion as both battalion operations and intelligence officer. A year later, he was promoted to major and ordered to Africa, where Tom became the battalion executive on arrival at Casablanca. Fighting first in support of the 3d Infantry Division in Morocco, his battalion then fought with the 45th Infantry Division at Salerno, and then to Italy, serving with the 34th, 85th and 88th Divisions at such battles as the Liberation of Naples, the Battle of Monte Cassino, and the Liberation of Rome.

In July 1944, Tom joined yet another battalion, the 191st Medium Tank Battalion, as the battalion commander; they supported the 45th Division at the invasion of Southern France. Promoted to lieutenant colonel in October 1944, Tom’s battalion supported the 45th Division through France and into Germany, with the capture of Munich their last battle.

After almost three years in Africa, Italy, France and Germany, Tom was ordered home in November 1945 to the Infantry School, as chairman of the Armor Group. Here Tom instructed and took some instruction himself, winning both his Parachute and Glider Wings and, more importantly, winning the hand in marriage of Cynthia Kent Burress, daughter of the Infantry School Commandant, Major General Withers A. Burress. Having demonstrated his leadership and winning ways to the FOLLOW ME troops, Tom then transferred to Armor in 1949 and took his new bride to enjoy student life at Leavenworth.

Graduation and the Korean War found most students on orders to Japan; Tom was ordered to organize and take into combat a new tank battalion, the 89th. This battalion, also soon known as Task Force Dolvin, had all the early day experiences—the withdrawal, holding the Pusan perimeter, the break-out and pursuit as part of the 25th Division. Later, he supported the 1 st Cavalry Division and the British Commonwealth Brigade in the drive to the Yalu, before rejoining the 25th Division. The actions in covering the withdrawal of the 25th Division across the Congchon River was a very significant one and is well covered in S. L. A. Marshall’s book, The River and the Gauntlet. After 11 months of hard combat, Tom was promoted to colonel and reassigned as chief of staff of the 25th Division. Tom’s contributions were also recognized by the awards of the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star (four times) and the Legion of Merit.

Returning to the United States, he spent two years in Army R&D, then attended the Army War College, served as G-3 of the Armor Center, and later as director of the Command and Staff Department of the Armor School. The Dolvins returned to Washington, DC for another R&D tour of three years before Tom assumed command of Combat Command A, 4th Armored Division, in Germany.

Here again, Tom’s fierce competitive spirit was evidenced in the accomplishments of his units in tactics, gunnery, maintenance, administration and athletics, where “Coach Dolvin” produced the regimental-level theater championship football team. His promotion to brigadier general in 1961 brought orders to the NATO Headquarters, LANDCENT, in Fontainbleau, as the G-3 for two busy and happy years.

The Dolvins returned to Fort Knox, where Tom served one year as assistant commandant before joining R&D again as the Department of the Army Program Manager of the joint US-F. R. G. Main Battle Tank Program, as a major general. After three years, Tom was selected to command the 3d Armored Division in Germany, a two year tour. Building on Tom’s European experience with both U.S. and NATO units, the Army chose him to be the Chief of Staff, Central Army Group.

Vietnam, and Big Abe, called, and Tom served over a year as Chief of Staff for MAC-V, before being promoted to lieutenant general and assuming command of the Army’s XXIV Corps in-country. A year later, Tom moved his family to Japan and took over as Commander, US Forces Japan before retiring in 1975, after 36 years of commissioned service.

He continued serving in two important semi-diplomatic posts: First as the DoD Representative and Advisor to Ambassador Bunker on the critical Panama Canal Treaty Negotiations, and second, as the Chairman, JCS’ Representative to the Mutual Balanced Force Reductions Talks in Vienna, Austria. On his reretirement in 1982, Tom was awarded the DoD Distinguished Civilian Service Award for these two concurrent positions.

Tom went back to the land, purchasing and successfully managing three tree farms in Georgia and Virginia and winning the title of “Tree Farmer of the Year” from the Virginia Forestry Association in 1986.

Even in this era when we all served, Tom’s exemplary service and accomplishments are legend. Twenty months as a battalion commander in two wars, 70 months overseas in combat roles, and his numerous awards, to include the Distinguished Service Cross, four Distinguished Service Medal’s, four Silver Stars, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, the Air Medal, three Purple Hearts, the Army and JSC Commendation Medals, the United States Distinguished Unit Citation, plus multiple awards from France, Germany, South Korea and South Vietnam all attest to his many military capabilities. The final award from our government, the DoD Distinguished Civilian Service Award, proved his versatility. Fifteen campaigns in three wars make Tom an honored and valuable member of the Long Gray Line. As one of his soldiers said, “What a guy!”

Tom is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mrs. Cynthia Burress Dolvin; three children: W. G. Dolvin, Jr., Charles A. Dolvin, and Mrs. Virginia Dolvin Peabody; two sisters, Mrs. Ann Dolvin Rozier and Mrs. Lily Dolvin Marsh; and five grandchildren.

A tremendous competitor and contributor, Tom’s international service and battlefield accomplishments add luster to the Class of 1939, to the Military Academy itself, and surely to the Anny and the Nation that we all revere.

We remember him with pride, gratitude and love. —W. D. Crittenberger, Jr.’42

Donahue, James Keefe

James Keefe Donahue, former president and CEO of Industrial Shows of America Inc. who also was producer of the International Auto Show and Chesapeake Bay Boat Show, died June 23, 2011 of heart failure at Good Samaritan Hospital.  The Lutherville resident was 88.

Mr. Donahue was born and raised in Arlington, Mass., and was a 1942 graduate of Belmont High School.  He enlisted in the Army in 1943 and served with an infantry unit in Europe, receiving a battlefield commission. At the Battle of the Bulge, he established a roadblock that held off the advance of a German unit. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star and was discharged with the rank of lieutenant in 1946.

Mr. Donahue was working as a professional minor league baseball umpire when he was recalled to active duty in 1951 during the Korean War. While serving with Company F, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division in Korea, Mr. Donahue led an attack on enemy bunkers, "firing his weapon with deadly accuracy inflicting numerous casualties on the foe. Inspired by bravery under fire, his men rose as one and resumed their attack until the objective was secure," read the Silver Star citation that was presented for "gallantry in action."

Discharged in 1952, he returned to Boston, where he was a salesman for the Thomas Edison Dictaphone Co., and then established a public relations firm in 1956.  While working for Dictaphone, Mr. Donahue met his future wife, the former Jean Morrison, when he tried to sell her boss a Dictaphone. While he didn't make the sale, he won the woman, whom he married in 1953.

In conjunction with the Boston Herald newspaper, he produced numerous trade shows in the Boston area. In 1974, he moved to Baltimore when he established Industrial Shows of America Inc., the International Auto Show and 25 other industrial and machine tool shows throughout the U.S. and Mexico.  At the time he sold the business to Penton Media and retired, his company was the largest privately owned trade show company in the nation, said his daughter, Susan Donahue Cross of Lutherville.

He enjoyed playing golf and vacationing at a second home on Cape Cod. He was a member of the Eastward Ho Club.  Mr. Donahue was a communicant of the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Mount Washington.

There are no services. Interment will be later this summer at Arlington National Cemetery.  In addition to his wife and daughter, surviving are another daughter, Janice Donahue of Lutherville; and two grandchildren.

[Source: Baltimore Sun]

Donaldson, Milton H. "Mickey" (1932-2016 )

Milton H. (Mickey) Donaldson, age 84, passed away peacefully after an extended illness on December 16, 2016 in Gaithersburg, Maryland, his home since 2012. Dr. Donaldson was born in Bessemer, Alabama. He was predeceased by his parents, Roy Maxwell Donaldson and Ruby Caldwell Donaldson, of Bessemer, Alabama.

Upon graduation from Tuscaloosa (Alabama) High School in 1950, he joined the US Marine Corps in 1951 during the Korean War.  He was wounded in Korea while serving as a member of the "Baker Bandits".

He graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and obtained his medical degree from Tulane University Medical School in 1959.  Internship in Saginaw, Michigan was followed by Pediatric Residency at Charity Hospital (New Orleans) and private practice. After Fellowships at the University of Virginia he became an Assistant Professor there. In 1970 he became an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. While there he helped establish the first Ronald McDonald House. From 1976 to 1980 Dr. Donaldson was Vice President of Cancer Control, Training and Education of the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. He then established the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey. In 1983 he was instrumental in starting the 51st Ronald McDonald House in Camden, where he served as Chairman of the Board until his retirement to Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Dr. Donaldson held memberships in numerous local, state, national and international medical societies and organizations, plus was widely regarded by the many patients, families, colleagues and students he touched throughout his medical career. He was honored by Villanova University with its Praxis Award in Professional Ethics in 2011 and by the Tulane Medical Alumni Association for exemplary community service.

Dear to his heart was serving on the Session of Community Presbyterian Church in Pinehurst. He also had the privilege of being a member of the oldest golfing society in the country – The Tin Whistles – and had three holes-in-one. He was a charter member of the Sandhills Marine Corps League in North Carolina.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 63 years, Christine Orso Donaldson; his children, Michael Donaldson (Dorothy) of Monrovia, Maryland, and Dawn Donaldson Lowrie (Richard) of Bethesda, Maryland; as well as grandchildren, Andrew and Matthew Lowrie and Maxwell and Philip Donaldson.

Burial and memorial service will be at a later date in Pinehurst. In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to Community Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1449, Pinehurst, North Carolina 28374; or to the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey, 550 Mickle Blvd, Camden, New Jersey 08103.

Doss, Page

Page Doss died peacefully in his sleep at the Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts on October 31, 2011. He was 77.

He was born in Springfield, Mo., and graduated from Southwest Missouri State University. He served in the Korean War in the U.S. Air Force.

Page later moved to New York city and joined the Research Institute of America, a business-oriented publishing company where he later became its president. He and his wife, Anne, moved to the Vineyard in 1986 and joined Grace Episcopal Church. Page headed the board of trustees for Havenside Senior Living apartments.

He is survived by his wife, Anne; son, Wright, of Silver Spring, Maryland, and daughter, Brett Doss Jones, of Plymouth. He has one granddaughter.

In place of flowers the family requests a donation to Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, P.O. Box 1747, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

A memorial service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. Arrangements are under the care of Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs.

Doyle, Pat

Pat Doyle, 40th Infantry Division, 223rd Infantry Regiment, Item Company, 3rd Platoon, passed away June 2005. Twelve of us from San Antonio, TX, served with Pat from January 1951 to April 1952 when he was wounded while on patrol. Ruben Castro, from San Antonio also, was killed on that same patrol.  Three of us from San Antonio visited with Pat in May of 2004, during a 40th Division reunion in Schulenburg, TX. It was great to see Pat after all these years.  Pat is no longer with us, but he will always be remembered by veterans from Item Company.

Submitted by J. Alvarez.

Duncan, Arthur

Mr. Arthur S. Duncan, 83, of Thomaston, died Saturday, March 28th, 2015 at Brightmoor Hospice in Griffin.
Mr. Duncan was born in Moore, TX on October 22nd, 1931, a son of the late Jake Duncan, Jr., and Clara Saldana Duncan. He was a eight-year veteran of the U. S. Air Force and was stationed in Seoul, Korea during the Korean War. Upon his discharge in 1959 he was employed for 15 years at Robins Air Force Base as a warehouse foreman.
Mr. Duncan was raised in the Roman Catholic Church but while a long-time resident of Macon he attended the Bellview Baptist Church. He and his wife, Patricia B. Duncan, moved to Thomaston in 2009.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Duncan is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Steve Daniel of Thomaston; four sisters, Velia Hoffman of Keesport, PA, Alice Morales of San Antonio, TX, Cecelia Lopez of Ft. Worth, TX, and Isabell (Albert) Altamirano of San Antonio, TX; two grandchildren, Blake (Amanda) Lindsey of Lizella and Christopher Daniel of Buckhead; and one great grandson, Hudson Lindsey.
The family of Mr. Duncan will receive friends at Fletcher-Day Funeral Home in Thomaston on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 from 5 until 7 pm. A private memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 at 11:00 am at the Fletcher-Day Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Wheeler and Mr. Horace Pippin officiating.
Contributions in memory of Mr. Duncan may be made to the Alzheimer's Association , GA Chapter, 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550, Atlanta, GA 30346.
Fletcher-Day Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.fletcherdayfuneralhome.com
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Mr. Arthur S. Duncan, 83, of Thomaston, Georgia, died Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Brightmoor Hospice in Griffin.

Mr. Duncan was born in Moore, Texas on October 22, 1931, a son of the late Jake Duncan, Jr., and Clara Saldana Duncan. He was an eight-year veteran of the U. S. Air Force and was stationed in Seoul, Korea during the Korean War. Upon his discharge in 1959 he was employed for 15 years at Robins Air Force Base as a warehouse foreman.

Mr. Duncan was raised in the Roman Catholic Church, but while a long-time resident of Macon, he attended the Bellview Baptist Church. He and his wife, Patricia B. Duncan, moved to Thomaston in 2009.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Duncan is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Steve Daniel of Thomaston; four sisters, Velia Hoffman of Keesport, Pennsylvania, Alice Morales of San Antonio, Texas, Cecelia Lopez of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Isabell (Albert) Altamirano of San Antonio, Texas; two grandchildren, Blake (Amanda) Lindsey of Lizella and Christopher Daniel of Buckhead; and one great grandson, Hudson Lindsey.

The family of Mr. Duncan will receive friends at Fletcher-Day Funeral Home in Thomaston on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 5 until 7 pm. A private memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 11:00 am at the Fletcher-Day Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Wheeler and Mr. Horace Pippin officiating.

Contributions in memory of Mr. Duncan may be made to the Alzheimer's Association , Georgia Chapter, 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550, Atlanta, Georgia 30346.

Duncan, James C.

Funeral services were held September 9 [2012] for a highly decorated veteran from Whitco who died last week at the Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center in Hazard. James “Jim” Duncan, 82, who died September 6, was a Korean War veteran who served in the United States Army. He was a prisoner of war for more than 32 months.

Duncan was presented with the Silver Star for his “gallantry in action” on November 28, 1950. The citation on the award says the Silver Star was presented to Private Duncan by the President of the U.S “for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the Battery D, 15th Anti-Aircraft Artillery (Automatic Weapons) Battalion (Self Propelled), 7th Infantry Division, in action at the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, on 28 November 1950.  On that date, the Command Post of the 1st Platoon of Battery D was taken under heavy attack by the enemy, and the personnel at the Command Post were in grave danger of being overrun by the enemy. When the Battery Commander called for volunteers to join a patrol to go to the assistance of the Platoon Command Post, Private Duncan unhesitatingly volunteered. While crossing open ground in the attack on the enemy force, the patrol was pinned down by intense enemy fire from one of the flanks. Private Duncan, with complete disregard for his own personal safety, immediately ran toward the strong point from which the enemy was firing, and with his carbine and a hand grenade neutralized it. As a result of his gallant act, the patrol continued the attack on the enemy and succeeded in killing or driving off all those who remained. The personnel in the Platoon Command Post were thus rescued. Private Duncan’s outstanding display of gallantry on this occasion was in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.”

Mr. Duncan was on the Board of Governors of the Letcher County Veterans Memorial Museum. He was a member of the Whitesburg VFW post # 5829 and Whitesburg American Legion post # 152. Duncan was a member of the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church and attended the Old Regular Baptist Church.

Duncan was married to the late Fairy Mae Duncan. She died July 1, 2004. A son of the late Verna Duncan, Jim Duncan is survived by his son, Buger Duncan of Whitco; and special friends, Pat Richardson of Mayking and Amanda Parker of Whitco. The funeral was held at Everidge Funeral Home of Whitesburg. Burial was in Sandlick Cemetery.

Duran, Joe Raymond (J.R.)

Joe Raymond (J.R.) Duran, was called home by Our Lord and Savior, Saturday, October 1, 2005 in Littleton, Colorado. He was born March 16, 1930 in El Ojito, Colorado (near Hoehne) to Jose Emmitt Duran and Antonia Mestas. He attended Hoehne High School and Trinidad State Junior College. He married Maria Lidia Medina on November 3, 1951 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Together, they made a home and established Duran Oil Company and J.R.'s Fuel Stops. He was the co-founder of J.R.’s Country Stores.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1949 – 1952, 24th Infantry Division, 34th Infantry Regiment, 63rd Field Artillery Battalion B Battery and suffered from a severe head wound. He was awarded a Bronze Star for bravery, one Bronze Camp Star, Korean Service Medal, Army of Occupation (Japan), Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation and a Purple Heart for being wounded in action. He was also an honorary member of “Task Force Smith”, the first wave of soldiers to battle in Korea. He worked at Couey Storage from 1952-1953. He earned a degree in auto mechanics from Trinidad Junior College 1953-1955. He worked for Rosen-Novak Ford in 1956, Sanders Skyline Service 1956-1957 and Continental Oil Company (Conoco) 1957-1977.

J.R.’s honesty, integrity and hard work was the foundation to starting his companies. Today Duran Oil Company and J.R.’s Fuel Stops employ 185 people in nine different cities located in Colorado, New Mexico and Oklahoma. His employees were an extension of his family and he would do everything in his power to help them. His sense of humor was endless with everyone. His employees have said of J.R. and his wife that they were the nicest people they had ever met. J.R. and Lidia promoted Trinidad, Las-Animas County and the surrounding area on a daily basis as a great place to live. J.R. spread the word about Trinidad and the area he loved not only in the United States, but also abroad. He will be remembered for helping many people including complete strangers. Being a humble man, he never spoke of the many compliments he received from people. He didn’t look for praise, recognition or expect anything in return. He felt contributing back to his community was his duty and a privilege.

He founded the Korean War Veterans Southern Colorado Chapter with the help of area veterans. J.R. lost many friends from Las Animas and Huerfano counties during the Korean War and wanted to honor their sacrifice with a memorial. After a lot of hard work, the Korean Memorial came to fruition and now stands at the Colorado Visitors Center. He also spearheaded the Coal Miners’ Memorial in downtown Trinidad to honor the local coal miners and their families. J.R. always said the coal miners helped make the area unique and special and they deserved recognition.

In J.R.’s spare time he enjoyed ranching, tending to his horses and cattle. When he wasn’t busy doing that he was irrigating, raising and bailing hay on his farms while attending to all other issues that a farmer is confronted with.

He was a member of the following organizations: Colorado Wyoming Petroleum Marketers, Fisher’s Peak Volunteer Fire Department, Trinidad Historical Society, Southern Colorado Korean War Veterans, North American Truck Stop Association, Trinidad Riding Club, Trinidad Round-Up Association, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion Post 11, VFW Post 984, Las Animas County Planning Commission. He was also the founder, first president and board member of the Trinidad-Las Animas County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He was Grand Marshall of the Trinidad Labor Day Parade and also the Trinidad Parade of Lights.

He was a dedicated husband, a wonderful father and grandfather and an honest family man. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his brothers Jose Florencio and John Emmitt Duran.  He is survived by his children: Veronica (Joaquin) Rivera, Pueblo, Bernadette Duran, Trinidad, Ray (Christina) Duran, Trinidad and Corinne Duran (Fritz) Abeyta, Littleton; grandchildren Teresa Rivera, Lucita Rivera, Carson Ortega, Steven Ortega Jr., Brett Duran, Chelsea Duran, Bethany Duran, Chanel Duran, KylieRae Duran, Brittany Duran-Abeyta, Jayden Duran-Abeyta; great grandchildren Nicholas Ortega, Kayleen Ortega, Riley Ortega, newborn Jamison Ortega; brother Max Duran, Trinidad, sisters Dolores (Herman) Sanchez, Pueblo, Virginia (Tom) Valdez, Mountainaire, N.M.; sisters-in-law Corinne Arguello and Sue (Lee) Lucero, all of Pueblo, brothers-in-law Greg (Dolores) Medina, Trinidad and Piedad (Henrietta) Medina, Pueblo; and many members of his large extended family. Special friends Judie Matticks, Felix Chavez and especially Jim Mangino and his family for the donation of Jim's kidney to extend the life of this extraordinary man.

Honorary pallbearers are Leandro Lucero, Ron Sanchez, Mickey Montoya, Felix Chavez, Jim Mangino, Orlando Baca and George Mondragon, all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005 from 2-7 p.m. Rosary will follow at 7 p.m. at the Mullare-Murphy Funeral Home.  Military burial will be held Friday, Oct. 7, 2005 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church at 10 a.m. with Father Bob Hagan, S.J. as the celebrant. Burial will follow at Trinidad Catholic Cemetery. After the service the family may be contacted at St. Joseph hall. Donations may be made to the J.R. Duran Diabetes Memorial Fund, in care of Bank of the West, located at 125 North Commercial Street, Trinidad, CO.

The family has entrusted the Mullare-Murphy Funeral Home with the arrangements. A video memorial tribute may be viewed on Thursday, Oct. 6 on local cable channel 71 at 8:00-8:30 a.m., 12:30-1:00 p.m., and the rosary may be heard live at 7:00 along with the presentation memorial tribute.

Duran, Ruben J.

Ruben J. Duran died August 20, 2001, in Denver.  He was a U.S. Army photographer.  He resided in Thornton, CO.

Dutton, Irvin C. Sr.

Irvin C. Dutton Sr., 85, St. Joseph, died Thursday, April 12, 2007, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.  Mr. Dutton was born October 30, 1921, in Independence, Missouri. He served in the United States Navy during World War II, the Korean War, and in Vietnam. He married Thelma L. (Sherman) Dutton November 1, 1976. She survives of the home.  He was a cook for the United States Navy and retired after 25 years of service. He also retired from Skaggs in 1985.

Mr. Dutton was a member of McCarthy Baptist Church, American Legion Post 359, and was a V.F.W. lifetime member. Irvin loved his family and America. He was a great American hero to his family and friends.  If you knew him the family would love to hear from you! Contact his granddaughter Kayla at: xkaylaleex@yahoo.com.

[Posted 4/18/07]


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