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Sabo, Louis Julius

Louis J. Sabo, 86, passed away April 3, 2016, at Westhampton Care Center. A service with military honors was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at Calverton National Cemetery, Columarbaria Section L/2 Site C/20, Cherokee Way, Calverton, New York.  

He was born June 4, 1929, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, to Louis Sabo and Helen (Gauer) Sabo.  He moved to Eastern Long Island as a child and returned there after his military service, making his home in Riverhead, New York.

Louis was inducted into the US Army on January 22, 1951, and completed training at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, Camp Polk, Louisiana, and Hokkaido, Japan. He was assigned to the 45th Infantry Division, 279th Heavy Tank Company. He was in Chorwon, Korea in March 1952 and on Hill 281 (Arrowhead Ridge) in June 1952. He returned to the United States aboard the USNS General William Black in September 1952 and was discharged on October 21, 1952 at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. He achieved the rank of Sergeant.

Louis was self-employed as a carpenter and home building contractor. He completed many projects in Riverhead and neighboring areas. He was an expert in woodworking and in the art of crafting whirligigs. He had his pilot’s license and took many friends and family up for flights. Louis also loved playing Solitaire on his computer.

He is survived by his loving wife, Joan (née Urban); his beloved daughter, Susan; his sons, John and Robert; and his dear sister, Dorothy Bekiesz.  He was the devoted grandfather of two and great-grandfather of two. He is also survived by his faithful little companion, his Yorkie, Bella.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Tuthill-Mangano Funeral Home in Riverhead.  The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, woundedwarriorproject.org.

Sabol, Ed

Ed Sabol died Wednesday, April 27, 2005.  His funeral was Monday, May 2, at St. Joseph's church in Lodi, NJ.  Ed was with Mortars 81 at the Chosin Reservoir.  He was a graduate engineer who taught at Bayonne Tech for many years.

Sadler, John F. Jr.

Sadler, John F. Jr., COL (Ret), 89, passed away on 7 October, 2013, after being hospitalized for massive heart failure. COL Sadler enlisted in 1943, attended Airborne School and was sent to the Pacific Theater with the 511 PIR, 11th Airborne Div. He fought across New Guinea, the Philippines, Leyte and Luzon. He attended Officer Candidate School in Australia in 1945. After Japan surrendered he served with the Army of Occupation in 1947. He then served in Korea with the 8240th, 8751st and 8706 Army Units, the forerunners of modern Special Forces.

After the Korean War COL Sadler was assigned to the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg and then to JUSMAAG, Turkey. In 1961 he was assigned to PACOM in Hawaii in a classified position. He became Chief, Military Region 2 in Laos where he supported the White Star Teams. After various assignments with the 82nd Airborne Division, the 187th Parachute Infantry Regiment and the Army War College, he became Chief, Plans and Programs Division, USAREUR. While as a Brigade CO in the 8th Infantry Division he got the call to become the fifth, and final, Chief, Studies and Observations Group (SOG). He served as Chief SOG from 1970 to 1972. His last assignment was DCO, Southern Command in the Canal Zone. He retired in 1975 after 32 ½ years of distinguished service.

Among his many awards and decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star w/V, Air Medal, Purple Heart, many World War II and Korean service medals, CIB w/Star, Master Parachutist Badge, Glider Badge.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Beth. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy “Murph;” daughter, Kris and son John. He is also survived by four grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Sager, Perry

Colonel Perry A. Sager (USA Retired), 96, passed away peacefully, August 3, 2014, in Lakewood, Washington.  Colonel Sager will be honored and laid to rest during a full military funeral with honors at Tahoma National Cemetery August 8, 2014 at 11:00 am.

He was born in Williamsburg VA on April 20, 1918 to Milton and Dorothy Sager where he lived till the age of 17. Perry joined the Virginia National Guard after his mother died 1936. He moved up the ranks in the National Guard from Private to Sergeant, and was eventually selected to go to Officer Candidate School (OCS). He graduated a Second Lieutenant in 1941. World War II broke out later that year, and he was sent to Europe in 1943. He was part of the Normandy Invasion, going in on D plus 3, three days after D day. Perry was promoted to First Lieutenant in 1949. He met and married Mary T. Donohue of Tacoma on January 29, 1949.

Perry went to Korea with the 23rd Regiment of the 2nd Infantry division. Perry was promoted to Captain in 1950. The 23rd Regiment, along with a French battalion, was ordered to hold the town of Chipyong-Ni, Korea, by General Ridgeway. The ensuing battle of Chipyong-Ni occurred on Feb 13-15, 1951. Chipyong-Ni was called the Gettysburg of the Korean War. Capt. Perry Sager was awarded the Silver Star, one of Perry's men who was killed in action was awarded the Medal of Honor. Perry was promoted to Major in 1951.  He left for the Korean war as a 1LT and came home thirteen months later as a Major.

Perry and Mary had their first child, Gail, born in Oct 1952, in Sacramento, CA. Their second child, Randy, was born in October 1954 in Tacoma, WA. The family sailed for Germany in 1955, and returned to the United States in 1958 after a three-year tour. Perry was promoted to LTC in 1959, and their third child Kim was born August 1959 in Salinas, CA. In 1966 Perry and family headed to Ft Amador in the Panama Canal Zone. Perry was the G-2; he was promoted to full Colonel later that year.

In 1967 to 1968 the family relocated to Ft Buchanan in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Col Sager was the Inspector General (IG) on this tour. In 1968-1969 the family headed back to California; Perry was stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco with the 6th Army HQ. In 1970-1972 Perry and the family returned to Ft Lewis and Mary's home city of Tacoma, WA. In 1972 Col Perry Sager retired from the military after 36 years of service.

Also in 1972, Perry embarked on a new career as a residential Real Estate agent with Gig Harbor Realtors. He stayed with the real estate business until he finally retired at 77 in 1995. In his retirement years he loved to travel with Mary to Reno and play the craps table. He loved the challenge of the numbers, and was able to keep up with the game into his 90's. He also had a lifelong love for horse racing, another passion he shared with Mary at many outings at Long Acres. Most days Perry could be found tending his garden, where he always had the best vegetables and the most beautiful roses.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Mary T. Sager, and children Gail Sager of Monterey, California, and Randy Sager of Newport Coast, California. Kim Sager, his youngest daughter, of Tacoma, Washington, passed away in 1986. His decorations and awards include Silver Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star with Five Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Legion of Merit, American Defense Service Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal. He also had the Presidential Unit Citation from the Korean War.

Sajer, Gerald T.

Major General Gerald T. Sajer (US Army Ret) died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on May 14, 2011.  General Sajer was the Adjutant General of the Pennsylvania National Guard from January 1987 through April 1995. As Adjutant General, he was responsible for command, control and supervision of 24,000 soldiers and airmen of the Army and Air National Guard in units of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and for providing trained and equipped units capable of performing their war-time missions and for providing military support to civil authorities in responding to man-made and natural disasters.

General Sajer was born in Milton, Pennsylvania on April 12, 1928. He received his secondary education and graduated from Girard College, a school for orphan boys, in Philadelphia in 1946. He received his Bachelor's degree, summa sum laude, from Tufts University in 1956 where he was selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa based on high academic standing. General Sajer received his law degree from Harvard University in 1959 and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University in 1984.

General Sajer began his military career when he enlisted in the Army as a rifleman in 1946. After basic training, he was selected for the Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia, and received his commission as a second lieutenant in 1947. He attended the Engineer School at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, where he completed the Engineer Associate Officer Course in 1947.

General Sajer was assigned as a company officer in engineer units in Korea and Japan from 1947 to 1950. Following the outbreak of hostilities in Korea, General Sajer attended Airborne School and Ranger Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 1951. He then served in Korea in 1952-53 as a Ranger Captain in intelligence collection activities in support of the Eighth United States Army.

General Sajer left active duty to attend college and law school and transitioned into the United States Army Reserve. He subsequently joined the Army National Guard in 1959 as a captain in the 28th Infantry Division. He served as the Assistant G3 Plans and Operations, division G3 responsible for operational planning and execution, and as Chief of Staff of the 28th Infantry Division. He was promoted to Brigadier General and appointed as Assistant Division Commander (Maneuver) for the 28th Infantry Division. He was appointed as Adjutant General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on January 20, 1987 and promoted to Major General.

After Persian Gulf I, when active, Guard and Reserve units were being downsized, the Army proposed to cut the 15,000-man 28th Infantry Division to a 3,500-man cadre. General Sajer's vigorous opposition over three years saved the entire division. He then converted the 28th Infantry Division from a light infantry to a modern heavy mechanized division, accomplishing that transition within three years. Under General Sajer's leadership, the Pennsylvania National Guard grew to the greatest strength ever - 24,000 - and was widely regarded as the best Guard in the country.

While Adjutant General, General Sajer conceived and constructed the first modern training buildings for the training of officers and noncommissioned officers at Fort Indiantown Gap, a $30 million project. During his tenure, the Pennsylvania National Guard was allotted three-quarters of all of the National Guard's construction money and actively constructed armories, veterans' homes and other facilities throughout the Commonwealth.

General Sajer was responsible for the enactment of landmark legislation, including the Education Assistance Program, which gave Guardsmen tuition monies for enlisting, and, with the outbreak of the Persian Gulf War, legislation to modernize the Soldiers and Sailors Relief Act to better protect Guardsmen.

General Sajer spearheaded a major environmental cleanup initiative at Cressona, Schuylkill County to eliminate the issues caused by tens of thousands of burning tires, for which he was honored at the White House by President George H. W. Bush for community excellence service. He created the legislation to construct the memorial and amphitheater at the National Veterans Cemetery at a Fort Indiantown Gap and served as the Chairman of the Commissioning Committee for the U.S.S. Pennsylvania, a Trident submarine. General Sajer was active with the military abroad, forming a training partnership with the First Panzer Division of the German Army and assisting in the development of the Lithuanian military forces.

General Sajer initiated a modern family support program for the Pennsylvania National Guard solders and their families, including a day care center, a summer camp, a day camp, and an emergency relief program.

General Sajer's awards and decoration included the Distinguished Service Medal, Soldier's Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Army Forces Reserve Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Pennsylvania Distinguished Service Medal - Second Award, General Thomas J. Stewart Medal, Pennsylvania Service Ribbon, and Parachute and Ranger Tabs.

General Sajer was a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Cumberland County Bar (Pennsylvania), Phi Beta Kappa (Tufts Chapter), National Guard Association of the United States and Pennsylvania, Association of the United States Army, 28th Infantry Division Heritage Association, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. General Sajer was a trustee of the Army War College Foundation, a member of the Boards of the First Regiment of Infantry Association and of the Minuteman Institute of National Defense Studies.

Prior to assuming his position as Adjutant General, General Sajer was an attorney in private practice with Stone & Sajer in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, focusing on civil litigation.
General Sajer retired from military service in March 1996. After his retirement, General Sajer resumed the practice of law and remained active in military affairs. He wrote several award-winning articles on the National Guard of the United States and was regarded as an expert in the planning and response to catastrophic events and homeland security. He had a life-long love of history and military history, and was frequently invited to speak at military and civic ceremonies. A student of the Battle of Gettysburg, he conducted tours of the battlefield for business and military groups.

After his retirement from military service, General and Mrs. Sajer moved to Hidden Horse Farm, a Revolutionary-era farmsteads in Adams County. General Sajer was a creative thinker and prolific writer, drafting articles, position papers and legislative proposals, and researching and drafting two screenplays. General Sajer was a member of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Camp Hill and of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Abbottstown.

General Sajer is survived by his wife, the former Helen Leskanich, to whom he was married for 54 years. He took enormous pride in his six children, all of whom have graduate degrees and three of whom served as Army officers, and his 15 grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by Marsha, an attorney and retired Army lieutenant colonel and her husband, Geoffrey Clymer of Camp Hill; Mark, a business executive, his wife, Shari, and children, Helene, Luke and Jonathan, of New Providence, New Jersey; Susan, a medical doctor, her husband, Robert Stoddard, and children, Ted and Amy, of Lincoln, Massachusetts; Scott, business executive, former Army artillery officer and graduate of the United States Military Academy, his wife, Diana, and children, Matthew, Stephen, Timothy and Michael, of Summit, New Jersey; Frank, a banker and retired lieutenant colonel who served in Fallujah, Iraq, his wife, Connie Coyne Sajer, and children, Sara, Megan and Katie, of Camp Hill; and Peter, a professional engineer, his wife, Amy, and children, Anna, Maria and Nicholas, of Seattle, Washington. General Sajer's love of country and family and sense of honor and decency are among his many legacies to his family.

A Mass in celebration of General Sajer's life will be held at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Harrisburg on Thursday, May 19, at 10:30 AM, followed by a memorial ceremony and military honors at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Pennsylvania Veterans Memorial, at 1:30 PM. A reception will follow immediately afterwards at the Keystone Conference Center on Fort Indiantown Gap.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, c/o Colonel (Ret.) Allen Kifer, Treasurer, 6549 Baywood Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17111. Published in Patriot-News on May 17, 2011.

Sanchez, Praxedes R.

Praxedes R. Sanchez "Prexy", born on July 2, 1928, passed peacefully Sunday, January 23, 2010 after a sudden illness. Prexy loved his family and is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marcia Sanchez; children Liz Cale (spouse Don), Miquela Sanchez, Theresa Delgado (Terrence), Miguel Sanchez, Charlene Sanchez, Marlene Montoya (Anthony), Mark Sanchez; special daughter Vanessa Marquez; 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother in North Carolina, Joe Sanchez (Googie); brothers-in-law Buddy Roybal (Irene), Alexio Quintana, Nile, many nieces and nephews and his special pet Ginger.

Prexy graduated from Santa Fe High School in 1947. He served overseas in the U.S. Army during the Korean War with the 958th Field Maintenance Ordinance Division. He joined the Santa Fe Police Department in 1953 and retired as a Captain in 1976. Thereafter he worked as head of security with both The Santa Fe Racetrack and El Castillo Retirement Residence.

Prexy inspired his family and others with his commitment to his faith, love for his family, his amazing work ethic and generosity. He loved sports, especially basketball, which echoed his own career and All-State stardom from 1947.

Serving as Pallbearers are Andrew Sanchez, Michael Delgado, Brian Sanchez, Nicholas Montoya, Tommy Trujillo, Herson Montoya, Martin Montoya and Matthew Hayas. The Santa Fe City Police Department and the Santa Fe County Sheriffs Department will provide an Honor Guard. Honorary Pallbearers are Max Randolph, Robert Dominguez, Abe Rodriguez, Rick Montoya, Ike Alarid, Alfred Lucero, Juan I. Gonzales, Raymond Sisneros and John Penner. A Catholic Rosary will be recited on Thursday, January 27th at 7 p.m. at McGee Memorial Chapel, 1320 Luisa Street. The funeral will take place on Friday, January 28th at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica with interment following at 11:30 a.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505)984-8600.

Sanders, James Simonton

James Simonton Sanders passed away June 14, 2007 after a long struggle with emphysema. He was born on January 08, 1932 in Gainesville, Florida, son of Jesse D. and Mary S. Sanders.

After graduating from PKYoung High School in Gainesville, he joined the Marine Corps in 1950. He was a veteran of the Korean War and was wounded three times at the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir. At the age of 18, he received the Purple Heart Award.

He retired from Florida Dept of Transportation on December 31, 1983. He was the owner and manager of The Sanders House Apartments, established in 1936 by his parents.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 16, the VFW, The Elks 990 and the Moose Lodge. He was a spirited Gator fan and animal lover.

He is survived by his wife, Patty; daughters, Brenda (Stephen) Gregory and Lesli Tindell; and a son, James Steven Sanders, all of Gainesville; a sister, Anne (Allen) Ross of Gainesville; five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; nieces and nephews; and many close friends.

A memorial service will be held at Forest Meadows Funeral Home, Gainesville.

Sargent, William Raymond Sr.

William Raymond Sargent Sr., 80, of Tallahassee, Florida, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 10, 2010.

Bill was originally from Morehead, Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his mother, Grace Black Benteen; his stepfather, Dr. H. D. Benteen of Ashland, Kentucky; and his sister, Catherine Conley of Greenup, Kentucky.

Sgt. William R. Sargent Sr. joined the U.S. Army in 1948 and fought in the Korean War until his honorable discharge in 1951. He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman Badge and Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Stars. After the war, Bill worked for several major contractors building power plants and was the head superintendent over the pipe-fitters, carpenters and laborers.

Bill is survived by his wife, the former Juanita Pennington, and his three children: son Bill Jr. and wife Paula of Tampa, son Brian and wife Elizabeth of Tallahassee, and daughter Sheila and husband Kelly Gowen of Akron, Ohio. He also had seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Sarno, Christopher Edward

Christopher Edward Sarno Of Medford, Massachusetts died August 06, 2014 at the age of 82.  A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, August 16, 2014 in the Immaculate Conception Church, 600 Pleasant Street, Malden at 10 AM.

Chris was born January 25, 1932 in New York, New York, a son of Christopher John and Florence Shanahan Sarno.  He attended Medford public schools prior to joining the United States Marine Corps in December 1950.

After training in tanks at Camp Delmar, California, he was sent to Korea, where he served in the combat tank outfit Able Company, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division during the Korean War.  He participated in action on Bunker Hill in 1952.  Sarno returned to Korea for a second tour of duty in post-war Korea 1954-55, where he served in an anti-tank company of the 7th Marine Regiment.

In 1958 he was hired by the City of Medford Police Force, serving the people of Medford as an officer until he retired in 1980 due to a job-related work injury.

He was a proud U.S. Marine, and remained a lifetime member of the 1st Marine Division Association.  He was also a member of the U.S. Marine Tankers Association, Semper Fidelis Society of Boston, Korean War Veterans Association, and Massachusetts Korean War Veterans Association.  He was a life member and strong supporter of the Korean War Educator Foundation.  He was a prolific writer of stories about his years as a combat Marine tanker, and had published numerous articles in military-related magazines and publications.  His memoir can be found on the Korean War Educator.

Chris Sarno is survived by his five children: Linda, Debbie, Christopher, Theresa and Gary Sarno; a granddaughter, Clara Nichols; siblings, Cathy Higgins, Deborah Matthews, Geri Sarno, Joseph Sarno and Robert Sarno. He was predeceased by his brother, John "Buddy" Sarno.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Sarno, Gerald G.

Gerald G. Sarno of Lyndhurst passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2012. He was 79 years old. Mr. Sarno was born and raised and lived most of his life in Lyndhurst.  He was an Army veteran serving during the Korean War 1953-1954. He was vice president of sales for Viking Industries, New Paltz, New York for 20 years.

Mr. Sarno is survived by wife Dolores M. Sarno (nee Treanor) and children Jerry Sarno and his wife Sharon and Michael Sarno and his wife Barbara. He is also survived by grandchildren Gina, Angela, Jerry, Lindsay and Michael, brother Anthony Sarno and brother-in-law Joseph Treanor.

On March 12, relatives and friends attended the funeral from the Nazare Memorial Home, then the funeral Mass from Sacred Heart Church, both of Lyndhurst. The services were followed by interment in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum of North Arlington.

Sarno, John J.

Mr. John J. Sarno, age 78 of Medford, formerly of Portland, Maine and San Diego, California, died Sunday, April 17, 2011, in the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford.

Mr. Sarno was born in Medford, the son of the late Christopher J. and Florence (Shanahan) Sarno. He is a graduate of Medford High School, class of 1950 and continued in later years to receive a degree from college. He served in the Navy during the Korean War on the Missile Cruiser U.S.S. Antietam and the Aircraft Carrier Shangri La. He had the toughest and most dangerous position of armour on the flight deck and was discharged after achieving the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class.

He worked as a Custom's Appraiser, employed by the U.S. government. He worked in both Boston and Portland, Maine. Throughout his history with the government he was a valued employee retiring with the position of G-14.

He was a Medford High School star athlete in both baseball and basketball. He later went on to play college varsity baseball and basketball in the 1954 –55 seasons. He was also ranked #1 in Portland, Maine as an amateur tennis player.

He is survived by a daughter, Cheryl Page of Portland, Maine and a son, John J. Sarno Jr. of Linwood, New Jersey.  He was the grandfather of four grandchildren and the brother of Deborah Matthews, Catherine Higgins and Geraldine Sarno all of Middleton, Christopher E. Sarno and Robert Sarno of Medford, and Joseph Sarno of Derry, New Hampshire.

A funeral service will be conducted in the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main St., Medford, Thursday at 3:30 pm. Visiting hours prior to service from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s name may be made to New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, Massachusetts 02108-2614.

Satterfield, Russell

Russell "Russ" Satterfield reported on high on the 22nd of December. He under went an operation that lasted 3 1/2 hours and made that, but complications afterwards caused his death.

Sauer, Roy Thomas

Private services for Roy Tom Sauer, 80, of Moore, Oklahoma, will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Chickasha. He was born April 7, 1932 in Stilwell, Oklahoma the son of Harry and Daisy (Campbell) Sauer. He died May 6, 2012 in Oklahoma City. Tom was raised in Bartlesville.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and The Purple Heart.

He attended Southwest State Pharmacy School in Weatherford. He worked as a pharmacist in Clinton, Chickasha, Oklahoma City and other towns. He married Karon Prague Plemons on July 24, 1970 in Chickasha.

Survivors include wife Karon Sue Sauer; sons Curtis and Douglas Sauer; daughter Janna Wardlaw of Moore; step-son Doug Plemons; step-daughter DeeAnn Plemons; many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Services are under the direction of Sevier Funeral Home.

Saya, Antonio (Tony) B.

Antonio (Tony) B. Saya, loving father and grandfather, of Syracuse, NY, passed away April 28, 2007, after a long, courageous battle with lung cancer. He was 77. He was a life resident of Syracuse and a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War. He was the most loving and generous man and will be most remembered for his unwavering devotion to his family. He is survived by his wife Joan; four children Lori, Antonio, Jennifer, and John; four grandchildren Natale, Francesca, Adriana, and Jianna, and one brother Rocco. He was “Dad Saya” to so many more. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.  He was laid to rest at the Onondaga County Veterans Cemetery. Not a day goes by that my family and I do not think of him. He will forever be in our hearts. - Jennifer Saya Pagan


Before my father passed he attended a Veteran’s Day parade and sadly, he was the only one who stood and saluted as the soldiers drove by. This was remembered by many people who attended his service.
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In Loving Memory of Anthony Saya
Come to Me

God saw you were getting tired,
And a cure was not to be,
So he put his arms around you,
And whispered, “Come to me”.

With tearful eyes we watched you,
And saw you pass away.
Although we loved you dearly,
We could not make you stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands at rest,
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best.

Scannel, Paul W.

Attorney Paul W. Scannell, 54, of Wareham, passed away unexpectedly March 12, 2010. He was the husband of Cheryl Ann (Irvin) Scannell of Wareham. Mr. Scannell was born in Hyannis on November 14, 1955, the son of the late Robert V. and Mary E. (Deignan) Scannell. He attended Harwich public schools and graduated from Southeastern Massachusetts University. He also attended graduate school at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  He received his Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego. He was a member of the Law Review and was class president. He was admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and was a partner in the law firm of Scannell and Lynn, P.C.

He served in the Army at the DMZ (demilitarized zone) in Korea as a language interpreter.

He enjoyed his family, friends, going camping, boating, the ocean, and traveling the world. He was also a member of the Gleason Family YMCA in Wareham. Mr. Scannell was the "Papa" and father of Calvin A. and Isabel R. Scannell of Wareham, and Kate Duval of Acton. He was the brother of David Scannell of Harwich, Deborah Mann of Amherst, Steven Scannell of Hyannis, and Eileen Scannell of Northfield; and grandfather of Emmerson and Chase Duval. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Interment will be private. Donations in his name may be made to the Eastern Child Welfare Society Inc., 493 Changchon-Dong, Sodaemun-GU, Sodaemun, P.O. Box 241, Seoul, South Korea.

Schmidt, Everette

Everette Schmidt died November 25, 2012 at home surrounded with his loved ones at his side. He was born on June 23, 1930 and was raised in Kendall, Michigan.  He met the love of his life, Patricia Way, whom he married on October 21, 1950 and has shared 62 wonderful years with. He served in the Korean War from 1951-1953 as a PFC in the US Army. Upon returning he worked 13 years at KVP followed by 31 years at General Motors Kalamazoo as a welder.

Together he and Patricia had six wonderful children: Bridget (Kevin) Rex, Rick (Joyce) Schmidt, Denise Schmidt, Randy (Cheryl) Schmidt, Jody (Steve) Cobble and Marcie (Rudy) Torres. He also had many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who each had a very special place in his heart. He also had a very special love for their little dog Sophie. Everette loved working around the house and out in the yard. He always had a simple wave or smile to anyone that went by. Everyone who knew him loved him very quickly.

Cremation has already taken place at his request. In lieu of flowers, all donations can be made to Wings of Hope Hospice, Allegan.

Schoomaker, Fred Bradley

Fred Bradley Schoomaker, 88, died peacefully on June 21, 2010 with family members at his side at the McGraw Center for Caring (Community Hospice of Northeast Florida), in Jacksonville, Florida. Following his death, a private family service was held, with plans for inurnment and a service with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

A native of Three Rivers, Michigan, Brad Schoomaker attended Western Michigan and Michigan State College (now MSU) where he met his future wife, Frances E. Vargha of Detroit, Michigan. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and completed Officer Candidate School (OCS) two years later.

Commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery on June 16, 1944, he began a long and storied military career. His wartime service to our country took him to Europe in World War II, to the landing at Inchon and service on the Korean Peninsula during the Korean War, as well as Saigon during the early stages of the Vietnam War.

Brad and Frances were married in 1943 in Detroit, Michigan prior to his deployment for World War II. Even the challenges of repeated wartime service during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam didn’t prevent them from successfully raising a family of four boys. In addition to his foreign travels during wartime service, Brad’s military service took him to: Ft. Sill, Oklahoma; the Canal Zone in Panama; the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas; the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania; the Pentagon; and Stuttgart, Germany. Brad completed his 32-year Army career when he retired in 1974 as a Colonel in the Field Artillery.

This was followed by a second career working for Braddock, Dunn & McDonald (BDM International) in Fairfax, Virginia as a nuclear operations analyst, before he and Fran fully retired in 1986 Following retirement, the couple moved from Annandale, Virginia and lived briefly in Advance, North Carolina before finally settling in Cypress Village in Jacksonville, Florida in 1993. Brad’s greatest joys in recent years were being a volunteer at Mayo Clinic assisting with the transport of patients, involvement with friends and neighbors in the community, and traveling to Canada visiting friends and family along the way.

Brad is survived by Frances, his wife of 67 years, his four sons and their wives, eleven grandchildren and spouses, and five great grandchildren including: Pete and Cindy Schoomaker [Wendy, Lara (& MJ Winchester) and Andrew]; Eric and Audrey Schoomaker [Heidi, Kayla and Evan]; Mark and Jane Schoomaker [Matthew and Peter]; and Paul and Lee Schoomaker [James and Julie with Isabel and Brad), Carrie (and John Dolton with Sophia, Amelia & Ethan) and Sara (and Sean Kelly).

Full military honors and inurnment are planned for Brad at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA on Friday, October 29, 2010, at 11:00. In lieu of any flowers or other gifts, Brad requested that he be memorialized with donations to: Special Operations Warrior Foundation (http://www.specialops.org/), or your local hospice organization.

Schrickel, Jack Blaine

Jack Blaine Schrickel, 80, of Toledo died peacefully, Saturday, September 13, 2008, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg. He was born in Toledo on June 30, 1928, the son of Harry and Kathryn (Webber) Schrickel and grew up on Macomber St. He graduated from DeVilbiss High School in 1946. He was in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, receiving both the Silver Star and Purple Heart. He married Norma Rieck on October 10, 1953, who survives him. He was employed by the City of Toledo for 30 years, retiring from the division of water in 1990. He was a member of the DAV, Maumee Elks, and St. Petri Lutheran Church. In addition to Norma, his wife of 54 years, Jack is survived by his daughters, Denise (Chris) Youngen, Cheryl Miller and son, Mark (Lorenda) Schrickel and grandsons, Nicholas and Michael Miller; brother-in-law, Albert (Jessie) Rieck; sister-in-law, Shirley Schaefer; nieces and nephews and many good friends and extended family. His brother, Donald preceded Jack in death. Friends may call at the Bersticker - Scott Funeral Home, 3453 Heatherdowns Blvd. at Byrne Rd. on Tuesday, September 16 from 2-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Petri Lutheran Church, 3120 S. Byrne Rd., Toledo. Pastor David Vinciguerra officiating. Interment at Wakeman Cemetery in Waterville, Ohio. The family suggests donations to St. Petri Lutheran Church or Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Special thank you to the staff and doctors at St. Luke's Hospital and Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg, Ohio for their compassionate care and kindness.

Schulte, Robert George

Robert George Schulte, 83, died peacefully in his sleep at St. Luke's Hospice in Duluth, Minnesota, on the morning of October 19, 2015. 

Robert was born on March 31, 1932 in Hallock, Minnesota.  He lettered in hockey, baseball, and football at Hallock High School's Class of 1951. Robert served in the Korean War in the 7th Armored Division, 489th Field Artillery, Battalion B, in 1953 and 1954. He received a Bronze Star. Robert left the service in 1954 as a Corporal.

He graduated from University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, in 1963 with a degree in Accounting. He married Gladys Rand after meeting at work in 1967. Robert held several positions with different companies in Minnesota during his long career as an accountant. Between 1968 and 1973, the couple welcomed three children into their home: Kathryn, Pauline and Robert, and raised them in the Catholic Church. The couple and their children moved to Duluth in 1982 after accepting a job with the Diamond Tool Company.

Robert was an accomplished athlete and dedicated much of his time as a young father to developing and supporting youth sports. He enjoyed golf and spending time with his grandchildren, and he remained in close contact with family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, August and Pauline Schulte; his siblings, Laurence Schulte, Steve Schulte, Lenard Schulte, Leo Schulte, Mary Curtis, Louise Schulte, Clara Gillie and Edna Jacobson.

Robert was survived by his wife, Gladys Ilene Schulte; his children, Kathryn (Patrick) Maloney and their children, Elena, Laura, and Olivia Maloney-Amor (Guam), Pauline (Sean) Ruddy (Anchorage, Alaska), and Robert (Lynn) Schulte and their children Victoria, Erryka, and Kaytlynne (Big Lake, Minnesota); his siblings, Anne Kaney (Pelaluma, California,) and Edwin (Yvonne) Schulte (Osseola, Wisconsin).

Scott, John Wallace

John Wallace Scott passed away December 4, 2006.

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This is a group photo of Co. F 20th Infantry Regiment, 6th Infantry Division, Ft. Ord, California, February 1954. 1st Lt. Dee Anderson, CMDG. In the right hand corner there is the number B576. John is on the second row down from the top, he is the 10th man from the right hand side.

If anyone knew John, or what has happened to any of the men in this photo we would love to hear from you. I have been trying to restore this photo. if any one has another copy that they would be willing to scan and e-mail to me, or if it is possible to order one from the Army?

Contact: Eric W. Scott, e-mail: ericwscott@comcast.net.

Shadish, Dr. William

William R. Shadish, a prominent north state veteran who spent a nightmarish 33 months as a prisoner of war in North Korea and then devoted his life to helping veterans in need, died Tuesday at Mercy Medical Center in Redding. He was 87.

Respectfully known as "Doc," Shadish was a tireless advocate of veterans, including prisoners of war, throughout the north state, California and nationwide. His death will be felt by all of them, said former state Sen. Maurice Johannessen of Redding, a longtime friend.  "It's a great loss to the veterans," said Johannessen. "He served us well."

It was Johannessen, while serving as the secretary of the state Department of Veterans Affairs, who named Shadish to the California Veterans Board for a brief time in 2003.  "I wanted someone on the board who could relate more to veterans and veterans' causes," he said. "I was looking for someone who had been there, done that and understood." He did not have to look far. That's because Shadish was a neighbor.  "He was a wonderful guy and as kind as you could be," he said, adding that he finds it remarkable that Shadish did not allow his 1,010 days in enemy captivity to sour his outlook on his fellow man.

A Pennsylvania native, Shadish enlisted in the Army in 1943 and was called back to duty as a captain in the Korean War. He was captured on Dec. 1, 1950, near Kunuri in North Korea after his division was overrun by Chinese soldiers and North Korean guerrillas. He and about 900 other POWs later were forced on a tortuous 22-day march in subzero weather to an area known as "Death Valley."  The "Death Valley" march, like the infamous Bataan Death March in World War II, exacted a brutal toll, killing at least 200 before the prisoners reached their destination, Shadish said in a 2010 Record Searchlight interview.

Shadish, who helped tend to the suffering POWs as he also struggled to survive, vividly describes his horrifying experiences in his 2007 memoirs, "When Hell Froze Over." He was released in September 1953 in a prisoner exchange program. Shadish retired from the Army in 1966 as a lieutenant colonel after serving as a physician specializing in plastic, reconstructive and hand surgery. He moved from San Francisco to Redding in 1966 and opened a private medical practice, retiring as a plastic surgeon in 1992.

In addition to a short stint on the California Veterans Board, Shadish once served as board chairman of the Northern California Emergency Medical Services Inc., and also served on a variety of groups focusing on POW and veterans' rights.

His daughter, Dana Post of Bremerton, Wash., said her father was a generous and compassionate man who loved his family and who was committed to veterans. His ordeal as a POW, she said, was a defining moment in his life and set him on the path to helping veterans in need. He could not sit by idle and watch veterans return home from war without proper care and services, she said. "It was a real injustice to him," she said.

In addition to his work helping veterans, Shadish was an avid rock, gem and stamp collector and enjoyed tending his rose garden with his wife. Shadish is survived by his wife of nearly 39 years, Karen; four sons, William Shadish Jr., of Mariposa, Bryan Shadish of Pleasanton, Todd Kamla of Mount Shasta and Zach Kamla of Redding; three daughters, Elizabeth Shadish of Gardena, Maggie Garcia of Redding and Dana Post of Bremerton; and numerous grandchildren. Another son, Mark Shadish of Redding, died in 2003.

Sharp, David X.

Buffalo News March 06, 2010 - by Tom Buckham:  David Xavier Sharpe, a Korean War veteran, poet and classic bartender, died February 23 in Veterans Administration Medical Center after a long illness.  He was 79. 

Born in Canton, Ohio, Mr. Sharpe grew up in Angola, his father's birthplace.  He attended Marietta College in Ohio and became a sportswriter for the Marietta Times and the Parkersburg News, just across the Ohio River in West Virginia. 

After joining the Marine Corps, he was a front line correspondent for the military newspaper Stars and Stripes during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in Korea.  He received numerous citations for reporting under enemy fire and extreme cold that left him frostbitten.  In one letter of commendation, Maj. Gen. Oliver P. Smith, commander of the 1st Marine Division, praised the young corporal's "complete disregard for his own personal safety and fatigue" in pursuit of "colorful feature stories often written under most adverse conditions."  His example "served as an inspiration for all who observed him," Smith wrote.

On returning to Western New York, Mr. Sharpe became a bartender at Laughlin's at Franklin and West Tupper Streets, which was legendary for its madcap atmosphere and colorful customers.  His later writing and poetry reflected the scene at the Buffalo saloon, which he considered a "microcosm where life had been crammed and packed and celebrated in about 500 square feet."

Mr. Sharpe moved to New York City, where his bartending legend soared.  He was a frequent guest on David Susskind's "Open End" television talk program and was featured and quoted in city newspapers and magazines.

In the late 1960s Mr. Sharpe traveled to the Lagos-Algarve region of Portugal, where he opened a restaurant, Godot's, in the Mediterranean seaside village of Praia da Luz.  As its reputation grew, the American-style bistro attracted jetsetters from the United States and Europe.  But several years later, Portugal's political climate grew uncertain, and he returned to New York City, where he took his place behind the bar at Bradley's, an elegant jazz club on University Place.  Mr. Sharpe's return to the Manhattan bar scene after a seven-year hiatus was heralded by the Village Voice as "like having Joe DiMaggio back in center field."

Following Bradley's, Mr. Sharpe tended bar for 18 years at the Corner Bistro in the West Village.  He spent his retirement in Buffalo, writing and occasionally reading his poetry in public.

Mr. Sharpe "was one of the most engaging storytellers I have ever encountered," someone "able to relate poignant, humorous and heartfelt tales of human encounters," said William Baker, his close friend.  Mr. Sharpe "was never the central figure of those stories, so the listener had no idea of his own fantastic adventures or personal accomplishments," Mr. Baker added.  "For those lucky few of us who really knew David," he said, "it was a privilege to read his lyrical poetry, share his exploits and count him as a loyal and generous friend."

Mr. Sharpe is survived by a brother, Dr. William D. Sharpe.  His life will be celebrated at a time and place to be announced.

Shear, Fred

Fred Shear died in December of 2004.  He was an official in Florida Chapter #106, Treasure Coast Korean War Veterans Association.

Sherman, Raymond B.

Raymond B. Sherman died Thursday evening, January 31, 2002, at Stanford University Hospital. He was 73 years old. He was born on December 28, 1928, in New York City, to Ethyl Darby Sherman and Samuel Sherman.

Ray was a retired veteran of both the US Marine Corps and the US Air Force. He retired after 20 years of service as a Technical Sargeant (USMC) and Master Sargeant (USAF). He served in combat in the Korean War where he received five battle stars and was a proud member of The Chosin Few exclusive fraternity of honor for veterans of the battle of Chosin Reservoir.

After retiring from the military, he was employed by several technology-related industries including Varian Associates and Teledyne CME. He retired from private enterprise in 1995 as a Senior Electronics Component Engineer with Time Warner Interactive (formerly Atari Games Corp).

Ray was gregarious, with a wry sense of humor, a generous heart, and enjoyed many friends. He was a volunteer for Travelers Aid at San Francisco International Airport and served on the Foster City Technology Advisory Committee. He was a member of the First Marine Division Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, Air Force Sargeants Association, and The Retired Enlisted Association. He was a graduate of the University of Nebraska, Omaha.

Ray is survived by his loving wife Laura Sherman of Foster City; daughter Jennifer and son-in-law Jim Guillory, grandchildren Roger and Chris Cobbello, and great-grandchildren Sarah and Roger Paul Cobbello, all of Lake Charles, Louisiana; brother David Sherman of Canterbury, Connecticut; nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 6, at 1:30 at the Neptune Society, 1645 El Camino Real, Belmont, followed by burial at Skylawn Memorial Park, Route 35 at Highway 92. A reception will then be held at Treasure Isle housing association cabana on Comet Street in Foster City. Donations and remembrances may be sent to the American Heart Association. - Published in Inside Bay Area on February 5, 2002

Showalter, Maron "Buddy"

Marion C. “Buddy” Showalter, 84, of Jonesboro, Arkansas, passed from this life into Heaven on Thursday, January 24, 2013, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

Born in Trumann, Buddy lived most of his life in the Nettleton area. He was a retired Captain for the Arkansas Highway Police with 25 years of service which included security details for Gov. Orval Faubus. Following his police work, Buddy retired from K-Mart in Jonesboro and was also part owner of Indian Insurance Agency and a farmer.

Buddy was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, serving as a tank commander. He served 22 months in Korea, receiving 2 purple hearts and was honorably discharged as a sergeant. He received a Purple Heart for wounds received in the Kumwha Valley.  Buddy was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans.

Buddy was a long-time member of Nettleton Baptist Church where he taught Sunday school and training union. He was a charter board member of the Jonesboro Consolidated Youth Services and served on the Craighead County Memorial Hospital board of directors.

Buddy was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Daisy Gibson Showalter, by three brothers: Jimmy, Jerry and Ben Showalter, by a sister, Shirley Davis, and by a grandson, Jeremy Rickard.  Survivors include his wife, Vada Watkins Showalter of the home; one son, Donald (Dana) Showalter of Jonesboro; one daughter, Sherry (Donnie) Rickard of Jonesboro; one brother, Carroll (Trudy) Showalter of Riverside, California; one sister, Cathy (Larry) Davis of Batesville; three grandchildren: Jacob Showalter and Sarah Showalter both of Jonesboro Holly Rickard Ward of Kingsburg, California; and three great grandchildren: Lexi Price, Layne Rickard and Chance Rickard, all of Jonesboro.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 10:00 in Emerson Memorial Chapel with Rev. Harold Ray and Rev. Stan Ballard officiating. Burial will follow in Jonesboro Memorial Park. Active pallbearers include Jacob Showalter, David Onstead, Jeff Showalter, John Showalter, Brent Watkins and Jimmy Bryant. Honorary pallbearers include Onus Milsap, Ron Gartman, Parson Rose, Bill Powell, John Burrus, Linda Clark, Dr. Jeff Cohen and Dr. Anthony White. Visitation will be held Monday evening, 5-7, at Emerson Funeral Home.

For lasting memorials, the family asks that consideration be given to Nettleton Baptist Church, P.O. Box 2415, Jonesboro, AR 72402, or Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 400 East St., Jonesboro, AR 72401.

Siara, Thaddeus S. "Ted"


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Thaddeus S. "Ted" Siara, 79, a retired maintenance employee, died Saturday morning, April 12, 2003, at Lowell General Hospital, after a long illness.

He was the husband of Frances S. (Wojcik) Siara for 54 years.  He was born in Lowell on August 26, 1923, a son of the late John and Mary (Lula) Siara. He attended school in Lowell. He was a communicant of the Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity in Lowell.

Mr. Siara served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War. He was wounded in action during World War II while participating in action at Okinawa.  He was honorably discharged.

He worked in the maintenance department for many years at Lowell General Hospital and the former Suffolk Knitting. Mr. Siara was a member of the Polish American Veterans Club in Lowell, where he served as a Sgt on the honor guard and assistant chaplain, the Pelham American Legion, and the Pulaski Club in Lowell and was a lifetime member of the Dom Polski Club.  He enjoyed fishing in his free time.

Besides his wife, survivors include two daughters, Mary F. "Manya" Zielinski and husband, David, of Dracut, and Marcia A. Siara-Dwornick of Lowell; a son, Thaddeus J. Siara of Nashua; five grandchildren, Tricia A., Manya F., and Kristopher G. Dwornick, Thomas R. Dion and Andrew D. Zielinski; four great-grandchildren, Corey and Trent Dwornick, and Christian and Elisha Dion; a sister, Genevieve Langlois of Dracut; and several nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Josephine Cepulinski, Anna Wilson and Adele LeBlanc.

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Sigler, Neil Allen

Neil Allen Sigler of Memphis, Tennessee, was born on December 5, 1931, the son of Neil and Martha Peel Sigler,. He passed away on June 24, 2016 at his home in Shelby County, Tennessee, following a long illness.

He attended E.E. Jeter Grade School and two years of high school at Millington Central High School in Millington, Tennessee. Later he earned a GED and finished three years of college at the University of Memphis.

Neil joined the inactive reserves on May 3, 1949, and worked at International Harvester in its foundry before being called to active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. He served with Charlie Company, 1st Engineer Battalion, USMC, in Korea 1951-52.  His memoir is located on the Korean War Educator.

After his tour of duty in Korea, Neil Sigler and Evelyn Irene Duncan were married on June 08, 1952 and remained in Shelby County throughout their marriage. They had one child, Carolyn Denise Sigler, who died in 2011. After his active duty service in the USMC, Neil returned to work at International Harvester, where he remained until he retired in 1985. He returned to the USMC Reserves until 1959.

Neil was a member of Mt. Vernon Memorial Church for 70 years, and served the church and his God in many capacities over the years. He enjoyed working in his tool shop, fishing, volunteering at the church and church cemetery, and helping the people of his community. He was a member of the 1st Marine Division Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Neil and Martha Sigler; daughter, Denise Sigler Barnes; and sister, Dorothy Sigler Escue. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Evelyn Sigler; grandsons R.J. Whittington and Barry Allen Barnes; son-in-law, Andrew Barnes; and two nephews.

Visitation was Monday, June 27, 2016 from 10 until 11 a.m. at Mt. Vernon Memorial. Funeral services followed at 11 a.m. Interment was in Mt. Vernon Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Mt. Vernon Memorial Cemetery, 777 Fite Road, Memphis, Tennessee 38127.

Silver, Duane W.

Duane W. Silver, 84, of Chenoa, Illinois, formerly of Philo, Illinois, died Saturday, January 04, 2014 in Bloomington, Illinois.  Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 11, 2014, at Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Crematory, Urbana.  Burial will be in Locust Grove Cemetery, Philo.  A reception will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.  Military rites will be conducted.

Mr. Silver was born May 25, 1929, in Urbana, Illinois, the son of Wallace and Grace Yeazel Silver.  He married Shirley Helbling on June 27, 1952, in Champaign, Illinois.  She survives.  Also surviving are three children, Steven R. Silver of Lexington, Illinois, Michelle Kendrick of Hampshire, Illinois, and Jennifer Peterson of Wauconda, Illinois; one sister, June Gault of Bloomington; 14 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by one son, Gregory Silver, one daughter, Lisa Mohr, and one brother, John D. Silver.

Mr. Silver graduated from Philo High School.  He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, serving as a sergeant.  He retired from the University of Illinois Dairy Science and was a lifelong farmer.  he was a member of the Champaign County Farm Bureau, Philo American Legion Post No. 1171, VFW Post No. 630, the National Rifle Association, and the Genealogy Society.  Mr. Silver was a diehard St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox fan.  He loved polka and enjoyed square dancing.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bridges for Peace supporting Jewish people, American Lung Association or Cystic Fibrosis.

Simmons, Laurence J.

Laurence J. Simmons, 78, died Sept. 17, 2009.  Born in Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Simmons served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. After residing in Cleveland, Ohio for over 40 years, Mr. Simmons moved to Tucson in 1994. At Patio Enclosures, he held positions as vice president of sales, vice president of the Cleveland, Ohio branch and, prior to his retirement, as the head of research and development. Mr. Simmons spent many years as an auxiliary policeman and volunteer fireman in Ohio.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Frances June Simmons; children, Ronald (Caren, M.D.) Simmons of Phoenix, Jerald (Irina) Simmons, M.D., of Houston, Tex.; and Russell (Julie) Simmons of Deerfield, Ill.; brother, Charles (Marla, Ph.D.) Simmons of Tucson; sister, Sherry Levinson of New York, N.Y.; sister-in-law, Trudy (Howard, M.D.) Schwartz of Tucson; and eight grandchildren.  Services were held at Evergreen Mortuary, with Rabbi Robert Eisen officiating. Interment followed in the Congregation Anshei Israel section of Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Elizabeth Health Center, Cancer Fund, 140 W. Speedway, #100, Tucson, Arizona. 85705.

Simonds, Frank H. Sr.

Frank H. Simonds Sr., 85, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps, died March 31, 2004, at the Mayfair House in Berryville, Virginia. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Colonel Simonds was born on October 01, 1918 in Sparta, Illinois, and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1941, the same year he joined the Marine Corps.

During World War II, he was a bomber and fighter pilot in the Pacific theater, flying out of the Solomon Islands, including Guadalcanal, Bougainville and Munda. Colonel Simonds also served in the Korean War as a night fighter pilot. He was commanding officer of several fighter squadrons after the Korean War. His decorations included the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1966.

Colonel Simonds then worked for Control Data Corp. until his retirement in 1988, when he was the eastern and southeastern regional administration manager. He lived in Annandale for 22 years and Oakton for 15 years.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Bobbie Simonds of Woodbridge; a son, Marine Lieutenant Colonel Frank H. Simonds Jr. of Woodbridge; a daughter, Kelley Simonds Hardison of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; a brother; a sister; and three grandchildren.

Sinclair, Fred Jr.

Fred Sinclair, Jr., beloved father, grandfather and uncle, went to be with his Lord on Monday, February 14, 2011, at the age of 85. Fred was preceded in death by his wife, Susan Harrell Sinclair, and his parents Fred and Bonnie Bell Sinclair.

He is survived by his children, Caroline Sinclair of Del Valle, Susan Sinclair of Utopia, Bonnie Sinclair of Comfort, Fred Sinclair III (Kathy) of Windham, Connecticut, and Lemuel Sinclair (Barbara) of Boerne; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren as well as numerous nephews and nieces.

Fred was born in Corpus Christi on September 8, 1925. He attended Herff Elementary, Poe Jr. High, graduated from Brackenridge High School in San Antonio in 1944 and attended the University of Texas and Del Mar Jr. College in Corpus Christi.

He was a direct descendent of Major Frances Triplett, commander of the Virginia Militia at the Battle of Cowpens during the American Revolution. Fred served in the Navy in World War II, was attached to the Marine Corps in the winter of 1943-44, and served as a survey sergeant in the 10th Field Artillery Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division of the U. S. Army in the 1951-52 winter campaign in the Korean War.

He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church of Boerne, the Sons of Hermann, the American Legion, the VFW, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Concrete Institute, the Korean War Educator Foundation, the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors, and the American Philatelic Society.

Fred received his surveyor's license under the grandfather clause in 1954 and his engineering license by examination in 1964. His large projects were as drainage and grading design engineer on that section of Interstate Highway 35 from Lytle to Devine in the early 1960s and as project engineer on 10 miles of secondary roads and a 1400 foot bridge over the Pearl River in Mississippi in the late 1960s.

Fred was proud of the fact that he hired and trained the first black construction inspector to ever work on a highway project in the State of Mississippi.

In 1981, he established Sinclair & Associates, Inc. a San Antonio engineering and land surveying company now owned by his son, Lemuel. As a residential foundation engineer, between 1973 and the present, Fred designed and supervised the inspection of over 1100 acres of slab-on-ground foundations in Central Texas. He was often heard to say, "God will punish me for that."

He was a stamp collector, an avid fisherman, bird watcher and dove hunter and loved his boats and being on Texas bays. Fred will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

The visitation was Thursday, February 17, at Vaughan's Funeral Home. The funeral service was Friday, February 18, at 10 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church with Pastor Henry Schulte officiating. Burial with military honors followed in the Boerne Cemetery. A reception was held at the home of Lemuel Sinclair, 4 Brandt Road following the committal service at the graveside. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Attn: FAMI, P.O. Box 100, Austwelo, TX 77950 (Whooping Crane Habitat), or Utopia Park Board, P.O. Box 162, Utopia, TX 78884.

Singerline, William

Sgt. William Singerline, 1st Platoon, Baker Co., 5th Marines (Korea 16 Jan 1951-2 Jan 1952) died at 11 a.m. Eastern Time on 03 May 2005.  Wake at Carmen F. Spezzi Funeral Home, 15 Cherry Lane, Parlin, NJ 08859; ph. 1-732-721-1290 Friday, May 6 1400-1600 and 1900-2100.  Funeral Mass at St. Bernadette's RC Church, Ernston Road, Parlin, NJ, Saturday, May 7, at 0945 hours.  Burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, South Brunswick, NJ.

Siri, Joseph Steven

Joseph James Steven Siri was born on February 5, 1934, in Portland, Oregon, and died January 27, 2009 in Portland. He graduated from Columbia Prep School and attended Portland University. He proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean War.

He was a construction manager. His many accomplishments included Linn County Transfer Station in Eugene, Rabanco Transfer Station in Seattle in the construction end of it as well as traveling to many foreign countries as a marketing representative. He was most heavily involved in the construction of Metro's Central Transfer Station in northwest Portland. He was responsible for the design of the first wood processing equipment. He also worked a number of years for the Oregonian.

He is survived by Jackie Alexander, the mother of his five children Jill, Jenny, Joel, John, Jason; and four grandchildren; his wife, Kelly Susanne; two stepdaughters, Sylvia and Leah (husband, Igor); three step-grandchildren; brother, Fred (wife, Rachel); sister, Annie Pappas; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in death by his parents, Antonio and Emilia Siri; brothers, James and Silvio; sisters, Sophie and Marie.

He was greatly loved and will be missed by all that knew and loved him. Service was held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 5, 2009, at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church, 10955 SE 25th Ave, Milwaukie, OR 97222.  Remembrances to the Oregon Humane Society.

Sirois, Normand P.

Normand Sirois, who served in the Army during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953, died on January 18, 2005.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2005
PLAISTOW, N.H. -- Normand P. Sirois, 75, who was a construction worker and retiree from Gillette, died of cardiac arrest at his home. He was a resident of Plaistow.

Mr. Sirois served in the Korean War, where he received many awards including the Purple Heart for injuries incurred in battle. He returned home in 1952 and lived in the Lawrence, Mass., area with his wife and family until the early 1960s. He moved his family to New Hampshire and provided a loving home filled with love and laughter.

Although Mr. Sirois had a difficult life as a construction worker, he touched the hearts of many with his humor, kindness and grace. He eventually left the construction industry and was hired by Gillette. He continued to work with Gillette until his retirement. He had also previously worked as a custodian at the Pollard School and Holy Angels Parish in Plaistow. During his retirement, he looked forward to visits with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He always had a new joke ready for his visitors.

He was preceded in death by his parents Eustache and Blanche; daughter Anne Marie; granddaughter Julie; his brothers Robert and Romeo; his sister Irene; and his daughter-in-law Beverly Sirois. His survivors include his wife Helene G. Sirois of Charlotte Hall, Md.; three sons, Normand J. of Bedford, Daniel J. and his wife Mary Ann of Newport and Roger J. and his wife Michelle of Gorham; his three daughters, Catherine M. Wall and her husband Harry of Charlotte Hall, Helen A. Robbins and her husband Steve of Londonderry and Therese Marrone and her husband Robert of Manchester; sister Gilberte Plouffe of Methuen; four brothers, Edgar of Florida and Maurice, Raymond and Roland, all of Lawrence; 18 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association. Relatives and friends are invited to a funeral Liturgy to be held on Friday at 1 p.m. in Holy Angels Church, Plaistow. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are under the direction of Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, 116 Main St., Plaistow.

The passing of Mr. Sirois saddens the family. However, the joy and humor with which he blessed his children will carry them through the remainder of their lives. His memory will hold a place in each of their hearts for many years to come. So long, Konky, until we meet again.

Smart, John A. "Jack" Sr.

John A. Smart, Sr., 81, of Haverhill, Massachusetts died Saturday morning, March 30, 2013, at the Merrimack Valley Hospital, Haverhill.  His funeral service was held April 4, 2013 at the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home, Haverhill.  Burial with Military Honors was in Linwood Cemetery, Haverhill.

Jack was born in Haverhill, November 15, 1931, son of the late Howell B. and Gladys C. (Boudreau) Smart and was educated in the Haverhill school system.

Mr. Smart served in the United States Army, attaining the rank of Sergeant.  He had over 12 years of active service and served in the Korean War with the 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division.  He fought as a machine gunner in the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir and was one of the very few survivors who are now known as "The Chosin Few."  He earned the Purple Heart Medal, an Army of Occupation of Germany Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Korean Service Medal with four Bronze Stars, and on the 50th anniversary of the Korean War he received a Letter of Appreciation and a Korean War Srvice Medal from the Republic of Korea, thanking him for his service.  He also served very proudly in the General Douglas MacArthur's Honor Guard.  He was a member of the General Macarthur Honor Guard Association, Combat Infantry Men's Association and the 31st Infantry Regiment Association, the American Legion and the VFW.

After the war he was employed at the former Hamel Leather and Lionel Lavallee Beef.  He retired from AT&T in 1991.  Mr. Smart enjoyed fishing, outdoor activies, and spent numerous hours on his computer trying to contact fellow survivors of the "Chosin Few".

He was the husband of the late Marie T. (Collins) Smart who died in 1985, father of the late Barry J. Cate, Gary A. Smart, Michael Smart, Heidi Lou Smart and John A. “Jack” Smart, Jr., and brother of the late Hildred Berard, Fay Freeman, Constance Murray and Joseph Langton. His survivors include his children, Vickie E. Tracy and her husband Robert of Haverhill, Karen L. Duval and her husband Thomas of Haverhill, George N. Cate of Lowell, Steven L. Smart of Haverhill, Lisa A. Yell and her husband George of Haverhill, numerous grandchildren, many great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Smith, Bucky N.

SGM Bucky N. Smith, US Army, retired, passed away 3 June 2008. Bucky served with Star 1960-1961 and the Mike Force 1968. His other Special Forces assignments included 1st, 3rd, 5th and 10 Special Forces Groups. Bucky was also a veteran of the Korean War. Among his awards and decorations are Bronze Star with four Oak Leaf Clusters and the “V” Device, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman’s Badge (2nd Award) and the Master Parachutist Badge. He is survived by his wife Akiko, two sons, a daughter, four sisters, a brother, six grandchildren, and thirteen grandchildren.

Smith, Dana

See his obituary on the Dana Smith memoirs page on the KWE.

Smith, Kenneth James

Kenneth James Smith was born December 13, 1924 in Benton county Indiana to William Edward Smith and Florence Maude Voyles Smith. He was the youngest of four children. He had two brothers and a sister.

On March 2, 1944, at the age of 19 he enlisted in the Army and was deployed to Europe in September of that year. He was wounded on January 26, 1945 in Belgium and was awarded a Purple Heart. He was captured in Hitdorf, Germany around April 6, 1945 along with the 25th others from Company "A", 504th PIR. They were liberated by soldiers from the 343rd Infantry, 86th Division on April 13 in Plettenberg, Germany and returned to their outfit on April 15. He returned to the United States on September 11, 1945. He received an honorable discharge from the Army on December 9, 1945.

On August 13, 1946 he re-enlisted and remained in the Army until he retired due to a heart condition on January 24, 1966. Upon his retirement he had attained the rank of Sergeant First Class. He also served in the Korean War and received the Korean Service Medal with three bronze service stars.

Kenneth James Smith died on July 10, 1969 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, at the age of 44. He is buried in Cumberland Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Smith, William L. Jr.

William L Smith, Jr. born 11/01/33 in Barstow, California unexpectedly passed away on 02/16/07 in Phoenix Arizona. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Elayne, his children Raymond (spouse Debbie), Margaret (Rick), Johnny, Billie (Dale), and Rod (Lori). Three step children Kathleen (Ron), Sandy (Leonard), and Roger. He is survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. Bill proudly served his country in the Korean conflict and was a prisoner of war. He retired from the Union Pacific Railroad in 1976. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by the family and many friends. His body has been donated to Science Care Anatomical and services will be held privately.

Published in The Arizona Republic on 2/20/2007.

Speegle, Elbert Derwood

Elbert Derwood Speegle, 68, of Odessa, a retired mechanic, died Saturday, June 5, 1999, at an Odessa hospital. Chapel services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors Chapel with the Rev. Jack Watkins officiating. Burial will be Wednesday at a.m. at Mt. Marion Cemetery in Strawn. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.

He was born in Strawn. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. SURVIVORS: Father, Howard Speegle of DeLeon; wife, Sue Speegle of
Odessa; daughter, Brenda Hemphill of Odessa; sons, Darrell Speegle of Burleson, and Danny Speegle of Fort Worth; sister, Kayla Sult of DeLeon; brothers, Larry Speegle of Odessa, and Butch "Jay" Speegle of Abilene; and four grandchildren.

Spicer, Albert

Sgt. Albert Spicer, 4.2 mortars, 1-7 Korea, died on July 30, 2006.  He was operating the Fire Direction Center on the Hook the night the company got overran.  It was the same night Lt. Sherrod Skinner was killed.

Spinks, Doyal T.

Doyal T. Spinks, 81, of Wolfforth passed away on March 28, 2012. Doyal was born on August 17, 1930 to Earl Spinks and Marie Dismukes in Lynn County. Doyle served in the United States Army as an Infantryman and was awarded the Bronze Star as well as other meritorious medals during the Korean War.

On December 2, 1953, Doyal married his loving wife Betty and were together for 57 years. Doyal would help anyone at a moment's notice and was loved by so many people. His survivors include wife, Betty Spinks; mother, Marie Dismukes; son, Rick Spinks; son-in-law, Tommy Sommers; brothers and sisters, Alton Spinks, Yvonne Hammonds, Finnis Corley, Joyce Winter and their families; two grandsons, Shannon and Jason; three great-grandsons, Adam, Bryan and Christian. Doyal was preceded in death by his daughter, Brenda Sommers.

A memorial service with military honors will be held Saturday, 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Wolfforth officiated by Reverend C.W. Faulkner and a eulogy by Don Hammonds.

Spoor, Robert Sr.

Robert (Bob) Spoor Sr. comes home for his final rest in the Adirondack Mountains that he loved so much. On April 10, 2013 Bob passed away peacefully in Lakeland Florida with his wife and children by his side.

Bob was born November 27, 1931 in Plattsburgh, New York to Charles and Lena (LaBarge) Spoor. He lived in Piercefield and Tupper Lake as a young boy and man. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War (1953-54), he returned to Tupper Lake. On January 8, 2013 he celebrated 57 years of marriage to Christina (Robistow) Spoor.

His family is daughter Dr. Darlene Spoor, husband Martin and grandchildren Raven and Phoenix; daughter Gina (Spoor) LaMonte, grandchildren Kenneth and Danielle and great grandchildren Sienna, Evelynn and Kennedy; son Robert Jr (Bob), wife Carol and grandchild Michael; and daughter Cindy (Spoor) Hoyt, husband Wesley and grandchildren Odessa and Klarissa. We all love him and miss him.

Bob worked in the Adirondack Mountains in the logging and construction industry then spend the last 22 years of his employment as a mechanic at Sunmount Developmental Center in Tupper Lake, New York. He enjoyed living in Tupper Lake for most of his life, traveling the country in his RV and wintering in Florida.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and nature and was a great historical source for Tupper Lake and the Adirondacks. Donations in his name can be made to The Wildlife Center, 45 Museum Drive, Tupper Lake, NY 12986 or 518-359-7800.

A graveside service will be held at the Gale Cemetery in Piercefield, NY.

Sports, William D.

William D. Sports, Sr., 83, died in a hospital in Effingham, South Carolina on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. Funeral services were Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the National Cemetery, Florence. Interment followed. Visitation was held Wednesday evening at the Funeral Home.

Mr. Sports was born in Georgetown, South Carolina, the son of the late Charley W. and Mellie Gibson Sports. He joined the United States Marines on October 20, 1947 and became a "China Marine", serving in Tsingtao from March 11, 1948 to June 2, 1949.  During the Korean War he was a member of H-3-7 and participated in the Inchon Invasion and Chosin Reservoir campaign.  He joined the US Air Force in 1954 and retired in 1970.  After he left the military service he worked in law enforcement and was a weigh master for the State of South Carolina.

Mr. Sports was a member of South Florence Baptist Church. He was a life member of the DAV, American Legion Post # 172 and "The Chosen Few."

Survivors are his wife of 60 years, Mary Rogers Sports, Effingham, SC; a son, William D (Dianne) Sports, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; four daughters, Jean (Harold) Rice, Seneca, South Carolina, Patricia (Jerry) Hicks, Florence, Vicky (Dale) Richardson, Effingham, Janet (George) Privette, Jacksonville, Florida; a brother, George W. (Frances) Sports; three sisters, Bertha Purvis, Mattie Calcutt, Marjie Lee; twelve grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by a brother, Charley W. Sports and two sisters, Ann Graham and Margaret Hyman.

Memorials may be made to South Florence Baptist Church2720 S. Irby Street, Florence, SC. 29501. Layton-Anderson Funeral Home, 4210 W. Palmetto St. Florence, assisted the family.

Starcher, Richard L.

Richard L. Starcher, a retired Howard County industrial arts teacher, died August 19, 2011 of complications from pulmonary fibrosis at his Severna Park home. He was 77. The son of a coal miner and a homemaker, Mr. Starcher was born and raised in Carolina, West Virginia, where he graduated in 1952 from Monogan High School. He attended college for one year before being drafted into the Army during the Korean War. He earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1959 from Fairmont State University in Fairmont, West Virginia.

Stearman, Donald W.

Donald Webb Stearman, born January 13, 1926 in Dallas, Texas, hero in war, hero in peace and devoted patriarch of his family, passed away peacefully at home on October 9, 2011.  He was the son of Waverly and Lois G. Stearman.

Don grew up during the Great Depression and is considered an integral part of the "Greatest Generation" for his service in the Pacific Theater during World War II and the Korean War. Don graduated from North Dallas High School. Enlisting in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17, PFC Stearman was first stationed at Guadalcanal in preparation for the Battle of Okinawa. As a member of the 6th Division Marines, Don was assigned the duty of flamethrower and experienced some of the fiercest and most gruesome fighting of the war on Sugar Loaf Hill. After military operations ended, Don enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin where he studied engineering, discovered his passion for Longhorn football and courted the woman he would marry, Jane Heraty.

Before completing his degree, Don was called to active duty with the 1st Division Marines to serve in Korea. Sergeant Stearman earned the Silver Star for his valiant actions at the Chosin Reservoir. The 1st Division Marines were a part of a campaign of 30,000 service members outnumbered and surrounded by 60,000 Chinese soldiers. Don fought bravely, enduring close combat, hunger and frostbite only to render all five Chinese Battalions ineffective. The members of this group became known as "The Chosin Few".

Don was honorably discharged from the USMC in 1951 and committed to starting a family and a professional career as a draftsman, hydraulic salesman, real estate agent and developer. Don was active in the community of Farmers Branch, Boy Scouts of America, Marine Corps League and the ROTC at Marsh and WT White schools. A scholarship is being set up in Don's name for the WT White ROTC.

He was preceded in death by his father, Waverly Stearman, inventor, developer of the Swallow aircraft and family member of the Stearman Aircraft Corporation; mother, Lois G. Patton; stepfather RJ Patton and brother Jack. Don is survived by the love of his life of 61 years Janie Claire; brothers Joe Patton, Tony Stearman and Mike Stearman and children Ron (wife Vicki), Mike (wife Tessa) Lynn Bass, Susan Parker (husband Gary) and Laurie Dempsay (husband Brian). He cherished his ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Viewing will be held at 6 pm and tribute at 7 pm on October 12 at North Dallas Funeral Home in Farmers Branch. Mass will be held at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church on October 13 at 12 pm with interment held at 2:15 pm at DFW National Cemetery.

Stebbing, Richard Paul

Richard Paul Stebbing, a retired Social Security Administration analyst and decorated Korean War veteran, died of a heart attack Thursday (March 2003) at his Perry Hall home. He was 74.

Born and raised in East Baltimore, Mr. Stebbing attended City College. When he was 16, he left school and joined the merchant marine. He was a water tender in the engine rooms of Liberty and Victory ships during the waning days of World War II. Mr. Stebbing was aboard a Liberty ship that broke in two during a storm and sank off the coast of Scotland in 1946. The townspeople of nearby Campbeltown came to the rescue of the doomed ship's crew. "He had three cigar boxes filled with souvenirs, and on their lids had written the names of the ships he served aboard," said his brother, Leroy Stebbing of Norfolk, Nebraska.

After returning to Baltimore, Mr. Stebbing enlisted in the Marine Corps and later switched to the Army. He was a radioman when the Korean War broke out in 1950 and was sent to an infantry unit in Korea. While serving with the 21st Infantry Regiment of the 24th Division in Korea, Mr. Stebbing was awarded two Bronze Stars for valor. "When enemy automatic weapons were holding up the company's advance, Sergeant Stebbing exposed himself to enemy fire and directed firing at the enemy's position, successfully destroying two enemy machine gun positions," the citation for his first Bronze Star says. His second Bronze Star recognized his participation in action near Pohang-dong, Korea, when his company was pinned down by intense enemy fire. "Utterly disregarding the heavy fire, Sergeant Stebbing repeatedly exposed himself to direct the fire of his recoilless rifles. The fierce attack continued for over 15 hours, during which time his directed fire accounted for the destruction of four of the enemy's machine guns," the citation reads. When his squad was ordered to withdraw, Mr. Stebbing provided cover fire until the company had left the position. "Sergeant Stebbing's fearless actions and complete devotion to duty reflect great credit on himself and the United States Infantry," the citation concluded. "He was a hell of a man," his brother, who is eight years younger, said yesterday.

After his discharge from the Army in 1952, Mr. Stebbing was a postal clerk for 10 years before taking a job as a systems analyst at Social Security headquarters in Woodlawn. He retired in 1977 after receiving a diagnosis of emphysema. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed swimming, crabbing and being near the Chesapeake Bay. "All his life, that's all he ever talked about was the bay," said his wife of 50 years, the former Mildred Holstein.

In addition to his wife and brother, Mr. Stebbing is survived by three sons, Michael D. Stebbing of Essex, and David E. Stebbing and Hal G. Stebbing, both of Catonsville; three daughters, Susan L. Stebbing of Essex, Deborah J. Stebbing of Fells Point and Donna Poljak of Dundalk; three sisters, Carol Seaman of Baltimore, and Patricia Godwin and Beverly Overbey, both of Perry Hall; and four grandchildren.

Steeneck, Charles

Charles M Steeneck, H&S Company, 1/1 passed away on January 26, 2006 at his residence in Germantown, NY from cancer.  He was a member of the Chosin Few and received a Purple Heart for his injuries. His photo appeared in Time/Life Magazine in the January 1951 issue and also in David Douglas Duncan's book "This is War".  His photo caption was "The Thousand Yard Stare". It also appears in the Chosin Few website.  He is the Marine sitting on the front of the Jeep, heading out of the Reservoir.  The photo also appears in the Korean War Memorial in Branson, MO. His funeral was on January 30, 2006 and he has been cremated. The family will be having a memorial with full military honors for him in the Spring, and his ashes will be buried with his wife.

He is survived by 7 children and 9 grandchildren. His daughter, Theresa Steeneck of Valatie, New York said, "He will be dearly missed by all that knew him. He was the most courageous, honorable and caring man that I have known. A true Marine until the end."

Stewart, Donald W.

Donald W. Stewart, 79, of Oakland, California, died December 13, 2004, in his home. Born January 26, 1925 to Floyd Stewart and Anna Barrows Stewart, Don spent most of his life in Berkeley. He attended Berkeley schools then the University of California, graduating in 1949 and U.C.'s Boalt School of Law, earning a J.D. in 1951.

After marrying Berkeley classmate Nancy Haven in 1947, they raised a family only blocks from his childhood home. In retirement, they moved to the Oakland hills. He had many generational ties and deep loyalty to the University of California and to many Cal sports. Since 1932, he attended all but two Big Games until this year.

During World War II, Don was a navigator in the 20th Air Force, flying B-29s stationed in Tinian on over-water missions to Japan. He was recalled to serve in the Korean War as a navigator/ bombardier in B-26s in the 5th Air Force. Afterwards he served 17 years in the Air National Guard 129th Special Operations Group, became a squadron navigator & retired as a lieutenant colonel.

Don served as assistant counsel at Union Oil Company in San Francisco for 26 years. After retirement, he worked on legislative matters for major oil companies and for years provided pro bono legal counsel. Don's interests included travel and family, often incorporating his pursuit of genealogical roots in trips across the United States and several times to Western Europe and Russia. He deeply loved the Sierras, taking family vacations to Lake Tahoe and later organizing family backpack trips throughout the mountains of California. With a close friend, he also hiked the length of the John Muir Trail. In recent years, Don served as librarian for the Society of Mayflower Descendants. He has been a member of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley for over 50 years.

Don is survived by Nancy, his loving wife of 57 years; three children, Kent (Patty), Jim, and Anne; four grandchildren, Lauren and Sarah Wondolowski and Alec and Sara Stewart; brothers, David B. Stewart and Allen P. Stewart; and sisters, Elizabeth Cunningham Meteer and Jean Stewart.

Memorial Services will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley on Saturday, December 18, 2004 at 4 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer gifts to the First Presbyterian Church Capital Campaign, 2407 Dana St., Berkeley 94704, or the U.C. Berkeley Memorial Stadium Project Campaign, c/o Bear Backers, 2223 Fulton St. 3rd Floor #4424, Berkeley 94720.

StClair, Lorimer

PFC Lorimer StClair, an E-2-7 Marine who served in Korea 1951-52, died June 3, 2005 in Fountain Valley, California.  His body was cremated, but his spirit lives forever.  PFC StClair requested that his ashes be scattered in Truckee, nearby the cities Carson and Reno. The outposts the 7th Marine regiment fought were named Carson, Reno, and Vegas.

St. Cyr, Norman O.

Norman O. St. Cyr, 70, of 57 Clinton Street, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, died Friday, May 24, 2002, in his daughter's home after an illness.

He was born April 27, 1932, in Fitchburg, the son of Eugene and Eva (Morin) St. Cyr, and lived in Fitchburg for most of his life. He served in the Navy and was stationed on the USS Iowa during the Korean War.

For most of the past 10 years he worked at Gettens Electric of Fitchburg, where he is truly missed to this day. He worked 22 years for P.J. Keating Paving Division in Shirley, Massachusetts. He also worked for the former Weyerhauser Paper Company of Fitchburg.

Norman St. Cyr was a former member of the Joseph P. Keating Knights of Columbus Council 99 in Fitchburg, MA. He attended St. Joseph's Church and St. Francis of Assisi Church, both in Fitchburg.

He leaves a son, Navy Lt. J.G. Normand O. St. Cyr, of Newport News, Virginia; a daughter, Michelle E. St. Cyr of Fitchburg; three brothers, Alcide, Roger, and Eugene St. Cyr, and two sisters, Theresa Measles and Anita Bedard; four grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Norman was a very kind, generous man who will always be missed.

Stewart, Col. James Reeve Jr.

Colonel James Reeve Stuart, Jr. (US Army, Retired), 81, of Laurel Point, Lancaster, died November 19, 2012 at home. He was born in Minneapolis, Minn. on November 29, 1930.

He is survived by Susan, his wife of 58 years; three children and their spouses; Richard R. and Mary Stuart Schwab of Ledyard, Conn. and their children, Kelsey and Brian; Roger K. and Blythe Stuart Norris of Alexandria; and Leisl L. and James R. Stuart, III of Arlington and their children, Lauren and Collin; and a brother, Ridley Middleton Stuart of Peru, N.Y.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the U. S. Military Academy in 1953 and later earned a masters degree in Public Administration. He was commissioned in the U. S. Army as an Armor officer and served in various command, troop and staff assignments during a military career of 31 years. He was a 1964 graduate of the Army Command and Staff College and a 1975 graduate of The National War College after which he served on the faculty. His overseas tours of duty included Korea, Turkey and Vietnam.

His interest in sailing brought him and his family to the Northern Neck of Virginia and he moved to Laurel Point in Lancaster in 1984. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church where he served on the Vestry as Junior Warden, as a teller and as an usher; Historic Christ Church Foundation as a board member and several committees. He was a charter member of the local chapter of the Retired Officers Association (now MOAA) and served on the board. He was also a member of the Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club, a former member of the Rappahannock River Yacht Club and a member of the Saint Andrews Society of Williamsburg. He also was a member of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. He was a bagpiper and charter member of the Kilmarnock and District Pipe Band.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 a. m. Saturday, November 24, 2012 at Grace Church, Kilmarnock with interment at Historic Christ Church Burying Grounds, Irvington.

Memorials may be made to Animal Welfare League, P. O. Box 975, White Stone, VA 22578 or Grace Church Trust, P. O. Box 1059, Kilmarnock, VA 22482.
"Journeyed on into Death"

Stinson, Bobby Ray

Bobby Ray Stinson, a resident of Abbeville, died late Sunday morning, July 29, 2007, at his home. He was 76. Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2007, in the Abbeville Memorial Cemetery with a son-in-law, Ryan Higgins, officiating. Military honors were conducted at the graveside.  Serving as active pallbearers were Randy Cummings, Kurt Cummings, David Cummings, Kenny Murray, Dr. Bruce Hall and Larry Pitchford.  Holman-Abbeville Mortuary was in charge of funeral arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Wiregrass Hospice Inc., P.O. Drawer 2127, Dothan, AL 36302.

Mr. Stinson was born and reared in Henry County, near Abbeville, a son of the late Walter Eric Stinson and Willie Mae Wells Stinson. He lived in Abbeville most of his adult lifetime. Mr. Stinson served his country as a combat medic in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was awarded the Occupation Medal in Japan, a Medical Badge, two Bronze Star Medals with a (V) device, which signifies medals awarded for valor, which he received for tending to his comrades in battle while undergoing enemy fire, and also the Korean Service Medal and Bronze Service Stars.

Mr. Stinson was the most decorated combat veteran from Henry County during the Korean War. He later retired from the Alabama Army National Guard Unit in Abbeville with rank of Platoon Sergeant (E-7). Mr. Stinson also retired from the United States Postal Service as postmaster in the New Brockton Post Office. He formerly served as postmaster in the Gordon, Midland City and Gulf Shores' post offices. In earlier years, Mr. Stinson was employed by the Abbeville Post Office as a city mail carrier and clerk. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Mr. Stinson was preceded in death by a son, David Keith Stinson; a granddaughter, Christina Nichole Paul; and two brothers, Arthur Grant Stinson and Charles Vickers Stinson. Surviving relatives include his devoted wife of 54 years, Ruby Nell Murray Stinson, Abbeville; three daughters, Karen Stinson Smith and husband, Randall Smith, Troy; Linda Stinson Paul, Abbeville; Lucy Stinson Higgins and husband, Ryan Higgins, Fort Worth, Texas; a son, Ray Stinson and wife, Angie Stinson, Headland; four sisters, Doris Bostick, Abbeville; Jean Culpepper and husband, Marvin Culpepper, Abbeville; Peggy Cummings Jackson, Abbeville; Patsy Clark and husband, Melvin Clark, Eufaula; five grandchildren, Anna Jetton and husband, Curtis Jetton, Andrew Paul, Allison Smith, Eric Paul and Sam Stinson; three great-grandchildren, Adelyn Jetton, William Jetton and Lydia Jetton; sisters-in-law, Guinevere Murray Hall, Dothan; Ruth Stinson, Detroit, Michigan; Myra Earlene Murray Woodham and husband, Edsel Woodham, Ozark; a brother-in-law, Nick Murray and wife, Winnie Murray, Abbeville; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends, Charles Mathison, Cody Crawford, Bill Skipper, Jesse T. Harpe and Hubert Givens.

Published in the Dothan Eagle on 7/30/2007.

Stone, Col. Richard W. "Dick"

Colonel Stone (USMC Ret.) died the 15th of April.  His wife is Mrs. Kash Stone, 135 Marvin Ridge Road, New Canaan, CT 06840-6906.

Story, Anthony F.

Lieutenant Colonel Anthony F. Story, the personal pilot of Gen. Douglas MacArthur from 1945, when he began ruling occupied Japan, until 1951, when he was removed from command in the Korean War, died on Wednesday at New York Hospital in Manhattan. He was 75 years old. Colonel Story, who lived in Manhattan, died of complications from a stroke, a family spokesman said.

When General MacArthur returned his plane, a Constellation called the Bataan, to the Pentagon in May 1951, he expressed gratitude for "a great plane, a great crew, a great pilot." A month earlier, the five-star general had been dismissed by President Harry S. Truman because of his differences with Mr. Truman and the Joint Chiefs of Staff over Chinese Communist intervention in Korea.

Colonel Story soon left active duty to become a corporate executive in Manhattan. He was, successively, the vice president for exports of the American Distilling Company; president of the American branch of the Jaeger Watch Company, Swiss chronometer makers; an underwriter in several Wall Street brokerage firms, and a senior management consultant with Atwater Bradley & Partners. He retired in 1967. Called Tony
Tony Story, as friends called him, was born and educated in Troy, Mo., where he and friends taught each other to fly at a small airfield where they did maintenance on light planes. He became a wing walker on stunt planes at Midwest county fairs and learned navigation in a school adjoining an Army Air Corps station in Homestead, Florida. In World War II, he was a ferry pilot with the Royal Air Force and then transferred to the American Army Air Corps, transporting diplomats and other dignitaries around the Atlantic and the Pacific. He accrued more than 7,000 hours of flying time, and his awards included the Silver Star, Legion of Merit and Distinguished Flying Cross.

His wife, Judy Lane, an entertainer and later an executive with the U.S.O., died in 1979. There are no immediate survivors.

Strack, Clarence H.

Clarence H. Strack, Post #188, Sandwich, MA, died June 14 (Flag Day), 2005.  A member of the US Air Force during the Korean War, he was the American Legion District #10 Commander 1993 to 1994.  Burial was in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.

Sturgeon, Willie B.

Services were held at the Dawson Funeral Home for Willie B. Sturgeon, 78, of Dutchtown School Road, who died at 10:52 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, at the Hospice House in Poland, Ohio.  He was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in March and battled this valiantly for as long as he could and with all the dignity of his great generation.

Born February 4, 1932, he was a son of Richard Edward and Bessie Margaret Sturgeon.  He worked 20 years at the former TS&T Pottery and then 26 years at Columbiana Boiler Co.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served in Korea with the 24th Infantry and later was in the 101st Airborne Division. He was awarded two Bronze Stars, a Silver Star and a special Certificate of Valor for his role in the Task Force Smith battle in Korea. In 1998, he visited Korea with the Survivors of Task Force Smith and was able to experience firsthand the appreciation of the people of Korea.  During the revisit, he took part in the South Korean government's dedication of the Task Force Smith Memorial.

He enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially with his grandchildren.

He met Betty Sprouse when she was also stationed at Fort Breckenridge, Kentucky.  They were married on November 7, 1951, and she survives.  Also surviving are two daughters, Billie Rae Fazenbaker, and her companion Jim, of Morgantown and Jody Edwards and her husband, John, of Columbiana; and five sons, Eddie Sturgeon of Columbiana, Ricky Sturgeon and his wife, Jackie, of Simpsonville, South Carolina, James Sturgeon and his wife, Lisa, of Hanoverton, Yancy Sturgeon and his companion, Lisa, of Kings Mountain, North Carolina, and Dana Sturgeon and his wife, Gina, of Lisbon.  There are 25 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by a brother, Jack Sturgeon and his wife, Faye, of Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three grandchildren, Nichole Sturgeon, Jamie Frederick and an infant granddaughter.  His daughter Jody told the Korean War Educator, "He was one of the lucky few to fight as part of Task Force Smith and survive that battle.  He was a strong and courageous man and an inspiration to each of us."

Sturges, Robert Gene

Lt. Col. (USAF Ret.) Robert Gene Sturges, Melbourne, Florida, died April 04, 1985 at the age of 72.  Burial was in Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Florida.

Robert Sturges was born March 08, 1913 in Oregon, the son of Robert and Blanche I. Sturges.  He graduated from high school in Portland, Oregon and then entered the United States Army Air Corps, serving as a pilot in North Africa during World War II, after receiving his commission in 1943.  In the Korean War he was the head of the 28th Bomb Group Maintenance Squadron on Okinawa and flew the B-29 "Command Decision" as Inspector Pilot with Don Covic from 1950 to 1954.  During the Korean War years he was awarded the Soldier's Medal for bravery.

He was an architect in civilian life and designed his house in Newport Heights, as well as his next door neighbor's house.  He also owned a cab company (Rainbow Cab) between wars in Santa Ana. He was a flat artist (pastels and colored pencils early on, then oils).

When the war in Vietnam broke out, Sturges volunteered his services even though he had officially retired from flying.  Because the government was so desperate for pilots, he was accepted as a member of the 4th Air Commando Squadron based in Vietnam. He was pilot of "Puff the Magic Dragon", a C-47 gunship that flew out of Bien Thuy Air Base.  He volunteered on the gunboats that patrolled the river in-between missions.

He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Melbourne, as well as the Military Order of World Wars.

He was the father of three children with his first wife, Frances Mary Sturges.  He was survived by his second wife, Elaine Sturges; children, Michael, Gayle, and Linda; brother, Paul Sturges; and three grandchildren.

Styles, Albert Henry

Albert Henry Styles passed away at home, in Windsor, California, on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at the age of 83. Born in Modesto, California, Al was a resident of Sonoma County for the past 65 years. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Evelyn Styles; dear father of Albert (Selena) Styles and the late Robert Styles; and adored grandfather of James, Jeremy and Ryan Styles.

A veteran and retired Sergeant of the U.S. Marine Corps, Albert served in the military for 18 years. He served during the Korean War with the United Nations troops, earning the Presidential Unit Citation w/clusters, and with the National Defense Service, receiving the GCM 1st Award. He later worked as a Nuclear Inspector at Mare Island. He was also a member of The Chosen Few, the Marine Corp. League, 1st Marine Division, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled Veterans of America.

Friends are invited to attend funeral services on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Roses Funeral Home, 1225 Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa. Burial with Military Honors, will follow at Santa Rosa Memorial Park Shiloh Addition on the corner of Shiloh Road and Windsor Road. A reception will follow the services and directions will be given at the funeral. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the service begins on Wednesday at the funeral home. Daniels Chapel of the Roses 525-3730. Published in the Press Democrat from December 30, 2012 to January 1, 2013.

Sullivan, Edward William

Edward William (Bill) Sullivan, age 80, Indiana, died Sunday, May 22, 2011, at Methodist Hospital in Indiana. Mr. Sullivan had a history of illness, but died from complications due to a tragic auto accident Sunday morning. He was transported to Methodist Hospital Trauma Unit in Indianapolis, IN where he never regained consciousness and passed peacefully that evening.

Mr. Sullivan is survived by his daughter, Deborah Ann (Sullivan) Martin and son in law Douglas John Martin of Bloomington, IN and son, Earl William Sullivan of Shelbyville, IN. He also leaves behind four grandchildren, Matthew Timothy Oltman, Toby Michael Oltman, Jared Christopher Oltman, and Nathan Daniel Oltman all of Bloomington, IN, and five great grandchildren. A sister Doris J. (Sullivan) Voris of Shelbyville, IN and a brother Glendoe L. Sullivan of Florida, and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by twin daughters, Shirley and Sharon Sullivan, a son Mark Edward Sullivan, his father, Elbert Houston Sullivan and mother, Bertha June (Burton) Sullivan.

Bill was a veteran of the Korean War, having served as a Corporal (E-4) in AUS AMEDS, 5th Army Area, Company D, 1st Battalion.  His duty was with the Ambulance Company, 2nd Medical Battalion.  He received the United Nations Service Medal, Combat Medical Badge, and the Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars.  His active duty date was 8 August 1951 to 24 July 1953.

Upon returning home from the Korean War he began his entrepreneur career in construction with his father, E.H. Sullivan and Son Construction Company. From there they designed and built family homes, Sullivan Motel, and Sullivan Restaurant. He later became an independent contractor and developed and provided surrounding counties with grave digger services. Mr. Sullivan’s passion was fishing, history, and working in his private tool shop.

Mr. Sullivan was laid to rest in a family plot at Miller Cemetery in Shelbyville, IN.  Memorial contributions may be made American Heart  Association, 6100 W. 96th St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, Indiana 46278 or American Lung Association, 115 W. Washington, Suite 1180-South, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204.

Sumner, Gordon William

Gordon William Sumner was born January 13, 1921, to John and Clara Sumner of Portland, Oregon. He died peacefully Sunday morning, September 12, 2010, in Port Orchard, Washington. Gordon led a full, happy life. He was most of all a very independent, loving, generous man. But if you crossed his path you could also depend on being teased by him. Gordon, known by his grandchildren and great grandchildren as Grandpa Doc survived the sinking the USS Utah when it was bombed at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, and the sinking of the USS Pledge during the Korean War. On October 12, 1950, he was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic service while in charge of a rescue crew in the Motor Whale Boat attached to the Pledge. After 22 years of service in the Navy, he retired as a Chief Hospital Corpsman, on February 23, 1960.

After his first retirement he worked as an Optician for Dr. Dibblee in Bremerton until about 1985. Gordon was one of the most beloved members of the Masonic fraternity in the Bremerton area. He served as the Associate Guardian on several occasions for Job's Daughter Bethels 20, 21 and 43. He escorted Mrs. Hazel Gray, past Supreme Guardian, on her tour for International Jobs Daughters in Brazil. He served as Wise Master of the Chapter Rose Croix in 1992, Venerable Master of the Lodge of Perfection in 1994, Master of Kadosh in 1996 and Commander of the Consistory in 1998. He was invested Knight Commander Court of Honor in 1991. Brother Sumner was asked to serve as Personal Representative in the Valley of Bremerton in September 1994. He was coroneted Ill. Gordon W. Sumner, 33 degree, Inspector General Honorary the following November and has served the Valley with distinction for the past 16 years. Gordon was Special Deputy to the Grand Master for Fraternal Relations and is a life member of Bremerton Valley as well as the Valley of Honolulu, Orient of Hawaii. Gordon has also been a member of the Scottish Rite for over 55 years. Ill. Sumner is a life member of virtually every Masonic Body with which he is associated.

ordon was a member of the Silverdale Lutheran Church and up through June of this year was still driving himself to the early morning service in his little red car. Gordon is survived by his three daughters: Patricia Cain, Everett, WA; Kathleen Lemmon (Gary). Snohomish, WA and Virginia Sumner, San Diego, CA; three grandchildren: Tina West (Dennis); Kevin Cain and Roger Lemmon (Ashleigh) and eight great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 43 years Florence Leilani Sumner. Prior to his wife's death, Gordon and Lani were both members of the Tacoma Orchid Society and loved to travel to Mexico and South America to collect wild orchids for his greenhouse.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at 7pm at the Manette Masonic Temple. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

Sylvester, Walter Hyden

Walter Hayden Sylvester of California died Tuesday, October 27, 1987.  He was 58 years old.  Funeral services were held at Dopkins Chapel. Interment was at Smith Mountain Cemetery. 

Mr. Sylvester served with the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War.  He was a member of the Dinuba Christian Church, an honorary lifetime member of the Dinuba Veterans of Foreign Wars, an honorary lifetime member of the Terra Bella American Legion, and was a Dinuba Volunteer Fireman.  Mr. Sylvester worked for Pacific Telephone for 18 years as an installer.

He received several awards, including the Eagle's Homebuilder Award in 1969 for being a good family man, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars' Buddie Poppy award in 1978.  The Dinuba Recreation Department named the Little League Home Run Trophy after him for his many hours of involvement with Little League.

He is survived by his wife, Louise Sylvester; two sons, Monte and Mickey Sylvester; and two daughters, Connie Logan and Vikki Gillen, all of Dinuba.  He is also survived by his parents, John and Jessie Sylvester of Dinuba; two brothers Junior of Oceano, and David of Jackson, Mississippi; seven sisters, Carmen Rice of Yuma, Arizona, Betty Berry of Dinuba, Sherry Cambron and Patsy Russell of Oregon, Geraldine Sylvester of Visalia, Tulare County, Suzanne Wray of Orosi, and Pam Salisbury of Paso Robles.

Newspaper article, Terra Bella, Tulare County, California, November 23, 1953:

Terra Bella Man is Wounded in Korean Fighting

Mr. and Mrs. John Sylvester of Terra Bella have received word form the department of defense that their son, Private First Class Walter Hayden, was wounded in action in Korea on November 5th. The parents said several days after receiving the official notice of their son's injury; they had a letter from him saying he was aboard a hospital ship. He wrote that he had been wounded in the leg and foot by shrapnel from an enemy hand grenade.

Sylvester wrote he had been in battle a long time as a machine gunner without being hit. On November 5th, he said, he looked out from his machine gun post and the mountain seemed alive with a horde of North Korean Reds. It was during this attack that he was struck by the grenade.

In a later letter, received Tuesday, Sylvester wrote he was in a hospital in Japan.  The 22-year-old Terra Bella soldier had been stationed with the army two years in Japan before the Korean War started. He was with the first group to be sent to Korea as reinforcements in July.

Syms, George L.

Cpl. George L. Syms, 75, of Cocoa, Florida, died at Cape Canaveral Hospital on Sunday, March 25, 2007. Mr. Syms had been a resident of Cocoa since 1982, having previously resided in Broward County since 1968. He was born in 1931 and grew up in the suburban Philadelphia town of Darby, PA. He entered the United States Army in 1948, served during the Korean War, earning a Silver Star and was honorably discharged in 1951. Mr. Syms had been employed by Bordens, Trans World Airlines, and was a proprietor of several businesses, primarily as a restauranteur, having retired in 1987. He was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church, Merritt Island, and had served that congregation as a deacon. He is survived by his wife Natalie; and six children, (Rev.) George Syms, Kansas City, MO, Barbara Campbell, Florahome, FL., Steven Syms, Cooper City, FL., Bonnie Uphues, Port St. Lucie, FL., David Syms, Titusville, FL., and William Syms, Cocoa, FL. He is also survived by a brother.

[See also Silver Star citations page on the KWE.]

Szarek, Henryk "Frenchy"

Henryk (Frenchy) Szarek, 83 years old, of Leominster, formerly of Arlington, died Sunday, February 27, 2011 in Health Alliance-Leominster. He is survived by his wife of 55 years Jeannette C. (Levesque) Szarek, his sons Raymond H. Szarek and his wife Nanita of Newark, NY and Robert J. Szarek of Leominster, his daughter Christine M. Gamez and her husband Robert of Burlington, his sisters Christine Mokzan of France and Daniella Jawien of Poland, 9 grandchildren, Rebecca, Daniel, Timothy, Samantha, Nicole, Conor, Kelsey, Deborah and Anna, and 6 great grandchildren.

Mr. Szarek was born in Poland on July 22, 1927, son of Mieczyslaw and Jozefa (Ostrowska) Szarek and had lived in Arlington for 45 years before moving to Leominster 2 years ago. He had been an Electronic Technician, working in Research and Development for many years. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving in the Special Forces during the Korean War.

Frenchy was a member of St. Cecilia's Church in Leominster, the American Legion in Arlington, the V.F.W. in Cambridge and was a life member of the Special Forces Association Local 54. Many members may remember the 1951 Lodge Act 1 which granted citizenship to foreign nationals who joined the U.S. Army for a period of 5 years. Frenchy is such a soldier. In World War II while serving with the Polish-Russian Army he was wearing the four cornered Polish hat with the Polish Eagle, the emblem of Poland: acting as a motorcycle messenger Knowing Puhsh-Freneh-German and Russian he was also used as a linguist.

Frenchy was active in the anti-communist underground, forced to flee through Russian lines to the French allies. There he joined the French Foreign Legion at the age of 19 and volunteered for the elite paratrooper unit "The I-B-E-P. Frenchy fought for several years with the legion in indo-China and Vietnam. After his tour with the Legion he joined the U.S. Army under the Lodge Act and was assigned to the 10th SFGA. He got his citizenship in 1958. Frenchy could speak five languages and served on many Black Operations. He appeared in the movie Beau Geste with Telly Savalas, Guy Stockwell, Doug McClure, and Leslie Nielsen.


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