Tanner, Douglas Arnold
Douglas Arnold Tanner passed away at home in Gainesville, Florida on February 26,2006 of heart
Taplett, Col. Bob
Colonel Bob Taplett of Arlington, VA died at 0700 17 December, 2004. A Funeral Mass will be held at the
Old Post Chapel at Fort Meyer 31 January. Burial will follow at Arlington National Cemetery. He was CO of
the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, and participated in the Pusan Perimeter, Inchon
Landing, and Chosin Reservoir campaign in 1950. Following is an article written by Joe Holley,
Washington Post Staff Writer, that appeared in the Saturday, January 8, 2005 issue of that newspaper on
Decorated Marine Robert Taplett Dies
Robert D. Taplett, 86, a heavily decorated Marine colonel who led his 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine
Regiment, in the grueling strategic retreat at Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War, died Dec. 17 of
congestive heart failure at the Powhatan Nursing Home in Falls Church.
A running battle during the winter months of 1950, in temperatures falling to 40 degrees below zero
at night, the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir lasted three weeks, as U.S. and allied forces fought their
way back to the sea in the face of relentless assaults from Chinese forces, who outnumbered them by more
than 5 to 1. About 15,000 Marines and 3,000 Army troops took part in the battle.
"From Nov. 27 to Dec. 10, we were in almost constant combat," Col. Taplett told USA Today in 2000. "I
don't think I slept two hours the whole time. You had to keep moving, or you'd freeze. I left Yudami-ni
with roughly 1,300 men and got into Hagaru-ni (at the south end of the reservoir) with 326 effective
Marines. Better than half our casualties were caused by weather." The severe frostbite he suffered
caused Col. Taplett to have difficulties walking for the rest of his life.
A longtime Arlington resident, Robert Donald Taplett was born in Tyndall, S.D. He graduated with
honors from the University of South Dakota in 1940. He was a member of the Army ROTC in college, but in
1940, the Marine Corps corralled Col. Taplett and a number of honor graduates across the country. He
resigned his Army commission and became a Marine second lieutenant in 1940. He went through basic
training at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
He loved being a Marine, his wife, Patricia Taplett, recalled. Dark-haired, 6 feet 2 inches tall, in
his dress blues he seemed made for the Corps. "Some people called him a poor man's Gregory Peck," Mrs.
Taplett said. "I always said he was a cross between Tyrone Power and Robert Taylor."
On Dec. 7, 1941, he was serving aboard the USS Salt Lake City at Pearl Harbor. The cruiser was
escorting the carrier Enterprise, which had engine trouble and was just outside the harbor when the
Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor began. Unscathed, the Salt Lake City headed off in pursuit of the
Japanese fleet. He was aboard the Salt Lake City for three years and participated in the major battles
of the Pacific, including a decisive engagement in the Aleutian Islands in 1943, a battle that naval
historian Samuel Eliot Morison called "the last heavy gunfire daylight action, with no interference by
air power, submarines or torpedoes." In October 1944, the Salt Lake City provided fire support at Iwo
Jima and Okinawa.
After the war, Col. Taplett served as commanding officer of the Navy supply barracks at Clearview,
Utah, at Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay and at the Naval Air Station in Alameda, Calif. He also
served with the Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was dispatched
to Korea in 1950. "From the time he came in with the brigade, from Pusan, up through Seoul, all the way
to the Chosin Reservoir, just about every dirty job the 5th Marines had, he led the way," said fellow
Marine Frank Metersky, a member of the Chosin Few, an organization of Marines who survived the Chosin
retreat. "He, to me, is one of the finest officers in the history of the Marine Corps," said Metersky,
co-chairman of the Korean War POW-MIA committee. Col. Taplett was awarded the Navy Cross, two Silver
Stars, the Legion of Merit and a Bronze Star.
After the Korean War, Col. Taplett spent several months traveling the country lecturing to military
audiences on the importance of close-air support, a Marine concept perfected during World War II, and
then became academic director of the Basic School at Quantico in 1951 and 1952. He was at Marine Corps
headquarters from 1953 to 1956. From 1957 to 1959, he was based in Hawaii, although he spent most of his
time training troops in Okinawa and the Philippines. He was sent back to Quantico in 1959, a member of
the landing force development center. Unhappy that he wasn't working directly with troops, he retired in
1960 after 20 years of service.
In retirement, Col. Taplett and his family moved to Arlington, where he worked for several
professional associations and then for the U.S. Postal Service, where his duties included teaching
management techniques to supervisors. He retired in 1993.
He made two trips back to South Korea, the last in 1985, and while there expressed sympathy for the
North Korean people. He remembered how they sheltered Marines during that unimaginably hard winter years
earlier and how they shared whatever food they could spare.
He received his master's degree in human resource development from George Washington University,
attending class at night, and wrote a combat memoir, "Dark Horse Six" (2003), the title alluding to his
battalion's radio call, "Dark Horse." In Iraq today, the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines use the same call
sign in his honor. He also collected donations for the Arlington charity SOME (So Others Might Eat),
volunteered with the Women's National Symphony Decorators' Show House and was a monitor at the Kennedy
Center Young People's Concerts.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, of Arlington; six children, Claire Taplett and Marty K.
Taplett, both of Arlington, Christine McCarty of Charlottesville, Robert Howard Taplett of Purchase,
N.Y., Martin Ross Taplett of Pinehurst, N.C., and Margo Barbara Taplett of Park City, Utah; a brother;
and nine grandchildren.
A Taplett Tribute can be found at this website:
Col. George Tassey, US Army (Retired), 92, died Thursday,
November 29, 2012, at Riverview Nursing Home, under the care of
Hospice Savannah, Inc.
George Tassey, a native Savannahian, graduated from Savannah
Commercial High School in 1939. He earned a BA from North
Georgia College and a Masters degree from Boston University. He
was a graduate of the Infantry Advanced Officers Course and the
Command and General Staff College.
He volunteered for military service in World War II,
completed infantry basic and later attended the Officer
Candidate School at Fort Benning where he was commissioned a
Lieutenant of Infantry. He served in the Philippines during
World War II, and was granted a Regular Army commission during
the first Regular Army integration of selected AUS officers.
At the outset of the Korean War, he commanded an infantry
company. As a company commander of the 23rd Infantry, 2nd
Infantry Division, he shared the hardships and the victories of
the regiment's valiant stand again four Chinese divisions at
Chipyong-Ni in February of 1951.
Upon return to the United States he was assigned to the
Ranger Department, the Infantry School, as training officer. He
served a second tour in Korea in 1962, as Brigade Operations
officer of the 1st Calvary Division; then as the Deputy Battle
Group Commander of the 12th Calvary. His third combat duty was
in 1969, in Vietnam as Deputy Senior Advisor to the 7th ARVN
(South Vietnamese) Infantry Division in the Mekong Delta.
Other highlights of his military service: Commander of the US
Army Mountain Ranger Camp, Dahlonega, Georgia; two tours in
Germany as Infantry Battalion Operation and Training Officer;
staff officer, United States Army European Command at
Heidelberg; Deputy District Commander, North Wuerttemberg
District; Post Commander of Patch Barracks, where the European
Command Headquarters was located. His last duty assignment was
as Senior Advisor to the Maneuver Training Command in Kentucky.
His awards include: the Silver Star medal; Legion of Merit
(w/oak leaf); Air Medal (three), Bronze Star Medal; Army
Commendation Medal w/cluster; Distinguished Unit Citation;
Combat Infantryman Badge; and the ranger Tab. Foreign awards:
The Philippine Liberation Medal and the Philippine Independence
Medal; the Korean Presidential Unit Citation; Vietnamese Cross
of Gallantry; Vietnamese Staff Service Medal. He
participated in five major campaigns in Korea (five battle
stars). He was awarded two battle stars for his involvement in
Colonel Tassey retired from the US Army on March 1, 1975
after serving for thirty-two years. He was installed in the
Infantry Officer Candidate's School Hall of Fame at Fort
Banning, Georgia in 1979. He was past president and member
of the Lions Club of Savannah, member of the American Legion,
the Retired officers Association, the Military Order of World
Wars and a charter member of the World War II Memorial. Colonel
Tassey is a member of St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Dorothy
Jackson of Fort Screven, Georgia; and is survived by his two
children, George, Jr., and Cynthia Owen of Idaho; a brother,
Harry Tassopoulos of Decatur, Georgia; numerous grandchildren
and great grandchild; and several nephews and nieces and great
Trisagion Service: 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fairhaven Funeral Home,
Hubert C. Baker with Father Vasile Mihai, officiating.
Visitation: 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Hubert C . Baker Chapel.
Funeral Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's Greek Orthodox
Church, with Father Vasile Mihai, officiating. Interment will
follow in Hillcrest Abbey Memorial Park, with Military Honors.
Remembrances: St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church, 14 West
Anderson Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401.
Tate, Richard Nelson
Richard N. Tate of Upland, California, passed away of natural
causes at age 83 on April 12, 2012. He was the eldest son of
Oscar Nelson & Adelaide A. Tate, born on October 13, 1928 in
Richard’s family was part of “Tate Cadillac” and “OraAddies”
ladies apparel business in the Pomona Valley. Richard was raised
in Pomona attending Emerson Jr. High, Pomona High School &
Pomona Jr. College. He completed his education in 1946.
Richard entered the army in December 1950 and served six
years with distinction as an Infantry Sergeant with the 3rd
Infantry Division in the Korean War. His awards and decorations
included the United Nations Service Medal, the Korean Service
Medal with Three Bronze Battle Stars and the Combat
After his military service, he was employed by Rohr
Industries, Inc. in Riverside, California as a Senior Analyst.
He retired in 1992 after 33 years. Richard resided in the
Claremont and Upland areas. He was a member of the American
Legion & NRA. He had fond memories of growing up in the car
culture of the 40′s, 50′s & 60′s with pictures of all of his
cars. He loved horses and was an experienced equestrian in his
Richard is survived by a sister, Leita Joyce Tate, brother,
Wallace James Tate, and extended family. Military services are
pending at Riverside Memorial Cemetery.
Tedrow, Donald Ray
My wonderful husband, Donald Ray Tedrow, served on the front line in the Korean War. He later
went to Vietnam. He died from Agent Orange on January 27, 2005--the saddest day of my life.
Posted at the request of Ruth Tedrow.
Thacker, Terrell Jr.
Terrell Thacker, Jr., 82, died Friday, November 1, 2013, at Signature Health Care Nursing Facility,
Pikeville, Kentucky. He was born in Pike County, June 2, 1931, the son of the late Joel and Ella Fair
He was a retired coal miner and proudly served this country in the United Sates Army.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Ann Thacker. Terrell is survived by
four sons, Harold Thacker and Jimmy Thacker, both of Tennessee, and Roger Thacker and Lester Thacker, both
of Raccoon; six daughters, Anna Mae Johnson of Raccoon, Brenda Gale Cantrell of Elkhorn City, Glenda Faye
Coleman of Ohio, Wanda Sue Tackett of Betsy Layne, Bonnie Lou Hensley of Brushy and Debbie Thacker of Johns
Creek; one brother, Jeffrey Thacker of North Carolina; and 20 grandchildren.
Funeral services were
conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 5, with Butch Thacker and Terry Thacker officiating. Entombment
followed in the J.U. Thacker Mausoleum, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Pikeville with military services observed
by Johns Creek DAV Chapter #166.
Thompson, Lee Grant
Mr. Lee Grant Thompson, 84, passed away Thursday, November
29, 2012, at Abbott Terrace Health Center. He was the husband of
Mrs. Florence (Thomas) Thompson of Waterbury.
Mr. Thompson was born July 25, 1928, in Laurens, South
Carolina, a son of the late Albert and Bertha (Winfrey)
Thompson. He was educated in the South Carolina public school
system before moving to Waterbury, where he resided until his
He served in the United States Army during the Korean War and
four years in the Army Reserve. He was employed by Uniroyal for
33 years until his retirement in 1983. Mr. Thompson was an avid
Mets fan, enjoyed playing the lottery, reading the newspaper and
was a jokester. He loved his family, especially the
In addition to his wife of 58 years, he is survived by three
daughters, Linda Lee (Benjamin) Rhodes, Alberta Thompson and
Trena (Chris) Reeves, all of Waterbury; one son, Lee G. Thompson
of Austin, Texas; nine grandchildren, Marc, BJ, Toya, Gregory,
Lissa, Christopher, Manny, Michael and Jamel, all of Waterbury;
five great-grandchildren, Zaria, Shya, Jurnee, Davion and
Xavier, all of Waterbury; several nieces, nephews, cousins,
extended family and friends. He was predeceased by one son,
Larry Thompson, one grandson, Michael Henry Rhodes, five
brothers and four sisters.
Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012,
at Chapel Memorial Funeral Home, 35-37 Grove St., Waterbury,
with the Rev. Thomas Mallory officiating. Burial will be in New
Pine Grove Cemetery with full military honors. Calling hour will
be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The family will
receive friends at the funeral home from 10:30 a.m. until the
time of service and at all other times at the home of his
daughter, Linda Rhodes, at 111 Dikeman St., Waterbury.
Thompson, Tommy F.
Tommy F. Thompson died September 25, 2005. He was in the 1st Marine Division, 1st Battalion in Korea.
More information will follow as submitted.
Thornton, James H.
James H. Thornton, 77, of Toledo, passed away Thursday, October 19, 2006, in his home. Born October 7,
1929, in Toledo to Francis "Pat" and Grace (Brown) Thornton, he graduated from Central Catholic High
School in 1947. Jim was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a drill instructor from
February, 1949 until he was honorably discharged in October, 1952. Jim was a member of the First Marine
Division H-3-1 and served his country in the Korean War where he earned a Purple Heart. Jim was a member
of the Catholic War Vets, Logsdon_Walla Post #639.
He worked as a tool and die maker first for the Electric Auto-Lite Company and then for the Champion
Spark Plug Company where he worked for 32 years, retiring in February 1991. Jim was a devoted and loving
husband and father. He spent many years coaching his kids and made it a point to never miss a game. He was
a member of the Men's Club of Little Flower Parish where he was very active in volunteer work. He also
volunteered his time as a ticket taker at St. John's Jesuit High School basketball games for many years
while his sons attended.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Rosemary Holliday and brother, Robert Thornton. He is
survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Nancy J. (Gozdowski) Thornton; children, David and Julie (Jordan)
and their children, Patrick and Ben; Kevin and his children, Karli (Josh) Woggon and Sam; Valerie and John
Myers and their children, Jonathan, Jeremy and Justin; Mark and Christine (Samiec) and their children,
Katie (fiance, Mike Evangelist), Betsy, Alex and Marcus; Paul and Sue (Creque) and their children, Andy
and Chris; Mike and Micki (Jobuck) and their children, Andrea, Chelsea and Jenny; Connie and Darrel Limes
and their children, Jenna and Jessica; great-granddaughter, Maggie Woggon; brother, Richard (Theresa)
Thornton; sister-in-law, Roberta Thornton; brother-in-law, Charles "Sandy" Holliday of Crystal Springs, MS
and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Thomas I. Wisniewski Funeral Home, 2456 North Reynolds Rd. (419-531-4424) from
1-8 p.m. Sunday, October 22, 2006. Scripture services will be at held at 4 p.m. and the Catholic War Vets
Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10 a.m. at
Little Flower Catholic Church where friends will be received after 9 a.m. Burial, Resurrection Cemetery.
Those wishing a memorial for Jim may consider Little Flower Church, Hospice of Northwest Ohio or an
organization of their choice.
The family wishes to thank all the friends and neighbors who have been so supportive these last 13-1/2
years. A special thank you to Father Joe, Jane Paquette, the nurses from Caring Services and Hospice of
Northwest Ohio, especially nurse, Diane Braker. Dad, you will be missed!
Thyng, Harrison R.
Brigadier General Harry Thyng died on September 24, 1983.
He was one of only seven Americans to become an ace in two wars,
and was a Silver Star recipient during the Korean War (his third
Harry Thyng was born on April 12, 1918, in Laconia, New
Hampshire. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant of
infantry in the United States Army Reserve through the Army ROTC
program at the University of New Hampshire on May 27, 1939, and
entered the Aviation Cadet Program of the U.S. Army Air Corps on
June 27, 1939 Lieutenant Thyng was awarded his pilot wings
at Kelly Field, Texas, on March 24, 1940, and then served with
the 94th Pursuit Squadron of the 1st Pursuit Group at Selfridge
Field, Michigan, from March to October 1940. Lieutenant
Thyng next served with the 41st Pursuit Squadron of the 31st
Pursuit Group, first at Selfridge Field and later at Baer Field,
Indiana, from October 1940 to January 1942.
He then became the first commander of the 309th Fighter
Squadron under the 31st Fighter Group, moving with the group to
New Orleans, Louisiana, in February 1942, and then deployed to
England in June 1942, flying British Spitfires.
Major Thyng led the first American fighter raids out of
England during this time, and commanded the 309th through the
North Africa invasion in November 1942, until returning to the
U.S. in May 1943. He was credited with the destruction of
five enemy aircraft in aerial combat plus two probables and
three damaged between August 1942 and May 1943. After
recovering from injuries he received in North Africa, Colonel
Thyng completed P-47 Thunderbolt training and then took command
of the 413th Fighter Group at Bluethenthal Field, North
Carolina, in November 1944.
He moved with the group to le Shima in June 1945, and was
credited with another probable air victory before returning to
the U.S. in October 1945. During this time he flew on the
long-range escort mission of the B-29 Boxcar on the second
atomic bombing mission against Nagasaki, Japan, on August 9,
1945. After the war, Colonel Thyng transitioned into the
P-80 Shooting Star jet fighter and served as a jet fighter
instructor for the Air National Guard from September 1947 to
He was commander of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing in Korea
from November 1951 to October 1952, during which time he was
credited with the destruction of five enemy aircraft in aerial
combat plus four damaged, for a two-war total of ten destroyed
in the air, three probables, and seven damaged. He shot
down most of his "damaged" aircraft, but had a practice of
giving victories to his wingmen who protected him in combat.
After Korea, Colonel Thyng served as Deputy for Operations
with Headquarters, Western Air Defense Force, at Hamilton AFB,
California, from December 1952 to June 1954, and then commander
of the 4702nd Defense Wing at Geiger Field, Washington, from Jne
to October 1954. His next assignment was as commander and
vice commander of the 9th Air division at Geiger Field from
October 1954 to July 1957.
Colonel Thyng attended National War College from July 1957 to
July 1958, and then served with Headquarters U.S. Air Force in
the Pentagon until January 1959. He next served with the
Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, D.C., from
January 1959 to October 1960, followed by service as commander
of the Duluth Air Defense Sector at Duluth Municipal Airport,
Minnesota, from October 1960 to July 1963.
General Thyng was vice commander of the Northern NORAD Region
at RCAF North Bay in Ontario, Canada, from July 1963 to January
1966 until his retirement from the Air Force on April 1, 1966.
After retiring from the Air Force, Harry ran for the U.S. Senate
in New Hampshire, but lost to the incumbent candidate. He
also founded the New England Aeronautical Institute which later
merged with Daniel Webster Junior College and became Daniel
Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Tieman, Stanley "Spud"
Stanley E. "Spud" Tieman, 81, of Ivesdale, Illinois, passed away at 9:25 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 27, 2011)
at his residence in Ivesdale. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 2, 2011,
at Roux-Hinds Funeral Home, 348 N. Piatt St., Bement. The Rev. Larry Hallman will officiate. Visitation
will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 1, also at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Hammond
Cemetery, Hammond. Military graveside rites will be given by the Albert Parker American Legion Post 620,
Spud was born on July 20, 1930, in Sadorus, Illinois, a son of William H. and Essie P. Dehart Tieman.
He married Phyllis Shumard on June 29, 1958, in Bement and later renewed their vows on July 25, 2010, in
Surviving are three sons, Harry O. (Angie) Binion of Atwood, Trent W. Tieman of Russell Springs, Ky.,
and Ted (Debra) Tieman of Bement; and two daughters, Teal (Larry) Dalton of Tolono and Trea Carver of
Glasgow, Ky. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, Ben Binion and Dawna Binion, Erin (Jason) Williams, Jake
Jordan, Bernie Ganley, Rachel Madden, Jacque (Matt) Clemmons, Tara Zook, Dawson Tieman, Tyler Tieman,
Megan Tieman and Brittany Tieman, 10 great-grandchildren, four step-grandchildren; and five
step-great-grandchildren. Other survivors include a brother, Louie (Wilma) Tieman of Bement; and two
sisters, Bernadine Hamilton and Mary Ellen (Rocky) Brashear, both of Houston, Texas. He was preceded in
death by his parents, one great-grandson, Chase Carver; three brothers and one sister.
Spud was a Army veteran of the Korean War and he retired from the State of Illinois Highway Department.
He was a 60-year member of the Albert Parker American Legion Post 620, and he was the last survivor of the
first honor guard firing squad. His hobbies included landscaping and he loved to build model airplanes and
large doll houses. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and most loved the time he spent with
his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Albert Parker American Legion Post 620 or the Ronald McDonald
House in Louisville, Ky.
Tims, Robert E. Jr.
Robert E. Tims, Jr., 75, Safety Harbor, Florida, entered into rest Thursday, February 21, 2008, at his
home. A graveside military memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2008 at two o’clock, at
Sylvan Abbey’s Memorial Park in the Garden of Honor, Safety Harbor, FL. Senior Paster Eric Bargerhuff,
Ph.D., of Clearwater Community Church will officiate. An Honor Guard detail will consist of members from
the Florida Suncoast Korean War Veterans Chapter 14, who will perform a three-volley salute, the folding
and presenting of the American flag to the next of kin and the playing of “Taps.” The Sylvan Abbey Funeral
Director is in charge of arrangements.
Robert E. Tims, Jr. was born December. 15, 1932, to Robert E. and Marion S. Tims in Camden, NJ. He had
an older sister, Elva May, and two younger siblings, David Joel and Phyllis Ann. The family owned the Tims-Cinnaminson
House Restaurant on Route 130 where Robert worked as a young boy. He graduated from Palmyra High School in
1950 and proposed to his high school sweetheart, Wanda Bruce Wright, in 1952. Following his graduation he
was drafted into the U.S. Army Infantry. He was stationed at Camp Kilmore, NJ and received training at
Indian Town Gap, Pa and Breckenridge, KY (101st Airborne), then was sent to serve in Korea from March 1953
to December 1954. He proudly and bravely served in the 26th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons
Battalion, 24th Infantry Division in the Punch Bowl, handling half-track mounted quad .50 caliber machine
guns. He also served in Masan and Sang-dong. He was honorably discharged from the service as Corporal 1st
Class in February 1955.
When he returned home, he resumed working as Produce Manager for American Stores in Morristown, NJ. He
married Wanda Wright on March 2, 1955, and they celebrated 52 years of marriage. Robert worked for Jay
Whitman and Sons doing heating and air conditioning installation and eventually became a self-employed
contractor in the 1960’s. He personally built their dream home. He also held managerial positions
for Sears and Roebuck until moving his family to Clearwater, Florida in 1980. He retired from the City of
Dunedin after 14 years of service in 1998.
Robert enjoyed camping with is family, fishing with his best friend, Harry Wenger, a World War II
veteran, and going on numerous trips with his wife through the years. He also enjoyed celebrating
Thanksgiving and Christmas with his family, cooking, and shopping at Super Wal-Mart.
He is survived by his wife Wanda of Safety Harbor; three daughters, LuAnn Streebel and her husband
James, Virginia Johnson and her husband William, Sara Ann and her husband Francis; two sons, Robert E.
Tims III and Thomas Arthur and his wife Victoria; six grandchildren Tracey Lynn and her husband Josh
Willey, Kelly Ann and her husband Greg Kamprath, Zachary Thomas and Logan Gregory Tims, and Joseph Anthony
and Carly Ana Matera; three great-grandchildren; Shy, Moni and Bryce Willey. He was preceded in death by
his parents and two sisters.
Tolen, Delbert Franklin
Delbert F. Tolen died in Grand Junction on June 25, 2004. He was born October 20, 1930 to Elmer
Tolen and Minnie Etta Klohne Tolen in Peru, Indiana, where he grew up. Delbert moved to Montezuma,
Colorado in 1948, where he worked at Climax and other smaller mines, and he considered Colorado home
from then on.
He joined the Army in 1951 and served in the Korean War in Company A of the 5th
Regimental Combat Team. On May 02, 1953, he was wounded in the right arm by Chinese Communist (CCF)
actions. He continued to serve as an Infantry Platoon Leader until May 28, 1953 when he was appointed
Executive Officer, Company A, 5th RCT. He received both the Purple Heart and Silver Star while serving
at Outpost Harry.
During the defense of Outpost Harry by Company A, Lieutenant Tolen was responsible for
leading the counter attack platoon up the trenches to repel the enemy in the event the CCF breached the main
fortifications. The outpost's restricted size provided positions for only two plus infantry platoons.
Lieutenant Tolen organized the remaining members of the company at a medical bunker located at the bottom of
the outpost. In the early morning of June 13, 1953, Lieutenant Tolen received word that the situation
on the outpost was critical. He organized his men into assault groups and led tem through devastating
mortar, artillery and small arms fire. He engaged the enemy in hand-to-hand combat. Lieutenant
Tolen succeeded in leading his men and repulsed the attacking enemy forces.
After being discharged he
returned to Colorado where he met and married Alice Mae Berg in 1954. He graduated from the Colorado
School of Mines in 1957 with a professional degree in Petroleum Refining Engineering. He worked at
various refineries throughout his career in Colorado and other states. Delbert and Alice returned to
Colorado where they lived in Golden and finally settled in Grand Junction.
Delbert was a member of the Breckenridge Masons Lodge #47, the Colorado School of Mines Alumni
Association, and the Elks Lodge. He had a lifelong love of the outdoors and the Colorado mountains,
and an abiding interest in mining and geology. He also had a love of history, particularly of the
Civil War. He loved to read and he thought deeply on many things and loved vigorous discussion.
Delbert is survived by his wife Alice Mae; five sons and their wives, David and Lee of Aspen, Peter and Chris of
Castle Rock, Stuart and Stephanie of Olathe, Edward and Tracey of Fruita, and Malcolm and Cathy of Golden; two
brothers, Wayne and Leon; a sister Vivian Stanton; 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Delbert
was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Jim Tolen and a sister Miriam Tolen Townsend.
Among his awards
are the CIB, Silver Star, Purple Heart, Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, United Nations
Service Medal and the National Defense Medal. He was awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation. He was
also awarded the Parachute Badge and the Republic of Korea Wharang Distinguished Military Service Medal.
Del Tolen was awarded the National Infantry Association Order of St. Maurice in June 2002.
I am writing in to say that my Grandfather Patrick Toliver of the Company M 7th Regt 3rd who served in
Korea, and lost his legs in combat on March 31, 1950. Passed away in April of 1998. I have currently have
viewed some of his military records. I know that when he lost his legs, he was a CPL and his number was RA
15232567. His mos, I believe was Mos-005. He was taken to the Tokyo Army Hospital near Wongpong, Korea.
Any information you might have or pictures, would be greatly appreciated. He was a very dear man, and many
of us miss him so.
Contact: Pat's oldest granddaughter, AmyBeth1973@aol.com.
Triantafel, Steve G.
Steve G. Triantafel, a/k/a Steve G. Trent, veteran US Army Korean War, recipient of the Silver
Star, passed away on Friday, June 14, 2006. He died peacefully at his home in Illinois. His obituary
Steve G. ''Trent'' Triantafel, Veteran US Army Korean War, Recipient of the Silver Star. Beloved
husband of the late Candice, nee Kerbs; loving father of Lauren (Vicken) Alexanian; devoted son of the
late George and Martha Triantafel; proud grandfather of Andrew and Ashley Alexanian; dear brother of Anita
Chakos; fond uncle of Michael (Katherine) Chakos; great-uncle of Ainsley and Leland Chakos. Commander of
Hellenic Post #343 American Legion and a member of AHEPA Northwestern Chapter #388 and past Supreme
Governor Order of AHEPA. Visitation Monday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 6150 N.
Cicero Ave. Family and friends will meet Tuesday morning at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church 2727 W.
Winona St. Chicago for funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers,
donations to the Hellenic Post #343 Veterans Memorial Monument Fund 5765 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL
60659-4730 appreciated. Arrangements by John G. Adinamis Funeral Director, Ltd. 773-736-3833.
Published in the Chicago Tribune on 7/16/2006.
Turland, William C.A.
Turland, William C.A. Lifelong resident of the Detroit metropolitan area died on Monday, December 19,
2011. Mr. Turland served in the U.S. Army in World War II and the Korean War. He was awarded the Silver
Star Medal for Gallantry in Action for his service in Korea. Mr. Turland was a graduate of The Detroit
Institute of Technology and worked for forty-six years at Chrysler and then for ten years at Morrison
Knudsen and its successor, the Washington Group. Mr. Turland is survived by his wife of forty-seven years,
Joyce, his daughter Kathleen and her husband Greg Berzolla and three grandchildren, Zachary, Courtney and
Andrew. He is also survived by his sister Patricia Judd, his niece Deborah Hammond and a nephew David
Judd. A funeral service will be held at Christ Church Cranbrook on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 11:00
a.m. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery.
Tyler, Tommy Jean
Tommy Jean "Tom" Tyler, 77, of Danville, Illinois, passed
away at 12:50 a.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Kindred Hospital
in Indianapolis, Indiana. A service to celebrate his life
was held on March 6, and burial was followed in Spring Hill
He was born August 9, 1936, in Danville to Willis
and Mildred Wichman Tyler. He had been married to Karen
Kimball with whom he had two daughters. He later became
engaged to Rosie Moore. She survives. Also surviving
are his two daughters, Shelly Botkin of Tilton, Illinois and
Mrs. Rick (Kerry) Hulse of Gifford, Illinois; three
grandchildren, Morgan Bailey, Tony Hulse and Shelby Hulse;
great-granddaughter, Kimberlynn Neveah; a niece, Alice; and his
fiancee Rosie and her children, Mrs. Tim (Crystal) Shell and
Ricky Moore and his daughter, Tessa.
He was preceded in death
by his parents; his sister and brother-in-law, Sally and Kenny
Richards; a son-in-law, Ed Botkin; and Rosie's son, Eugene.
Tom had served his country by enlisted in the U.S. Navy in which
he served during the Korean War. He had been a member of
the Rossville American Legion.
Tom drove a truck for Fleming
and Weller Construction, worked in the mill at Cash and Carry
Lumber, and retired while working in the offices at NACCO.
He liked fishing and spending time outdoors, especially working
in his yard. Tom also loved to spend time with his family.