Fallen Comrades

Loving Husband, Father, and Grandfather Dale C. Clark died peacefully at home, surrounded by a loving family Tuesday evening April 17, 2018 after a brief illness at the age of 78 years. Dale was born October 4, 1939 in Almer Township, MI to the late Donald G. and Edwina P. (Thane) Clark. Dale has lived in this area for most of his life. Dale attended Faith Baptist Church, Saginaw. Dale proudly served his country as a SSGT (Ret.) in the United States Marine Corps, and retired from Disabled American Veterans. He was an avid golfer and MSU sports fan. Dale will be missed, but not forgotten for a life well-lived serving others. On December 19, 1970 Dale married Ms. Joyce E. McArdle, she survives him. A daughter; Heather (Travis) Hamilton, grandson; Jason Hamilton and granddaughter; Nicole Hamilton, sisters; Blanch (Brent) Hiller, Linda (Martin) Gamon, brothers; Lee (Gina) Clark and Ronald (Phyllis) Clark, sister-in-law; Jean McArdle, brothers-in-law; James (Cynthia) McArdle, Joseph (Deborah) McArdle, Robert (Vicki) Taylor and Jonathan Montel also survive Dale. Three sisters; Gladys Taylor, Judy Montel and Vickie Montel and two brothers; Paul Clark and John Clark have predeceased Dale.
A Memorial service will be held 11:30 a.m. Monday April 23, 2018 at Faith Baptist Church, Saginaw. Rev. Scott McIntyre will officiate. Per Dale’s wishes, cremation has already taken place. Burial of Dale’s cremains will be at a later date in Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, MI. Friends may call at the Faith Baptist Church, 4690 Tittabawassee Rd., Saginaw on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Wounded Warriors Project, Covenant VNA/Hospice of Saginaw or the donor’s favorite charity. Arrangements by the Cunningham/Taylor Funeral Homes, Inc. 310 E. Washington St., Freeland, MI 48623-0362.
It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny") passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us. It is a terrible loss that nobody was prepared for. He has meant so much to so many people. And, it is extremely difficult to truly quantify all of the great things this man has selflessly done for, and on behalf of, our many men and women in uniform. He has also contributed many iconic and indelible characters on film that will live on forever.
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman of Full Metal Jacket fame was a hard and principled man. The real R. Lee Ermey was a family man, and a kind and gentle soul. He was generous to everyone around him. And, he especially cared deeply for others in need.

There is a quote made famous in Full Metal Jacket. It's actually the Riflemen's Creed. "This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine."

There are many Gunny's, but this one was OURS. And, we will honor his memory with hope and kindness. Please support your men and women in uniform. That's what he wanted most of all.

Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed
Dr. Hiron Halvor Peck, Jr., a lifelong resident of Jacksonville was welcomed with open arms to his eternal home on Saturday, April 7, 2018. He was born to Hiron H. Peck and Dovie Susan Wofford on September 2, 1934 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Peck lived most of his life in the Southside and moved to the Northside in 2000. He attended Hendricks Avenue Elementary School, Assumption and Landon High School and Jacksonville Technical School.

In 1953, Dr. Peck joined the United States Marine Corps and trained at Parris Island, South Carolina. After basic training, Dr. Peck attended Drill Instructor School at Parris Island and completed his tour as a Drill Instructor.

After returning home in 1955, he joined with his father in a family construction business started in 1944 and worked closely together until Peck Sr’s passing in 1976. Dr. Peck has continued the family business until his health declined.

Dr. Peck had a strong commitment to community, friends and neighbors and served in many capacities of service: Chairman – Opportunity Branch YMCA, Director of Central Branch YMCA, Director – Associated General Contractors, Chairman – Metal Buildings Dealers Association, Chairman – Building Codes Adjustment Board for City of Jacksonville, President – 10 years of Marine Corps Drill Instructors Association of Florida, Member of Hospitality Unit of Morocco Shrine and other service entities.

Dr. Peck was a licensed General Contractor and Real Estate Broker.

In 1996, he felt God’s calling in his life and enrolled at Jacksonville Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated with three Doctorates in 1998. He was ordained and served as Associate Pastor at Franklin Street Baptist Church and later served as Associate Pastor at Wingate Road Baptist Church.

Dr. Peck was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters, Louella Bales and Inez Johnson and 1 brother Tommy Peck.

Surviving family include his wife, Linda Diann Hanson Waarum Peck; 4 children: Thomas Waarum, Christopher Peck, Hiron H. Peck, III and Bonnie Gail Dietrich; 6 grandchildren: Samantha Dyann Waarum, Ashtyn Elizabeth Waarum, Richard “J.J.” Dietrich, Jennifer Reisch, Vincent Dietrich and Shawn Peck; 9 great grandchildren; several cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

A celebration of life service will be held at 12:00 PM on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Duval Station Baptist Church, 13734 Lyle Road, with Pastor Jimmy Flanagan, officiating.

His family will receive friends from 1 hour prior to the service from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the church.

Graveside service with Military Honors will be held at 2:00 PM at Jacksonville National Cemetery, procession lane # 3.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Duval Station Baptist Church Building Fund. (www.duvalstationbaptistchurch.com)

Peeples Family Funeral Homes is serving the Peck Family.
SGT MAJOR Bruce R. Anderson, 77, USMC Retired, husband of Eliza Fuller Anderson of Beaufort, SC died Saturday, 27 January, 2018 at Beaufort Memorial Hospital surrounded by family and friends. The family will receive friends on Thursday, 15 February, 2018 from 5 7 pm at Anderson Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, 16 February 2018 at 12:30 pm, Carl Anderson Memorial Chapel with interment immediately following at Beaufort National Cemetery with full military honors. click here for more information
We are very sorry to announce the passing of SgtMaj Robert E. Cleary the 10th SgtMaj of the Marine Corps. SgtMaj Cleary passed away on 11 February 2018.
Sergeant Majorobert E. Cleary
was the tenth Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, serving in this position between 1983–1987. He was the last Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps to have served in the Korean War. He was the last Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps to have served in the Korean War.
Sergeant Major Cleary was born in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, on 2 June 1931, and graduated from Holyoke Trade High School in May 1949. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on 24 October 1951.
He underwent recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, then attended a nine-week Demolition Specialist Course at Schools Battalion, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where he was promoted to private first class. Upon completion of the school, he was assigned as the Battalion Demolition Specialist, Company B, 7th Engineer Battalion at Camp Pendleton, California. Promoted to corporal, he remained with the 7th Engineer Battalion until April 1953.
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1Sgt. Ralph Carrop It is sad news when one hears of one of our men from HMM-261 passed away on 30 December 2017.
Private Graveside Services were held for Myron F. "Gunny" Mlachak at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio.
Myron was born August 20, 1930 in Cleveland and passed away June 20, 2017 in Concord Township with his family at his side.
Gunny retired from the U. S. Marine Corps after 20 years (1948-1968). Gunny began his career as a Marine fighting at Chosen Reservoir, Korea and ended it fighting at Khe Sanh, Vietnam. Two of the iconic battles in Marine Corps History. During the remaining 20 years he served in the Lebanon conflict, and saw 32 Countries and every State in the Union except Alaska. A patriot who placed God, Country and Family above all.
After retiring from the Corps he became a golf pro at Grantwood Country Club (Solon, OH) and then Painesville Country Club. After leaving Painesville Country Club he embarked on numerous diverse adventures. Myron and his love of his life Thelma enjoyed traveling, especially to his Marine Corps Reunions, gardening, their birds, watching the hawks, " Mr. & Mrs. Herman," his collies, daily gin games with his "Darling" and all the Acey Ducey games with his brother Chick.
Things his kids remember most:
If the ape is tearing down the flag then you're in trouble. Naked Pizza. Throw the bones out the window to feed the raccoons. Its noon someplace. Your children are your monument. If I was any better I'd be perfect. Get over here so I can look at you. Slugs. Chocolate ice cream. Ripped up rain suit; 13 and old Ford; Christmas Eve, A Spare tire, and A snow bank. Sunshine. 4-2-9. Who is everybody. Pinky's. My Shadow. I Love You.
He is survived by the love of his life, Thelma Mlachak; sons, Myron (Paula) Mlachak, and Mark (Donna) Mlachak; daughters, Debbie (Ken) Wheeler, Wendy (Alan) Delisio and Shirley Ann Mlachak; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Gerald (Nancy) Mlachak; sisters, Marcia Mlachak and Connie Keough and many nieces and nephews and friends.
Gunny was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Frances (Goeheli) Mlachak, brothers, Harvey, Norman and Dennis Mlachak; and his sister Evelyn Gordon.
Semper Fi
With a heavy heart the East Coast DI Association announces that we have lost SgtMaj "Iron Mike" Mervosh--he passed away on Wednesday, 31 October 2017. Iron Mike was a Marine Corps icon--a Marine who first served with the Fourth Marine Division from its start to finish, making numerous amphibious landings on island in the South Pacific that included some of the most ferocious battling in all of the South Pacific campaign. SgtMaj Mervosh held the rank of sergeant major for 19 1/2 years and was the senior-most enlisted man in the entire US military at the time of his retirement.

Jospeh Pannasch USMC (Ret)
GySgt. Joseph James Pannasch, 80, USMC, Retired, widower of Eva Diana Pannasch, of Beaufort, SC, died Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at his residence. The family will receive friends on Monday, May 15, 2017 from 11:30am to 12:30pm at Anderson Funeral Home with the funeral
to follow at 1:00pm in Carl Anderson Memorial Chapel with interment in Beaufort National Cemetery with full military honors.


John Philip "Phil" Brnett USMC (Ret)
John Philip “Phil” Barnett, age 82 of Pompton Lakes, passed away peacefully at home with the comfort of family by his side on Monday February 1, 2016, after bravely battling ALS.

Phil was born in Lyndhurst, NJ to John and Edith Barnett. He spent his entire childhood in Lyndhurst and graduated from Lyndhurst High School in 1952. While he was in High School, he met the love of his life, Josephine ”Jo” Natoli. They became High School sweethearts and were destined to spend the rest of their lives together. While in High School , Phil enlisted in the United Sates Navy received training in Newport, RI. more info


Mitchell J. Haddock USMC (Ret)
Mitchell J. Haddock, Millington , TN, Sgt Maj Mitchell J Haddock USMC Retired, of Millington, TN passed away 26 May 16 and has moved on to his next duty station. Survived by Darlene Harmon Haddock, his beloved wife; Sgt. Major Brad Coppes, his son; Terri Coppes, daughter-in-law, and Laurie Michelle...


William L. "Bill" Throne, Jr.
Beaufort, South Carolina - William L. "Bill" Throne Jr 1st Sgt. United States Marine Corps, 85, of Beaufort, died Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at his residence.
Mr. Throne was born March 30, 1931 in York, PA. He was a son of the late William L Throne Sr. and the late Rosella Ness Throne. He graduated in 1949 from Will Penn Sr. High School, York, PA. Mr. Throne served 24 years active duty and 2 year reserves with the United States Marine Corps. While in the Marine Corps, he served 1 tour of duty in Korea and 2 tours of duty in Viet Nam. In addition to his parents, Mr. Throne is predeceased by his wife, Betty L. Throne, siblings Thelma Faircloth Henise and Pearl Lau.
Mr. Throne is survived by his children Michael (Terri), Mark (Ana), Bill (Rhonda) all of Beaufort, Scott (Tena) of Monks Corner, and James K. Throne of Virginia Beach, VA; siblings Philip (Dolores) Throne of York, PA, Barbara Crumbling of Dover, PA, and Sheila Winand of York, PA; 9 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
The family of Mr. Throne will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 22nd at Copeland Funeral Service-One Copeland Drive, Beaufort. A graveside service for Mr. Throne will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 23rd at Beaufort National Cemetery, with United State Marine Corps honors.


William J. McGrane
MCGRANE William J. McGrane (87) 1stSgt USMC (ret) of Orange Park, FL died on 12/20/2016 after battling an illness. 1stSgt McGrane, was the son of the late John P. & Mary F. (nee McGuire) McGrane Sr. of Salem, MA. 1stSgt McGrane, born in Salem, attended St. Mary's Parochial School and graduated from Salem High. Following a 4 year enlistment in the USN, the 1stSgt joined the United States Marine Corps and served during the Korean, Vietnamese and Cold War periods. He was a Marine's Marine who retired from the USMC after 25 years of service. He was a life member of the USMC Drill Instructor Assoc., Marine Corps League, VFW, Subic Bay Marines, Associations for the USS Salem CA-139 and USS Saipan CVL-48, and the DAV. 1stSgt McGrane, a long time resident of Orange Park, was a loyal parishioner of Saint Luke's Catholic Church, and an active member of the YMCA. He also participated in many MCL activities and enjoyed collecting/distributing bicycles for the Toys for Tots program. He is preceded in death by Mary E. (nee McNerney) McGrane, his lovely, devoted wife of 32 years, several brothers and sisters. He is survived by his five children and their spouses, many grandchildren, great-grand children, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and an amazing group of brothers-in-arms and friends. In lieu of flowers kindly make a donation in the 1stSgt's name to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society attn: Development 875 N. Randolph Street, Suite 225 Arlington, VA 22203. Semper Fi and God Bless America. Funeral services for William McGrane will be held 11AM Thursday, December 29, 2016 at St. Lukes Catholic Church 1606 Blanding Blvd, Middleburg, FL with Father Edward Rooney officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednsday, December 28, 2016 from 5PM-7PM at Jacksonville Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 111 Blanding Blvd, Orange Park, FL. Click for more info


Terry "Ted" E. Bryant, November 14, 1935 - June 6, 2015
Terry ("Ted") Edward Bryant went to be with his Lord on June 6, 2015. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Ted was born November 14, 1935, on a small farm in Piney Grove, North Alabama to Earl and Amy Bryant. He served his country proudly for 20 years in the United States Marine Corps, both overseas and stateside, finishing his active duty career as a recruiter in Brevard and Indian River Counties ensuring the strength of the Marines would continue. He would eventually go on to work with Pan American World Airways until suffering his first heart attack at age 47. Not one to be deterred, he continued pursuing hobbies that brought him joy. He was an avid painter and enjoyed spending time outdoors planting over his garden. But his favorite pastime, which will be his legacy, was the never ending love he had of family.

He is predeceased by his parents and his sister Marilyn and brother Ronald. Ted is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Renee , son William ("Bill") and daughter-in-law Martha, daughter Shannon and son-in-law Cecilio, four grandchildren Andrew, John, Paige and Max, and great grand-daughter Norah; brother Phillip Bryant and sister Sonya Bryant Duke and their families all of whom he loved beyond measure. He is also survived by many close friends, particularly the Veterans at the West Palm Beach Veterans Administration Living Facility.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, June 13, 2015, at noon, at Trinity Wellsprings Presbyterian Church, 638 South Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach, FL.

The Bryant family greatly appreciates and thanks you for your prayers and sympathy. We are comforted in the knowledge that Ted is finally at peace with the Savior, removed of his pain.


Sgt Hugh (Krampe) O'Brian, (April 19, 1925 - September 5, 2016)
We have lost one of our most storied members--Sgt Hugh (Krampe) O'Brian. Hugh passed away on Monday, 5 September. He was 91 years old when he passed away, and was just 17 years old when he was assigned to be a drill instructor after graduating as Honor Man of his platoon as a PFC. That was back in 1943 when all available NCOs were being called to the Pacific war-front. He became the youngest DI in Marine Corps history. He achieved the rank of sergeant before his discharge and then went into a career as an actor. He became the star of the "Wyatt Earp" TV show and became one of the biggest TV and movie stars of the period. Hugh's real last name is "Krampe" but on his first role as an actor they misspelled it "Krape" so he decided to take his mother's maiden name of "O'Brien", but that also got misspelled as "O'Brian" so he just kept it as "O'Brian". Hugh often attended our DI reunions and was always a huge attraction for our members. He was an adept magician and would entertain members with his magic tricks. Hugh was also a generous donor to the Association and once was high bidder on Crow Crawford's golf bag, which he then donated back to the Association for future auctioning--we have auctioned it off every year since. Hugh O'Brian is survived by his wife Virginia. Hugh was a true icon and he will be sorely missed by all. Semper Fidelis Sgt Krampe!


Robert H. McGale, (July 15, 1931 - August 15, 2016)
Robert H. McGale, 85, of East Matunuck, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family, Monday, August 15, 2016. He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years Lorraine (Senn) McGale, as well as his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am Saturday in St. Romuald Chapel, 61 Atlantic Avenue, Matunuck. Visiting hours are respectfully omitted and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to South County Health, 100 Kenyon Avenue, Wakefield, RI 02879.


Darrell W. Jarrell, USMC, Ret., 81, of Port Royal and husband of Mary Ellen Jarrell, died Friday, August 12, 2016 at his home. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 5-7PM at Anderson Funeral Home. Service will be held Wednesday at 10:30AM at Port Royal Baptist Church, 707 Pinckney Blvd, Port Royal. Interment will follow at Beaufort National Cemetery.


Gene LeRoy Krivanek passed away on 11 March 2016 in California. Gene was a Charter Life Member. TAPS will be sounded for Gene on 20 May 2016 at the Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside California.


Memorial service for Jesse Louis Pacheco, 91, Lawrence will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April, 19, 2016 at First Christian Church. Inurnment will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery with Military Honors. He passed away Thursday, April 14, 2016 at his home. Click here for more info.


MAUTE, Robert A., 83, was retired from the USMC. He passed away Nov. 14, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Joanne; two daughters, Vickie Nelson (Robert) and Sharon Yattaw (Richard); and three grandchildren, Ryan, Shanna, and Kaylyn Nelson.

Brandon, Percy 'Gunny' E. 80 June 29, 1935 Jan. 08, 2016 Percy "Gunny" Brandon passed away Jan. 8, 2016 at Lebanon Veterans Care Home. A service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 at Evergreen Chapel, McMinnville. Interment will be in Willa- mette National Cemetery. To leave online condolences visit:

Richard Kester, was a DI in R Co, 3rd BN, in the mid 1960's  more information

Larry Ward, May 31, 1935 - July 2, 2015
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Captain Donald Hartman passed away April 16, 2015 at his home in Cape Carteret, NC. Capt. Hartman was a Drill Instructor in the early 60's.

First Sgt. Charles Carl Seabright Sr., U.S. Marine Corps (retired), 71, of Athens, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at his residence.

He was a native of Wheeling, W.Va., a former resident of North Carolina and a current resident of Athens for the past seven-and-a-half years. He was a son of the late Harry William and Sarah Virginia Groves Seabright, and was also preceded in death a brother, Christopher Douglas Felix; a sister, Dorris Mahar; and a daughter, Marsha Ann Seabright.

He was of the Methodist faith. He was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, having retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 20 years of service, and received two Purple Hearts. He was former commander of VFW 5146. He was an avid golfer and loved to travel.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Sandra Tucker Seabright; two sons, Charles Seabright Jr. of Odenville, Ala., and Robert Seabright of Asheville, Ala.; two daughters and one son-in-law, Leslie and Roger Carter of Athens, and Pamela Welch of Athens; one brother, Bud Seabright of Ashtabula, Ohio; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty and Hubert Burkhart of Jefferson, Ohio, Grace Kopp of Cleveland, Ohio, and Eileen and Alfred Felix of Washington, Pa.; 12 grandchildren, Amanda Kelley, Ronald Batchelor, Sandra Batchelor, Cherilyn Carter, Marsha Whitcomb, Elizabeth Welch, Joanna Welch, Merry Brock, Charlie Seabright, III, Joseph Seabright, Jessica Seabright, and Nicholas Seabright; 12 great-grandchildren; nephew, George Tucker of North Carolina; and several other nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, in the chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Faye Forgety, 120 County Road 447, Athens, TN 37303.





GySgt Harold B. West, one of the original Life Members. He passed in January 2015.
Sgt. Major U.S.M.C. (Ret.) WINDER, Ga. - Edward Platt Grealish Jr., 76, of Winder GA died Monday, February 16, 2015. He was born in Augusta, GA, August, 19, 1938. Ed was educated in Sacred Heart Elementary School and the Boys Catholic High School, in Augusta, GA. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on August 19, 1955 and retired on February 29, 1980. While on active duty, his primary military occupation specialties were infantry, reconnaissance, and drill instructor. This included three tours as a drill instructor, three tours in Vietnam, and other outstanding duty stations. Ed's decorations include The Bronze Star with Combat V for valor, three awards of the Purple Heart Medal, two awards of the Navy Achievement Medal, three awards of the Presidential Unit Citation, and eight awards of the Marine Corps Good Conduct, along with many other unit awards. Ed was a Gold Legacy Life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars where he served as an All-State Post Commander, Outstanding District Commander, and All American State Commander. He was also a Life Member of the Purple Heart Association, Life Member of Marine Corps League (Augusta, GA), life member of American Veterans (Statham, GA), member Legion Post 163 (Statham, GA), and Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 262 (Winder, GA). Ed was assigned to many national committees with the National Headquarters, VFW. He fell in love with the National Military Assistance Team, which was just starting up. After this assignment, he was offered the job as the Military Assistance Chairman for a period of 3 years with the state of Georgia, where, through the generosity of the Post, Auxiliaries and Department Headquarters, much monetary help was provided to the deserving military families. It was during this time that Ed realized that the children of many active and deployed service members would be without Christmas. Ed established Operation Santa for all the military families of Georgia. He devoted much of his time to collecting toys from VFW members and other organizations and then distributing them all over Georgia. He believed that every child should have something for Christmas. He is preceded in death by both his parents: Edward P. Grealish Sr., and Mary Geraldine (Morton) Grealish as well as his sister Mary Catherine Sullivan (husband Harold). He is survived by his beloved wife, Carol Ann Grealish. Two sisters; Barbara (the late Bernard) Mulherin and Patricia (Tommy) McElveen. Two sons, Edward (Carol) P. Grealish III and Brian (April) P. Grealish, U.S.M.C. (ret.); Three daughters, Sharon (Geoff) Reynolds, Judi (Robert) Girardeau, and Lynda (Stacy) Weaver. Step-son, Troy Soukup , and step-daughter Debora (David) Frost. 16 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral Mass, officiated by Father Ted Johnson, will be Friday, February 20, 2015 at St. Mathews Catholic Church, 25 Wilkins Road SW, Winder GA 30680 at 11AM. Family will receive visitors immediately following Mass at Moose Lodge 262, 434 Hwy 211 NW, Winder GA. Internment will be at Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Milledgeville GA at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ed's name to the VFW We Care fund for Military Families. VFW Headquarters, PO Box 3025, Macon GA 31205-3025. Sgt. Major U.S.M.C. (Ret.)

Walt Harris passed away at 0130 7 October 2014. He will be buried in Pittsburgh PA.
First Sergeant Boyce M. Williamson Life Member #0839 passed away on 13 August 2014 at the age of 93. Boyce enlisted in the Marine Corps 12 October 1939, he attende boot camp at MCRD Parris Island, SC. He served in WWII and the Korean War. Boyce also served in China. he was a Drill Instructor at MCRD San Diego in the 50's. He retired from the Marine Corps 31 July 1960. In the mid 2000's he attended several reunions at Parris Island which he enjoyed very much.

Captain Romaine J. Deffes passed away on 30 April 2014.
GySgt Charles A. Love 82 passed away on Friday 31 January 2014. Charles was the Marine who played the recruit that killed the sand flea in the movie The DI with Jack Webb.
MSgt. Ed Conradt a board member from the West Coast Association passed away on the 25th of February 2014.
Kenneth "Ken" Wayne Barnes, 76, died August 17 at his home in Annapolis, after a lengthy illness.
Ken was born October 18, 1936 in Kilgore, TX to the late F.E. and Mattie Barnes. After graduating from high school in 1956, he entered the Unites States Marines. After retiring from the United States Marines as a Gunnery Sergeant , he enrolled at Anne Arundel Community College, where he received his Associates degree. He then enrolled in the University of Baltimore; receiving a bachelor degree in Criminal Justice in 1985.
He was employed at Anne Arundel Community College as the Chief of Security from 1981 to 1990. Then became a police officer with the Maryland Transportation Authority at B.W.I. Airport from 1993 to 2001.
He enjoyed playing golf and working in the yard. He was an assistant football coach for Davidsonville Youth Football and a member of the Annapolis Lutheran Church, and the East Coast Drill Instructors Association.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, F.E. Barnes and Robert Barnes.
Ken is survived by his wife, of 52 years, Gloria Barnes; sons Kenny Barnes of Annapolis, and John Barnes of Steamboat Springs, CO; one daughter, Beth Lucas of Ocean City; three grandsons, Garrett and Nathan Lucas, Kenny Barnes; one granddaughter, Arica Woodruff; and four great grandchildren.
Friends and family are invited to Ken's Life Celebration on Saturday, August 24 from 11am-12pm at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, where a funeral service will be held at 12pm. Interment Lakemont Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Annapolis Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1203 West St Suite F, Annapolis, MD 21403, or The Hospice of the Chesapeake, 90 Ritchie Hwy., Pasadena, MD 21122.
Edgar Wade Johnson
The Meridian Star
MERIDIAN — Services for Edgar Wade Johnson will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Reid Whittington officiating. Burial will be at Prospect Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Mr. Johnson, 76, of Meridian died Thursday at Bedford Care Center.

Johnson became a Marine in 1956 and went on active duty in 1959. He served in the Vietnam War and later became a drill instructor for three tours at the famous Parris Island Marine training facility in South Carolina.

He served a total of thirty years before retiring from active duty, at which time he went to the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas where he served for four years as a drill instructor.

In 1992, he returned home to Meridian and served four years as ROTC Instructor at Northeast High School. He was a member of Prospect Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his son, Rick Johnson and wife, Fran of Woodstock, Ga.; daughter, Terri Fisher and husband, Shane of Winston Salem, N.C.; and granddaughters, Heather and Holly Fisher.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Fredna Johnson.

The family requests memorials be made to the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, VA 22172 or www.toysfortots.org.

Family and friends may sign the online guest book at robertbarhamffh.com.

Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home and on Monday, 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Sergeant Major Jeff D. Federmeyer, 82, passed away at home October 5, 2013, after a short illness. He was born April 9, 1931, in Mingo Junction, Ohio.
Jeff had a long career with the United States Marine Corps, serving over 30 years. He saw combat action in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. His career highlights were a tour as a Drill Instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, where he helped shape new Marines, and a tour at the Officer's Candidate School in Quantico, VA. Before retiring, SgtMaj Federmeyer served as Station Sergeant Major at Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Arizona, and 3rd Marine Corps Air Wing Sergeant Major at El Toro, CA.
After retirement, Jeff enjoyed golf, travel, and staying in touch with his many friends.
He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Marian, sons Jeff Federmeyer and P. Jeff Federmeyer(Minda), his daughters Jody Clemenska (Dan) and Catherine Cashman (David), and his grandchildren Lindsay Brown (James), Kayla Guyer (Richard), and Nathan and Nicholas Cashman. He will be greatly missed by all who loved and respected him.
In accordance with Jeff's wishes, no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association in Jeff's name.
Semper Fi, Marine, Semper Fi.
Douglas "Barney" Barnett Mr. Barnett was a native of Amarillo, TX, a former resident of Denver, CO having currently resided in Carencro since 1969. He was a 1958 graduate of East High School in Denver, CO. Mr. Barnett joined the U.S. Marine Corps straight from high school where he served in Vietnam, Japan, Mediterranean and in the U.S.A. from 1958 to 1967. After leaving the service, he attended and graduated from Colorado Aero Tech in 1969, as an aircraft mechanic. Mr. Barnett was employed and retired from Petroleum Helicopter, Inc. of Lafayette where he worked from 1969 to 1990. After retirement, he worked part time for Omni, Inc. and Evergreen for over 10 years. Mr. Barnett was a member of the V.F.W and the American Legion Posts of Lafayette.
Survivors include his wife of forty two years, Beverly Jean Haskell Barnett of Carencro; one son, Lee Kenneth Boothby, Jr. and his wife, Janice, of The Woodlands, TX; five grandchildren, Katie Smith of The Woodlands, TX, Amber Drewett and her husband, Trey, of Ruston, Kenneth Ross Boothby and Zachary Lee Boothby, of The Woodlands, TX and Logan Baudoin of Carencro; one great grandchild, Peyton Rickoff of The Woodlands, TX; one brother, Don Barnett and his wife, Kim, of Port Orchard, WA; and one nephew, Morgan Barnett and his wife, Jamie and their son, Keenan Ray Barnett.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Reuben Barnett and the former Eula Mae Banta; and one daughter, Veronica Lynn Baudoin.
SgtMajor Robert B Robinson Sr. Passed away on 30 June, 2013 in Surprise, Arizona. He was a life member Since 1999. His son, Msgt Robert B Robinson Jr is also a Life Member, and was at his side at his time of passing. Of note, was that he was born on November 10, 1923.
SgtMaj Ted Arnold Jr. from Grand Prairie, TX passed away on Friday 7 June 2013. SgtMaj Arnold was Charter Life Member 0003.
Augustus Dan "Gus" Beligotti, 81, USMC Retired Captain, passed away at home surrounded by his family on Monday, April 1, 2013. He will be missed by all he touched with his wit!
Paul Wemyss - Chief DI 1964 - 66
Donald C. McCune, Sr. of Somerset, passed away peacefully on April 10, 2012 at The Patriot with his family surrounding him. He was born January 8, 1916 in Ottawa, Canada and is the son of the late Rev. James and Grace (Morrow) McCune. He is also preceded in death by his first wife, Jean (Work) McCune and son-in-law, John L. Risdon. He is survived by his wife to whom he was married for 28 years, Margaret (Limbacher) McCune; children, Carolyn J. Risdon of Puyallup, WA, Donald C. McCune, Jr. of San Diego, CA and Robert J. McCune and wife, Mary of Linwood, NJ; grandchildren, Beth Ann Green and husband, Trevor, Susan Jean Risdon, Angela Hale, MacKenzie E. McCune and Cameron J. McCune; great-grandchildren, Anthony John Green and Joshua Paul Green. Don was a graduate of Geneva College, Beaver Falls in 1938 with an AB degree in Economics and Business Administration. He entered the life insurance business in Pittsburgh with Fidelity Mutual Life in June of 1938. On leave from 1941 to 1946, he graduated from the FBI Academy and served as FBI Special Agent in the District of Columbia, Maryland, West Virginia and New York. In 1943 he was commissioned as an officer in the US Marine Corps at Quantico, VA and served as a Combat Intelligence Officer in the Central Pacific with the Fourth Marine Air Wing from 1944-1945.
William Frank Lankford passed away on June 16, 2012. He served in L Company 2nd Battalion from 1964 to 1966.
SgtMaj Joseph Monteleone passed away on December 16, 2012. Born in 1925 in Cumberland, MD, he moved to Central Florida in 1976. He was in the Marine Corps for 34 years, a veteran of WWII and the Korean War. He was also an instructor for ROTC with Lake Mary HS, Edgewater HS and University HS. Joseph was married to Jeannine for 57 years, he is survived by his son, Monte (Sarah); daughter Kim (Keith) Hastings; 4 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Kenneth Leo Bourgeois: Retired U.S. Marine Corps
Retired U.S. Marine Corps Major Kenneth Leo Bourgeois died July 8, 2011, at home following a valiant battle with cancer. He was 81 years old.

A native of New Orleans, he was the middle of seven sons of Robert Mitchell Bourgeois Sr. and Elizabeth E. Clark Bourgeois. He joined the Marine Corps in 1947 in New Orleans and served 26 years, retiring in 1973. In that time he served 14 years in the enlisted ranks, serving in combat in Korea and working as a drill instructor and recruiter. He was drawn into the officer corps and served two tours in Vietnam.

Ken was wounded in September 1952 in Korea at Kanmubong Ridge in the final drive of the Battle for the Punchbowl. He was not evacuated but was treated at the front and returned to battle.

Later in the 1950s, he was part of a small but important cadre of Marine observers at atomic tests at Frenchman Flat at the Nevada Test Site, witnessing blasts that included PRISCILLA and DIABLO. His Marine Corps service took him to Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Puerto Rico, Panama, Cuba, Hawaii, Wake Island and Guam.

After retirement, Ken worked in private business, including work as an exterminator. He and Edwana, his wife of almost 59 years, moved to their native New Orleans area from California in the late 1990s, living in Slidell. They remained there until they were forced to evacuate by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. They then moved to Shreveport where Ken was active in veterans affairs through such groups as the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Marine Corps League, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the 40 & 8, the American Legion and the Marine Corps Mustang Association. He also was a member of the board of the Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home in Bossier City. Survivors include his widow, Edwana Bourgeois; sons Michael Bourgeois of Jacksonville, N.C. and Kerry Bourgeois of Laguna Woods, Calif.; daughters Yvonne Vandgriffe of St. Louis, Mo. and Susan Cagle of Atlanta, Ga.; brother Otis Bourgeois of New Orleans; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and countless recruits he brought into the Marine Corps and mentored as a recruiter and DI. He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers: James Bourgeois, Clarence Bourgeois, Jerry Bourgeois, Rene Bourgeois and Robert Bourgeois Jr., bombardier of Doolittle Raider airplane No. 13.

Ken was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church and was presently serving as Lay Leader. A memorial service celebrating Ken's life was held at St. Luke's, 6012 Youree Drive in Shreveport, at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, with Rev. Terry Love officiating. Interment followed at the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery near Keithville, with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, Ken asked that memorials in his name be made to St. Luke's United Methodist Church - Children's Playground Fund.

Published in Shreveport Times on July 10, 2011
SgtMaj Walter Heim USMC (Ret) Jacksonville, NC
SSgt Charles A. Long San Angelo, TX
SSgt Leslie Little
On February 4th, 2012 SSgt Little passed away.
Monday, February 13, 2012 9:00 AM Viewing
11:00 AM Worship Service Shiloh Apostolic Temple 1516 W. Master Street Philadelphia, PA 19121
As previously announced, the Family and Friends Fellowship on Sunday and the Repast on Monday will be held at the Word Alive Worship Center at 801 West Luzerne Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140.
Sgt Major James F. Bowling, 22 Jan 2011