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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Kester, was a DI in R Co, 3rd BN, in the mid 1960's
Larry Ward, May 31, 1935 - July 2, 2015
Please don't send
flowers -- just your love.
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.
Sgt. Charles Carl Seabright Sr.,
U.S. Marine Corps (retired), 71,
of Athens, passed away on
Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at
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
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
George Tucker of North Carolina;
and several other nieces and
Memorial services will be 2
p.m. Saturday, May 2, in the
chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral
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
I AM SORRY TO SAY THAT MY DRILL INSTRUCTOR FROM 60 YEARS AGO HAS
PASSED AWAY. GUNNY WEST WAS MY HERO.
DURING MY CARRIER I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE WITH THE GUNNY. I
MET HIM WHEN I WAS ON I-I DUTY AND AGAIN DURING MY FIRST TOUR IN
THE GUNNY, IN ADDITION TO BEING A DRILL INSTRUCTOR AT SAN DIEGO,
SERVED 2 ADDITIONAL TOURS AT PARIS ISLAND. DURING HIS 2nd TOUR AT
ISLAND, HE WAS SGT.MAJ DAVE SOMMERS SERIES GUNNERY SGT.
GUNNY WEST WAS A LIFE MEMBER OF THE MARINE CORP DRILL INSTRUCTOR
ASSN. HIS MEMBERSHIP # WAS L0289.
I WILL MISS HIM. PLEASE KEEP HIM IN YOUR THOUGHTS.
MGYSGT USMC RETIRED
GySgt Harold B. West, one f the original Life Members. He passed in
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
with Combat V for valor, three awards of the
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
Life Member of Marine Corps League (Augusta, GA), life member of
American Veterans (Statham, GA), member Legion Post 163 (Statham,
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.
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.
"Ken" Wayne Barnes, 76, died August 17 at his home in Annapolis, after a lengthy
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
Frank Lankford passed away on June 16, 2012. He served in L Company 2nd
Battalion from 1964 to 1966.
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.
Leo Bourgeois: Retired U.S. Marine Corps
SHREVEPORT, LA - 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
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
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