USMC East Coast
Drill Instructors Association
West Coast DI Association is saddened to learn of the passing of Sergeant
Major Lonnie Long (Ret) on 15 December 2020. Lonnie was Charter Life Member
#0012 and was an original member of the National DI Association from the very
beginning. Lonnie was also part of the board members that brought the West Coast
DI Association into existence. He was the Chairman of the Legal Filings
Committee resulting in getting our official IRS 501 (c) (3) tax exempt status,
as well as getting our logo trademarked. In addition he drafted our first West
Coast DI Association by-laws. We could always count on his generous Duty Hut
donations of adult beverages as well as bringing several large trays of fried
chicken to the check-in night of our annual association events. Sergeant Major
Long attended DI School Class 8/71 at San Diego and was a drill instructor in
good standing from August 1971 till may 1974. A viewing will take place on
Wednesday, 30 December, between 1200 and 1300 hours at the Oceanside Mortuary,
however the viewing is limited to just ten family members. The funeral service
will take place at the Miramar National Cemetery on Wednesday, 30 December at
1430 hours. Miramar Cemetery will limit attendance to a maximum of 35 persons.
At this time we do not know how many have already committed to attend, and as a
result we suggest contacting Miramar Cemetery for more information about the
Semper Fidelis Sergeant Major Long!
Wesley Vierheller, 83, of Boomer, died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020,
at his home. He was born June 9, 1937, in Belmont County, Ohio. He
was a U.S. Marine. Graveside service will be Monday, Dec. 21, 2020,
at Salisbury National Cemetery.
Buchholz, 69, of Fannett, died Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at
Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, Beaumont.
Frank Fredrick Buchholz III was born November 25, 1950, in Beaumont,
Texas. To his parents Frank Frederick, Jr. and Mary Lou Buchholz.
Freddy was one of six siblings. Growing up in Beaumont he attended
school at Forest Park ISD and worked at M&M Air Service during his
high school days. Freddy was an athlete and loved the outdoors. He
had a passion for Baseball and played many years at the West End
Little League. Freddy inherited his passion for the outdoors from
his father Frank. Freddy went on to join The United States Marine
Corps in 1970 and attended Boot Camp at Camp Pendleton, California.
He married Debra Ann Cuniff July 30, 1971. He often referred to her
as the most beautiful woman he had ever laid eyes on. His endearing
nickname for Debbie was (HEN). He was stationed in Jacksonville,
North Carolina, then transferred to Beaufort, South Carolina where
he became a Drill Instructor. He was a drill instructor for 2 years.
This is where they started their family and Torri Ann Buchholz
arrived in 1973.
Freddy was honorably discharged from the Marine Corp and they moved
back to SETX. Justin Ray Buchholz was born in 1976 and his youngest
son, Seth Fredrick Buchholz, was born in 1982. Freddy worked with
his father building homes until he went into the Oil Field industry
in the 1980’s. Freddy shared his love for baseball with his boys and
coached them for several years. He loved all of his kids friends and
made a big impression on just about everyone he met. He made a
lifetime of friends that he held dear over the years. Freddy had
many friends and never met a stranger. Freddy loved socializing and
was never shy about stirring the pot a little with his friends or
just about everyone he met. Many called him the town Mayor. He had
countless memories Hunting and fishing with family and friends. The
tradition continues with his children and grandchildren. He was at
just about every ball game, Fishing Tournament, or singing event for
his grandchildren he could make. He was very proud of his grandkids.
One of his greatest joys was cooking and hosting large feeds. The
fellowship with family and friends was what he really enjoyed even
though it was intense fellowship at times. Lol. He was loved by many
and will be missed by all of us.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank and Ruby Buchholz
and Jesse and Hazel Robinson of Beaumont, Texas; parents, Frank
Buchholz and Mary Buchholz of Port Arthur, Texas; brother, Robin
Buchholz of Beaumont, Texas; sister, Nancy Buchholz Calfee of
Freddy is survived by his wife, Debbie Buchholz; daughter, Torri
Tucker and husband, Cory, of Fannett, Texas; son, Justin Buchholz
and wife, Tammie, of Fannett, Texas; son, Seth Buchholz of Fannett,
Texas; grandchildren, Mason Sonnier, Jadè Buchholz, Trent Buchholz,
Emma Buchholz, Drake Tucker, Catlin Tucker, and Tyler Teague;
great-granddaughter, Cami Johnson; sisters, Cindy Bison and husband,
Ben, of Port Arthur, Texas; Pam Cook of Beaumont, Texas; brother,
Danny Buchholz and wife, Anna, of Port Arthur, Texas; along with
many cousins, nephews and nieces whom he loved.
A gathering of Mr. Buchholz's family and friends will begin at 12:00
p.m., with his funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday,
November 10, 2020, at Sevenne Hall at Broussard Farm, 10714 East
Clubb Road, Beaumont. His interment will follow at Landrum Cemetery,
Fannett, under the direction of Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive,
Beaumont. A reception will follow his interment at Grace Community
Baptist Church, 22044 Burrell Wingate Road, Fannett.
Memorial contributions may be made to the PTSD Foundation of
America|Camp Hope, 9724 Derrington Road, Houston, Texas 77064 or to
Shriners Hospitals for Children, P.O. Box 863765 Orlando, Florida
Walton Stembridge, Jr. May 11, 1947 - October 13, 2020 Juliette, GA.
Roger Walton Stembridge, Jr., 73, passed away Tuesday, October 13,
2020. Private services will be held at a later date. In lieu of
flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Macon-Bibb
Law Enforcement Foundation, Attn: Patrick Goff, PO Box 6437, Macon,
Roger was born in Milledgeville, Georgia the son of Mildred Cox
Stembridge and Roger W. Stembridge, Sr. and was preceded in death by
his first wife, Virginia Stembridge. He was retired from the Macon
Bibb County Police Department as a former policeman and bailiff.
Roger loved the police department and at one time trained blood
hounds for the Macon Police Department for tracking purposes. He was
also employed by Snow's Memorial Chapel as a licensed funeral
director and embalmer where he worked for over 38 years. Roger was a
United States Vietnam Marine veteran having served from 1968-1969
and a Drill Instructor from 1969-1970 at Parris Island.
Roger is survived by his wife, Emma Gonzales Stembridge; daughter,
Andrea Murray (Erik); granddaughter, Autumn Murray; sister,
Katherine Norris; nephews, Benjamin and Jeffrey Norris.
Visit www.snowsmacon.com to express tributes.
Snow's Memorial Chapel, Bass Road, has charge of arrangements.
Major (USMC Retired) Walter “Wes” Melton, Jr., age 83 of Long Beach,
passed away Wednesday, September 16, 2020.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Dorothy Melton;
his daughter, Susan Breazeale; and his first wife, Doris Coward
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Melton; his sons, Mark Melton and
Gary Melton (Helen); his stepdaughter, Deidra Jacobs; his stepson,
Kyle Jacobs (Jessica); his granddaughter, Amelia Melton; his
step-grandsons, Gabe Jacobs, Sam Jacobs, and Micah Jacobs; his
half-sister, Chris Dobbs; and his brothers, David Melton and Charles
It's obvious when you looked at Sergeant Major Melton, it was
apparent that he had left an imprint on the Marine Corps. His
appearance would be immaculate from the spit shine shoes to the
razor sharp creases in his trousers. A young Marine would see an
example that he could strive to emulate. He told a story without
saying a word. The multi-colored ribbons he wore let the world know
that he not only spent a considerable time in the Marine Corps but
had contributed above and beyond in both combat and peacetime. His
face was a story in itself. As he talked about his career you would
see a multitude of emotions cross his usually stoic face. When
Melton talked about his combat you saw pain; when he talked about
his younger days in the Corps you saw a mischievous grin; and when
he talked about the Corps in general you saw pure joy.
Read full obituary here.
T Murphy, Jr. 87 of Center Township passed away on Saturday August
15 2020 at Heritage Valley Hospital after a brief illness.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents Edward T. Murphy, Sr. and
Hildegarde Wilhelmina (Ostro) Murphy of Aliquippa and his sisters
Elenore and Mary Katherine (Kate), and brother John (Jonny).
Ed attended Aliquippa high school before joining the Marine Corps.
After completing boot camp Murphy entered Drill Instructor School
where he quickly advanced to Drill Instructor at Parris Island.
Murphy was deployed to Korea where he led a machine gun section of
the Dog Co. 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines First Marine Division. Ed
carries the virtues of the Marine Corps throughout is life. When
Murphy retuned home he worked a number of years at Jones and
Laughlin Steel as a safety engineer. Ed’s career in safety took him
and his family to Rhode Island in 1970. There he setup different
safety programs for numerous companies and finished his career with
the Rhode Island Department of Transportation as Chief Field
Investigator. Ed was a deacon at the North Branch Presbyterian
Church, former Chairman of the Youth Committee of the Grange, former
President of the Rhode Island prevention of Blindness and former
President of the Rhode Island State Troopers Association. Ed enjoyed
hunting and fishing and was always in the kitchen cooking up a
storm. He loved photography and was always in search of the perfect
4 leaf clover. Ed never met a stranger and deeply cherished his time
spent with family and friends.
Ed leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Betty Louise (Patton) Murphy
of Center Township and their three boys and their spouses.
At Ed’s request there will be no services at this time.
In lieu of flowers donation to the Shriners would be appreciated.
Arrangements were entrusted to Simpson Funeral & Cremation Services,
1119 Washington Avenue, Monaca.
Earl Nadeau, May 14, 1932 – August 9, 2020
Jeffry was born May 14, 1932 in Lewiston, Maine, son of the late
Jeffery Earl and Louise Jalbert Nadeau and was married to Patricia
Rasmuson for 63 years. Surviving are his sister Gloria Huntoon, two
daughters, Gloria Blackwell and Julie Richardson, son in law, Hal
Richardson, two grandsons Shawn Boudreaux and Justin Richardson;
four great grandchildren, Timothy, Jules, Alexander and Caleb
Beaudreaux; nieces Jan and Renee; nephews Ronny and Scot; cousins,
Rick and wife Valle.
He served his country with honor as a U.S. Marine for 31 years as
Sgt. Major serving in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a Purple
Heart Recipient. He was an avid tennis player, golfer, and loved to
fish on his boat and was an expert in judo.
Jeffry retired to Beaufort-he loved the south and the water, enjoyed
wood carving and his yard. He was the best father and loved his
wife. He was funny and loved life and a beer or two with his friends
at the Amvets. He also enjoyed cooking and trying new things when he
Due to the Corona Virus, graveside services at Beaufort National
Cemetery with Marine Corps Honors will be private.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Friends of
Caroline Hospice, 1110 13th Street, Port Royal, SC 29935.
Major Ihor Sywanyk, USMC retired, 78 of Jacksonville, NC passed away
on Saturday, August 1, 2020. Sgt Maj Ihor Sywanyk is survived by his
bother Bohdan Sywanyk, nephew Adam Sywanyk and his three children,
Mykola Sywanyk, Andrea Sywanyk and Larisa Woodcock. He is also
survived by three grandchildren Joshua Sywanyk, Chelsie Sandford and
Xander Woodcock, step grandchild Janel Lucas and step great
grandchild Skyler Lucas. click
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Major Francis Thomas McNeive, 92, died on Friday, May 29, 2020, at
Sunrise Senior Living in Leesburg, Virginia.
Sergeant Major Francis Thomas McNeive, USMC Ret, was born on 2 March
1928, in Brooklyn, New York. He enlisted into the Marine Corps on 16
August 1945, and served 30 years, retiring on 31 August 1975. In
1949, while on Sea Duty he supported relief operations in China,
becoming one of the last to earn the title China Marine. He
participated in the landing at Inchon during the Korean War, and the
subsequent fighting in Seoul and at the Chosin Reservoir, and the
hill battles of 1951. He received a Purple Heart Medal for wound
received at the Chosin Reservoir. He had two tours as a drill
instructor at Parris Island and served two tours in Vietnam, both
with infantry battalions. He was the Sergeant Major of the Sixth
Marine Regiment upon his retirement. After retirement he worked for
He is survived by his sister, Jane Ennis of Rononkoma, NY; a son,
James McNeive and daughter-in-law Deborah McNeive of Aldie, VA;
three granddaughters, Rachael Lasky, Veronica McNeive, and
Carole-Marie McNeive; and one great-granddaughter, Sage Lasky.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and from 6 to 8
p.m. Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at Jones Funeral Home of Jacksonville.
A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at
the Infant of Prague Catholic Church, with military honors.
Online condolences may be left for the family at Jonesfh.org.
Jesse L.Nieto, May 17 2020
Kelly “D.K.” Comer, Sr., 83, of Dixon, Kentucky, passed away
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Baptist Health Madisonville in
Madisonville, Kentucky, after a brief illness.
He was born August 31, 1936, in Strange Creek, West Virginia, to the
late Daniel Kennington Comer and Della Johnson Comer. D.K. retired
from the United States Marine Corps in 1973 after which he was an
over-the-road and short-haul truck driver. He was a member of the
Marine Corps Drill Instructors Association, D.A.V., Amvets, American
Legion, V.F.W., Masonic Lodge, and Moose Lodge. Throughout his life,
D.K. enjoyed hunting, fishing, college basketball, NFL, and NASCAR.
Above all, he was most proud of serving his country as a United
States Marine and the loyalty and lifelong friendships of his Marine
Corps brothers. OORAH and SEMPER FI!
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one
grandson, Daniel Kelly “Trey” Comer, III; four sisters, Jean Miller,
Dixie Haverty, Icealee Miller, and Pearl Nutt; and one brother,
William McKinley “Ken” Comer.
Survivors include four children, Debbie Ward and her husband, Joe,
Daniel Kelly Comer, Jr., and his wife, Lynn, Tina Johnson and her
husband, Mark, and Mark Comer and his wife, Tari; one sister, Helen
Yarnell; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces,
nephews, and cousins. During the last year of his life, D.K. was
blessed to have Betty Barnhouse as a dear friend and companion.
There will be a memorial service at Beaufort National Cemetery in
Beaufort, South Carolina, at a later date.
Rudy-Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online
condolences may be made at www.rudyrowland.com.
F. Sargent, 84, of Augusta died Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at VA
Hospice Unit Togus Springs. He was born in Gardiner on the 28th of
March 1935, the son of Grandville M. “George” Sargent and Georgia I.
Halloway Sargent. He attended schools in South China and Gardiner.
He was a member of the class of 1954. He furthered and completed his
education in the military and completed some accounting courses at
Mid-State College in Augusta. He entered the Marine Corps Reserve at
the age of 17 with his long-time friend, Arthur J. Baker. They went
on active duty in 1954 and integrated into the regulars the same
year. He completed over 24 years of service and obtained the rank of
His service awards were the Bronze Star and Marine Commendation with
the combat V for Vietnam during his first tour. Other awards consist
of the Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Service 6th award, Presidential
Unit Citation 3rd award, Marine Good Conduct 7th award, and National
Defense 2nd award. And other awards include The Cuban Blockade and
Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Palm, Republic of Vietnam Campaign
Medal Device. He fought in the Battle of KHE Sanh, where his unit
was surrounded for 77 days. It was the fourth biggest battle in the
history of the Marine Corps. Tours of duty included five different
times at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Parris Island, S.C. as a drill
instructor, recruiting duty in Woonsocket, R.I., two Mediterranean
cruises, Quantico, Va., two tours at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba after the
blockade in 1962, four tours in the far east at 13 months each, at
NROTC Unit in Auburn, Ala., and retired from the instructor and
inspector staff at Lawrence, Mass. on Sept. 30, 1976. He also served
or traveled on 23 different ships during his career. He married his
high school sweetheart, Orise M. Bean, on Jan. 14, 1955.
They lived in several states on the eastern seaboard. Both of his
children were born while he was in the military. After retirement,
he worked for Capital Security Police for four years and 11 years at
Digital Equipment Corporation retiring as a senior supervisor. He
and his wife traveled to Alaska and Hawaii. They spent their summers
in northern Maine at their camp on Lake St. Froid, Winterville. They
also took many trips to Las Vegas, using their time share. He was a
member of American Legion Post 4, Gardiner, ME, VFW Post 9,
Gardiner, and he was the Commandant of the Marine Corps League
Detachment 599. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and gardener,
canning and freezing many of his own vegetables.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Orise; daughters Deborah L.
Berner and her husband Thomas of Augusta and Cynthia A. and husband
Patrick Woodside of Sidney; grandchildren Eric L. Proctor and his
wife Megan of Richmond, Allen M. Proctor and his wife Shannon of
Plymouth, Mass., Shawn Irish of Augusta, Nicholas and Lauren
Woodside of Sidney; and great-grandchildren Sophie and Ethan Proctor
of Richmond, Charlotte Proctor of Plymouth, Mass. and Bryson Irish
of Augusta. Also surviving, his sister Carol Ann Ingles and her
husband Bradley of Albion, stepbrothers Kenneth and Eugene Edgecomb
and their spouses, and stepsister Sandra Coleman and her husband
Rick of Winthrop; and several cousins, nephews and nieces.
Services will be held at a later date and will be announced. The
family would like to thank Dr. Emmons and his staff at the Togus VA
Hospital, the doctors and nursing staff at the Hospice Palliative
Care Unit at Togus Springs, and Dr. Healey and his staff at the
Alfond Cancer Center, Augusta. Arrangements are by Staples Funeral
and Cremation Care, 53 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner where condolences,
memories, and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary
page of the funeral home website familyfirstfuneralhomes.com In lieu
of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to:VAVF, Voluntary
Services1 VA Center (135)Augusta, ME 04330memo- Hospice Unit
“Ron” Lee Voegeli, 77, husband of Sandra “Sandy” Gollihugh Voegeli,
of Beaufort, SC died Wednesday, January 1, 2020 in Beaufort Memorial
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at
10:00am in Community Bible Church with services beginning at 11:30am
with in interment to follow in Beaufort National Cemetery with full
Surviving in addition to his wife Sandy of Beaufort, SC; are his
children, Tiffany Martin (Kelly Martin) of Wichita, KS; Tim Voegeli
of Columbia, SC; Lisa Voegeli (Vickie Voegeli) of Prosperity, SC;
Anita Alford of Ridgeland, SC; Raymond Voegeli (Gretchen Becker) of
Ron’s grandchildren, Jeremy White of Wichita, KS; Timothy Voegeli of
Wichita, KS; Jacob Voegeli of Beaufort, SC; Joey Alford of
Ridgeland, SC; Anna O’Neal of Jacksonville, NC; Amber Alford of
Ridgeland, SC; and four great grandchildren.
Ron’s sibling’s Janice Lewis of Newton, KS; Judy Marks (Larry Marks)
of Newton, KS; and Randy Voegeli (Bonnie) of Wichita, KS.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Marie (Meyer)
Voegeli of Colwich, KS; and siblings, Robert Voegeli of Wichita, KS;
and Richard Voegeli of North Charleston, SC.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to
DAV Chapter #12, Community Bible Church or CAPA.
Mr. Dean Heath,
77, of Huntingdon, Tennessee passed away Thursday, December 12, 2019
at his home.
Millard John Morgan BEAUFORT, SC- also known as “Mo” was born April
28, 1943 in Camp Forest, TN. passed away December 14, 2019. He
resided in Beaufort, SC for the past twenty years.
Floyd Summerville - Retired USMC Msgt. Roy Floyd, 85,
passed away Saturday evening, October 5, 2019, peacefully at his
Herbert Joseph “Fritz” Werner (USMC Retired),
August 23, 1928 - October 25,
John Richard Brown,
August 11, 1938 - October 22,
Sergeant Donald J. Kane, January 27, 1932 - July 8,
SgtMaj David Adelman, June 19, 2019
Major Ernest Frederick Gregor, Jr., January 27, 1935 -
March 12, 2019
Lee Van Sweringen Jr. of Jacksonville, died Saturday
March 30, 2019 at his home.
1stLt Curtis Mertz,
December 29, 2018
Msgt John R. Gallagher, December 26, 2018
Walter Eugene "Gene" Fletcher, Jr.,
December 11, 2018
11 November 2018
John Lewis (Gunny Jack) Bolton,
October 24, 2018
Olivar, October 17, 2018
Levere Myers, September 29, 2018
“Bill” Albert Mossor Sr.,
May 24, 2018
P. Tutalo Sr., April 23, 2018
April 22, 2018
Dale C. Clark, April 17, 2018
R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny"), 15 April 2018
Hiron Halvor Peck, Jr., April 7, 2018
SgtMaj Robert E. Cleary,
11 February 2018
MAJOR Bruce R. Anderson,
27 January, 2018
Robert W. Donohue, December 12, 2017
1stSgt Ralph Carrop, 30 December 2017
Myron F. "Gunny" Mlachak, 20 June 2017
SgtMaj "Iron Mike" Mervosh, 31 October 2017
GySgt. Joseph James Pannasch, 9 May 2017
John Philip “Phil” Barnett, 1 February 2016
Sgt Major Mitchell J. Haddock, 26 May 16
1stSgt William L. "Bill" Throne Jr., 21 December 2016
1stSgt McGrane William J. McGrane, 12 December 2016
Sgt Hugh (Krampe) O'Brian, 5 September 2016
Robert H. McGale, 15 August 2016
Darrell W. Jarrell, 12August 2016
Gene LeRoy Krivanek, 11 March 2016
Jesse Louis Pacheco, 14 April 2016
Brandon, Percy 'Gunny' E., 8 Jan. 2016
Terry "Ted" E. Bryant, 6 June 2015
Richard Kester, 13 September 2015
Larry Ward, 2 July 2015
Maute, Robert A.,14 Nov. 2015
Captain Donald Hartman, 16 April 2015
First Sgt. Charles Carl Seabright Sr., 29 April 2015
GySgt Harold B. West, 16 January 2015
Sgt. Major Edward Platt Grealish Jr., 16 February 2015
Walt Harris passed, 7 October 2014
First Sergeant Boyce M. Williamson, 13 August 2014
Captain Romaine J. Deffes, 30 April 2014
GySgt Charles A. Love, 31 January 2014
MSgt. Ed Conradt, 25 February 2014
Kenneth "Ken" Wayne Barnes, 17 August 2013
Edgar Wade Johnson, 10 October 2013
Sergeant Major Jeff D. Federmeyer, 5 October 2013
Douglas "Barney" Barnett, 27 July 2013
SgtMajor Robert B Robinson Sr., 30 June, 2013
SgtMaj Ted Arnold Jr. 7 June 2013
Captain Augustus Dan "Gus" Beligotti, 1 April 2013
Donald C. McCune, Sr., 10 April 2012
William Frank Lankford, 16 June 2012
SgtMaj Joseph Monteleone, 16 December 2012
Major Kenneth Leo Bourgeois, 8 July 2011
SSgt Leslie Little 4 February, 2012
SgtMaj Walter Heim, 6 October 2011
Sgt Major James F. Bowling, 22 Jan 2011
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