USMC East Coast  Drill Instructors Association
Fallen Comrades

Robert J. Roller (Butch) was born on February 1, 1952 in Davenport, Iowa and was adopted to work on a farm.

Butch was a hard worker all through his life and very athletic. He joined the Marine Corps in 1971 right out of high school. While in the Marine Corps, he earned a bachelor’s degree at Embry-Riddle in Aerospace and Aeronautics. He excelled to the rank of Captain O3 and was in charge of the maintenance crew for F4 and F18 fighter aircraft.

After 22 years of serving his country he retired and worked for several companies throughout his career. Butch was the VP of the Western Region at Siemens, President of MCS Fire & Security, GM of G4S and CEO of WPCS International.

If there was one phrase to describe Butch it was “go big or go home.”

Butch was a staunch conservative, strong with his convictions and loved Rush Limbaugh. Rush used to say he was talent on loan from God. It could be said Butch was leadership on loan from God.

Butch had this gift. The only way to can explain it was he made it so “you didn’t want to disappoint him.” Butch had this ability to get people to do things beyond in some cases their own capability. He made you want to work harder, he made you want to succeed, he wanted everybody to be their best ever!

One of Butch’s favorite sayings was “there’s a reason and then there’s the real reason”

On the weekend if he wasn’t working, you would find Butch enjoying college football. He loved having a good cigar and bottle of Silver Oak or Caymus after a good meal at one of his favorite restaurants. He was a regular at the Montage in Laguna Beach and J-Prime in San Antonio.

Butch was the kind of person that you only meet once in a lifetime and we miss him.

The memory and spirit of Butch lives on in each of us. We enjoyed having him in our lives for a part of the 69 that he was on this earth. Now he belongs to the ages.

Butch was survived by all that knew him.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, April 8th at 10:45 A.M. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with military honors.


Retired MSgt. (USMC) John W. "Jack" Starr Jr., 81. Jack was born on December 14, 1941. From the age of 17 years + 1 day Jack lead an extraordinary life. He dropped out of high school and then joined his beloved Marine Corps. During his 20 year career with the Marine Corps, among his many tours of duty MSgt Starr served as an Embassy Guard in Afghanistan and Morocco, fought in the Viet Nam war, served as a Drill Instructor for 3 years, receiving a meritorious promotion during this tour. Many tours of duty overseas, the honor of representing MCRD San Diego at a World Wide SNCO symposium, Jack finally retired after his last tour of duty training Marine reservists aboard Treasure Island, SF.

Jack then went on to complete his college studies receiving his MBA at Golden Gate University. He worked another 20 years in Corporate America. After his second retirement he and his wife Brenda traveled throughout the US and the world continuing to enjoy their lives together. They had met in Morocco and married in Gibraltar after a whirlwind romance of 6 weeks, beginning a glorious life together for the next 56 years.

One of Jacks proudest moments was the birth of his son Marcus one beautiful Christmas Day! His love of his son was unconditional, and their bond great. He succumbed to a culmination of cancers due to his exposure to Agent Orange while serving in Viet Nam. When Jack closed his eyes for the last time on December 22, 2022 he was being held close and told how much he was loved by his most favorite and loved people, Brenda, Marcus and Rebekah. To say Jack is missed is an understatement. A proud Marine, the best husband and Dad, father in law, son in law, brother in law, uncle, great uncle and good good friend to all who had the pleasure of knowing him {he had a wicked sense of humor} all that can now be said is "we love you dearly", and "at ease Marine. Semper Fi. My heart will always look for you my love, remember "slow and easy".

Published by East Bay Times from Jan. 20 to Jan. 22, 2023.


Retired Sgt. Major (USMC) David Earl Chapman, Sr. 83, formerly of Beaufort, died Thursday, December 22, 2022, at Trident Medical Center, North Charleston. He is the father of Elandee Chapman Thompson, Stanley Chapman and the late David Earl Chapman, Jr.

The Public Viewing will be held from 4-6 PM on Monday January 2, 2023 at Marshel’s Wright Donaldson, 1814 Greene Street, Beaufort, SC, 29902

A Celebration of His Life will take place at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at Bethesda Christian Fellowship, 36 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, St. Helena Island.

Family & Friends have the opportunity to attend the Celebration of Life virtually via the Facebook Link Below beginning at 10:55 AM on Tuesday morning:

Burial with full military honors will follow in the Beaufort National Cemetery.

Gunnery Sergeant Duane Francis Donovan August 29, 1940 – November 12, 2022 It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt.) Duane Francis Donovan, US Marine Corps, Retired. A true American hero, he served 23 years of active service including multiple combat tours in Vietnam. GySgt. Donovan passed away peacefully at home on November 12, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.
Born August 29, 1940, in Natchez, Mississippi to William T. and LuluMae (Robinson) Donovan, Duane was the seventh child of Bill and LulaMae’s nine children. His Marine Corps service took him to many unique places around the world including Albany, Georgia, where he met the love of his life, Elizabeth Dale (Goodson) Donovan. As Duane would often say, “home is where the Marine Corps takes you.”
The Marine Corps allowed the couple to call many places including Arizona, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Hawaii, and South Carolina “home” over the years. Upon retirement from active duty, GySgt. Donovan continued to serve his beloved Marine Corps and fellow Marines as the Manager of the Staff Non-Commissioned Officers’ Club (SNCO) aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC. He excelled in his duties and eventually was promoted to Manager of the Parris Island Club System which included the Enlisted, SNCO, and Officers’ Clubs. The restaurant aboard MCRD PISC, where many families of Marine recruits visited with their new Marines, was named Donovan’s Reef as a salute to GySgt. Donovan’s dedicated service.
His numerous medals and decorations include: Navy Achievement Medal; Combat Action Ribbon; Presidential Unit Citation; Navy Unit Commendation; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; Good Conduct Medal with six stars; National Defense Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with five stars; Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Certificate of Appreciation; and Letter of Appreciation Third Award. GySgt. Donovan was the recipient of the Marine Corps Club Manager of the Year. He was also an honorary member of the Marine Corps Drill Instructor Association.
Preceded in death by his parents William T. and LulaMae Donovan; parents-in-law Leland and Katie (Thomas) Goodson; brothers Billy, Donald, Errol, Pat, and Mike Donovan; sister Shirley Donovan Doucet; brothers-in-law Joe David Smith, Ralph Goodson, Gene Goodson, Quincy Turner, and David Kay; and sisters-in-law Katie (Goodson) Kay and Ann (Goodson) Turner. Duane is survived by his wife Elizabeth Dale (Goodson) Donovan; children Duane, Rebecca Donovan-Hosmer (Russ), Patricia Donovan Martinez (Atanacio), and grandson Patrick Martinez; brother John (Sandra) Donovan and sister Connie Donovan Smith. He also leaves behind his beloved pets Luther the rescue dog and Mike the cat to mourn.
A public viewing will take place at Niland Funeral Home in New Roads, La. on Sunday, November 20, 2022, from 5:00 – 9:00 PM. Visitation, including recitation of The Rosary, will take place Monday, November 21, 2022, at St. Ann Catholic Church in Morganza, LA., from 9:00 -11:00 AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 AM and will include full Marine Corps honors. Family, friends, and fellow veterans will gather in the church hall immediately following the burial.
Semper Fidelis (Latin for always faithful) is the motto of the Marine Corps, and Duane was certainly faithful to his family, country, and Corps. The Marine Corps enduring core values are Courage, Honor, Commitment, and these values are defined by the way they are lived. GySgt. Duane Francis Donovan lived his life guided by these values and will always remain one of The Few and The Proud. SFMF!


Donald M. Brown, age 87, passed away on Friday, September 23, 2022. He was the loving husband of Celia (Desalvo) Brown for over 65 years. Born in South Kingstown, he was the son of the late Frederick and Dorcas (Randall) Brown.

Don was a gifted athlete in high school and college and was inducted into the Hall of Fame at North Kingstown High School, South Kingstown High School, and University of Rhode Island. He served his country honorably in the United States Marine Corps and spent much of his career in education, serving as the Athletic Director at South Kingstown High School for many years before retiring. He was a member of the East Coast Drill Instructors Association, the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, and served on the RI House Veterans Advisory Council.

He was the loving father of Whitney Brown; beloved brother of Dale, Michael, Robert, and Russell Brown and the late Susan Kresinski, Beryl Toth, Gale Brown, Richard Brown, and Betty Andrew. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

His funeral service will be held on Friday, September 30, 2022 at 11 am in the Fagan-Quinn Funeral Home, 825 Boston Neck Rd., North Kingstown. His burial with military honors will follow in the Rhode Island Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, Exeter. Visiting hours Thursday, from 4-7 pm.

In lieu of flowers, charitable donations in Don’s name may be made to East Coast Drill Instructors, P.O. Box 5117, Parris Island, SC 29905.

Sergeant Major John Thomas “Tom” Collier of Beaufort received his final tour orders on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at the age of 102. Tom was born on November 19, 1919 in Eastover, SC the son of John Thomas Collier Sr. and Fannie K Collier. He attended High School in the Lower Richland School and excelled as a tennis star traveling the state participating in tournaments. Tom moved to Beaufort and enrolled in the “work progress” program at Hunting Island State Park. Disillusioned with “hard times”, Tom joined the U. S. Marine Corp at age 17 attending basic training at MCRD in Beaufort. After seeing combat at Guadalcanal, he returned to MCRD as a Drill Instructor and received several awards. During WWII, Tom was captured by the Japanese, escaped a POW camp in the Philippines by constructing a homemade raft and eventually ended up in Australia. Tom was then assigned to the First Marine Division (North Korea) serving under Major General Oliver P. Smith. Early in November 1950, Tom entered the area known as the Chosin Reservoir with the 7th Marines. Tom earned the designation as one of the proud “Chosen Few”. Tom told the story as if it were yesterday with mortars, foxholes and unbelievably cold weather. The warmer temperatures were around -8 degrees F.

On the occasion of Toms 102nd birthday, he served as the guest of honor at Operation Patriots FOB Marine Corps birthday celebration and received a home visit from the Commanding General of MCRD presenting him with a brand new set of Dress Blues requested by him for his burial. Tom’s favorite pastime was treating his entire family to a weekend at Disney World which he enjoyed well into his 90’s.

Tom is survived by his wife, Helen R. Hutchens Collier of Beaufort, five children, David A. Hutchens (Kathy) of Columbia, SC, Dennis W. Hutchens (Donna) of Atlanta Georgia, Debra J. Hutchens Dabney (Tom) of Beaufort, Dawn A. Hutchens Higgins ( Todd) of Beaufort , Donna M. Hutchens of Beaufort and a sister, Irene Hildebran of Columbia. Tom is predeceased by two sisters, Dorothy Carter and Anna Lee Dickert, both of Columbia.

A private service will be held at Beaufort National Cemetery with United States Marine Corps honors.


Thomas W Evans 82 of Toms River died Wednesday July 20, 2022 at home. Born in New York City, NY he resided in Madison before moving to Toms River in 2012. He served in the USMC during Vietnam from 1958-1968 rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant and later Drill Instructor. He joined the NJ State Troopers in 1968, 76th class., rising to the rank of Lieutenant before retiring in 2002. He then took a position as Director of Public Safety at Drew University from 2002-2011, where he influenced a generation of Drew students. He earned his Master’s in education from Seton Hall University. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed traveling and reading non-fiction adventure novels. Tom was loving, caring, extremely funny with a bit of dry wit-loyal and protective of his family, loved his steak & potatoes and Budweiser beer.
He adored and loved his wife of 9 years, Carol A Evans. Surviving are his children, Shari Saffelder & her husband Rick, Bonnie Chamberlain & her husband Brian, James Staten & his wife Michelle, Jennifer Oscar & her husband Earl, Ashley Whiting & her husband Ryan, Robert Purcell & his wife Yumi and Timothy Purcell & his wife Keiko, and sister, Sarann Wolfson & husband Martin, and 13 grandchildren. Memorial Gathering is 2-5 PM with a 4 PM service Saturday July 30, 2022 at Oliverie Funeral Home 2925 Ridgeway Rd Manchester. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Bayada Hospice 10 Allen Street Suite 1A Toms River, NJ 08753, MARSOC Foundation PO Box 2018 Temecula, CA 92593. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit our website at


MGySGT George E. Hijar USMC, Retired, passed away on Thursday, June 9, 2022 at Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

George was born on June 30, 1942 in Hackensack, NJ. After growing up with his family in Mexico, George moved back to the US and, after graduating high school in Wilmington, DE, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. As a Marine George fought in Viet Nam then returned to Parris Island to serve as a Drill Instructor, where he participated as a member of the Special Training Branch that supported ESL recruits. During his career, “Top” Hijar served in Infantry then moved into Public Affairs where he worked as a DINFOS Instructor, the NCOIC for PA staff at HQMC, and eventually won the Thomas Jefferson Award for his work as a combat correspondent.  During his more than 30 years of service George also ran 15 marathons, including the Honolulu Marathon and the Marine Corps Marathon.

After retirement George completed his education at Strayer University, where he earned his BA with honors and became a member of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. After graduation, George continued to serve his country as a civilian employee of DISA. He also continued his advocacy for Marines and Marine recruits by participating in the Parris Island Share the Legacy Program and volunteering at the Parris Island Museum.

George is survived by his wife Maureen Boyd Hijar; their son Mark (Emily);  his siblings Robert (Marabeth) and Deborah (Russ) Allison; and his daughter Jennifer Flores.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Parris Island Historical and Museum Society.

Graveside services will be held at 10AM on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at the Beaufort National Cemetery with full Military Honors.


Stephanie Ann Servis, 1st Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), of Flagstaff, Arizona, passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at age 54.

Survived by her son Hayden James Parrick, VA; her father Steve (Phyllis) Servis, NM; mother Nancy (Tom) Vendetti, HI; and her siblings Sandy Servis (Karl) Froelich, NC; Randy (Dena) Servis, AZ; Mary Servis, AZ; her nephew Colton and nieces Shayla, Taylor and great niece Austyn; her aunt Barbara and cousin Sherry; her best friend Brenda and numerous other friends and colleagues around the world.

Stephanie graduated from Flagstaff High School in 1986. Upon graduation, Stephanie joined the Marine Corps, where she faithfully and honorably served, retiring after 21 years; whereupon she served an additional 9 years as a Federal Employee (GS -12) under Total Force Structure Division at Quantico, VA as the Administrator Officer before medically retiring.

Stephanie’s military career highlights began with her graduating (meritoriously) as a Lance Corporal from Parris Island, SC. She served as a Drill Instructor, Personnel Administrative School Instructor, Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Academy Faculty Advisor, 1st Sgt for Officer Candidates School and the Brig, and Region One 1st Sgt for Eastern Europe and Eurasia, Marine Corps Embassy Security Group in Frankfurt, Germany.

Stephanie received many personal awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal for her outstanding service while stationed in Germany and the Joint Service Commendation Medal (successfully working with other military branches) undertaking many tasks to include establishing the first Corporal’s Leadership Course outside of the United States in a war zone.

In 2014, Stephanie graduated with honors and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Strayer University.

She was a wonderful mother, daughter, sister, confidante, friend and EXCEPTIONAL Marine. She had great taste in art, home décor, clothes, shoes and selecting gifts. She had a warm heart and was giving to her family, friends and others.

Stephanie was an avid runner, cyclist and extreme sport enthusiast. She participated in numerous marathons, half-marathons, including the Cooper River Bridge Run several times in Charleston, SC and other races all over the world.

She was energetic, a self-starter, a “get her done” kind of woman with attitude. She was a fighter. She was detail oriented, hardworking, determined, smart and orderly. She lived the Marine Corps values.

Stephanie asked that all athletes, Marines, Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen take seriously any and all concussive events and seek immediate medical attention. She wanted to encourage our leaders to learn the signs and symptoms of concussions and provide for prevention and treatment of these silent and deadly injuries.


Henry "Hank" Gruber passed away on Sunday, February 13, 2022. He is predeceased by his daughter, Donna. Hank and BJ lived in Cherrywood in Ocala for the past 20 years.

In his 26 years in the Marine Corp, he has been everywhere. He joined the Marines at age 17 and rose through the ranks until he achieved the rank of Sergeant Major. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth J. (BJ) and five step children and 3 step grandchildren. They are Jason Bell, Robert Bell, Cheryl Bell Hixenbough (Rusty), Jennifer Scott (Bobby) and Jane Higgins (Kelly). Hank also had step grandkids, Janea, Ryan and Lindsey.

Hank loved to go visit the Marines in Ocala and Gainesville and share stories with them. Hank will be missed. He will have a Military Funeral with full honors and will be interred at Bushnell Cemetery.


Harold Green Goodman, Jr., 81, of Chesapeake, passed away on Sunday, January 30, 2022, in his home. He was born on May 22, 1940, in Georgia, to the late Harold and Evelyn Goodman. He joined the United States Marine Corps and after twenty-one years of dedicated service, retired as a Drill Instructor at the rank of Master Sergeant. He continued his public service and became a police officer at Naval Base Norfolk, retiring from there as a Lieutenant and commander of the traffic unit. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and, as a long-time season ticket holder, loved attending Norfolk Admirals hockey games. He was a member of the Chesapeake Fraternal Order of Police and the Community Hunt Club.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine “Jerry”; a sister, Patricia Powell; and a brother, Charles Goodman.

He is survived by four stepchildren, Ronnie Young (Teresa), Larry Young (Trish), Laura Journigan (Mike) and Debbie Morton (Charlie); two stepsisters, Debbie McDaniel, and Gail Fortner; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren, and a host of extended family and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 11 AM Friday, February 4, 2022, at Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Burial will be private at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Veterans Cemetery.

The family would like to thank members of Bon Secours Hospice, Shana, and Lucinda, as well as caretakers Crystal, Sherry, and Shanita for the care and compassion they provided during his final days.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Chesapeake Animal Services, 2100 S. Military Hwy., Chesapeake, Virginia 23320.

Condolences may be made to the family online at

Major General Wayne Evan Rollings, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died in St. John’s County, Florida at the Bailey Family Center for Caring on January 3, 2022. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Gwen, his four children, Gina Rollings, Buck Rollings, Lisa Pascoli (Sean), Brittany Rollings, and also his six grandchildren, Katrina, Jake, Stephen, Evan, Austin, and Bella.

Major General Rollings was born on January 11, 1941, the son of George and Lena Rollings in Orangeburg, S.C. After graduation from high school, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1960 and subsequently completed Marine Corps Drill Instructor School serving for two years as a DI at Parris Island, SC, before being released from active duty in 1965. While a Drill Instructor at Parris Island in 1964, he met one of his recruit’s sisters, Gwen, and they married in 1966.

He was accepted into the University of Georgia on a track scholarship in 1966. During the summer of 1967, he attended Officer Candidate School. After graduation from UGA in 1968, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the USMC and then attended The Basic School in Quantico, VA, for six months receiving recognition as an Honor Graduate.

President Ronald Reagan said, “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in this world. The Marines don’t have that problem.” Neither did Major General Rollings. He spent the next three decades making a difference. After two Viet Nam tours, he was awarded the Navy Cross, two Silver Stars, a Bronze Star, and two Purple Hearts.

He commanded Infantry Units at every level as well as Commanding Officer of Second Force Reconnaissance. His military career culminated as Commanding General of III Marine Expeditionary Unit in Okinawa, Japan and then Commanding General of II Marine Expeditionary Unit in Camp Lejeune, N.C. where he retired in 1999. Major General Rollings was consistently recognized for his leadership abilities, but he was most admired throughout the Marine Corps as the Marine who always looked out for everyone within his commands.

Following retirement from the Marine Corps, Major General Rollings became President of the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas, where he served until 2005.

As a talented athlete, he competed and placed as a top finisher in the JFK 50 mile run over the Appalachian Trail. He also broke the World’s Sit-Up Record in 1981 by completing 40,000 consecutive, nonstop sit-ups over the course of 16 hours while assigned as the Marine Officer Instructor, NROTC, University of South Carolina.

Major General Rollings without a doubt made a difference in the world.


Hubert, N.C. – Boyce Wayne Floyd, Sr., age 80, born in Seminole, Oklahoma in 1941, passed away suddenly on December 7th, 2021, surrounded by his family. Growing up, Boyce attended Swansboro schools with his future wife, Ellie. He also attended Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg Florida, where he excelled in Football. Boyce then chose to join the United States Marine Corps. Boyce served as a United States Marine for 21 years. He was in Vietnam twice. After serving in several duty stations across the country, he served two tours in Paris Island, S.C. as a drill instructor. Boyce served two years in Camp Pendleton, California as a Game Warden. Boyce also served three years as a Marine recruiter in Meridian, Mississippi. He completed his military career at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Boyce retired from the United States Marine Corps as a Master Sergeant. Boyce continued to serve the community at Onslow County Sherriff’s Department for sixteen years retiring as a Captain in 1996. He then continued serving the community as a Police Officer in Swansboro, North Carolina. After his service for many years, Boyce enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and friends. He enjoyed going to many sporting events supporting his family. He enjoyed fishing, spending time with family and friends at the beach, telling stories of his many tales and adventures. What Boyce loved most was the relationships that he built with his family and friends.

Boyce is preceded in death by his father, Wayne R. Floyd, his mother Dorothy Coleman and many family members and friends.

Boyce is survived by his loving wife, Ellie Kellum Floyd of 60 years, 4 children, Boyce Wayne Floyd Jr. (Kay), Steve Floyd (Heather), Cindy Floyd Karl (Mike) and Jody Floyd. 10 grandchildren Brandon Floyd (Marie), Blake Floyd (Emily), Jordan and Steven Floyd, Chris Karl (Kendra), Nick Karl, Miller, Mattie, Mollie and Kellum Floyd, and 5 great-grandchildren, Aiden, Gavin and Ashlynn Cook, Justus Floyd and Maisie Floyd.

Funeral Services will be held on December 18th, 2021 at Swansboro Civic Center with Pastor Ron Stribling officiating. The viewing will start at 12 noon, with the funeral service beginning at 1330. Graveside services to follow at Seaside Memorial Park with Military honors.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project at

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to all to all of Boyce’s family and friends for their calls, texts, love and support.

VIEWING: Saturday, December 18, 2021, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM, Swansboro Civic Center
FUNERAL SERVICE: Saturday, December 18, 2021, 1:30 PM, Swansboro Civic Center


Dan K. McKinnon, May 20, 1945~September 28, 2021
Dan K. McKinnon, age 76, a resident of Hudson, FL, passed away peacefully at Bayonet Point Hospital on September 28, 2021.

Dan is survived by his loving wife, Jeanette; his son, Sam McKinnon (Wendy) of North Carolina; his daughter, Danielle Murray (Brian) of North Carolina; his grandchildren, Matthew and Kathrine McKinnon, and Callie and Jackson Murray.

He is preceded in death by his father, Charles (Mac) McKinnon, his mother, Patricia McKinnon, and his son, Michael McKinnon.

Dan, a 20 year retired Marine Staff Sargent, served in Vietnam and upon his return to the United States he served in a variety of duty assignments including as a drill instructor at Paris Island, South Carolina. After retirement he not only worked as a tool and die maker, but also taught at Coastal Carolina Community College (Jacksonville, NC) as a Machine Technology instructor.

The Knights of Columbus Council was very dear to Dan’s heart. He rose in ranks to District Deputy and guided and mentored many men in a variety of councils.

Dan’s Irish Catholic heritage brought him to the Ancient Order of Hibernians in which he held a variety of titles.

An avid fisherman, Dan was a member of the Suncoast Fly Fishing Club, sharing his expansive fishing knowledge and expertise with his fellow fishermen. He loved to make fishing lures, flies, and rods which he generously shared with others. Hunting, another of his passions, enabled him to enjoy being outside and challenged his shooting and bow and arrow skills. His enthusiasm for golf put him on golf courses up to three times a week with a variety of leagues.

A memorial service will take place at Dobies Funeral Home in Hudson, FL, on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. Gathering will be from 5:00 – 6:00 PM, followed by a Marine Presentation, a Knights of Columbus Service, and a memorial service by Father George Varkey from St. Thomas Aquinas, New Port Richey, FL.


Stephen Sylvester Kmiecik, Jr., 80, passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2021 after a short illness. Steve was born in Northampton, MA. He was the oldest child of the late Stephen Sylvester Kmiecik and Mary Morin Kmiecik.

Steve grew up in Palmer, MA and graduated from Palmer High School. After high school he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he served honorably from Dec. 1956 until retirement on Mar. 1983 as a Master Gunnery Sergeant (Oorah). Tours of duty as a Marine included MCAS Cherry Point, where he met and married the love of his life, Alice Elaine Sands, MCAS Beaufort (twice), MCAS Yuma (twice), MCRD Parris Island (twice), recruiting duty in Springfield, MA, and two tours in Vietnam. He was very proud to be able to serve as Aircrew Crash Fire and Rescue, a Drill Instructor and Chief Drill Instructor. After retiring from the Marines, he started his second career with Eagle Fire Inc as a Senior Fire Safety Inspector. He worked 25 years with them before retiring in 2008 and moving to Lake Panasoffkee, FL. During retirement he enjoyed going to the local college baseball games, attending the annual Marine Corp Crash Crew reunions and USMC East Coast Drill Instructors Association reunions.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Mary, his wife “Elaine”, his brother Bobby and sister Mary. He leaves behind sons; Stephen, III (Karen), Johnathon (Kathy), and Frederick (Pam), grandchildren; Ryan, Kimberly, Craig, Jason, Travis, Christopher, Kylea and Rachel Kmiecik, two great grandchildren; Ryder and Teegan Kmiecik-Menard and sister Shirley Aubuchon.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

A memorial service will be held at Jacksonville National Cemetery on October 22, 2021 at 11:30 am, 4083 Lannie Rd, Jacksonville, FL.


John Michael Rudock, 79, of Richlands, North Carolina, died on May 17, 2021 at Vidant Medical Center.

He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings.

John is survived by his son, Jack Prudenzano (Nichole Thomas) of Marietta, GA and very special friends, Brian Carey of Richlands, NC, Don Swingler of Richlands, NC, Pete Pappas of Richlands, NC and Al Gray of Florida.

John worked hard and stayed fit his whole life. He loved his Marine Corps, his life, motorcycles, and everything he accomplished throughout his entire life.

A memorial service with Military Honors will be held on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Jones Funeral Home in Jacksonville, NC.


Ronald "Ron" Sampson, 73, of Webb City, Missouri, died Friday, February 19, 2021. Ron was born July 15, 1947 in Carterville, Missouri to the union of the late Rheuben “Bud” Sampson and Patsy (Fields) Sampson. After high school Ron proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps. During his service Ron worked as one of the youngest Marine drill instructor at the time and a helicopter crew chief. Ron served a 13-month tour in Vietnam and was a Purple Heart recipient.

Ron spent most of his career in the manufacturing industry. His work took him to many areas of the country including Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Georgia. It was in 1992 that he began a long-time rewarding position as the executive director of the Joplin Workshops. Ron loved the opportunity to work with disabled employees and make a positive impact on their lives. He retired from his position as executive director in 2015 after 22 years of service. He was then presented with a flag that was flown over the capital for 22 minutes in recognition of his devoted service to Joplin Workshops.

Ron loved his boy’s trips to go pheasant hunting, boating and camping. However, most of all he enjoyed getting to spend time with his family and cherished the memories created with them. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Ron was united in marriage to Mary Tune on April 25, 1978 in Miami, Oklahoma. They spent 42 precious years together before his passing.

In addition to his parents, Ron was also preceded in death by his sister, Wilmetta Madison, on January 6, 2021.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; children, Heather Sampson, Tracy Tune and Melissa Wheatley “his girl Saturday”, Dustin Sampson and wife, Ila, Eric Tune and Sandy Hall; bonus child, Lynn Bragg; grandchildren, Blake Tune, Keylee Davis, Canyon Kimbrough, Liam Sampson; together with several extended family members and friends.

“Heaven gained another warrior today. He fought for us when the country rejected and despised them…Rest in peace Ron, your watch is over, we will do our best to keep her healthy and whole...Semper Fi”

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Parker Mortuary with Pastor Walter Hammond officiating. Interment will follow at Webb City Cemetery. The family will receive friends for visitation on Wednesday evening from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the mortuary.


David Paul Guido, 95, 95 of Watertown MA passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, January 26th surrounded by family. David was born on May 30,1924 in Indiana, PA the eldest of seven children to Salvatore and Katherine (Gyori) Guido.

In November of 1941 at the age of 17 David enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Following his initial training, he was selected as a drill instructor (one of the Marine Corps youngest at 17 yrs 8 mths of age).

He volunteered for combat duty in the Pacific and participated in the assaults on Parry Island, Enjebi Island, in the Eniwetok Atoll, and Guam island. Wounded multiple times, he was awarded three Purple Hearts and a bronze star for his valor in action.

In 1946 he married Ensign Arlene Seidel, the Navy nurse who cared for him during his recovery at Bethesda Naval Hospital. They were devoted to each other for 49 years of their marriage.

After the passing of Arlene in 1994: David renewed his relationship with his former sweetheart Mary Sparandio of Watertown, MA. There were reunited after nearly 50 years and were married for the last 23 years of his life. Mary’s care and devotion to him during his declining health was exceptional.

David loved history, was an expert marksman, and an avid reader. He was a proud member of the Charles Shutt Detachment Marine Corps league of Watertown.

He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was dedicated to his family and always put them first before his own needs.

He was a larger than life presence in the raising of his grandchildren. He was caring, loyal and generous to family and friends.

David was predeceased but his first wife Arlene, daughter Linda Sala and brothers, John, Anthony, Francis and sister Helen.

He is survived by sons Paul of Westminster, VT, son Mark Guido (Paula) of Waterford, CT. Grandchildren Elizabeth Lyford, David T. Guido (Caroline), Stephanie Guido Henry (Jared), Jessica Bonin (Chris). He leaves behind great grandchildren Taylor and Jack Lyford, Anna, Katherine and Leila Guido.


Paul Joseph Coffman, 54, of Robins died from unexpected heart complications on Wednesday January 20, 2021 at St. Luke’s Hospital. Private graveside services will be held.

Paul is survived by his wife Cathy; four children Michael (Lauren Tagawa) Coffman of Kaneohe, HI, Marie (Craig) Coffman of Cedar Rapids, Ashley (Lorraine) Mangano of Aurora, CO., and Island (Michael Holt) Mangano of Coal Valley, IL.; two grandsons Michael and LaSalle Holt; sister Paula (Kelly) Gore of Temecula, CA.; father in law Charles Hoefer of Marion, and countless friends and loved ones.

He was preceded in death by his parents Harlan and Esperanza (Nunez) Coffman.

Paul was born on September 12, 1966 in Charleston, SC the son of Harlan and Esperanza Nunez Coffman. He graduated from Monta Vista High School, Cupertino, CA in 1984 and received a Bachelor of Science and Technology Degree from the University of Phoenix in 2012. Paul served proudly in the United States Marine Corps from 1984 until his retirement in 2004 as a Gunnery Sergeant; he often referred to himself as “The Gunny” with so much pride. During his service time, Paul received numerous recognitions such as the Good Conduct Medal with 1 Silver Star and the Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon. Paul also gained his Expert Rifle Badge and Sharpshooter Pistol Badge. He was very proud of his time in the Marines and being able to become a Drill Instructor at the Parris Island Station in South Carolina.

On August 19, 2004 Paul married the love of his life, Cathy. Shortly after their union he retired from the Marines. Paul began working at Collins Aerospace as a Manufacturing Electrical Engineer and worked as a Product Support Manager until his passing.

Paul was the “Life of the Party” as he liked to say and lived life to the fullest. His goal was to make people laugh and was known for being a “dank meme supplier” among his friends and family. Paul enjoyed his time boating, camping, traveling, and long rides in his beautiful red Camaro. He collected NASCAR memorabilia, Funkos, and movies; he also enjoyed watching Chase Elliott race and taking care of his fur babies. Most importantly, Paul was a family man. His role as a husband, father, grandfather, brother, and son was the most important to him. He will be deeply missed by many.

Paul and his family ask that memorials be directed to Last Hope Animal Rescue at 1823 16th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 to help animals in need find their fur-ever homes.


Lt. Col. Karl R. Heiser, a retired Marine and dedicated dad, died on Monday, January 18th of COVID-19 at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, MD. He was 88 and lived in Catonsville, MD.
Born in New Haven and raised in Connecticut, he was the son of Karl F. Heiser, a renowned psychologist, and Jennie Byers Heiser, an educational researcher and assessor.
Karl was a 1951 graduate of Riverdale Country School in The Bronx, NY. where he was a four-sport athlete on the football, basketball, track, and baseball teams. Karl was a captain and all-conference football player. One of his fondest memories as an athlete was Riverdale’s undefeated season in 1948. He went on to attend Wesleyan University for two years where he continued playing football and joined the Chi Psi fraternity.

He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1953, graduating with honors from recruit training and earned a promotion to Private First Class. He then completed Drill Instructor School and become a Drill Instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, receiving meritorious promotion to Corporal in 1954. Lt. Col. Heiser had a successful twenty-two year career in the Marine Corps, completing tours and duty-related travel across the world, including two Mediterranean deployments, Wake Island, Guam, Japan, the Philippine Islands, Guantanamo Bay – Cuba, and Hawaii. He served as an Operations Officer from 1963-1964 at Camp Sukiran in Okinawa, Japan.

Karl married Nancy Ann Baron at the Camp Lejeune base chapel in 1966 and was a devoted husband for twenty-five years. Their first son, Karl Robert Baron Heiser, was born in 1969. He served as the Supply Force Logistics Command in Vietnam at Camp Books from 1969-1970. 1973 was filled with significant events: Karl and Nancy’s second son, William Lee, was born, Karl was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, and he retired in 1973 after a distinguished military career. He went on to graduate from Bowie State University on the GI Bill and worked as a contractor for many years at various federal government agencies, including the National Weather Service.

He was a devoted father of Karl Heiser and Bill Heiser, father-in-law to Melanie Heiser and Tracy Cerrato, and brother of John V. Heiser and sister-in law Judy Heiser; cherished grandfather of Karl, Caleb, Owen, Caden, Conlan, and Eleanor. He was predeceased by his wife, Nancy A. Heiser, and grandson McKean.

Karl’s life was devoted to his family and country. He was an involved father who championed his sons’ participation in youth sports, particularly soccer. He raised his family in Bowie, serving on the local school PTA and coaching youth sports. Karl was an avid golfer after retirement, serving on the Board of Directors of the Rolling Road Golf Club. Karl most enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sports games and various school activities. He was a longtime supporter of the men’s soccer team at Loyola University Maryland where his son, Bill, played.

He was a loving and supportive friend for over twenty-five years to Mary Helen Fraiji. They enjoyed time together, including spending time with Mary Helen’s son Lee, daughter-in-law Mary, and grandchildren Maddie and Elie.

Karl enjoyed classical music, eating out at restaurants, reading, stopping by to see his family, traveling, and following his beloved Red Sox. Karl proudly followed the mantra, “Once a Marine, always a Marine.” In fact, he enjoyed his time in the Marine Corps so much that he took a “cruise” on a container ship just a few years ago, traveling back to the Mediterranean and Europe. His dry sense of humor brought enjoyment and laughter to those who knew him well, and often even to those who did not know him well.

Due to COVID restrictions, the funeral service will be private to family.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to:

Men’s Soccer Program at Loyola University Maryland
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Semper Fi & America’s Fund
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The 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 restrictions.
Semper Fidelis Sergeant Major Long!


James 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.


Freddy 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 Fannett, Texas.

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 32886.

Roger 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, GA 31208-6437.
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.
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Snow's Memorial Chapel, Bass Road, has charge of arrangements.


Sergeant 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 Melton.

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 Melton.

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.
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Edward 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.


Jeffry 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 cooked.

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.


Sergeant 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 here for more info.


Sergeant 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 Weyerhaeuser Company.
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.
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GySgt Jesse L. Nieto,  May 17 2020


Sergeant Major David R. Hatfield Sr., USMC (Retired) age 72, of Seymour passed away April 20, 2020. David graduated early from East High School in 1965, he enlisted in the Marine Corps' delayed entry program in October 1965 and reported for Recruit Training, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California on January 28, 1966. He spent 30 years of active duty service and additional 25 years supporting the Marine Corps.

After graduation from Marine Boot Camp he was selected to attend Tank Mechanic School at Camp Pendleton, California. Upon returning from Vietnam he was assigned as an Instructor with Track Vehicle Company, Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA. He taught courses on Tank and Self Propelled Artillery Tactics for newly commissioned 2nd Lieutenants. Having demonstrated the demanding leadership qualities and physical fitness required for the job he was assigned to Marine Drill Instructor Duty at Parris Island, South Carolina. Upon completion of that tour of duty he returned to the Track Vehicle Maintenance School. He was assigned to teach the "Marine Integrated Maintenance Management System" course to Track Vehicle Maintenance Officer's and Maintenance Chief's.

Some of his other duty assignments include: Ordnance Maintenance Chief for the 1st Marine Brigade, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; Command Sergeant Major (SgtMaj.) of the 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Artillery Regiment; Active Duty SgtMaj. of the 4th Tank Battalion, Marine Reserve Forces; Command SgtMaj. of the 9th Communication Battalion, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (During Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Iraq and Kuwait); and then the Group SgtMaj. of the Marine Aviation Group-15, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Iwakuni, Japan. In September 1995 as his distinguished 30 year career came to a close, he was presented with the Presidential Military Decoration "Meritorious Service Medal (MSM). This was his second award of the Presidential Decoration MSM for his many career accomplishments. And for his numerous off-duty community activities, he was presented with the "Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal."

Upon returning to East Tennessee in 1997, he was one of the founding adult leaders of the Knoxville Young Marine Program, located at the Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center, Knoxville. This national youth program is sponsored by the Marine Corps League for boys and girls 8-18 years of age. He served as the unit Commanding Officer and later as the Battalion Commander for units in Crossville, Knoxville, Jacksboro and Chattanooga.

Since 2003 he has served on the Board of Trustees for the Department of Tennessee Marine Corps League and was the State Commandant for several years. He was currently serving on the Leagues Scholarship Committee which awarded over 100k in scholarships each year.

On January 17, 2004 he was elected to the Hall of Fame at Knoxville East High School by the Alumni Association.

In 2012 for his unparalleled commitment to his community and the Marine Corps League, he was elected as the Southeast Division "Marine of the Year." This Division of the Marine Corps League is made up of 9,000 members who reside within the seven southeastern United States.

He is preceded in death by parents, Charles Alfred Hatfield and Della Mae Raye Hatfield, brothers, Michael and Daniel Hatfield.

Survived by wife Lan Hatfield; sons, David Jr. and wife Beth and Donny and wife Lisa; grandchildren, Amanda (Jesse) DeFore, Michael Ussery, Bryce (Jonathan) Tibbetts, Sallie Hatfield; great-grandchildren, Raiden, Rowan, Ana and Ruby and many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.


Daniel 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


Ralph 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 Sergeant/Major, E-9.

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 In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to:VAVF, Voluntary Services1 VA Center (135)Augusta, ME 04330memo- Hospice Unit


It is with great sadness that we announce the death of William Samuels (Headland, Alabama), born in Cincinnati, Ohio, who passed away on March 24, 2020, at the age of 75, leaving to mourn family and friends. Leave a sympathy message to the family on the memorial page of William Samuels to pay them a last tribute. You may also light a candle in honor of William Samuels.

He was predeceased by : his parents, Webb P. Samuels and Shirley Grace Kluever Samuels; and his daughter Evonne Samuels. He is survived by : his son Billy Samuels of McCalla; his step-son Brandon Yeager of West Blocton; and his brothers, Terry Samuels and Jack Samuels of Bluffton, SC.


Ronald “Ron” Lee Voegeli, 77, husband of Sandra “Sandy” Gollihugh Voegeli, of Beaufort, SC died Wednesday, January 1, 2020 in Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

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 military honors.

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 Beaufort, SC.

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.
Roy Floyd Summerville - Retired USMC Msgt. Roy Floyd, 85, passed away Saturday evening, October 5, 2019, peacefully at his home.
Major Herbert Joseph “Fritz” Werner (USMC Retired), August 23, 1928 - October 25, 2019
John Richard Brown, August 11, 1938 - October 22, 2019
Master Sergeant Donald J. Kane, January 27, 1932 - July 8, 2019
SgtMaj David Adelman,  June 19, 2019
Sergeant Major Ernest Frederick Gregor, Jr., January 27, 1935 - March 12, 2019
Howard 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

MGySgt Biers, 11 November 2018
John Lewis (Gunny Jack) Bolton, October 24, 2018
George Olivar, October 17, 2018

Ralph Levere Myers, September 29, 2018
William “Bill” Albert Mossor Sr., May 24, 2018

Domenick P. Tutalo Sr., April 23, 2018
Joseph Caruso, April 22, 2018
Dale C. Clark, April 17, 2018
R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny"), 15 April 2018
Dr. Hiron Halvor Peck, Jr., April 7, 2018
SgtMaj Robert E. Cleary, 11 February 2018
SGT 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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