Gone But Not Forgotten

1601 Sky Soldiers lost their lives in Vietnam and are remembered on the Wall. Others have come home, fought the battle of life after the War, raised family, had careers, accomplishments and enriched our lives. Sadly at times, they are taken from us.

Rest

in Peace

Terry McElfish

I am sorry to report that one of our follow Sky Soldiers was killed while deer hunting yesterday (01/04/01). His name is Terry McElfish and he was with the Herd when they first landed in Vietnam. He once showed me an old news paper clipping that had a picture of him and the story was about him being the very first Sky Soldier to be wounded in the country of Vietnam after the Brigade landed. Some of the older guys may remember him. 

Ealey66@aol.com

SP/4 ROBERT L LACKEY SERVED WITH THE 173RD FROM 1965 THRU APRIL OF 1966.  DIED OF AGENT ORANGE TWO YEARS AGO.  I JUST OBTAINED THIS INFORMATION FROM HIS MOTHER ABOUT 1 WEEK AGO.  I AM STILL IN MOURNING.  A BELOVED FRIEND........... SP/4 ALVIN EALEY

Ncpdgreen@aol.com 

SGT. FIRST CLASS ALAIN J. TREMBLAY DIED JULY 7 1968.   I  AM  HIS  NIECE - DOES ANYONE REMEMBER MY UNCLE?

GBHPLEIKU@aol.com   

I am sorry to report that the Herd lost Sgt Phil G. Boyle last month.  Phil came to us @ the American Legion Boone Post #77 in Belvidere, Ill after retiring from the Chicago Police Dept.  Phil kept his past and family rather quiet, but since I was attached to the 173rd and the 5th Special Forces while serving in and around II Corps (most notably Pleiku) and being somewhat of a computer guru, I kept Phil up to date with news as it came my way.  I also gave him my Herd newsletter which he really enjoyed.  His last few months were sad as his wife filed papers against him.  He was my Sgt-in-Arms at my Legion post and was there to load our weapons and served on as my funeral detachments as possible.  He also volunteered his time for our weekly fish fry.  Phil past alone.  He died of complications of pneumonia and hyerthermia.
 Phil was cremated before we knew of it.  We did track down an obit from the Chicago Tribune and I helped sign on as many of our troops as I could on the day of his memorial service in Des Plaines, Illinois.  God rest Phil.

INK1942@aol.com

:Keith was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart. He died saving the lives of others.  Virtual Wall - Keith Campbell, SP4, Army, Arlington VA, 08Feb67 15E008

Manganese1077@aol.com 

My friend served in RVN with 173rd Bde. I am not sure what battalion/company. His name is Howard Kyle III and died Tuesday, June 19, 2001. His date of birth was January 23, 1944 in Cleveland, Ohio. He received the purple heart. I loved him as a brother and want to honor him for his service.

Allen S Hodder

A-3/503 arrived in viet nam oct 67, the following troopers have died since completing their tour of duty***daniel seekford 11/11/69***jose bibbo 1/24/83***raymond israel 11/17/87***john hooks 12/28/90***theodore bland 3/2/77***thomas rodak 5/27/79***michael beebe no date***richard beatty no date

Mike Newton

newton@midkan.net

Paul Swedenborg, 173rd Engineer Company from 1966-68, died recently after  a two year battle with cancer, at his home in Ashtabula, Ohio.  Paul made  all major brigade operations with the Engineer Co. and with the demo teams attached to the 2/503rd, including the combat jump in Feb. of '67 and the battle of Hill 875.  Paul was a brave soldier and a great friend.  MikeNewton
Danny L.Barefoot

tooferab@nauticom.net

I am sorry to report the death of my brother Wayne S.Barefoot.He passed away March 4th after a traffic accident. He was born June 9,1940 in Johnstown,Pa. He served with the 173rd Airborne in Vietnam. He retired from the U.S Army CSM after 28 yrs of service. He and his family lives in Clarksville Tenn. He was employed with the Tennessee Depatment of Corrections. He is survived by his wife, four children and seven grandchildren,three brothers and two sisters. He will be sadly missed by family and many friends. He was a good man.  God bless everyone. AIRBORNE
Douglas stephens
dapfe89@juno.com
 
Ronald Blakney C/1/503rd. 67-68
Ronald Blakney slipped from this world on feb 25 1995. He never spoke of his experiences in Vietnam it is only after he died that i found out all about his company in Nam. And well i am honored to have know such a brave man.. To all the sky soldiers thank you for your service.

Marshal Shands

DHazard508@aol.com

Also known as Muskrat, served with me with  B/CO/1/503 69/70,he was RTO   M79, and a good friend of mine. He could not forget the place. He died in a Texas VA. hospital, . He was true HERD. He leaves nothing but memories . May he finally find peace

Sylvio Bermudez

FMantua16cav173@aol.com

It is my sad duty to inform you that chapter member and brother Sky Soldier Sylvio Bermudez passed away at 2100 hrs. on Wednesday(24 Aug 2002). He finally succumbed to cancer of the liver. He honorably served with 3d Batt. from 1967-1969. He was one of original members of the battalion that deployed with the 3d Brigade, 82d ABN DIV to RVN that was detached and assigned to the 173d ABN BDE. He served a total of 12 years in the US Army, and, other than his service with The Herd, He is survived by his wife, Rosalie, and three sons.  Let us pay our proper last respects to our Brother-in-Arms Sylvio Bermudez

WALTER BANTUM

HERDPX@aol.com

TO ALL THE 173d HERD FAMILY AND ALL YOUR MILITARY FRIENDS. MY FRIEND AND HERD BROTHER WALTER BANTUM KNOWN TO ALL HIS HERD BROTHERS AS "BATMAN"  HAS LEFT THIS EARTH FOR A BETTER PLACE. BATMAN SERVED WITH THE 3d BN. 503 INFANTRY 173d AIRBORNE BRIGADE.
Dick Stillwell I regret to report that Dick Stillwell was killed in an auto accident in LA on 11/23.Dick was an original officer of 4/503 Geronimo from Ft Campbell. He was always involved with the 4th Bn and organized the mini reunion at Bragg in 99.It was an honor and privilege to have served with him in Campbell and Vietnam. It was also my pleasure to have been his friend long after our service ended. He will be missed. I am not certain about burial arrangements at this time but will update when I know more    Jim Lakatos
Silvio Bermudez Silvio Bermudez,394 Linkhorne Ct, San Jose CA 95133, 408-272-8415
Belonged to Western States Chapter 10, Deceased Sept. 2002
Brigade Service: Oct. 67-69, Served with B/3/503 Inf

Howard Melvin

CW4 Howard Melvin, 925-798-0379, USSAH, 322 3700 N. Capitol St, Washington, DC 20317 Deceased:  Early 2002, Western States Chapter 10, Brigade Service: Oct. 66-67, Served with HHC He made the combat jump and was in the Rigger Hall of Fame.

DANIEL LONEY It is with great sadness Chapter IV reports the death of our member Sky Soldier Daniel J. Loney. Daniel died on July 9, 2003. To respect the privacy of the families mailing address over the Internet we respectfully request expressions of sympathy be addressed as follows:
Mrs. Daniel Loney & Family, c/o Chapter IV, PO Box 8167,  Wilmington, DE  19803

Charley Shay

It is with deep sympathy we regret to inform you of the passing away of Charley Shay, fellow 173d Herd Brother. Charley was an integral part of Chapter 24, past Chapter 24 President and  the past editor for the Sky Soldier Newsletter. He also served with 17th Cavalry 1966-67 while in the HERD!.
Jim "Skid" Skidmore 2/503rd, served in Recon 67-68, he will be missed!  Email his sister at skid173@aol.com
Michael Hazard Michael Hazard Served with  B/1/503  69-70  was in battle on hill 274 May 25, 1970.  passed January 13, 2004.  Buried January 23, 2004 in Arlington National Cemetary  email his wife at Dhazard508@aol.com
Tyrone Green,
 SkySoldier, passed away on March 14th, 2004. He served with the HERD in Nam during the period 67-68, as a demolitions man and tunnel rat. Tyrone is survived by his wife Kathryn, and two sons and a daughter. Tyrone was the President of the Philadelphia English Chapter # 4, of the 173d Airborne Brigade (SEP). He was also a member of Philadelphia LibertyBell chapter #266 serving on the board of directors and the Color/Honor Guard, and Pennsylvania American Legion Poast #738, Executive Board. He was a Veteran Advocate, assisting Veterans and hosting party's at the VAMC, Coatesville, Pa. PTSD wards. Tyrone was also active with incarcerated Veterans. He was interred at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetary. He is truly missed by family and friends. God Speed, my Airborne Brother, and we all know that the lord has taken you to a higher place. Your Airborne Brother, Tom Murtha rreconrelay@comcast.net
Mark Okazaki Mark Okazaki passed away suddenly yesterday. He had been in ill health for a number of years but only last week had successful nasal surgery and was in good spirits and felt well. Mark served in 2/503 INF, D/16 ARM and E/17 CAV and was a member of Chapters X, XIV, and XXIV.
Steven Spencer E/17 Cav was a member of Chapter 17 jhaynes173d@wideopenwest.com
Arden Vick SP4 Arden Vick proudly served with the 173d Airborne Brigade (SEP) from January of 1964 - July of 1965.  He was with D/Support Battalion of the 503d.  Arden resided in Pardeeville, WI and passed away the morning of May 26, 2005.  Our thoughts and prayers are extended to his family and friends in their time of suffering.  swski2@msn.com
Hugh Robinson It is with great remorse that I have to announce that Hugh “Heavy Drop” Robinson has passed away early this morning.  I guess Colonel Sigholtz is in need of a Load Master and called for Heavy Drop.  Heavy Drop was a wonderful person who served the Society and the Brigade very well.  He was the former Sergeant at Arms for the Society under Ken Smith.  pdinardo1@cfl.rr.com
JOHN PRICE SP4 John C. Price, USA retired, 11B1P, Co A, Ist Bn, 503rd, WIA April 1967 near Saigon. 
John raised cattle and lived across the road from me, and February 9, while helping a friend load cattle, mentioned he was having trouble catching his breath.  He then said he was all right, took two steps and collapsed. 
"Gary H. Price" ghprice@telepath.com
Dave Carter David Carter, Grenadier for Cco. November plt 3rd sqd 69-70, from Chipley, Fl  "kenny dewit" <173rd@verizon.net >
Col. Joe Weaver It is with deep regret that Chapter 24 passes along the news that our beloved Col. Joe Weaver passed away on Thursday afternoon, March 23, 2006. Joe proudly served many years as the Treasurer in Chapter 24.  He fought the good fight to the end and will be deeply missed by all. 
Richard Gardner Martin
Richard Gardner Martin, DOB 11/20/43 Leesburg, Virginia, Died October, 2004 Watsonville, California. Lymphoma. Sp4, 173rd Airborne from 1963-1965. Built the world's fastest bicycle, the Gold Rush, which is now in Smithsonian, and marketed a version called Easy Racer.   whmartin@crotalus.org
Chaplain Roy Peters 1 July 2006, He was a veteran of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.  He worked at a parish here on Oahu and ministered to all. John Utley
James David Holt He died on Jan 1, 1995.  Served in the 173rd on Okinawa in 64 and in Vietnam during 64-65 and 66-67.  Awarded the Bronze Star during his second tour.  If anyone likes more information, please contact James Holt, his son, at Jholt31525@aol.com
Raymond G. Bisch
Sky Soldier Raymond G. Bisch passed away this past Wednesday (August 16, Airborne Day) of a heart attack.  Ray was 60 years old.  He served with Bobby Pickering and Lucian Vecchio in B Co, 1st Batt, '66 to '67, and is one of the original members of the New York Chapter. Although Ray was living in North Carolina, his family will be bringing his remains up to Long Island for interment. Services will tentatively occur in Lake Ronkonkoma, New York.  Pointman173@aol.com

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