Norman, OK - 1957
Norfolk, VA - 1959
Frank and his wife Nancy have a daughter, Tracy, and two grandchildren, Jennifer and Joey.
Webmaster Note: Frank has been active on the VPB-111/VP-21 Veterans Association Board as our Webmaster since 1999 He setup and ran the website for all of us to enjoy. Frank passed away 23 September 2009. We lost a good friend and good shipmate He will be missed.
Monroe was born on July 20, 1939 and passed away in June 2019. Monroe was a resident of The Villages, Florida at the time of passing. Miles was born 7/20/1939 in Euclid, Ohio, where he graduated from Euclid High School and played lead guitar in the folk singing group The Inn Mates. Miles served in the Navy from 1963 to 1968 as a Lieutenant flying the P2V Neptune for the VP-21 squadron. A memorial service will be held on Sat., July 13 at 2:00 at St. Alban's Anglican Church, 625 W Lady Lake Blvd., Lady Lake, FL. Interment will be at the National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. on Mon. Because of his strong faith and love of God, in lieu of flowers please consider a memorial gift to St. Alban's Anglican Church.
Samuel Bowden, 82, of Etowah, passed away Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007, at Pardee Hospital from complications associated with Alzheimer's disease. He was born in Huntington, Long Island, N.Y., a son of the late Samuel W. and Nellie Hall Bowden and has been a Henderson County resident for 10 years. He was a Navy veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. Following his discharge from the service, he was employed in the electrical department of Grumman Aerospace for more than 39 years prior to retiring in 1989.An outdoorsman, he was registered and active in the Boy Scouts of America for more than 65 years, enjoyed gardening and taking care of the birds that would visit his garden, was a lifelong bowler and was active in Trinity Episcopal Church in Long Island. Locally he was a member of the Church of the Holy Family in Mills River. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by a brother, Norman Bowden. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Jane Schling Bowden; two sons, Mark Bowden and his wife, Meg, of Virginia; Richard Bowden of Nevada; a daughter, Marjorie Bowden of New York; four grandchildren, Mark Bowden Jr., Tyler Bowden, Garret Bowden and Rindi Fredlund; one great-grandson, Aiden Fredlund, a sister, Ida Scudder of Long Island, N.Y.; as well as several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Church of the HolyFamily in Mills River. The Rev. Jerry Beschta will officiate. In lieu offlowers memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, PO Box 152079, Irving, Texas, 75015 or to the Church of the Holy Family, Building Fund, 419 Turnpike Rd., Horse Shoe, N.C., 28742.Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center are in charge of thearrangements.
Norm Roinestad (left) and Bud Baber - 1999 reunion
Henry K. "Jack" Bausell, 80, passed away Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, at a local hospital. Henry Bausell was born April 5, 1922, in Hansonville, Va. He was a World War II Navy veteran, serving in the Patrol-Bomber Squadron VPB-111. Henry retired from Vought and LTV as an electrician and drafting manager. Survivors: Wife, Kate L. Bausell of Arlington; son, Gary L. Bausell and wife, Cindy, of San Antonio; daughter, Donna L. Giguere and husband, Real, of Allen; granddaughters, Kimberly A. Bausell of Fort Worth and Kathleen J. Bausell Buchanan of Anna; and grandson, Chad D. Giguere of Marietta, Ga.
Louie's wife, Irene, passed away in August 1963 at the young age of 51. In 1983, Louie retired from the shoe repair business and not long afterwards, suffered a stroke and was partially paralyzed. “Louie” Bresciano was deceased on November 6, 1995 at the age of 83.
He was a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, USNA Alumni Association, Dadaelians, VFW, American Legion, and the Fleet Reserve Association. Inurnment of ashes will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to IWMF, 3932 D Swift Road, Sarasota, Fl 34231-6541.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of .... Stanley Carris (Ret Lt ESU - Harbor Unit) who passed away on Monday, July 19, 2010, peacefully at home. He was eighty-seven years old and had retired from Harbor in 1982 after serving thirty-four years in the NYPD. During his career, Stanley had many accomplishments. Many people do not know that he was one of the original instructors of the Hostage Negotiator School at Floyd Bennett Field. His career in ESU was his passion and it was never work for him. Stanley served in the US Navy in WWII as an Aviation Machinist 1st class flying in B-24 bombers on submarine patrols off France and North Africa. He said that experience is why he never wanted to get in any NYPD helicopters. He leaves behind his loving wife, Dorothy, to whom he was married for sixty-five years, five children: Michael, Patricia, Paul, Monica, and Katherine, as well as thirteen grandchildren and one great grandchild. He had a great twenty-five years of retirement, fishing and crabbing on the North Carolina Coast before returning north in 2007 due to failing health ..... He was a great conversationalist with a fabulous memory. ....Please keep Stanley and his entire family in your prayers. ..... May he enjoy his eternal rest.
John T. Batchelder, 72, of Grand Haven, died Friday, April 7, 2006 at the North Ottawa Community Hospital. He was born May 7, 1933 to Windsor and Harriet (Wilcox) Batchelder in Stamford, CT. He married Shirley Dodge on June 21, 1958 in Brunswick, Maine. They moved to Grand Haven in 1969 from Iowa City, Iowa, where John taught four years at the University of Iowa. John graduated from Kimball Union Academy, attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, and received his PhD in Political Science and Government from the University of Michigan. John retired nine years ago after being a professor at Grand Valley State University. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and was a member of the United Methodist Church of Dunes. Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Shirley; children: two daughters, Janet Batchelder of Oak Park, MI, Jean and husband Steve Eggemeyer of Williamston, MI; one son, Stephen and wife Lynn Batchelder; two grandchildren, Mya Batchelder and Katherine Eggemeyer; sister, Nancy Bridge of Salisbury, CT; brother, David Batchelder and lifetime partner Schatzi Ludwig of Salisbury, CT; In-laws, David and Nancy Dodge of Vassalboro, ME; and several nieces and nephews. The Service will be conducted Thursday at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church of the Dunes, 717 Sheldon Road, Grand Haven, with Rev. Daniel Duncan officiating. Military Rites by the American Legion Charles A. Conklin Post No. 28. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donation sent to Grand Valley State University.
…. Waldo F. Bales, Tulsa's city attorney from 1968 to 1980 and a member of the city's legal staff for nearly two decades, died Monday at the Claremore Veterans Center. He was 89…..A World War II veteran and University of Tulsa law school graduate, Bales left private practice to join the city's legal staff in 1962. Appointed in 1968 ….as the city attorney, ….He left the post in 1980 to become an assistant prosecutor for Ottawa and Delaware counties while managing a small law office in Jay. ….Bales was active in the community, ….Born in Altoona, Pa., Bales later lived in Huntingdon, Pa., where he graduated from high school in 1940. He served in the Navy Air Corps during World War II and was stationed in the South Pacific, serving as a gunner on a bomber crew. Later, while attending law school classes at night in Tulsa, he worked at Douglas Aircraft during the day. A 47-year member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, …."Waldo had his principles that he lived by, and he never backed away," said Cecille Bales, his wife of 67 years. A former Tulsa civic leader and retired advertising executive, she and her husband moved to the Grand Lake area nearly 30 years ago. Their son, Vaden Bales of Tulsa, is married to the former Susan Ford, the daughter of the late President Gerald Ford and former first lady Betty Ford, and the two families often got together for parties and dinners. Waldo Bales also is survived by one daughter, Sally Strong; a sister, LaRue Dieter; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren
Captain Raymond M. Burris, 78, who was raised in Vallejo, CA, passed away unexpectedly at his residence on Tuesday (July 22, 2008). He attended Vallejo Junior College and Linfield College in McMinnville, OR prior to entering the United States Navy. After completing flight training he was designated a naval aviator and received his commission as an ensign. Captain Burris had served in several aviation squadrons: Patron 50 at Alameda, CA and later relocated in Oak Harbor, WA; TRARON 501 at Hutchinson, KS; TRARON 614 at Corpus Christi, TX; PATRON 21 at Brunswick, ME (62-64); PATRON 30 at Jacksonville, FL; PATRON 46 which he commanded at Moffitt Field, CA. Additional assignments include the Naval War College at Newport, RI; the joint staff of CINCSTRIKE/USCINCMEAFSA at McDill AFB in Tampa, FL; and PATWING 11 staff at Jacksonville, FL. During shipboard assignments, he served aboard USS ALAMEDA COUNTY homeported at Naples, Italy; USS GUAM at Norfolk, VA; USS MOUNT WHITNEY, which he commanded, homeported in Norfolk, Virginia; Captain Burris became Commodore of AMPHIBIOUS SQUADRON 6 homeported in Norfolk, VA. His final assignment was Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA where he served as Advanced Staff Instructor. Following retirement, he resided in Church Hill for the past 26 years and became an avid fly fisherman…."
"Retired Lt. Cmdr. Laccie William Blevins, 89, of Gallatin, Tennessee passed away Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012..... He was born Aug. 20, 1923, in McCreary County, Ky., son of the late Rev. Maynard and Rosetta Smith Blevins... During his tours of duty as a U.S. Navy aviator during World War II, he flew more than 50 combat missions. He was the pilot of a B-24 Liberator bomber and saw service in North Africa, Gibraltar and England before transferring to the Southwest Pacific fleet. He was recalled for active duty for two years in the Korean War and served aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medals on four consecutive occasions. He worked for Martin Marietta Energy Systems Inc., where he retired after 32 years from Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant in 1985". "....He was The Co-pilot to Capt. Francis W. Kieper for 66 missions together in The Pacific.
CDR Robert J. Campbell age 77, XO of VP-21when it was disestablished in 1969. Bob, a former resident of Mount Vernon, died suddenly on May 19, 2010, at his residence in Peterborough, N.H.
He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1950. After attending Burlington Junior College, he entered the U.S. Navy, where he served for 23 years as a Naval aviator.
He was the son of Kenneth and Marjorie Campbell and is survived by his brother, Don Campbell of Grand Lake, Colo., and sister, Jo Rene Connor of Nora Springs, along with five children and 14 grandchildren.
Military services and interment will be at the National Cemetery in Bourne, Mass.
I grew up in the South Bronx. At age 12, my family moved to the Catskill region of Upstate New York. Less than a month after my high school graduation in 1959, I enlisted in the Navy. After boot camp at the Great Lakes, I was assigned to electrician school in Jacksonville, Florida. Not having any skills as an electrician, I washed out and was assigned to VP 21 in Brunswick, Maine. Shortly thereafter, we deployed to Iceland for 5 months where I completed my Mess cooking assignment.
Back in the states, I was assigned to the Air Frame shop where I repaired hydraulic components, procured needed parts, earned a P.O. 3 stripe and served on a flight crew.
I was honorably discharged in 1963, earned an Associate's Degree from Sullivan County Community College. In 1965 I earned a Bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Albany. In 1967 I got married during my senior year at Albany and upon graduation moved to Connecticut where my wife completed her degree and I worked for two year with the Connecticut State Welfare Department serving abused and neglected children.
In 1969, I enrolled in the Clinical Social Work Program at the University of Connecticut and earned a Master's Degree in 1971. My wife and I purchased a Volkswagen camper and spent the summer touring and camping in Europe. In October of 1971, we moved to Florida and I spent 2 years working with Catholic Social Service in adoptions, foster homes and unwed mothers.
In 1973, I took a new job as a Psychotherapist with the Family Counseling Center where I worked until 2012 when I took a new position as Service Coordinator at Westminster Asbury, a Senior Housing Facility.
I am currently unmarried with 2 adult children and three grandchildren.
LCDR Norm Pembert was PPC when I joined CAC-10 in Sigonella, Scicily in Dec. '67. Replaced by LT Jay Swainbeck when Norm left the navy in late '68, I believe. Flew with Jay until squadron de-commissioned on 21 Nov '69. Transferred to ADCOP at Pensacola Jr. College - graduated in May '69 with AA degree in Gen Science. Served two years on USS Guam (LPH-9). Credited as "Arduous Sea Duty" (and it was!!). Picked up the ship in he Med. mid '69 and Started as Avionics Shop Supervisor. Shop Chief got hardship transfer to Rota, Spain and I became "acting Shop Chief" as an E-6. Great assignment, but almost drove me to drink! Applied for and accepted for S-3A "Initial Cadre" Factory school In Burbank, CA in '71. Trained on An/APS-116 Radar, after which I taught both intermediate and depot maintenance for 3 years. The factory school was very timely, in that it was just prior to the CPO exam in Feb '74 after which I was number two on the promote list to ATC1
I applied for the Warrant Officer program and was commissioned to CWO2 (Temp) in '77 and served 3 years as CWO2 and subsequently CWO3 in HSL-35 at NAS North Island, I chose to maintain my permanent enlisted status, so I resigned my commission and retired as an AVCM on 31 July '80. Strangely enough, retirement pay for E-9 was a little more than for CWO2. I had been "frocked" to W-3, but never received pay as such, so I chose to transfer to the retired list as an E-9, as a two year extension would have been required to draw W-3 pay. And, I had a job waiting for me at Texas Instruments.
I worked for Texas Instruments from Aug '80 until '92 when Raytheon bought the division where I worked, finally retiring from Raytheon on 31 December 2007 as a Principal Engineer. I graduated from Chapman College in 1978 with a BS in Electronics Technology and from UT Dallas with a Masters of Arts in Science Education in 1988. My plan was to teach at a Jr. College or a Trade School upon retirement from Raytheon. Applied at several schools, but was never hired. So, since then, have enjoyed helping raise grandchildren (6 boys & 2 girls). I do, however, teach an Adult Bible Fellowship Class (formerly called "Sunday School") at our local church. Helping raise grandchildren and teaching the Bible class keeps me busy and "out of trouble" - for the most part!
So, joining the Navy in 1960 was a pretty smart move on my part and I definitely had a great Navy career. I realize you didn't ask for the "unabridged" version of my Naval service, but it feels good to write it down.
Married to Wanda Lynn (Coker) Burgess since May 26, 1961 (while still in AT"A" school at NATTC Memphis, TN.) Three daughters and families, with 6 grandsons, 2 granddaughters
WILLIAM ROSS (ROSSI) CONNORS, Master Sergeant USAF Retired, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2014 at U. T. Medical Center. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church of Jefferson City, V.F.W. Post 3380 and the Dandridge Lions Club. Rossi was a retired Master Sergeant who served first with the Navy and later with the Air Force during his 26 years of active duty. He served during World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, during which he received numerous awards and commendations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. He served with Strategic Air Command (SAC) as a boom operator on KC-97 and 135 tankers. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ross and Mary (Kennedy) Connors, and brother, Paul Connors. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Elva (Parker) Connors; son, William Ross Connors (Kathie); daughter, Deborah Linstrom; and grandchildren, Meghan Gagneur and William Lippolis; and great-grandson, Billy Lippolis.
Maurice James “Moe” Bourassa of Western Avenue, Gorham, NH, died September 1, 2013) at his home following a period of declining health. He was 91. Born on April 27, 1922 in Cascade, he was the son of Peter E. and Delphine (Lebel) Bourassa. A lifelong resident of Gorham, he was a 1940 graduate of Gorham High School. He served in the US Army and then served in the US Navy as a jet mechanic and machinist. His service career spanned more than 24 years.
Moe was a devoted communicant of St. Joseph’s Parish now known as St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd in Berlin. He was a member of the US Navy Fleet Reserve Association. Besides his parents, he is predeceased by four brothers: Joseph Bourassa, Maurice Bourassa, Gerard Bourassa and Alfred Bourassa and two sisters: Helen Bourassa and Marie Jeanne Koch.
He is survived by several friends.
Warren R. Bosworth, 77, of Vancleave, MS, passed away on Monday, Oct. 27, 2008 in Collin, MS. He was born February 2, 1931 Worchester, Mass. and has been a resident of Jackson County since 1967.
He was a Retired First Class U.S. Navy Veteran having served 20 years. He was a former employee of City of Pascagoula and worked as a Civil Defense Director for 5 years and also Colle Towing in Pascagoula.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by his wife of 52 years, Frankie Jane Bosworth; two sons and two daughters.
Martell J. Cook, 79 of Toms River, passed away Saturday, January 11, 2014 at his home. Martell retired as a Commander in the US Navy after 29 years of faithful service. He then worked at the Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station as head of Fleet Tech Services, then went on to become head of the Construction Dept. for Berkeley Township. Born and raised in Logan, Utah, he lived in Virginia Beach before moving to Toms River in 1976.
Commander Philip J. Connell, USN(ret), of Norfolk, VA passed away January 27, 2014. Born in Norwich, CT on December 08, 1933, he was preceded in death by his son, Philip J. (Rusty) Connell, Jr on April 20, 1981. Left to cherish Phil's memory is widow Sheila Donahoe Connell, formerly of Baltic, CT; daughter Julianne (Julie) Connell Lessig; older brother Colonel Charles R. Connell, III, USA(ret) and wife Roberta of New Smyrna Beach, FL; sister Diane Connell Marchand and husband Norman C. (Chuck) of Midlothian, VA, brother David A. Connell and wife Nancy of Severna Park, MD; and sixteen nieces and nephews who loved their Uncle Phil and shared many adventures with him. Phil retired from the U.S. Navy in 1975 after 21 years of service as a Naval Aviator. Following his naval career, Phil became a life insurance agent with the New York Life Insurance Company. He received the Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered Advisor for Senior Living designations from the American College in Bryn Mawr, PA. Phil attended the University of CT (UCONN) completing his BS degree with distinction from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He received his Master's Degree in Administration from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Phil earned his Eagle Scout award at age 13, was a member of the Theta Xi fraternity, a member of the Knights of Columbus and past Grand Knight of Council #367 (the "First Council in the South"), a member of the Father M.J. O'Keefe Assembly of the Fourth degree of the Knights of Columbus and was an active and dedicated member of St. Pius X Catholic Church. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Norfolk, VA on February 13, 2014 at 10:00 in the morning. Family and friends will be received immediately following at the St. Pius X Catholic School Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, Phil asked that memorial donations be made to the Knights of Columbus KOVAR program, the Columbus Club of Norfolk Building Fund or the Norfolk Emergency Shelter program (NEST).
David L. Barclay Of Wilson, NY husband of Eleanor Rhodes Barclay entered into rest Saturday, June 21, 2014 in Mt. St. Mary’s Hospital. He was born in Lockport, NY April 20, 1929 the son of the late Leon Barclay and Beryl Judd Tovell. David was a veteran of the US Navy serving his country from 1948 -1952 during the Korean War. David married Eleanor Rhodes April 12, 1958. He worked for Bell Aero Space in Wheatfield as a tester for 34 years, retiring in 1992. He moved to Wilson in 1958 from Lockport, member of Exley United Methodist Church and enjoyed fishing, hunting and swimming. Past member of Wilson Fire Company and Wilson Lions Club. David was the Boy Scout Master for Troop 66 in Wilson, he and his son Rhodes traveling to Philmont Scout Ranch in 1972. After their retirement David and Eleanor travel in their RV to many places. Father of Peggy Smith and Rhodes D. Barclay both of Wilson. Grandfather of Wendy Dickenson and Craig Udell. Great grandfather of Troy, Warren, Marshall, Colin and Ava. Brother of the late Billy J. Barclay. Brother in law of Louise Barclay of Lockport, NY. Uncle of John Barclay, Charles Barclay, Michael (Karen) Barclay and Louise Cheryl (Mark) Nelson. Burial will be in Hartland Central Cemetery. Memorials to Exley United Methodist Church 338 Lake St. Wilson, NY 14172
Danny Lee Binger, 69, passed away on Aug. 19, 2014 with his family by his
Danny was born within Gregg Township, Union County, PA on November
8, 1944. He retired after 30 years of service with the United States Navy with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4.
He served in the Tonkin Gulf (1972/3) and the Persian Gulf (1991).
Danny was predeceased by his parents, Archie Edward Binger and Lillian Regina Huff (Binger) and his sisters, Louella Lucille Lippy and Kathryn Margaret Binger. He is survived by his sisters, Jeanette Louisa Schalow and his wife of 51 years Donna K. Pulliam (Binger); daughters, Donna Darlene Francis and Molly Michelle Neville; son, Danny Marlowe Binger; his half-sisters, Susan Gale Magno and Sandra Jo Linton; step mother, Virginia Louis Allen (Binger); step sisters, Doris Aloise Tolson and Marilyn Joyce Walters; grandchildren, Skye Lynette and husband Noah Breeden and their daughter Madison, Zachary Hugh Franklin, and Tazelee Seth Morris....
Edwin E. Chambers, 70, passed away Saturday, February 7, 2015 peacefully at his home surrounded by his family. He was born May 16, 1944 in Loma Linda, CA and had been a Mundelein resident for the past 17 years. Ed had a passion for flying, and studied to become a pilot earning a degree in Aviation Management. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was a 1973 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. Ed was employed by Wesley Jessen VisionCare Inc. in Des Plaines as a materials manager and also by Abbott Laboratories. He enjoyed woodworking, photography, fishing, and coaching little league football. He was an avid Bears fan and loved all cars, especially his '73 Camaro. Ed is survived by his wife of 44 years, Cherron Chambers of Mundelein; two children, Erin (Brian) Thompson of Gurnee, Erik (Mayra) Chambers of Chicago; three grandchildren, Taylor, Cole, Chance; two sisters, Beverly Steele (Richard) Mueller of Herbster, WI, Carol Chambers-Baker of Comptche, CA; and by his stepfather, Edward Chambers of Comptche, CA. He was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald W. Steele, mother, Hannah Alberta Chambers, and father, Edwin E. Steele Jr. ...
Mr. Buford “Charles” Blair, Jr. age 84 of Rome, Georgia formerly of Rockmart, Georgia passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2015.
Mr. Blair was born on September 1, 1930 in Rockmart, son of the late Buford Charles Blair, Sr. and the late Lucille Baxter Blair. He was a graduate of both the Rockmart High School Class of 1948 and Georgia State University. Mr. Blair was a member of the Second Ave. United Methodist Church of Rome. He was a veteran of the United States Navy having retired in 1967 with 20 years of service. Following his military career, he retired from the Southern Company Services of Atlanta with 15 years of service. He was very active in the Fleet Reserve Association serving as president and secretary treasurer. Mr. Blair was preceded in death by his first wife, Mrs. Sylvia Blair, after 40 years of marriage.
Survivors include his wife, Ercel Turner Davis Blair of Rome; a daughter, Amy Nichols of Kennesaw; son, Chuck Blair and his wife Kathleen of Indianapolis, Indiana; step-children, Patsy Grubbs and her husband Jack of Aragon, Tammi Kirk and her husband David of Marietta and John Davis and his wife Teri of Rome; three grandchildren, Connor Blair, Bridget Blair and Nolan Blair; step-grandchildren, Craig Leatherwood, Nicole Rogers, Sheree Nicholson, Clay Osborne, Cody Osborne, Matthew Kirk, Alastair Kirk, Lee Price, Sommer Spendore, John Davis, Jr. and Macey Price; eighteen great-grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services for Mr. Blair will be held on Saturday, March 21st at 12 noon in the chapel of the Freeman Harris Funeral Home with Rev. Tom McElroy officiating. Interment services will follow in the family lot of Kennesaw Memorial Park Cemetery of Marietta.
Lt. Harvey W. Barker, USN, Ret., 80, of Branford died peacefully on January 4 at Yale New Haven Hospital surrounded by his loved ones. He was the husband of Jacqueline Adams Barker. Harvey was born in Hickory, N.C. on August 24, 1937. Harvey served honorably for 21 years in the U.S. Navy. He was an avid boater and fisherman. He also volunteered with the DEP restocking the local rivers. He was also a member of the "Old Farts" breakfast club in Branford. He is survived by his three daughters, Katherine Barker, Karen Allen (Peter) and Kristin Campbell. He is also survived by his stepchildren, Jay Adams, Bruce Adams (Kirsten) and Bethany Adams Fortier (Rick). He leaves two brothers, William Barker (Barbara) and Brent Barker. He leaves his grandchildren Heather Allen Wolfe (Timothy), Raymond Stebbins, Jonathon Campbell, Brian Barker, Ryan Adams, Tyler Stebbins, Kyle Adams, Janice Campbell, Grace Adams and Samantha Barker, as well as his great-grandchildren, Mason Wolfe and Emma Wolfe. He was pre-deceased by his son Kevin Barker.
THOMAS H. BERGSTROM, 74 of Menominee, MI passed away on Saturday December 23, 2017 at Bay Area Medical Center. Tom was born on April 23, 1943 in Menominee to the late Harold and Irene (Hendricksen) Bergstrom. He was a 1962 graduate of Menominee High School. Tom worked at Karguard Industries for a short time and then entered the United States Navy where he proudly served his Country. While in the Navy he met his wife, the former Diane Hayes and they were married on December 30, 1967 in Portland, Maine. Tom would go on and attend NWTC where he would attain his Journeyman electrician license eventually getting his Master electrician license. Tom owned and operated Bergstrom Electric Company from 1979 until his retirement in 2007. He loved to golf and play cards. Tom further loved the outdoors, going to his cabin, hunting, fishing and traveling. Above all else the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren, is what Tom enjoyed most.
Survivors include his wife: Diane of Menominee; 2 sons: Eric (Nicole) Bergstrom of Menominee and Mark (Jessica) Bergstrom of Green Bay; 2 grandchildren: Aliyah and Thomas Bergstrom; 3 brothers: Jerry (Barb) Bergstrom of Menominee, Doug (Pat) of Menominee and Steven of Marinette; many nieces, nephew and cousins; and several relatives in Maine.
Family will receive friends at Anderson Kell Funeral Home on Friday December 29, 2017 after 10:00 am until time of Military Rites at 12:00 noon followed by a memorial service with Reverend Doug Schoen officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.
He was born November 3, 1929 in Lowellville, Ohio, the son of Dominic and Elizabeth Cusenza Catanzarite. He married Shirley Dowell on November 14, 1953. She survives.
MT. PULASKI - George E. Blue, 73, of Mt. Pulaski passed away peacefully at his home on August 9, 2020.
George was born on April 12, 1947 in Decatur, IL to George R. and Blanche (Dodwell) Blue. He served in the United States Navy from 1966-1969. On June 12, 1971, he married Linda Rose Fournier. She survives him. Also surviving are his children Terry (Raquel) Blue of Collierville, TN, and Casie Wyler of Mt. Pulaski, two sisters, Nicki (Dave) Yemm of Springfield, IL and Linda K (Rich) Osborn of Lincoln, IL and three grandchildren Sabrina, Brooke and Caden.
George was the owner and operator of George’s Foods in Mt. Pulaski, branch manager for ABF Freight, a bus driver for the Mt. Pulaski School District and a part time employee at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home. George was also a Mason from the Mt. Pulaski Masonic Lodge, Shriners, and Mt Pulaski American Legion Post # 447. George was also a lifelong St. Louis Cardinal and Duke Basketball fan.
Graveside services for George will be 10:00 a.m. Friday August 14, 2020 at Steenbergen Cemetery in Mt. Pulaski, IL, with Casey McCormick officiating, where social distancing will be required. The Mt. Pulaski American Legion Post #447 will conduct full military rites. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday August 13, 2020 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL, where face mask and social distancing regulations will be required. Memorials may be made in George’s name to the family for the education fund of his three grandchildren.
U.S. Navy PB4V-1 #38-913 ("Rugged Beloved")
Shot down on 16 June 1945 over the Bay of Makassar, Sulawesi Province, Netherlands East Indies (now the country of Indonesia)
The crew members of the aircraft were as follows:
LTJG Louis T. Bass U.S. #0-240715 Pilot (MIA)
LTJG William L. Dernberger #0-278082 (MIA)
ENS Philip C. Stretcher #0-378816 (KIA)
ARM3 Alden P. Anders #8599212 (MIA)
ARM 1 Robert H. Graham #6506879 (MIA)
ARM3 Raymond P. Kivitt #7113286 (MIA)
AMM3 Roger W. Mitchell #8897569 (MIA)
AMM1 Henry V. Philpott #2875379 (MIA)
AOM3 George W. Pringle #8575327 (MIA)
ARM3 Joseph Regiac #7207917 (MIA)
ARM3 William A. Whitener #0557156 (MIA)
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS: On 16 June, 1945, PB4Y-1 #38-913 with a crew of eleven, departed U.S. Army Airfield, Palawan, Philippine Islands for a patrol mission of the Makassar Straits. Aircraft from the VPM-111 squadron were tasked with conducting long range reconnaissance. During the month of June 1945, most patrol flights to the Makassar Straits were extended to maximum distance and served as interdiction flights. When LTJG Bass and his crew failed to return to base on 16 June 1945, they were listed as missing in action. On 17 June 1945, three special searches of the general loss area produced no evidence of the aircraft or crew.
SEARCH AND RECOVERY: Message traffic dated 15 October 1945 detailing the results of a Makassar investigation into downed airmen referenced a USN B-24 aircraft (equivalent of the PB4Y-1) shot down over Makassar Harbor on 16 June 1945. It states that five (5) crewmembers and a flight jacket for ENS Stretcher washed up on a break water and were buried, four (4) additional individuals were washed onto the mainland and buried in an unknown location by indigenous personnel, one (1) unknown was buried in the Makassar cemetery on 19 June 1945, and one (1) 'Blond Slender Surviver' was reportedly taken to the "Gestapo" (likely the Kempeitai) and his fate was unknown. This message makes no specific reference as to who buried the crewmembers, but it is implied that all were recovered by indigenous personnel. No additional references could be located relative to these findings.
After the war the American Graves Registration Services (AGRS) recovered the remains (date
unknown) of ENS Stretcher and six (6) additional unknown individuals initially interred at the Takassar Christian Cemetary and had them reinterred at the United States Miliary Cemetary, Barrackpore, Bengal, India. The six unknowns were listed as Barrackpore X-157, X-165, X-166, X-168, X-1/lQ,and X- 171. The AGRS report states that based on information obtained by their search and recovery party, the remains are associated with the crew of a B-25 aircraft and requested that all aircraft crash files be searched for a possible correlation. No records detailing their interment at the Makassar Christian Cemetary could be located.
It should be noted that the place of death recorded for ENS Stretcher and the unknown remains is POW Camp Makassar. Ensign Stretcher was reportedly identified by a marker over his grave at the Makassar Christian Cemetary and a notation was made of his report of internment in Barrackpore that no skull or mandible was present for dental charting. Based on this information, a circumstantial identification of ENS Stretcher based of the presence of his flight jacket is presumed. In 1947, those associated unknowns with dental evidence present (X-157, X-168, and X-170) were referred to the Dental Professional Division, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Navy Department, for comparison with the dental records of the BuNo 38913 crew. No definitive identifications could be made. On November 22, 1949, the remaining 10 crewmembers remains were declared non-recoverable after all applicable unknown leads had been investigated with negative results. The unknown remains subsequently designated as Barrackpore X-157, X-165, X-166, X-168A, X-168B, X-168C, X-168D, X-170, and X-171 were permanently interred at the National Memorial Cemetary of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Between March and April 2016, a Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) Research and Investigation Team (RIT) visited Makassar, South Sulawesi Province, Sulawesi Island, Indonesia. This team's focus was the investigation of nine aircraft losses in and around Makassar Harbor, including LTJG Bass' PB4Y-1. While in Makassar, the team met with an "arkeolog bawah air Indonesia" (Indonesian underwater archaeologist) who supplied the DPAA team with a description and coordinates of what may be a WWII bomber, which crashed between the islands of Samalona and Lae Lae in the vicinity of Makassar Harbor. However, no information on possible burials of US personnel were obtained and records for the wa,time Makassar Christian Cemetary were non-existent.
DPAA is aware of six B-24s/PB4Y-ls that crashed in and around the Makassar Harbor, in addition to another four U.S. aircraft (three P-38s and one PBY-5) that were also lost in the same area.
NEXT STEPS: This case will be evaluated for Disinterment to exhume and test the unknown remains originally thought to be the crewmembers of this aircraft (X-157, X-165, X-166, X-168A, X-168B, X- 168C, X-168D, X-170, and X-171). DPAA must have 60% of the Family Reference Samples (FRS) on file for missing individuals associated with a Case before the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness will consider a disinterment request. In the case of these unknown remains, six (6) of ten (10) FSR's are required to process the request. As of March 2017, DPAA was in the possession of one (1) of the FSR's required; the maternal FRS for ARM3 Alders. Last edited by kingstrider; 06-18-2018 at 12:00 AM.
Our sincere thanks to Mr. John Oliveria and his fiancé, the granddaughter of LTJG Louis Tulane Bass Jr. for initially providing this important historic information to the Association.
Notes and photos from a relative of a crew member of “Rugged Beloved” provide addition insight. The letter V appears on only one name on the crew list, so it is assumed he is referring to AMM1 Henry V. Philpott #2875379 (MIA)
I have wanted to post this a while but yesterday marks a special anniversary in my family history as it is the day my great uncle Verlin was shot down during the last months of WWII while serving aboard "Rugged Beloved", a PB4Y-1 patrol bomber assigned to VPM-111 in the Pacific. Until recently the family believed he was shot down somewhere in the Sea of Japan but over the last few years we have learned that he and a crew of 10 others actually crash landed in the Makassar Straits in what is now called Indonesia. All were believed killed on impact except for one survivor who was later presumed shot and killed by the Japanese.
For a little back history, my grandfather had 4 siblings including two sisters and two brothers. The oldest brother, my grandfather served with distinction in the Army in Europe during WWII as a M 16 halftrack commander, while his younger brothers Verlin and Stan served in the Navy and U.S. Army Air Force, respectively. Grandpa and Stan survived the War and went on to have families but Verlin never made it home. My grandfather seldom talked about his younger brother but when the subject came up, he always said that he and others like him had paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Verlin listed his older sister as next of kin and her son (my mom's cousin) was only 8 years old when he answered a call from the War Department saying that Verlin was MIA. Verlin enlisted in April 1941 so received the American Defense Service Medal since he was in the military before the U.S. declared war on Japan. Additional awards included the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and Navy Good Conduct Medal. He was also posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and the World War II Victory Medal.
At the conclusion of the War, a search and recovery was conducted, and the remains of what is believed to be the crew of this aircraft were found, though NOT conclusively identified, as the technology did not exist for DNA testing at that time. The remains were recovered from a cemetary in the city of Makassar (now Indonesia) and moved to a U.S. Military cemetery in Barrackpore, India. Those remains were subsequently exhumed and moved to the U.S. Cemetary of the Pacific (Punchbowl), Honolulu, HI, where they remain today, buried in plots as "unknown" ...
After years of research we now have a better grasp on what actually happened to Verlin and where. The following information was taken from official reports but the last I heard is that the government is still awaiting DNA samples from surviving family members to exhume the unknown remains of the suspected air crew in order to make positive identifications. Unfortunately many of the family members have also passed away or have been unwilling or unable to provide DNA samples. Anyway I find thjs very interesting and wish I could have met him. Being a Navy man myself I think we would have lot to talk about.
Additionally, in the Biography of ACMM Henry J. Rosier who passed away February 7, 2011at the age of 92, there is a lines that read:
“In 1944 we were ordered to San Diego then on to Kaneohe Bay where we traded our old PB4Y-1 for a brand new one (BuNo 38913). We then departed for duty on Tinian, Tacloban, Mindoro, and Palawan, P.I. for patrol of the Pacific. We were a crew until some time in 1945 when we were relieved on Palawan. The day after we were relieved, our aircraft, BuNo 38913, and its new crew disappeared while on patrol”.
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