Remembering Warren Bradley Dodge

Remembering Warren Bradley Dodge
October 12, 1949 – September 26, 2018
As I write this on October 12th, which would have been my friend Warren Dodge’s 69th birthday,
I am aware of a cruel blunt simple fact: Warren died from complications of exposure to the military herbicide Agent Orange. About twelve years ago, all of a sudden, he developed symptoms of Agent Orange lung disease. Late last year a tube was placed in his throat to his lungs so as to make it easier for him to breathe and move and reduce stress on his heart and lungs. The doctor said without this he “wouldn’t see 70.” I had no idea that this herbicide was used in Phan Rang but Warren explained that it was used to kill very invasive brush that covered a strategic gasoline pipe that led to their airport. The brush hid young Vietnamese children adept at siphoning off gas in large multi-gallon bottles that would then be used by them as currency in the village.
The herbicide got rid of the brush — dioxin being the highly toxic chemical contaminant that was responsible for most of the devastation — so the kids could not hide any more, and it solved the military problem so to speak. But the human toll on exposed soldiers and their offspring was a different story: prostate and respiratory cancers, multiple myeloma, Hodgkin’s disease, Non-Hodgkins lymphoma, leukemia, Type II diabetes, spina bifida, and other disorders. Warren was not part of a class action or other legal suit. Instead of formal legal redress he went through the VA, which put through a generous financial settlement for him. In the event, he did not see 70 but died at 68, a couple of weeks before his 69th birthday.
On a happier note, Warren enjoyed his extended family and pets, his motorcycles, and taking care of his extensive property in Vermont. The first time I spoke with him over the phone his grandson answered and told me his grandfather was “working” — I envisioned a store, an office, a vehicle. Turns out he was in the backyard supervising the uprooting and removal of a large tree. He once told me recently that he was planning to motorcycle down to Alabama to visit his loving daughter Emily and her family. “Planning” was the operative word here since it was only a fantasy recalling happier times when he could experience the exhilaration of motorcycling directly and not merely as an armchair pastime.
One of his happiest recent discoveries was his bonding with young Hunter McAllister, described by Emily as her father’s “best friend.” More formally Hunter was I believe the grandson of Warren’s second wife, from a previous marriage. Hunter was of middle school age and struggling in school from a possible learning disability, when Warren took over. It didn’t take long and bond they did, especially when Warren found out that Hunter wanted to cook for a living. Warren questioned him further and quickly set up an informal training course in the kitchen. They carefully went over dry and wet measurements and equivalents thereof, talked about cooking in small batches versus cooking the same dishes in volume for restaurants and catering situations, and eventually took over the kitchen for some culinary action. They discussed boiled versus grilled franks, cheeseburgers with sliced cheese on top of the meat versus cheese melted within the burger itself, and which ingredients and variations to use in mac and cheese recipes. Fried and scrambled eggs were tried, as were pancakes (with you guessed it, reader, real Vermont maple syrup), and desserts were not ignored. And in that regard Warren imparted one of the most basic and important rules in dessert preparation: in making sweets make sure you reach for the sugar and not the salt. Words to live by in the kitchen for sure. In my mind’s eye I can see the two of them wearing long barbecue aprons and covered in blotches of wet flour enjoying their time with each other in the kitchen. I hope Hunter continues with his interest in cooking and the lessons he learned from Warren.
As our mutual friend Ken Claflin has said with absolute truth: “Never a dull moment when Warren was around.” Additionally Warren was intelligent, shrewd, patriotic, and had a wonderful memory. He was also a very funny raconteur.
In recent months Warren was in and out of the hospital as the result of breathing problems associated with the tube inserted in his throat. He had to be attached to oxygen canisters 24/7, which meant he could only sleep three hours a time at night before changing his canisters. But he never complained about what he was going through and only had praise for his doctors and the VA.
I know he has found peace now in a better place but I do miss him terribly.
NOTE: I’ve written about Warren before on the News pages of the Alumni website. To access some of these writings open the Comments section of the following documents: Remembering Ronny Bair, for Warren’s motorcycling honeymoon and what happened when he and his new wife got home; Remembering Ralph Hamblin, for Warren in full charge of bartering and scavenging strategies; The Dogs We Loved: Babe, for Warren’s experience in handling sentry dogs; and The Dogs We Loved: Foxy, for Warren in full bromantic comedy mode. The Comments section in each document is at the top under the document’s title, to the right of the date.
Submitted by Steve Dragovich, Company Clerk, 981st, 70/71
Picture 1.Warren Bradley Bill Dodge
Picture 2 Two Kens and a Dodge: Warren in driver’s seat, with non-alcoholic beverage; Ken Hulbert riding shotgun; Ken Claflin with rear end on rear fender. Vietnam 1970.
Picture 3 Warren and Hunter McAllister in a quiet celebratory moment.
Picture 4 Hunter McAllister demonstrating patriotism and facial fuzz.

Obituary for Joseph Shelton Barley, Jr. 981st 69-70

Obituary for Joseph Shelton Barley, Jr 981st 69-70
Mr. Joseph Shelton Barley Jr., 60, a resident of 3rd Avenue in Columbia, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at Maury Regional Medical Center.Born June 13, 1950 in Lee County, FL, son of the late Joseph and Eunice Lavaughn Blum Barley and husband of Norma Laine Maynard Barley. He held a Masters in Christian Theology, author of the book “Why We Do The Things We Do” and just began writing a second book. He was working as a Christian counselor with Centerstone of Columbia. Mr. Barley held a passion for helping people, loved writing and one of his highlights was when he and Warren would play golf every Thursday, but his greatest love was the one he had for God. He was a member of Grace Pointe Church of Brentwood and a US Army veteran of the Vietnam Conflict.In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters: Samantha Nicole Layne of Harrodsburg, KY and Amie John Houston of Houston, TX; step-children: Rodney Brandy Cagle of Joelton and Rick Allen Cagle of Nashville; grandchildren: Gavin Wezley Layne of Harrodsburg, KY and John “Trey” Houston III, of Houston, TX, Victoria Cagle and Christian Cagle, both of Joelton; brothers: Warren Carolyn Barley of Columbia, Allen Donna Barley and Joey Sandie Barley, both of Ft. Myers, FL; sisters: Becky Bill Vanholden and Retia Gould, both of Ft. Myers, FL; step-mother: Patricia Barley of Ft. Myers, FL; several nieces and nephews.A Life Celebration Service for Mr. Barley will be held 10:00 AM Saturday in the chapel of Williams Funeral Home in Columbia with Rev. Stan Mitchell officiating.The family will receive friends Friday from 6:00 – 8:00 PM and Saturday 9:00 to 10:00 AM service time at the funeral home. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Joseph Shelton Barley, Jr please visit ourSympathy Store.

Obituary for Samuel F. DeJeet Jr., 595th 70-71

This is the first of a series of notices from Steven Dragovich 981st 70-71.
Published in the Valley Independent (Monessen, PA) on Nov. 18, 2002:
Samuel F. DeJeet Jr., 595 70-71 56, of New Eagle, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2002, in his home. Born Dec. 28, 1945, in Monongahela, he was the son of Sam Sr. and Anna Kassa DeJeet, who reside in New Eagle.
Mr. DeJeet graduated from Monongahela High School and then went on to earn his B.A. in English Education from Salem College in Salem, W.Va. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam and was assigned for thirteen months to the Military Police Unit in DaNang. During his tour, he received the Purple Heart for an injury sustained while attached to the #504 Military Police Company. He was presented an honorable discharge in 1976. After returning from Vietnam he taught for four years as an English teacher for the Clairton School District before going to work as a coal miner. In 1985 he moved to Tucson, Ariz., where he worked for ten years as a molder. After moving back to New Eagle, he worked as a security guard for three years. He was a member of the Monongahela American Legion Post #302 and the Mon Valley Honor Guard.
Surviving are one daughter, Nicole DeJeet of Arlington, Va.; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jason E. and Christine Capps of Upper St. Clair and Bret A. DeJeet of Washington, Pa.; a sister and brother-in-law, Cathy A. and Paul Pro and a brother and sister-in-law, Robert A. and Sharon DeJeet, all of New Eagle; and a granddaughter, Lillian Nicole Capps.
Friends will be received at the Marshall Marra Funeral Home, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, where a Blessing Service will be held at 8:30 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. John Baver officiating. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions can be made in Mr. DeJeet’s name to Family Hospice and Palliative Care of Pittsburgh, 250 Mt. Lebanon Blvd., Suite 203, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15234.

Obituary for Ronnie Dean Flippin 981st 70-71

Ronnie Dean Flippin 981st 70/71
January 05, 1949 – January 28, 2015
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Ronnie Dean Flippin, age 66, of Urbana, Missouri, passed away Wednesday morning, January 28, 2015, at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital, Columbia, Missouri.
He was born in Warsaw, Missouri, on January 5, 1949, the son of Frank & Jean (Palmer) Flippin and Darrell & Dorris (Treese) Brown.
He grew up in Benton County, graduating from Warsaw High School, and served in the United States Army as a Military Police Canine Handler in Vietnam. After his military service, he received degrees in Criminal Justice and Fire Science from Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg. He completed the Missouri State Highway Patrol Training Academy, and served many departments including: Kansas City Major Case Squad; Police Chief of Holden and Cole Camp, Missouri; and Deputy in Hickory and Benton counties, among others. He was also certified as a Firefighter and Paramedic and served the Gladstone Public Safety Department in all three capacities. He was an EMT Instructor for Kansas University, and worked for the City of Springfield Fire Department, from which he retired. After training in computer systems, he went to work for Smurfit-Stone Container as a Regional Procurement Manager where he was recognized for reducing costs in his division by over 2 million dollars.
Ronnie was a drummer, playing in various bands since he was a teenager. He met his wife Shirley when they worked together at the Pomme de Terre Opry. They later formed their own band, Country Sunshine, playing for shows, dances and benefits all over the area. He also worked with Shirley at KBFL Radio, Buffalo, including announcing Bison basketball games.
Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Gary Brown and Ricky Brown.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years Shirley, daughter Roxie, & son Ross, all of Urbana; children Michael, Cheri, and Kenny; several grandchildren; two brothers, Michael Brown and Dennis Brown; mother-in-law Helen Turner of Long Lane, numerous cousins, and many friends.
Memorial services with military honors will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Reser Funeral Home in Warsaw, Missouri. Burial will be held at the Bethel Campground Cemetery in Edwards, Missouri at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, an account has been set up at O’Bannon Bank, Buffalo, Missouri, for his childrens’ education costs.

Passing of Warren B. Dodge 981st 70-71

Warren Bradley Dodge
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Warren Bradley Dodge HARDWICK – Warren Bradley Dodge, 68, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, in his home. He was born Oct. 12, 1949, in Hardwick, the son of Lawrence P. Flanders and Irene E. Dodge, and lived most of his childhood with his grandfather, Henry Dodge. He graduated in 1969 from Hardwick Academy. Mr. Dodge enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1969, served in Vietnam, and received a National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars and a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. Sergeant Dodge was honorably discharged in 1972. He later served for more than 18 years with Vermont Army National Guard, as military policeman and armor crewman. He was employed in the construction business, operated heavy equipment, drove logging trucks and helped clear power lines. He retired in 2008 due to failing health. He was a life member and past commander of American Legion Post #7, a life member of Sons of the American Legion, both in Hardwick, and a life and charter member of VFW Post #7779 in Hyde Park. Mr. Dodge enjoyed hunting, working around equipment and spending time in the woods with his tractor. Survivors include his daughter, Emily Trombley, of Rainbow City, Alabama; two grandchildren; his companion, Grace Cookson, and two siblings Diane Ingram and Richard Flanders, all of Hardwick; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by two brothers Harold and Lawrence Flanders. Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Northern Vermont Funeral Home, 60 Elm St., Hardwick. The graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Ave. Morrisville, VT 05661.

John Barck Obituary

I got this from Steve Dragovich, 981st, 70-71

John Barck obituary:

Dr. John C. (“Jack”) Barck
February 9, 1933 – May 9, 2014

A retired U.S. Army Colonel, in February 1962 Dr. Barck was drafted into the U.S. Army under the provisions of what was known as the “Doctors’ Draft,” instituted in response to the conflict in Vietnam. He was commissioned as a First Lieutenant and, following basic training, was assigned as Station Veterinarian at what is now Fort Drum, N.Y. He volunteered for duty in Europe and was assigned to Livorno (Leghorn), Italy. Subsequent to his return from Europe Dr. Barck received additional military training and then was assigned to Fort Polk, La. He then was assigned to Vietnam where he volunteered to serve an additional year beyond the normal one year tour. His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Service Ribbon.

Updates to our Website

Hello everyone, I got this from Steve Dragovich, 981st 70-71. He has been working hard to update our website rosters so they can be as accurate as possible. I know there is a lot of names of deceased here. Remember this is over a lengthy period of time.

212th 65-66
Bartholomaus, Dave C. Feb 10, 2003, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Chartier, James D. Nov 28, 2017, Merrill, Wisconsin
Danylin, Ronald B. May 3, 2008, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Jordan, Charles S. Aug 20, 2017, LaGrange, Georgia
Kulaga, Walter G. (Bud) Jan 11, 2000, Bushnell, Florida
Liggett, Larry G. Oct 3, 2016, Plant City, Florida
Morgan, Clyde E. Jan 4, 2011, Pleasant Valley, West Virginia
Nicholson, Charles C., Jul 24, 2010, Williamston, North Carolina

212th 66-67

Goffigan, Sherman L. (Fish), Jul 19, 2007 Roanoke, Virginia
Hughbanks, Larry W., Feb 26, 2008, Coleman, Texas


212th 67-68

Dobash, Charles F., Dec 1, 2000, Sweet Valley, Pennsylvania

212th 68-69

Hobbs, Charles E. CPT, May 25, 2000, Tallahassee, Florida

This will appear on the Facebook, and in the Newsletter.

Observation of Michael B. Doyle

Gerald Carlson, 981st 67-68 asked me to post this for him. He got it from John Doyle a co-worker who is a Vietnam Veteran. John got this from his son who is the author.
There are lots of days I feel cynical, today wasn’t one of them.
I stood for 4 hours today in the August heat of DC to pay respect to the service of John McCain. I stood with fellow Veterans, active duty, and a survivor of the Forrestal fire. I stood with an old lady with a walker, and I stood with Asian women still wearing the streamers of South Vietnam. I heard Spanish, French, Russian, and at least one African tongue. I saw Red Cross volunteers, young kids in suits, and many all in black, despite the hot sunny day.
However, the absolute high point was that I spent the wait alongside a former Army infantryman, who lost both his legs in Vietnam only to come back home to dedicate his life to helping the disabled and the combat wounded.
What I will remember most from the whole experience is that I got to spend four hours with thousands of people who came to honor a man best known for being tortured and losing a Presidential election, but who will be remembered as a man who never lost faith in his country.
Michael B Doyle
USMC 2000 – 2008
August 31, 2018

Passing of Robert A. Polivka

Robert A. Polivka

June 27th, 2018

Robert A. Polivka, Age 73, US Army Vietnam War Veteran, passed away on June 27, 2018. Beloved husband of Kathleen (nee Stec). Loving dad of Jeffrey (Laura) Polivka and Kathleen (Timothy) Jendrzejak. Dearest grandpa of Kyle Jendrzejak, Kevin Jendrzejak and Sarah Polivka. Cherished son of the late Helen and the late Richard Polivka. Dear brother of the late Richard Jr. (Donna) Polivka. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation, Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 3:00PM to 9:00PM at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice, Illinois.

Funeral, THURSDAY, July 5, 2018, 8:45AM prayers to begin from the funeral home to Saint Patricia Church, 9040 S. 86th Avenue, Hickory Hills, Illinois for 9:30AM Mass. Cremation rites to be accorded.

Date of Services: July 5th, 2018

The Passing of Robert (Bob) Dickmeyer, 981st 70-71

Good Evening all, it is with sadness to alert you all to another loss.  Please keep family and friends in your prayers and thoughts.  I was alerted by Richard Cramer, 981st 70-71 about Bob’s passing.  There are two passages, one the local obituary and a personal note from Richard about Bob.

Robert “Bob” Dickmeyer(1948 – 2018)

Robert “Bob” Dickmeyer, 69, of Roseville, Calif., passed away July 6, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. Bob was born November 8, 1948 to Herbert and Ruth (Rodekohr) Dickmeyer. Bob graduated from Battle Creek High School and was a Vietnam War veteran. Bob moved to California where he met and married his best friend, and a “California girl”, Debra.
Although Bob lived his life out in California, he never stopped living from the true roots of his Husker blood. Raising and teaching his family to love the Lord, work hard, don’t complain, and root on the Big Red every Saturday.
Bob is survived by Debra and sons Justin (Rachel) and Jason (Melissa), grandchildren Violet, Landon, Annabelle, Primrose, and Kailey. Mother, Ruth, of Battle Creek, brother, Jim (Marlys) of Palm City, Fla., sister, Jan Smith (Randy) of Lincoln and several nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.
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Published in Auburn Journal on July 13, 2018

Robert (Bob) Dickmeyer passed away July 6th 2018, 981st 70-71. Bob and I have been good friends since we meant on the flight from Fort Lewis to Fort Gordon to MP School in 1969. While in the Army we did everything together, after Nam we stayed in contact. He with his wife Debra had two sons and 5 grandkids. Obituary is on Loomis News. He will be missed.