Reunion Rescheduled Sep 20th-22nd 2019

Due to the hurricane we have been forced to move the 2019 Reunion from April to September 20, 21, & 22. If you have already made reservations at the hotel they will be automatically changed to the new dates. I will be meeting with the hotel shortly to confirm all details and update the contract. I am in the process of notifying everyone that has registered with me. I hope this causes no major inconvenience to anyone that was planning to attend.

Passing of Robert William Clark, 981st 69-70

It is with sadness, Robert William Clark, 981st 69-70 passed away Dec 18, 2018. His funeral is scheduled for Jan 5, 2019. I am trying to get this out as soon as I can so if anyone lives near Robert wants to attend the funeral. I would ask if you know anyone who knew Robert please let them know. I can only let the ones who I have email addresses for know. As a side note Robert attended the last two reunions, so some folks outside the normal unit year group might know him. If you have pictures of Robert please post them here. Here is the link to the obituary and funeral info:…/deta…/2348/Robert-Clark/obituary.html

Donald (Don) J. Therolf 212th 65-66

Donald Joseph Therolf
Born: January 29, 1943
Died: September 20, 2009
Location: Tonawanda, New York
Greco Funeral Home Inc
2909 Elmwood Ave
Kenmore, NY 14217
Tel. (716) 874-4400
Tribute & Message From The Family
THEROLF, Donald J., September 20, 2009; beloved soul mate of Agnes Hulpiau; father of Jimmy Therolf; brother of Barb (Harold) Dumain, Rita (Ron) Hanson and Larry (Lynn) Therolf; step-father of Deborah (Jim) Wehrfritz, Don (Cindy) Hulpiau, Sue Rockwell, and Ken Hulpiau; also survived by 10 grandchildren, one niece and many nephews. The family will be present Thursday 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Greco Funeral Home, 2909 Elmwood Avenue where prayers will be offered on Friday at 10:15 AM and followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM from St. Timothy R.C. Church. Don was a retired E.C. Deputy Sheriff, Veteran of Vietnam, Life Member in the NRA and Master Instructor of Hunter Safety courses. Flowers gratefully declined. Share your condolences at

Obituary James T. Waldron, 981st 69-70

Good afternoon everyone, I received from Steven Dragovich 981st 70-71 several death notices. I will post them as I can. This is the first one. Note in the obituary the use of century.
James T. Waldron, 75, of Connersville, passed away on Saturday, July 28, 2018. He is the son of the late Robert Harry Waldron and Emma G. McNees Waldron. He graduated from Connersville High School in 1961, and was president of his class. He then attended the University of Cincinnati.
He served with the United States Army for two years as a Century Dog Handler, spending a year of that time in Vietnam.
He is survived by a brother, Paul Waldron, of West Chester, OH, and a sister-in-law, Shirley Rees Waldron, of Batesville, IN.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Janet Lynn Waldron; a brother, Robert Kenneth Waldron, and a sister-in-law, Cheryl Waldron.
A private graveside memorial service will be held at Dale Cemetery at a later date. To sign the online guestbook or to send the family a personal message, please

James T. “Wally” Waldron
I hope this place sells liquor, the harder the better
In the midst of Buddhist serenity
Which way to the black market?

Obituary for Richard Pelletier, 981st 69-70

2nd Obituary for Richard Pelletier, 981st 69-70. Richard’s obituary mentions life long battle with an injury from Vietnam. Does anybody recall what the injury was? Richard M. Pelletier, 66, of Sanford died Friday, September 11th 2015 at Hill Crest Commons in MA.
Richard was born October 26, 1948 to Roland and Lillian (Blanchard) Pelletier of Sanford. He attended local schools and graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1967. Following high school he attended The University of Maine, Orono.
Richard enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served in The Military Police, as dog handler and did a tour in Vietnam. Upon his return he had numerous jobs, which include years at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, U.S. Post Office and the Maine State Forest Service. His love for music and poetry sustained him in his life long battle of being a disabled Vietnam veteran. He will always be remembered as a kind, generous, and gentle soul.
Predeceased by his parents, Roland and Lillian (Blanchard) Pelletier.
Richard is survived by five brothers and three sisters; Donald of Sanford, Lionel and his wife Helga also of Sanford, Raymond and his wife Sylvia of Londonderry, NH, Albert and his wife Ellen of Kennebunk, Paul and his wife Carla of Wells, Gloria Laitres and her husband Richard of Grove City, Ohio, Theresa Rankin and her husband Bob of Shapleigh and Rachel Pelletier and her husband Jack Richardson of Lyman. He is also survived by one daughter, Amanda Boivin-Hill and her husband Seth, of Park City, UT along with two grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and his longtime caregiver and former wife, Monique Cote Pelletier.
Visitation will be held on Friday, September 18th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon with a funeral service following at 12:00 noon at the Lafrance-Lambert & Black Funeral Home located at 29 Winter Street in Sanford. Interment with military honors will follow at the Southern Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, located on Stanley Road in Springvale.
Memorial donations may be made to The Animal Welfare Society of West Kennebunk 46 Holland Road, Kennebunk ME 04043 Arrangements are under the direction of Black Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Sanford-Springvale.

Obituary Billy McKinley, 212th 65-66

Gary, Billy died in 2009 and at that time Larry Majeski, who may have known him, expressed his sadness at Billy’s death. But Billy’s wonderful obit was was not available until later. Billy clearly wrote it himself, and it’s informative, colorful, and very funny. Alumni members will probably be surprised at the different dog-related experiences he had in his military career. This is also the first obit I’ve seen that actually mentions that the decedent was a member of both the Alumni and the VDHA. Alumni members will like this vivid picture of one man’s military career and how it involved all manner of dogs.


3/7/37 – 2/9/09

Following a long and hard battle with cancer, Billy R. “Squirrel” McKinley, Sr., died peacefully at their home on Monday, February 9, 2009.
Visitation was held 5-8 pm Wednesday, February 11, 2009, and will be held today from 9-11 am. Services will be held at Tutor Funeral Home in Magee. Burial will follow at Calvary Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Mize.
Mr. McKinley was born in 1937 in Mize, MS. He quit school and joined the United States Army in 1957. His military career took him to Southeast Asia, Okinawa, France, England, Germany, TDY all over the United States. Among various honors he received in the Army- he was selected as the smallest soldier in the Army. He served as the first Army dog trainer in the Polish Labor Service. He also trained the California National Guard Sentry Dog Unit. He was a combat soldier and POW for less than twenty one days, shot down from a helicopter as well as being hit by shrapnel on the morning he received word he was a new father. He took the first dog team of 189 dogs and men to Vietnam and the peak of the war was a tunnel rat before returning home.
As a civilian he was a heavy equipment operator for local 624 in Jackson and major pipeline companies. Law enforcement career involved Jackson Police Department, State of MS, Deputy Sheriff for Hinds County and Smith County. He drove an 18 wheeler with his son from 1983 to 2000.
In 2005 he was given the honor of United States Marshall. He was a member of the VFW post #9122 of Magee, MS, Pearl Lodge #23 Masonic Order, Wahabie Shrine and Motor Court, Vietnam Dog Handlers Association, and Vietnam Sentry Dog Alumni.
As a pastime he enjoyed selling produce along the side of the road or in Taylorsville, meeting and greeting people he liked to talk to all.
Mr. McKinley is preceded in death by a premature grandson.
He is survived by his wife, Linda of 45 years; son, Bill, Jr.; daughter, Susan Huffstetler and husband, Charles; granddaughters, Jessica, Raven, and Lillianah; and sister, Delores Smith
Family wishes to thank Dr. Khanzur and his Chemo Clinic staff at Veterans Medical Hospital in Jackson and Hospice in His Hands of Magee, especially nurse Kelly West for her kindness and loving care.

Published in the Clarion Ledger on 2/12/2009