Remembrance of John John Gaylord Bokor, 981st (‘70-’71)

Remembrance of John Gaylord Bokor, 981st (‘70-’71)
Born June 9, 1945 – Died December 8, 2016

I first met John in Lackland where we did AIT Sentry Dog training. He graduated MP school in Fort Gordon a cycle earlier than me and went back to New Jersey to bring his wife and sister-in-law with him to San Antonio. He had the Jersey accent (although not over the top) and a dry sense of humor. We became fast friends and many evenings and weekends I spent with them. What I remember most about John was his unusual way of walking, landing first on the toe, rather than heel, and rolling forward from there. I had never seen it before, nor have I seen it since. It still makes me grin. He also had that Nordic look of rugged features and a shock of dark blond hair. His dog was King, a nasty shepherd who could not be trusted, even by John (picture of John and King attached). I recall during off leash attack training one of the marines, Werkheiser, was in full burlap suit and upon release King took off like a bullet and hit the guy so hard he was knocked to the ground and ended up with a dozen stitches in his face from dog bite. The marine’s first battle scars…LoL.

In early April we flew with the dogs in the hold of a C-141 from Kelly AFB to Cam Ranh for duty. After a few months, the family was in dire straits in San Antonio and John applied for a compassionate transfer which was granted and he finished his tour at Fort Sam Houston. Awhile after my ETS I got married to the sister-in-law…LoL again! A couple of years after that John and wife got divorced (they never had children) and I inherited their dog, a Malamute. John joined the Peace Corps and served in Indonesia. (picture attached) He told an interesting story of one moonlit night he felt the urge to go for a walk, and the moonlight on his blond hair as he walked down the street spooked the villagers and the next morning it was deserted and took a few days to get everyone to understand that it was not a ghost. He enjoyed being out in the less inhabited areas and wilderness.

After returning once again to the U.S., he got a job with the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Department where he worked until retirement. (another picture) Since the time I first met him, he smoked like a chimney, and that is what did him in, as he contracted cancer and died at his home in Nampa, Idaho.

Submitted by Dennis Thomas, 981st 70/71

Passing of Gary Lynn Richmond, 981st 70-71 Vet Tech

I was alerted by Martin Maier 212th 67-68 about Gary Lynn Gary Richmond 981st 70-71 Vet Tech. You can view the full obituary at
Gary Lynn Richmond, age 69, of Vienna, Mo., passed away October 27, 2018 at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in Columbia, Mo.
Gary was born on January 24,1949, in Highland Park, MI, a son to Lyndal and Dell (Watts) Richmond. His father precedes him in death and his mother survives of her home in Chesapeake, VA.
Gary was a 1967 Graduate of Warren High School in Warren, MI. Following high school, Gary joined the Army and served during the Vietnam War.
On April 24, 2000, Gary married the love of his life, Sharon Moake in Nashville, TN. Sharon survives of their home in Vienna.
Following his service to his country in Vietnam, Gary went to work for the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department where he was employed for over 20 years before retiring. He later opened his own business, the Richmond Saddle and Harness and Western Store, before moving to Missouri.
Gary had been a resident of the Vienna area for 16 years after moving from Mason, MI. He had a knack for being able to fix about anything. Gary loved rebuilding and working on mid-fifties Chevy cars as well as horse drawn carriages. He was a pilot and had been building his own plane at the time of his death. His hobbies included gunsmithing, rebuilding computers, was an avid reader and, together with Sharon, participated in Civil War reenactments. Gary enjoyed training horses and loved passing that knowledge on to the kids in 4-H or to anyone who was willing to learn. He would help out anyone in need with no questions asked. Gary greatest love was time spent with his wife, kids and especially his grandchildren. He will be missed by all those that knew and loved him.
In addition to his mother and wife, Gary is survived by: one daughter, Beth Plumlee and her husband Chris of Phoenix, AZ; one son, Colin Cook and his wife Brandy of Byron, GA; four grandchildren, Genevieve and Jocelyn Plumlee and Jordan and Camryn Cook; and one sister, Denise Wolf of Chesapeake, VA as well as many extended family members and friends.
Gary is preceded in death by his father, Lyndal Richmond.
Memorial services will take place at a later date in Mason, MI.

Texas Tech University Vietnam Center and Archives Oral History

I do not know if anyone on our site will want to do this, but I feel I should remind our members once in awhile that this site is available.
Texas Tech University Vietnam Center and Archives has the largest collection of Vietnam items outside the Congressional Library. If you ever want to tell your story in your own words without writing a book so your surviving family members have something to go back and find out what you did in the Vietnam War go to Texas Tech University Vietnam Center and Archives Oral History I did my oral history years ago. I also gave them a copy of all my Vietnam pictures and orders. I am just throwing it out as a thought.

William Smith 981st 69-70 Obituary

I just finished Lee Halverson’s (981st 69-70) book Cong Catchers, A Soldier’s Memories of Vietnam. In the epilogue I saw that William Smith, Smitty, 981st 69-70 had died in 2005. I found this obituary:
Tribute & Message From The Family
William F. “Bill” Smith, 55, of Oskaloosa, died Friday, September 10, 2004, at the Knoxville Area Community Hospital in Knoxville after a courageous battle with multiple myeloma. He was born February 25, 1949 at Jefferson, the son of Richard Glen and Pearl Frances White Smith. He graduated from the Panora-Linden High School with the class of 1967, where he excelled at track. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He worked at Oscar Meyer plant in Perry, and later at Firestone. On December 22, 1983, he was united in marriage to Joy Prothero at Nashua, Iowa. He was an auctioneer and livestock buyer. Bill was a lifetime member of the V.F.W., and a member of the American Legion and Elks. He loved his special times with his family and enjoyed helping his girls with their F.F.A. projects. He raised exotic animals, and donated his time, auctioneering talent, and money to many different projects and causes.
Bill is survived by his wife, Dr. Joy Prothero of Oskaloosa; 2 daughters: Holly and Heather, both at home; a daughter by a previous marriage, Dana Smith of Mequeon, Wisconsin; his mother: Pearl Smith of Panora; 2 sisters: Glennis (& Jim) Peterson of Panora and Carmen Smith of Des Moines; and 2 brothers: Dennis Smith of Guthrie Center and Audrey Smith of Bayard.
Bill was preceded in death by his father and a sister in law: Gail Smith.
Funeral services for Bill Smith will be held Tuesday, September 14, 2004, at 10:30 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church in Oskaloosa with the Rev. Dr. Dennis Morey officiating, assisted by the Rev. Casey Cain. Military rites will be accorded at the church following the funeral by members of the Oskaloosa American Legion, V.F.W., and D.A.V. Cremation will follow the funeral ceremony. Visitation will begin at the Bates Funeral Chapel on Monday after 9 a.m., and the family will be at the funeral chapel on Monday 6 ? 8 p.m. to greet friends and relatives. A memorial has been established in his name.

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.