Melvin L. Canady (Candy Man), 212th 1965-1966

Melvin Lee Canady

January 11, 1941 – January 4, 2022

Melvin Lee Canady, 80, of Roanoke, Va., was born on January 11, 1941, in Sayre, Oklahoma, to Fannie Othella Acree Ross and passed away on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

He moved often, eventually landing in the Cowboy Capital of the World, Oakdale, Calif. At 24 he became a Sentry Dog Handler in the United States Army, and was sent to Vietnam with his dog, Hercules.

On his birthday in 1967, he met the woman he would marry four months later in Long Branch, New Jersey. A match made in Heaven they were off on their first adventure. They made several trips across the country and a few across the ocean to faraway lands.

He was a successful businessman and became a father in Seattle, Wash. Eventually moving back to the east coast, Roanoke, Va., became home in 1989.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patricia Bieri Canady; daughter, Molly Canady Hunter; son-in-law, Matt Hunter; and granddaughter, Olivia Hunter. Many friends have been made along the way, although he’d never admit to it. He will be missed by many. On January 4, 2022, he began a new adventure cutting grape vines for our Lord.

Further details of a celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

Rest In Peace Sarge

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Shriners Hospitals for Online condolences may be made at

Published by Roanoke Times on Jan. 9, 2022.

John DeWitt 212th MP CO (SD) 1970-1971

UPCOMING SERVICEMemorial serviceFeb, 26 20221:30p.m.Brophy ChapelSend FlowersOf Phoenix, Arizona Died January 18 of Covid Pneumonia at the age of 73. John was a native of St. Paul, Minnesota. He was retired from the St. Paul Police Department and the Army Reserves and proudly served in Vietnam. He was an enthusiastic consumer of life’s joys. He loved to golf. He was known for his generous friendship, his laugh that often consumed the end of his sentences, his manners, his delight in learning new things, and his kindness. In life, John was a voracious reader, a skier, a boater, an anglophile, and a supporter of the rookie and underdog. John is survived by his wife, Jane Lannin DeWitt, son, Sean DeWitt (Amy Bohl Flint) of Fairplay, Colorado, daughter, Kaija DeWitt-Allen (Matt Allen) with granddaughter Leila Allen of Jersey City, New Jersey; and brother William P. DeWitt, Jr. (Patricia DeWitt) of Forest Lake, Minnesota. As well as beloved nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by parents William and Zona DeWitt. A memorial and celebration of life will be held at Brophy Chapel in Phoenix, AZ, February 26 at 1:30 p.m. Masks will be required. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Pets for Vets, an organization that connects military veterans with rescued animals and where John served as a board member. (

Published by Pioneer Press on Jan. 30, 2022.To plant trees in memory, please visit the Sympathy Store.

David (Dave) P. Hannum, 212th MP CO (SD)

It has been reported that Dave passed away January 27, 2022.

Madison – David Paul Hannum passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at the age of 71 from an unexpected illness.
Dave was born on August 2, 1950, in Holyoke, Massachusetts to Arthur and Miriam Hannum. He grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and went to West High School class of 1968.
Dave proudly served his country in the United States Army. He served in Vietnam and was Honorably Discharged.
After the service, Dave returned to Madison and briefly attended Edgewood College in Madison. He later was employed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Psychology Animal Research and then at Covance Laboratories, Madison, Wisconsin where he was a supervisor for his department.
On September 25th, 1977, he married the love of his life, Marlene Kundert. They established their home in Madison, Wisconsin, raising their sons, Troy and Jay.
Dave was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Hannum, his mother, Miriam (Kundert) Hannum, his stepsister, Linda Ringel, his father-in-law, Donald Kundert, and his brother-in-law, Mark Kundert.
Dave is survived by his wife Marlene (Kundert) Hannum, his sons, Troy and Jay Hannum, his brother Charles (Becky) Hannum, his sister Christine (Michael) Labinski, his mother-in-law Ardith Kundert, and his sisters-in-law Kay (Roger) Kilcoyne and Nita (Lee) Burke. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and his faithful dog Lobo.
Dave’s greatest joy was his family and his life revolved around them. They loved to go camping, fishing, hunting, ATV riding, and enjoyed traveling to different Wisconsin destinations. He particularly loved spending time at the Kundert farm in Darlington with his family, and being in the woods, outside in nature, and around animals. It gave him much joy and peace.
Dave was a wonderful husband, father, brother, and friend. He had a great sense of humor and will be loved and missed by all that knew him.
In lieu of a funeral, the family will have a private Celebration of Life later this summer.
A special thanks to the doctors and nurses at the VA Hospital for their care of Dave during his short illness.
Cress Funeral & Cremation Services
3610 Speedway Road
(608) 238-3434
To send flowers to David’s family, please visit our floral store.Published by Cress Funeral & Cremation Service – Madison West on Feb. 4, 2022.To plant trees in memory, please visit the Sympathy Store.

Rex Lee Matthews, 212th MP CO (SD) 1965-1966

Rex Lee Matthews

June 5, 1943 ~ September 21, 2018 (age 75) & ServicesTribute Wall


On September 21, 2018, Rex Matthews, age 75, of White Hall, son of the late Walter Matthews and Elizabeth Jane Bowden; devoted father of Benjamin R. Matthews and his wife Elizabeth Jones, Jessica Hopkins and her husband Eric, and William C. Matthews; dear brother of Gary Russell, Edward Andrews, Robert and Richard Andrezeywski; loving grandfather of Esther, Asa, Emmett and Clara Jean.

Family and friends will celebrate Rex’s life at the family owned Evans Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services – Monkton, 16924 York Rd.(York & Monkton Rds. – Hereford), on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 from 2-3PM at which time a memorial service will begin at 3PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Rex’s name may be made to House of Ruth Maryland, Memory tributes may be sent to the family at

Articles From MPRA The Dragoon, Fall, 2021

Good afternoon fellow Sentry Dog Handlers. I received my issue of the MPRA The Dragoon Fall 2021 Issue. I am attaching some articles that I thought might be of interest to you as Sentry Dog Handlers and MP’s. One article is about Military Working Dogs working with civilian law enforcement. The second article is about the Memorial Grove. I have seen on other MP Facebook pages inquiries about when the school changed locations. This article gives dates when that occurred. The last article is about the changes in uniforms, specifically name tape colors. I hope you enjoy the articles.

Don L. Revere, 212th 65-66

While looking up members we have lost contact with I discovered the following obituary:  Donald Lee Revere, 66, of Hayes, Va., passed away November 2, 2008. Graveside Friday, 11 a.m., Nicopolis United Methodist Church Cemetery. Arrangements by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford.
Published by Roanoke Times from Nov. 3 to Nov. 5, 2008.