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    "Never Again Will One Generation Of Veterans Abandon Another"

    In Memoriam

    In Memory of Members, Spouses and Associate Members of Chapter 528 who are now only with us in spirit.

    Deceased VVA Chapter 528 Members

    Richard Diveto
    1944 – 1994 (Airforce)

    Jeffery Stewart
    1949 – 1995

    Gary Smith
    1943 – 1996

    Delbert Haddock 1948 – 1996
    (Army January 1968 – August 1970)

    Marvin Schulz 1947 – 1999
    (Army April 1969 – December 1971)

    Bryan Tubbs 1945 – 1999
    (Army June 1966 – May 1968)

    Charles Sperry III 1951 – 2000
    (Navy February 1972 – September 1976)

    Thomas Labowitch 1947 – 2000
    (Army November 1966 – August 1968)

    John Hinman 1947 – 2001
    (Navy June 1970 – September 1971)

    Edward Cafruny 1940 – 2002
    (Army January 1968 – October 1970)

    Jerry Gibbons 1941 – 2002
    (Marine Corps November 1959 – November 1968)

    Robert Cicotte 1947 – 2003
    (Marine Corps February 1964 – February 1968)

    T. Joseph Dorey 1943 – 2004
    (Navy October 1961 – September 1965)

    John Macik 1943 – 2005
    (Army September 1961 – September 1964)

    Basilio “Buzz” Rivera 1953 – 2005
    (Air Force June 1973 – June 1977)

    Chris Busse 1947 – 2005
    (Army August 1966 – August 1969)

    Thomas Butterfield 1947 – 2006
    (Army February 1967 – January 1970)

    Dennis Lowry 1948 – 2006
    (Army June 1967 – April 1970)

    Mike Ramsey 1945 – 2007
    (Navy June 1965 – February 1969)

    George Troell 1943 – 2007
    (Army November 1966 – September 1968)

    Lawrence M. Jarvis 1948 – 2007
    (Marine Corps April 1965 – March 1969)

    Joseph Kato Jr. 1945 – 2007
    (Navy March 1965 – March 1968)

    Tom Snell 1946 – 2008
    (Air Force March 1964 – March 1968)

    Kris (KC) Brimer 1948 – 2008
    (Army October 1967 – July 1969)

    Cornelius “Connie” McGowan 1947 – 2008
    (Navy July 1966 – May 1968)

    Harry Bryant 1948 – 2009
    (Army January 1967 – January 1970)

    Richard Torossian 1941 – 2010
    (Army February 1967 – February 1969)

    Franz Brenner 1941 – 2010
    (Army June 1964 – November 1966)

    Michael Weaver 1949 – 2011
    (Army June 1968 – January 1971)

    Wade Rotthoff 1946 – 2011
    (Army June 1966 – July 1967)

    Carl Shefferd 1947 – 2011
    (Army Airborne August 1965 – October 1969)

    Rolland Anderson 1948 – 2012
    (Army December 1968 – December 1970)

    Bernard Burkacki 1947 – 2012
    (Airforce July 1966 – February 1970)

    Eric Schwaller 1950 – 2013
    (Marine Corps February 1968 – January 1971)

    Robert Valeri 1950 – 2013
    (Marine Corps October 1967 – July 1971)

    Eldon Frank 1946 – 2014
    (Marine Corps January 1968 – August 1969)

    Larry Luceus 1942 – 2014
    (Army December 1960 – February 1965)

    Melvin “Moe” Swope 1949 – 2014
    (Army January 1969 – January 1971)

    Arnold “Gene” Roberts 1949 – 2014
    (Army August 1967 – August 1970)

    Vaughn Hull 1950 – 2014
    (Airforce November 1970 – November 1971)

    William Tackett 1950 – 2015
    (Army October 1967 – October 1971)

    Tim Devlin 1947 – 2015
    (Army 1966 – 1967)

    Ken Winkler 1949 – 2015
    (Marine Corps 1967 – 1970)

    Ray Plesiewicz 1947 – 2015
    (Army 1966 – 1968)

    David Wilder 1948 – 2016
    (Navy September 1967 – June 1971)

    Donald King 1945 – 2016
    (USAF June 1967 – September 1988)

    Dennis Shrewsbury 1941 – 2017
    (Coastguard June 1961 – July 1965)

    Dominck Grake 1941 – 2017
    (Army May 1966 – March 1968)

    Max Bandy 1949 – 2017
    (Army August 1967 – August 1970)

    Ben Tallman 1943 – 2017
    (Air Force June 1961 – June 1965)

    Edward Florence Jr. 1945 – 2017
    (Army September 1965 – August 1969)

    Roger Schlee 1948 – 2017
    (Navy February 1968 – December 1971)

    Larry Backucz 1951 – 2017
    (Army July 1970 – March 1972)

    Larry Kilgore 1945 – 2018
    (Navy December 1963 – September 1967)

    Bill Hayes 1948 – 2018
    (Marine Corps 1966 – 1970)

    Art Sawyer 1949 – 2018
    (Navy November 1969 – September 1971)

    Fred Sattler, Jr 1942 – 2013
    (Army November 1960 – 1963)

    Wallace G. Dixon 1944 – 2018
    (Marines August, 1966 – June, 1969)

    James Peterson 1939 – 2018
    (Navy August, 1958 – August 1962

    Thomas Dorey 1949-2019
    (Marines June, 1967 – April, 1969)

    Brian Metzger 1944 – 2019
    (Army July 1969 – October 1978)

    Deceased Spouses of Members and AVVA Members

    Robert Nelson
    1929 – 1995

    Henry “Bob” Smith
    1923 – 1995

    Cynthia Estermyer
    1951 – 1998

    George Salhaney 1931 – 1998
    (Army April 52 – January 54)

    Stanley Jenkins
    1924 – 2000

    Judith LaGrow
    1949 – 2003

    Carol Luebke
    1947 – 2003

    William Jakobcic
    1943 – 2003

    Dorothy Dorey
    1924 – 2004

    Floyd Riley
    1933 – 2004

    Denise Cain
    1953 – 2005

    Lynn Wallace
    1961 – 2005

    Patricia Hull
    1946 – 2006

    James St. Holmes
    1961 – 2007

    Anna Smith
    1923 – 2008

    Adams Hays
    1930 – 2010

    Karen Ligner
    1950 – 2010

    Katherine Boucher
    1939 – 2011

    Dorothy Wallace
    ? – 2011

    Nancy E. Spencer
    1947 – 2012

    Robert W. Irwin
    1935 – 2014

    Barbara Bresnahan
    1948 – 2014

    Harold Messer
    1935 – 2015

    Barbara Jean Roberts
    1953 – 2016

    Ann Rains
    2016

    Sue Willim
    2016

    Sheri Schlott
    1946 – 2017

    Bill Blue
    1946 – 2018

    Henry “Hank” Giles
    1933 – 2018

    Ann Doherty
    1944 – 2019

    “Do not stand at my grave and weep,
    I am not there, I do not sleep.

    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glint on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn rain.

    When you wake in the morning hush,
    I am the swift, uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circling flight.
    I am the soft starlight at night.

    Do not stand at my grave and weep.
    I am not there, I do not sleep.
    (Do not stand at my grave and cry.
    I am not there, I did not die!)

    Do not stand at my grave and weep.
    I am not there, I do not sleep.

    I am the song that will never end.
    I am the love of family and friend.
    I am the child who has come to rest
    In the arms of the Father who knows him best.

    When you see the sunset fair,
    I am the scented evening air.
    I am the joy of a task well done.
    I am the glow of the setting sun.

    Do not stand at my grave and weep.
    I am not there, I do not sleep.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry.
    I am not there, I did not die!”

    …Author Mary Frye in 1932

    History Of Taps

    Reportedly,it all began in 1862 during the Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison’s Landing in Virginia. The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land. During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention. Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment. When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead. The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier. It was his own son. The boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out. Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army. The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial, despite his enemy status. His request was only partially granted. The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral. The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate. But, out of respect for the father, they did say they could give him only one musician.

    The Captain chose a bugler. He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead youth’s uniform. This wish was granted. The haunting melody, we now know as ‘Taps’ used at military funerals was born. The words are: “Day is done. Gone the sun. From the lakes. From the hills. From the sky. All is well. Safely rest. God is nigh.
    Fading light. Dims the sight. And a star. Gems the sky. Gleaming bright. From afar. Drawing nigh. Falls the night.
    Thanks and praise. For our days. Neath the sun Neath the stars. Neath the sky. As we go. This we know. God is nigh.