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Aug. 1, 1948 - Oct. 2, 2012
James (Jim) Bernard Gratton passed away peacefully at his home in Willits, CA., on Oct. 2. Born in Wisconsin, on Aug. 1, 1948, he lived in Benicia, CA., most of his life. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marjorie Cramer (Kervina), father, Jack Gratton, and grandson, Jackson Hill.
Survived by his daughter, Jaime (Gratton) Hill; son in law, Benjamin Hill; granddaughter, Alexandria Hill; sister, Barbara (Gratton) Aton; brother in law, Robert Aton; brother, Richard Gratton; uncle, Ray Kervina; aunt, Gloria Kervina; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and many lifelong dear friends.
James served his country as a Sergeant in the United States Army, D Troop, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Arrow Platoon, 1st Infantry Division bringing home three Bronze "V" stars, a purple heart, numerous awards of air metals and most importantly great friends that he holds dear to his heart.
He enjoyed his life in the home that he built in Willits and spent his days working hard on his property or sitting on his porch spending time making precious memories with his family and friends.
Honoring Jim's request, no services will be held. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Benicia Veterans Memorial Building, Casa Grand Room from 1 to 5 p.m., 1150 First St., Benicia CA 94510



Holloway Jr. Clarence Holloway Jr., 63, of Charlottesville,, passed away on Monday, July 2, 2012.

He was born on April 14, 1949, to the late Clarence Holloway Sr. and Annastisia Peggy Wilson. He is survived by his wife, Vicki Holloway; by his sons, Richard Anthony Holloway and Erick James Holloway; and by his three granddaughters, Ashanta, Janelle and Azairreah.

Clarence was a Master Mason, a Shriner and a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, he was a member of the Fork Union Lodge 127 A.F. & A.M. , a Member of the Knights of St. Andrew, and an ACCA Shriner Noble, where he was also a member of the Legion of Honor. A veteran of the United States Army Airborne Rangers, he was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart for his heroic service during the Vietnam War in 1969 and 1970. A funeral service will be held at Hill and Wood Funeral Home in Charlottesville, Virginia, 5 p.m. Saturday, July 7, 2012, with Pastor Larry Holt officiating. The family will receive friends from 3 until 5 p.m. Saturday, July 7, 2012, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Clarence's name may be made to the American Cancer Society , 1445 East Rio Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901. Friends may send condolences to the family at www.hillandwood.com.

Robert A Krehely

Robert A. Krehely

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Robert A. Krehely, 63, of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., passed away at home on Oct. 20, 2011. A viewing will be held Monday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon with a service at noon at the George H. Wimberg Funeral Home, 1707 New Road, Linwood, N.J. 08221. Interment will follow at Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery, Estell Manor, N.J. Robert was born in Passaic, N.J. After high school, he served in the US Army in Vietnam and was a two time Purple Heart recipient. After leaving the service, he was employed as a civilian supervisor for the U.S. Army. Robert is survived by his wife, Mary Krehely; daughter Cheryl Taylor (Ken) of Elkton, Md.; son Robert Krehely (Amy) of Clinton, N.J.; his mother, Mildred Krehely of Melbroune, Fla.; his sister, Andrea Shultz of Melbourne, Fla., and his brother Ronald Krehely of Palm Bay, Fla. Robert is also survived by his three grandchildren, Celia, David and Gavin. He was predeceased by his father, Andrew Krehely. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in Robert's name to the American Heart Association .
Published in Star-Ledger on October 23, 2011

Jack Allen Vick

Jack Allen Vick

Born on Mar. 8, 1952
Departed on Feb. 15, 2011 and resided in Keysville, VA.
Crew chief with16th Air Cav during 1970-71 in Can Tho 
Visitation: Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011
12 pm - 2:00 pm
Service: Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011
2:00 pm
Cemetery: Mt. Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery

Jack Allen “Al” Vick

Jack Allen “Al” Vick, 58, passed away Tuesday, February 15, 2011 with his family by his side at his home. Al was born March 8, 1952 in Portsmouth, Virginia. He was the son of the late William Henry and Gladys Roberts Vick. He was preceded in death by his parents; his former wife Magdeline “Maggie” Vick Whitfield; and his son, William Russell Vick.
Al was well known by his friends and family as “Cowboy Al” because of the love for his horses and many trips out west to ride horse back through the mountains. Al served his country proudly in the US Army during the Vietnam Era.
Upon returning home from serving his country he met the love of his life and they began their journey through life together. They raised their three daughters in Portsmouth where he lived most of his life. In 1991, Al found himself on a new journey when he moved his family to a new home in Keysville, VA. This is where he established “Ricochet Ranch” where he enjoyed raising his animals and working for himself.
Al is survived by his three daughters, Marie Vick Morgan and husband Jeff of Rocky Mount, NC, Kelly Vick Carter and husband Earl of Spring Hope, NC, his beloved baby girl, Crystal Vick Mitchell and significant other John Marks of Louisburg, NC; and special friend, Donna Whitaker of Keysville, VA; his grandchildren whom he adored, Amanda Woodson, Amy Woodson, Preston Carter, James Allen Carter, and Lane Vick (his grandchildren thought he hung the moon!); a special nephew, Bennie Goddard of South Mills, NC; brothers, Billy Vick and wife Barbara Ann of Chesapeake, VA, Bruce Vick of Keysville, VA; and sister, Linda Wilborn and husband Rowland of Portsmouth, VA and many more nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his companions, seven horses, and two dogs-they were like his children.
“Daddy you will be dearly missed and our memories
will remain forever in our hearts.”
Funeral services will be held 2 pm Saturday, February 19, 2011 at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 12 to 2 pm prior to the services at the church. A committal service will immediately follow with military honors. In lieu of flowers please send memorials to the National Liver Foundation at www.liverfoundation.org or to the AMVETS national service foundation at www.amvetsnsf.org. The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA, is in charge of arrangements.
PFC Benjimin "Benji" Kuhn

Final Funeral Details for
Vietnam War Veteran
US Army Darkhorse ARP

The Family of Benjimin Kuhn has notified us that Ben died Monday, 13 December 2010 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Ben Kuhn was a Darkhorse ARP who served in Troop D (AIR) 1st Squadron 4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division from December 1968 to December 1969. He was in 44 Squad and carried the M-60. He was known as "Gunner Kuhn" to all of us who served with him. The Darkhorse Troop is invited to attend Ben's funeral.

Burial service with military honors will be at 1400 hrs (2pm) on Friday 17 Dec:
Missouri Veterans Cemetery
5201 South Southwood
Springfield, MO 65804
(417) 823-0252

Memorial service will be at 1400 hrs (2pm) on Saturday 18 Dec:
Broadway Baptist Church
2537 North Broadway Avenue
Springfield, MO 65803-1207
(417) 865-7311

Ben's family sends their thanks and appreciation to everyone for their prayers and the phone calls and visits. Ben found great inspiration in the phone calls and visits from his fellow troopers. If you wish to send a card, you can mail to the following address.
The Benjimin Kuhn Family
760 North Fallbrooke Terrace
Springfield, MO 65802

Michael J. Conge

Conge, Michael J.
Dansville: On 2/8/10, at age 64. US Army Vietnam veteran. Husband of Rachel Anne (Willis) Conge. Father of Shawn (Carrianne) Conge of Livonia, Charles (Erica) Conge Dansville, Catherine Anne (Timothy) Burroughs of TX, Richard Conge of Rochester, Kim Marie Conge of Geneva, Tracey Masten Dansville. Brother of Billy (Raquel Morales) Conge of Rochester and Carl John Conge Jr., Ontario. Friend of Kaye Lyons, Seven grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and many friends.
Calling Thursday, 7 to 9pm at the Hindle Funeral Home, Inc., 271 Main St., Dansville. Services will be held Friday morning at 11:00am at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Dansville. Contributions may be made to the family.

ARP 1966-1967, Dansville, Ny


Albert L. Baker II

 SPRING LAKE - Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Albert Lansing Baker II, 62, of Spring Lake, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2009, in UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Mr. Baker was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He is survived by his daughters, Dawn Baker of Forest, Va., and Shelly Cogovan and husband Rob of Waterbury, Conn.; stepdaughter, Angel Cline of Hope Mills; two grandchildren, Chloe and Ryan Cogovan; and a stepgrandson, Justin Young. A funeral service will be held Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, at 11 a.m. in Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home in Fayetteville. Burial will follow in Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, Attn: Gift Processing, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301. Services entrusted to Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home of Fayetteville.

William Jones
10/4/46 - 7/21/09

William B. Jones, beloved husband of Judy Parrish-Jones, died on July 21, 2009.  Will was born in October, 1946, to John and Ellen Jones in Merced, CA.  In high school, he was the California state wrestling champion in his weight class.  In 1967, he enlisted in the Army and trained as a helicopter mechanic and then helicopter pilot, and was assigned to Vietnam.  In Vietnam, he flew light observation helicopters.  He was shot down three times, and the third time barely escaped with his life after suffering severe burns over his head, arms, and shoulders getting out of the helicopter and trying to rescue his gunner.  After a year of recovery, Will returned to full duty in the Army, serving in Korea and at Fort Carson, Colorado, before retiring as a Captain in 1975.  He was briefly married and had a son, who tragically died of SIDS.  He stayed in the Colorado Springs area, with stints as a farrier and ranch foreman, EMS pilot, and charter pilot; he also flew off tuna boats as a fish spotter in Africa, South America, Alaska, and New Zealand.In 1990, he moved to Cheney, WA, to be closer to airlines serving his work site in Alaska.  While working in Alaska as a charter helicopter pilot, he met Judy, and after a long courtship, he moved to Tucson, AZ, where she was teaching at the University of Arizona.  They were married in 1996.  In a twist of fate, they moved back to the Palouse in 2003 when Judy was hired for an administrative position at the University of Idaho.  By that time, he had given up flying because of failing health as a result of damage to his lungs when he was burned.  Will was a life-long horseman, collector of firearms, fisherman, hunter, and true hero.  Some of his exploits and his near-fatal crash are described in a book, Low-Level Hell, by Hugh Mills.  Will’s call sign was Darkhorse 18.  In addition to the Purple Heart, he was awarded a Silver Star and a Bronze Star for valor on the battlefield and earned numerous Distinguished Flying Crosses and sharpshooting medals.  He is survived by his wife, Judy; a brother, Jim of Saudi Arabia; cousins and uncles; loving in-laws; and many friends, especially his good friends George and Ray.  He will be buried with full military honors in the Ft Lyons National Cemetery, Las Animas, CO. 


LTC Billy "Bill" J. Slusher was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 11/24/2009 at the age of 74
Lawton, OK
Flight Class 60-3
Date of Birth 04/18/1935
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with D/1/4 CAV 1 INF in 65-66, C/3/17 CAV in 67, B/3/17 CAV in 69, C/3/17 CAV in 69
Call signs in Vietnam CHARLEYHORSE 6, MUSTANG 6
This information was provided by J.R. Thomas
More detail on this person: Age 74, Lawton - Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Monday in the Becker Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with Chaplain (LTC) Paul Andreasen officiating. Colonel Slusher died Tuesday in Lawton. Burial with full military honors will be in the Post Cemetery, Fort Sill. He was born April 18, 1935 in Oklahoma City. He graduated from Newcastle High School in 1953. He attended the University of Oklahoma and received a BA in History in 1958. He was commissioned in the U.S. Army through the R.O.T.C. program. He married Sylvia Weaver on May 27, 1960. He spent most of his twenty year Army career flying both fixed and rotary wing aircraft and was involved in the early development of armed helicopters. He served two tours each at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Knox, Kentucky and three tours of duty in Vietnam. He also served tours of duty in Germany and Fort Rucker, Alabama. His awards and decorations include the Army Aviator Badge, Vietnam Service Medal with Seven Service Stars, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross with First Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal with Second Oak Leaf Cluster, Senior Army Aviator Badge, Air Medal with V Device and Nineteenth Oak Leaf Clusters, Four Overseas Service Bars, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm and the Meritorious Service Medal. His last Army position was with Cameron University as Assistant Professor of Military Science from October 1973 to July 1976 and became Professor of Military Science from August 1976 until his retirement from Active duty in May of 1979 with over 20 years of active service. Following his retirement from the Army he spent one year teaching High School R.O.T.C. in Houston, Texas, and sixteen years working for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services as a job developer. He was a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America and was known as the “Ole Redbird” caller on the Sports Animal Radio Program. He was member of the DAV and a past member of the Noon Lion’s Club. He is survived by his wife, of the home; a daughter and son in law, Dina and Gregory Seward, Lawton; two granddaughters, Lauren Blount, and Melisa Seward, both of
Lawton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 NE 13th Street, Oklahoma City OK 73104 or to the charity of the donor’s choice. The family will greet friends from 2-4 pm Sunday at the funeral home.
Richard (Venesky) Bares
Bares, Richard (Venesky) 59, passed away 11/23/2008 surrounded by his family in his home in Olympia, WA, following a 4-year battle with Multiple Myeloma. Dick was born 4/3/1949 in Mpls to Dorothy & Andrew Venesky. He was raised in Bloomington, MN, graduated from JFK High School in 1967, and joined the U.S. Army in 1970. Dick was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia in 1993; mother, Dorothy Bares; stepfather, Alois Bares. Dick was a devoted husband, father, brother and friend. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; son, Floyd; daughter, Sara (Brian) Euclide; granddaughters, Amelia, Greta, & Ella Euclide of WI; stepson, Mathew Harris; sisters, Barbara, Marion, Diane, Deborah, and Eva Mae; & many nieces & nephews. Private burial Tahoma Nat'l Cemetery, Auburn, WA.
Published in Star Tribune on November 26, 2008

Tommy R. Balfour

Mustang CE


BORN: June 15, 1946 , DIED: November 4, 2007, LOCATION: Barhamsville, VA , Tommy was born on June 15, 1946 and passed away on Sunday, November 4, 2007, Tommy was last known to be living in Barhamsville, Virginia.


WO1 Charles W. Davidson was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 11/03/2008 at the age of 65
Colorado Springs, CO
Flight Class 69-9
Date of Birth 01/31/1943
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with D/1/4 CAV in 69
Call sign in Vietnam DARKHORSE 14
This information was provided by John Keller

More detail on this person: CW4 Charles "Dave" Davidson, 65, born January 31, 1943 in Beaver Falls, PA passed away November 3, 2008. Dave was a career Army Pilot. He loved the outdoors, puppies, traveling, music, guns and cars. He is survived by his wife, Renee, whom he spoiled rotten, of Colorado Springs; six children, Connie (Eric) Anderson, Mark (Mary) Davidson, Rusty (Natalie) Kline, Scott (Cathy) Davidson, Lisa (Travis) Caraveau and Aliene (Don) Mittner; thirteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Dave was loyal, honorable and dedicated to his family. He was loved beyond words and will be missed by all that knew and loved him! A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 6th, 1pm at Dove-Witt Fountain Valley Chapel, 6630 S. Hwy 85/87, Fountain, CO. This information was last updated 11/07/2008



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