VIETNAM WAR VETERANS
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Athanas, Athas James, Jr.
[Athas Demetrius Athanas Jr.]
30 March 1924 - 25 May 1984
Lieutenant Colonel Air Force, World War II, Korea, Vietnam Conflict
Mr. Athanas enlisted in the Army Air Corps 31 October 1942 at Little Rock, Arkansas. He retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel. A transcription of his obituary may be found here.
Mr. Athanas is buried in Fort Sam Houston Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.
Baugh, Monte Venoy
August 14, 1934 - November 11, 1998
Mr. Baugh, a 1954 graduate of Hot Springs High School, retired from the U.S. Army as a major. He completed basic training at Fort Chafe, attended officer candidate school at Fort Benning, Georgia; served with the 11th Airborne in Germany, 101st Airborne in Kentucky, at Fort Rucker, Alabama, and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; and served three tours in Vietnam. He was awarded the Parachutist Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with five Bronze Service Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge with a Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation and Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Bronze Star. 1
He is buried in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Hot Springs.
Blanton, Clarence F. "Bill"
September 1, 1921 - March 11, 1968
1043rd Radar Eval Squadron, 7th Air Force, United States Air Force
United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. He was deputy in charge of the classified mountain radar site, Lima 85 about 12 miles west of the Lao/North Vietnam border in Phou Pha Thi, Laos. The site was overrun by enemy forces leaving ten other men listed as Missing inn Action. Four men had made it out on rescue helicopter one of which CMSgt Richard L. Etchberger. He was hit by gun fire aboard the helicopter and died moments later. Col Donald E Westbrook was lost two day later destroying the site that was in enemy hands.
Colonel Blanton's remains were recovered and identified in 2012, and he now rests in El Reno Cemetery, Canadian County, Oklahoma.
LTC Blanton's widow is a member of the MPGS.
Booles, Raymond Dudley
May 23, 1944 - May 29, 2004
SSGT US Air Force Vietnam
Mr. Booles is buried in Peak Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas 2
Breazeal, Robert S.
18 August 1942 - 15 November 1998
SP6 US Army Vietnam
Mr. Breazeal is buried in Crestview Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas 2
Brown, Douglas S.
7 March 1951 - 6 February 2014
US Marine Corps
Mr. Brown was to be buried at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, Pulaski County, Arkansas. 1
Burgess, Virgil Morris
May 26, 1934 - November 6, 1980
Private US Army
Mr. Burgess served from October 30, 1956 - February 12, 1957. 3
Mr. Burgess is buried in Crossroads Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas 2
Burgett, Pellie Richard
November 12, 1948 - October 24, 2009
Specialist Fifth Class US Army Vietnam
Mr. Burgess is buried in Morning Star Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas 2
Burnett, Bobby R.
15 January 1947 - 1 January 2013
He was a United States Army Veteran and was a victim of Agent Orange during his service in Vietnam.
Mr. Burnett is buried in Lowe Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas 1
Clift, Lloyd Wayne
February 24, 1939 - June 10, 2010
US Air Force
Mr. Clift is buried in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas 2
Cummings, Gerald D.
November 2, 1933 - March 17, 2012
Cummings served in the U. S. Marine Corps, serving one tour of duty in the Korea War and three tours of duty in the Vietnam War. 1
Dieckmann, Arthur L.
30 March 1957 - 16 November 1982
AB USAF Vietnam
Mr. Dieckmann is buried in Crestview Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas 2
Douglass, Wayne L., Sr.
5 October 1938 - 22 February 2013
In 1992, after serving his country and completing two tours of duty in Korea and Vietnam during conflict he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force as a SMSGT. Upon retirement he continued to work with the Disabled American Veterans at local, state, and national levels.
Mr. Douglass is buried in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas 1
Driskill, David Hugh
22 November 1949 - 22 August 2013
Mr. Driskill was a member of the United States Air Force having served during the Vietnam War.
Mr. Driskill is buried in Arkansas State Veteran's Cemetery, Pulaski County, Arkansas 1
Ennis, Gary Leon
February 18, 1944 - March 8, 2001
Sergeant US Army Vietnam
Ennis is buried in Cunningham Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2
Fendley, Gary Joe
28 July 1951 - 2 November 2013
He retired from the United States Air Force after 37 years of service.
He is buried in Oma Cemetery, Hot Spring County, Arkansas. 1
Gobert, Olga Ray, Sr.
13 January 1933 - 24 August 2012
On May 28, 1950, shortly after graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and proudly served his country with honors for twenty-two years. His service included duty in the Korean Conflict , Norway, Turkey and the Vietnam War. During his military career, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Joint Services Commendation Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. He retired from the military in 1972 at the rank of chief master sergeant.
Mr. Gobert is buried in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas 1
Goins, Harold Cliff Jr.
April 11, 1938 - December 1, 1986
Technical Sergeant US Air Force Security Police
Mr. Goins is buried in Morning Star Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2
Green, William W. "Bill"
January 19, 1933 - June 13, 1999
From 1954 to 1958, he served as a Naval Fighter Pilot aboard the USS Yorktown.
Green is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 1 2
Harrison, Lorin R. Jr.
January 8, 1932 - August 26, 2002
SCPO US Navy
Mr. Harrison enlisted in the US Navy 6 Jul 1972 and was released 30 April 1974.
Mr. Harrison is buried in Morning Star Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2
Hendricks, Charles D. Sr.
5 March 1927 - 8 June 1986
AKCS US Navy Korea Vietnam
Mr. Hendricks is buried in Crestview Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas 2
Jacoby, Richard Dale
29 December 1944 - 14 December 2009
SFC US Army Vietnam; Purple Heart
Mr. Jacoby is buried in Crestview Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas 2
Larson, Arthur "Happy" Jr.
November 20, 1936 - December 24, 2010
Sergeant Major Larson served in Korea for three years on the DMZ and five tours in Vietnam. After 23 years of service in the Army, he retired to Hot Springs.
Larson is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D. C. 1
Lee, Donald Ethan
June 19, 1924 - November 28, 2002
Technical Sergeant US Air Force World War II, Korea, Vietnam
Mr. Lee is buried in Morning Star Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2
Long, Jerry Lancen
December 28, 1932 - January 14, 2008
ENC US Navy Korea Vietnam
Mr. Long is buried in Morning Star Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2
Mailhes, Lawrence Scott
16 December 1940 - 10 August 1965
Lieutenant US Naval Reserves
L. Scott was a 1958 graduate of Hot Springs High School.
Lieutenant was lost at sea, and his body was never recovered. A description of Lieutenant Mailhes' military service may be found at Coffelt Database of Vietnam casualties.
A memorial marker has been placed in Greenwood Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2
McLain, Herbert William
March 19, 1921 - January 4, 2005
Lieutenant Colonel US Air Force World War II, Vietnam
Mr. McLain is buried in Morning Star Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2
Mitchell, Charles Robert
February 26, 1934 - May 18, 2009
Gunnery Sergeant US Marine Corps Korea Vietnam
Mr. Mitchell is buried in Morning Star Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2
Montgomery, Charlie F.
6 October 1945 - 28 October 1995
Seaman US Navy
Mr. Montgomery is buried in Crestview Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2
Rankin, Raid Ortumas
July 19, 1921 - February 5, 2007
US Navy World War II, Korea, Vietnam
Mr. Rankin is buried in Center Hill Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2
Rucker, Jerry Don
29 October 1944 - 15 September 1994
Sergeant US Air Force Vietnam
Mr. Rucker is buried in Crestview Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2
Ryan, Johnny M.
September 29, 1940 - August 21, 1970
Arkansas Radarman Second Class US Navy Vietnam
Mr. Ryan is buried in Morning Star Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2
Smith, Joe Paul
July 29, 1944 - April 12, 2012
US Navy, serving on the USS Enterprise and two tours in Vietnam 1
Sullivan, John Edward "Ed," Jr.
5 November 1942 - 10 September 2013
Ed was an officer in the U.S. Army for 23 years and served in the Vietnam War as a DUSTOFF pilot where he earned 16 awards including the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Medal. Among his assignments, he served as the MEDDAC Treaty Officer in Panama during the planning and preparation for implementation of the Panama Canal Treaty 1978 - 1981. He retired in 1987 having achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Mr. Sullivan is buried in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar Co, Texas. 1
Terry, Billie D.
May 14, 1946 - July 13, 2011
US Army 124th transportation; serving from 1968-1969
Billie D. Terry "Bill," 65, died July 13, 2011, at the VA hospital, Little Rock, of cancer. He was in the US Army 124th transportation, serving one tour in Vietnam (1968-1969).
He is the son of Luther and Madge (Barnett) Terry. He retired from Terminix after 35 years due to health.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents and son Michael David Terry.
He is survived by his wife Kathie; son Quincy; daughter Tayna and son-in-law Paul Anderson; granddaughters Arial Terry, Amber Anderson and grandson Logan Terry; his three brothers Gilbert Terry and Velmjean Phillips, Donald Terry and wife Mary and Jessie Terry and wife Glenda all of Hot Springs. He is also survived by four sisters - Edna Bettis of Benton, Esther Michau and husband Steven of Diamondhead and June Swaim and husband Bill of Crystal Springs, and Sheila Perry and husband B. J.; nieces and nephew, brother-in-laws and sister-in-law - John and Cathy Slater, Roy and Sheri Slater, Charlie and Beck Slater, John and Jackie Jones all of Hot Springs, James and Adair Slater of Fort Smith and Gary and Diane Slater of Malvern.
He is a member of Lakeshore Drive Disciples of Christ Christian Church.
Visitation will be from 5:00 7:00 p.m. July 22, 2011, Caruth-Hale Funeral Home. Service will be at 9:30 July 23, 2011, Lakeshore Drive Disciples of Christ Christian Church with Rev. Jeff Robinett and Chaplain Richard Miles officiating.
Pallbearers include Ted Lynn, Franky Sears, Freddy Sears, Spencer Lynn, Johnny White, Gary Miller, Larry Leckner, Gary Slater, and John Jones.
Honorary pallbearers Jay Helfin, Mark Helfin, Sharon Helfin, members of the Vietnam Veterans Organization Chapter 1 of Hot Springs, Wayne Duncan, Terminix, Birds and Bears of Little Rock, Terminix of Hot Springs Village, Dr. Bobbie Allen, B. J. White, Bill White, James Whisenhunt, VA Hospice, and VA Hope Unit.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 1 of Hot Springs, the American Cancer Society, Lakeshore Drive Disciples of Christ Christian Church or a charity of your choice.
Cremation arrangements are being handled by Caruth- Hale Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery at a later date. [Photograph and obituary from Caruth-Hale Funeral Home online obituary]
Mr. Terry is buried in Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, Pulaski County.
Submitted by Sharon Terry Moore
Vrzal, Tommie Swindal
May 24, 1940 - September 9, 1996
Private First Class US Army
Vrzal is buried in Crestview Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2
Warwick, Wayne M.
October 19, 1947 - September 5, 1986
CPL US Marine Corps Vietnam
Mr. Warwick is buried in Cunningham Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2
Willis, Lloyd Monroe
September 29, 1942 - June 23, 1998
US Army Vietnam
Mr. Willis is buried in Morning Star Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2
Young, Thomas Franklin
June 18, 1946 - February 3, 1968
Arkansas SGT US Marine Corps Vietnam Purple Heart
Sgt. Young was killed in action in Thua Thien, South Vietnam.
Sgt. Young is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas. 2
Cook, Charles Edward
23 June 1940 - 16 November 1995
US Navy; 7 November 1957 - 25 August 1963
Mr. Cook is buried in Owensville Cemetery, Saline County, Arkansas. 2
Personal photograph courtesy of Charleen Cook Nobles, his sister.
1 From The Sentinel-Record obituary
2 From tombstone
3 Ancestry.com. U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.