In Our Memory and Always In Our Hearts
Sgt.T. Michael Meyers, USAF, Korat AFB Thailand, 1968-69
Born 9-13-47, Columbus, OH
Died 6-13-2003, Cancer of the Carina (Bronchus)
Mike was a crew chief on F-105 Thunderchiefs and went on to become
an Advertising Manager for Ross Products, Division of Abbott
Laboratories. He was married to Kathy for 34 years, raised three
wonderful children and enjoyed being Chloe's Grandfather.
William Walter Washington passed away August 7, 2003.
He served in Ubon RT AFB Thailand Dec l967 to l968. 8th Tac FTRW
He had prostate cancer in 1991, then bladder cancer, and he died of a
brain tumor. He was a proud man and did not want disability, but the VA
hospital did take care of all his medical record.
Lawrence G. Shaffer
04/16/1948 to 01/31/2008
United States Air Force
1937 - 2007
Ronald Lee Switzer, distinguished veteran, loving husband and father, left this life for another on
December 16, 2007, at home and surrounded by family. Ron died from complications due to exposure to
Agent Orange while stationed in Thailand.
Ron was born October 12, 1937, in West Hollywood, California, to parents Wilbur and Dorothy Switzer. He
spent his younger years growing up in Navy Housing while his father fought in WWII. Patriotism, hard
work, integrity, and family comprised his cornerstones. He enlisted in the US Air Force at age 19 and was
eventually stationed at Great Falls, Montana where he met the love of his life - Kathleen Elaine
Henderson. He proposed after five days and they soon married. Together for 48 years, they raised a
strong, loving and devoted family that embodied the principles he held so dear. Ron's major military
assignments took him to Spotted Island, Labrador; Ankara, Turkey; Ubon, Thailand; and from coast to coast,
border to border within the Continental United States. He retired as a Master Sergeant in 1976, proud of
his unparalleled service to our Nation during the Vietnam and Cold Wars.
Following military retirement Ron moved his family to Bozeman, Montana, long considered home for a
traveling Air Force family. He combined his passions for people and travel as owner and sales
representative of a fabric business. When his children were raised and had "left the nest" Ron and
Kathleen relocated to Bountiful, Utah. They established a warm and happy neighborhood of friends and
acquaintances that added to their lives. Ron, always Kathleen's number one supporter, "held down the
fort" while she pursued her life long goal of attending and graduating from law school. He also delighted
in Kathleen's military career, actively participating in her military experiences. After thriving in his own
specialty - logistics and supply -- he enthusiastically embraced two other lifelong desires: long distance
truck driving coupled with collecting and dealing in vintage guns and tools. Ever the story-teller, he
regaled family and friends with tales of faraway places and the adventures he encountered. He became a
gun history expert and a virtual walking encyclopedia on old tools. As always, he thoroughly enjoyed
mentoring young people and was the Federal test administrator for military recruiting. Unfailingly
committed to family, Ron spent unmeasured time with each child and grandchild. Camping trips with his
two sons and grandsons became legendary family hallmarks. Overheard from their daughter at the
memorial service talking about Ron and Kathleen, saying, "You know, most children have one parent or
the other who's a hard-charger. But what do you think it was like being raised by two parents who were
BOTH a couple of pistols?"
Surviving is his devoted wife, Kathleen; and cherished family members: daughter, Sherry (Kimball) Rowe;
sons, Kendall (Lisa) Switzer and Doug (Rene) Switzer; brother Wilbur James "Jim" (Kathleen) Switzer;
grandchildren Kendra, Travis and Heidi Switzer, John Rowe, and Calvin Switzer. Predeceased were his
parents and a baby granddaughter, Josephine Elaine Switzer.
M/Sgt John Kell (USAF Retired)
Bolling Green AFB, Washington DC
Thule Greenland 1961-1962
Seymour Johnson AFB, Goldsboro NC 1966-1967
Mather AFB, Sacramento CA
Myrtle Beach AFB, Myrtle Beach SC
Udorn Thailand 1970-1971
Korat Thailand 1965-1966 1971-1972
Utapao Thailand 1972-1974
M/Sgt John L Kell had a long and honorable career with the United States Air Force.
He served his country with pride wherever and whenever he was called to. A sad
passing of another hero due to exposure to Agent Orange while serving his country.
John is survived by his loving daughter Faye.
Ed Freeman Nov 20, 1927 to Aug 20, 2008 - American Hero - Medal of Honor Recipitent
You're an 19 year old kid. You're critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley ,
11-14-1965, LZ X-ray, Vietnam . Your infantry unit is outnumbered 8 - 1, and the enemy fire is so intense, from
100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry Commander has ordered the MediVac helicopters to stop
You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns, and you know you're not getting out. Your family is
1/2 way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you'll never see them again. As the world starts to fade in
and out, you know this is the day.
Then, over the machine gun noise, you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter, and you look up to see an
un-armed Huey, but it doesn't seem real, because no Medi-Vac markings are on it.
Ed Freeman is coming for you. He's not Medi-Vac, so it's not his job, but he's flying his Huey down into the
machine gun fire, after the Medi-Vacs were ordered not to come.
He's coming anyway.
And he drops it in, and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 2 or 3 of you on board.
Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire, to the Doctors and Nurses.
And, he kept coming back.... 13 more times..... And took about 30 of you and your buddies out, who would
never have gotten out.
Medal of Honor Recipient, Ed Freeman,died last Wednesday at the age of 80, in Boise , ID ......May God rest
Sgt. John L Goldsburg
Paris Island - Boot Camp 1969
Camp Lejeune NC - 1969-1970
Camp Lejeune NC - 1973-1975
Paris Island SC - Drill Instructor 1975-1977
AZ3 John Olszanecki
Ship - Bon Homme Richard
Vietnam - 1965-1966
Date of Death - June 10, 2002
Age at Death - 57
Cause of Death - Type 11 diabetes complications
Thomas Lee Bjork, 60
809th Engineer Battalion
Date of Death Dec 21, 2009
Cause of Death - Pancreatic Cancer/Type 1 diabetes.
MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER NICK BACON PASSES
According to the Army’s website, Bacon, a staff
sergeant, took command of two platoons
after the leaders of each were wounded during a battle
near Tam Ky, Vietnam, on Aug.
26, 1968. Bacon, using grenades, destroyed an enemy
bunker before single-handedly
killing an enemy gun crew and disabling an anti-tank
weapon. He then helped rescue
several wounded and trapped soldiers, according to
the website’s account.
John "Top" Holland Passes
A true national hero has gone on. John was a WWII,
Korea, and Vietnam infantry veteran.
He was a living legend that never tooted his own horn.
It took years to find out some of
the many heroic things he had done in his life for our
country. I have copies of his many
discharges to prove that he is the legend we knew him
Please do not contact the family. As soon as I know the
arrangements and wishes of
John's family, I will send out an email.
Danny "Greasy" Belcher, Executive Director
Task Force Omega of KY Inc.
Vietnam Infantry Sgt. 68-69
"D" Troop 7th Sqdn. 1st Air Cav
McNERNEY, DAVID H. AWARDED MOH Posthoumously
Rank and organization: First Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company A, 1st Battalion, 8th
Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. place and date: Polei Doc, Republic of Vietnam, 22
March 1967. Entered service at: Fort Bliss, Tex. Born: 2 June 1931, Lowell, Mass.
Citation: 1st Sgt. McNerney distinguished himself when his unit was attacked by
a North Vietnamese battalion near Polei Doc. Running through the hail of enemy
fire to the area of heaviest contact, he was assisting in the development of a
defensive perimeter when he encountered several enemy at close range. He
killed the enemy but was painfully injured when blown from his feet by a
grenade. In spite of this injury, he assaulted and destroyed an enemy
machinegun position that had pinned down 5 of his comrades beyond the
defensive line. Upon learning his commander and artillery forward observer had
been killed, he assumed command of the company. He adjusted artillery fire to
within 20 meters of the position in a daring measure to repulse enemy assaults.
When the smoke grenades used to mark the position were gone, he moved into
a nearby clearing to designate the location to friendly aircraft. In spite of enemy
fire he remained exposed until he was certain the position was spotted and then
climbed into a tree and tied the identification panel to its highest branches. Then
he moved among his men readjusting their position, encouraging the defenders
and checking the wounded. As the hostile assaults slackened, he began clearing
a helicopter landing site to evacuate the wounded. When explosives were
needed to remove large trees, he crawled outside the relative safety of his
perimeter to collect demolition material from abandoned rucksacks. Moving
through a fusillade of fire he returned with the explosives that were vital to the
clearing of the landing zone. Disregarding the pain of his injury and refusing
medical evacuation 1st Sgt. McNerney remained with his unit until the next day
when the new commander arrived. First Sgt. McNerney's outstanding heroism
and leadership were inspirational to his comrades. His actions were in keeping
with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself
and the Armed Forces of his country.
Sgt John J D'Ottavio
USAF 1965 -1968
U-Tapao Thailand - Vietnam 1967- 1968
John died at the young age of 60 on January 12,
2008 from soft tissue synovial sarcoma that
occurred as a result of his exposure to herbicides
and deadly dioxin during his tour of duty in
Southeast Asia. He loved our great country and
continued to serve others beyond his military
commitment. He was a faithful Rotarian and
coached CYO basketball for many years. He
served as Chairman of the Board of Manchester
Township in York, Pa from 1993 until his untimely
death in 2008. During that time he also served as
Commissioner of Northern York County Regional
We met on December 25, 1969 (yes...on
Christmas Day) and were married on April 25,
1970 (just 4 months later). It was my privilege to
share almost 38 years of my life with this
COLLINS, George M., III Age 64, of Needham, a
veteran, died December 31, 2011, New Year's Eve day,
as a result of complications from non-Hodgkins
Lymphoma treatment. Mr. Collins proudly served in the
U.S. Air Force, as part of Strategic Air Command,
during the Vietnam Conflict. During his military
service he was directly exposed to Agent Orange, and
it was this exposure that caused his Lymphoma. For
his military service he earned the Outstanding Unit
Award, Vietnam Service Medal with 4 bronze campaign
stars, Good Conduct Medal, and the Republic of
Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm. He dedicated his
civilian life to the understanding of how things
work, whether mechanical, electrical, or otherwise.
He developed the skills and know-how to truly repair
anything. With that passion he opened Auto Dynamics,
an automotive service business, which remained in
operation for more than 25 years until his passing.
Later in life he developed an affinity for collecting
and restoring both vintage Royal Enfield motorcycles
and antique pocket watches. He was always eager to
help his family, friends, and even strangers, sharing
generously and selflessly his time and expertise. In
doing so he has influenced and impacted countless
people's lives. He was also an animal lover, and gave
of himself to care for numerous cats, dogs, and
injured wildlife. He is survived by his life partner
of nearly 30 years, Joan L. Gollub, of Needham, MA,
his mother Anne K. Collins, of Plympton, MA, his 3
sisters, Laurin Wharton, of Plymouth, MA, Lynn
Wiksten, of Plympton, MA, and Alison Raines, of
Princeton, NC, and his step-son, Andrew D. Gollub, of
Hull, MA. His memory will be honored with a gathering
of friends and family on Sun. January 29, from 3-5 PM
at the Wellesley College Club, just off Rte. 16, in
Wellesley, MA. Letters of comfort and sympathy may be
sent to Joan Gollub, 120 Locust Lane, Needham, MA
02492. George will live on in all of us that he
WALTER A. NIEMCZAK, JR.
Walter (Wally) served at the 7th RRFS (Ramasun
Station) Thailand. He was a 35K20 Avionics
Mechanic and flew with his flight crew frequently and
landed in Da Nang, Vietnam. Wally lived in Sarasota,
Florida, with his wife Betsy and two sons Michael and
Thomas. Wally had developed Parkinson’s and was
in the final stages, even though he could no longer
speak much he had a great sense of humor as we
talked frequently on the internet. He was waiting for
his DRO hearing in a couple of weeks when he
passed on June 16, 2012.