Lee Shotwell


At 1729 hours, September 22, 2017, muster was held by the 4th Squad, 2nd Platoon Charlie Company MCB3. The names were called loud and clear - until coming to SHOTWELL, LEE - which was followed by silence. The name was called the second time, again followed by silence. When called the third time, I believe I heard a voice from above which said ´His watch is over, Lee is now present and accounted for.´

From Steven Paul Green, MCB3

Neil Rasmussen


John ´Seabee´ LePera, 1948 - 2016


Died 2/24/16 in Surfside, SC of Agent Orange complications.

Richard Lewis Blevins, SN, age 23


Died 2//68 of hostile fire on the second day of TET while preparing to leave Vietnam with his group.

Panel 36E 045 on the Vietnam Memorial Wall.

Lawrence Norbart Stangel, EONCN, age 20


Died 1/31/68 of hostile fire at the beginning of TET.

Panel 36E 041 on the Vietnam Memorial Wall.

Lester ´Smokey´ Williams , EON3, age 22


Died 12/23/67 with his coworker and friend, George Nicholas Walz after detonating a buried IED.

Panel 32E 053 on the Vietnam Memorial Wall.

 

Nicholas George Walz, EON3, age 22


Died 12/23/67 with his coworker and friend, Lester ´Smokey´ Williams after detonating a buried IED.

Panel 32E 053 on the Vietnam Memorial Wall.

Geter Alfred Hensley, EOH2, age 40


Died aboard the USS Hope of an illness.

Panel 29E 082 on the Vietnam Memorial Wall.

Dale Russ Berg, EON2, age 24


Died 9/26/97 of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident.

Panel 27E 027 on the Vietnam Memorial Wall.

Douglass Carroll Coker, YN3, age 24


Died 8/30/67 due to hostile fire.

Panel 25E 068 on the Vietnam Memorial Wall.

Jack William Wilkinson, CM1, age 40


Died 8/30/67 due to hostile fire.

Panel 25E 072 on the Vietnam Memorial Wall.

'Jack' Joe Beach

Hometown Federal Way, WA


Deceased (unknown)

Rusty Barlow

Hometown Pocatello, ID


Deceased (unknown)

Thomas 'Sully' Sullivan

Hometown Chrystal Springs, MD


Deceased 4/30/15

Art Fisler

Hometown Dedham, MA


Deceased 4/30/15

Survived by Anna Fisler

Jack Davis

Hometown. Barbourville, KY


Mr. Jackie L. Davis, 69, of Barbourville, passed away Sunday afternoon, March 29, 2015 at the

University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. He was a son of the late Thanes Walter and

Myrtle Elizabeth Carroll Davis born on July 15, 1945 in Bell County.

Jackie was the owner and operator of J. L. Davis Electrical Contractor and president of the U.S.

Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Three Vietnam Veterans’ Reunion Association. He was of

the Baptist faith and enjoyed traveling. He faithfully served his country in the United States Navy.

Jackie took great pride in his family, his military service and his work.

On May 1, 1971, he united in marriage with Vesta Noe in Barbourville and to this union two

children were born.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Thanes Davis.

Survivors include his wife, Vesta Davis of Barbourville; two children, Jacqueline Ann Davis of

Knoxville, TN and Jimmy Thanes Davis and wife, Charity, of London; a brother, Eddie Walter Davis

and wife, Ruby, of Barbourville; two grandchildren, Dustin Baker and Payslee Dawn Davis; several

nieces and nephews; among other loved ones and dear friends.

He was laid to rest in the Barbourville Cemetery with military funeral honors.

 

Peter Signori

Hometown Oceanside, CA


Born: March 12, 1931          Deceased: 1/19/15

Survived by Mae Signori, Wife

 

Robert A. Ellis

Hometown Kingman, AZ


Deceased 6/15/14

Survived by Mary Ellis

James T. Slaughter

Hometown Maple Grove, MN


Deceased 4/25/10

Survived by Jurene Slaughter

Bob Phenix

Hometown Gulfport, MA


Deceased 8/22/09

Survived by Lucy Phenix

Rear Admiral Benjamin Montoya

Hometown Indio, CA


Benjamin F. Montoya

May 24, 1935 - Dec 19, 2015

Born in Indio, California May 24th, 1935 to Benjamin and Margaret Montoya. Ben graduated from Coachella Valley Union High School in 1953 and attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo before entering the US Naval Academy where he graduated in 1958. Upon graduation he married his high school sweetheart, Virginia Cox, also of Indio, California. Happily married for 57 years, Ben and Ginney raised five sons and two daughters who blessed them with 17 grandchildren. Ben´s 32 year naval career began with a tour in Vietnam and he rose through the ranks to become Chief of the Civil Engineer Corps. He retired in 1989 as a Rear Admiral. Ben also received an engineering degree from RPI, a masters from Georgia Tech and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown School of Law. After the Navy, Ben served as a Senior Vice President with PG&E and then as President and CEO of Public Service Co of New Mexico, retiring in 2000. Ben served on various boards including the National Parks Foundation, the California Board of Education, NASA, and the 1995 Base Closure Commission. He was selected as a 2008 Distinguished Graduate of the US Naval Academy. Ben successfully battled cancer for 2 years until October when it became untreatable. Ben passed quietly into the presence of his Savior in the company of his family on December 19th at 8:45pm. He is survived by his wife, Ginney; children Ben, Chris, Pat, Mike, Dave, Terri and Tasha, plus 17 grandchildren. He leaves two brothers, Arthur and Santiago (Jim). He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Richard. Ben had a strong but quiet faith that he reaffirmed at key points in his life. More than all of his many career accomplishments, he deeply touched the lives of many and will be greatly missed. Funeral services will be held at noon on January 6th at Sacred Heart Church in Palm Desert, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to seabeediamondanniversary.org Go Navy! Beat Army!

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Dec. 27, 2015


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