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Members of the Association will strive to preserve the memory of those who served in the "Ichiban" Battalion. We honor those who fell in battle in our Memorial section. In this section, we honor those of our number who have fallen since. Rest in peace, Brothers!

We were travelers on a journey
We were Brothers on the road
We were here to help each other
Walk the mile and bear the load.

You fought the good fight well and true
In Vietnam and later strife
With my last breath I'll salute you
Enjoy the peace you earned in life.

First stanza adapted from Richard Gillard's "The Servant Song", 1977.

We Remember

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John Albertson, Age 64, died September 19, 2009, in Kansas City, Missouri. John was an Association Life Member who served with the Scouts Platoon from July of 1968 through July of 1969.
James H. Allen, Died September 18, 2018, Memphis, TN. He served with Charlie and Delta Companies until injured.
Edwardo Arispe, Died July 12, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas. Edwardo served as a 64B10 (Heavy Vehicle Driver) with Headquarters and Delta Companies from September, 1967, until July, 1968. He was an Association Life Member.

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Alfred W. Baker, Age 69, died March 5, 2010, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Retired Colonel and former 50th Infantry S-1 (March, 1969).
Ray Barrios, died in 1998 in a car accident in Santa Rosa CA. Ray was an Alpha Company boat person.
George E. Bell, Age 67, died October 23, 2010, in Fairburn, Georgia. George was a former 50th Infantry Heavy Weapons Platoon and "D" Company Squad Leader in 1967-68.
Cheney L. Bertholf, Jr., Age 87, died January 11, 2016. LTC Bertholf commanded the battalion from February through July of 1968.
Bernie Bierman, passed away on June 26, 2003 in Waupun Wisconsin. Bernie was a Life Member of our Association and was with D Company Mortar Platoon and was a boat person. Bernie was one of those guys you couldn't help but like.
William "Bill" Black, Age 62, died December 26, 2004, in Mexico, MO. Bill served with Alpha Company from September, 1967 through August, 1968.
John E Blochberger, Former Platoon Leader of 4.2 Mortars & Heavy Weapons Platoon, wounded at LZ LItts, Died in Prescott City, AZ in March of 2021.
Sammie C. Blount, Former 1st Sergeant of "C" and HQ Companies, Died in Portsmouth City, VA in January of 1976
George Borges, Age 72, died August 7, 2020, in Port St. Lucie, FL. Arthur served with Delta Company from September, 1967 through August, 1968.
Arthur Borr, Age 67, died October 19, 2016, in Watervliet, MI. Arthur served in the 1st Platoon of Charlie Company in 1969/1970.
Walter L. Brantley, Age 68, died July 18, 2013, of Marion, LA, Company B, 9/67 -.
William E. Brennan, Age 84, died February 12, 2012, in Breese, IL, SSG (SFC - Retired), S-4, HQ Company, 1967 - 1968.
Wilber D. Breseman, Age 68, died July 22, 2016, of Marcellus, MI, SSG, 1st Platoon, Company B, 8/68 - 5/69.
John D. "Jack" Brodigan, Age 75, died April 29, 2022, of Sumner, Iowa. Jack served with Company B And was badly wounded on December 10th during the Battle of Tam Quan.
Marvin L. Brophy, Age 79, died July 27, 2020, of Killeen, Texas, Scout Platoon.
Lem "Buck" Buckley, Age 70, died October 2, 2019, in Cumberland, MD. Buck served from 1969-1970 with the 1st Platoon of Company A as a Squad Leader.

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James Cannon, Age 40, died Jan. 4, 1992. From Feb. 21,1969 to Feb. 22,1970 in C Company, SGT Cannon earned the C.I.B., Parachutist Badge, Bronze Star Medal w/V device (Valor), Purple Heart, BSM and other awards. Survived by his wife Peggy and two daughters
Robert L. Carney: Company C, 1970, Died in Kingsport, TN on October 15, 2019.
John B. Carter, Colonel (Ret.): Commanding Officer of the battalion from July through December, 1968, Died at home in Philadelphia, PA, on January 14, 2011.
Roy Carwile: We have been advised by his son, Charles Carwile, that Roy passed away on January 25th of 1999. Roy was a 63C20 Diesel Mechanic with HQ Company in 1968. His home of record at DEROS was Cresent City, Florida, and at his passing lived in Tallassee, Alabama. Roy was a member of quite a large family..including his wife, Deborah, 3 sons and 6 daughters! Click on his name(link) to view the Obituary provided by his son. May he rest in peace.
Denis Castelli: Denis M. Castelli, formerly a Sergeant E5 with Bravo Company, passed away on April 26th, 2014.
Brian Church, Forward Observer attached to SRAP, Died June, 1978.
Paul Cicero
Age 73, died June 15, 2021, in Port Jefferson, NY. Paul served with "E" Company (LRP) 50th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division in 1968-69.
Arnold Clark, died December 5, 1993.
Thomas E. Clark, Age 50, died September 8, 1999, in Lake Butler, Florida. Tom was a former "C" Company, 50th Infantry Specialist in 1970.
Lawrence Manuel Clouse:, formerly a Sergeant E5 with Charlie Company from September 1967 to August 1968, passed away on May 13th, 2019.
Brian Church, Forward Observer attached to SRAP, Died June, 1978.
Mitchel Collins, Age 73, died December 31, 2015, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Mitch was a former "B" Company Squad Leader.
Robert Collins, died June 3, 1991
Jay Clayton Copley, Age 90, Company Commander, Company C, 1968, died March 29, 2022, in Columbus, GA.
Jimmy Copeland, Age 72, Company B, 1967-8, died November 17, 2018, in Fairhope, AL.
Billy Cornwell, Age 70, died Thursday, January 26, 2012 at home in Bement, IL. He was the 1st Platoon Leader in "A" Company in 1969.
Gary Cose, Age 55, died November 2, 2002 in Des Moines, Iowa. Gary was a Track Vehicle Mechanic with A Company.
Gale B "Bruce" Cowan, Age 60, died January 24, 2009 in Evansville, IN. He was in "A" Company in 1969...and served with the Short Range Ambush Platoon.
Wayne W. Cramblit, Former SRAP Platoon SGT, passed away on August 30, 1998.
Gerald J Curran Jr, Age 56, died June 17, 2002. Gerald was a Platoon Leader in Co D and XO, HQ Co. from April 68 to April 69

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Michael David Deal: Former "B" Company Man from September, 1967 to February, 1968, when he was transferred to a 1st Cavalry Division unit as part of the "Infusion" program. ...passed away on March 29, 2013, at the VA Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.
Stephen K. Dennis: Former 4th Platoon (Mortars),"C" Company Man from December, 1967 to December, 1968. Steve died Sunday, May 13, 2018 from Cancer.
William F. DeSimone: Former "C" Company Man, Infused to the 1st Cav shortly after arrival in Vietnam in late September or early October of 1967. Bill died Friday, May 21, 2021 in Cold Spring, New York.
Daniel W. Dorsey, II: Former "B" Company Executive Officer and 2nd Platoon Leader from June, 1968 to June, 1969...passed away on April 3, 2011, at home in Spring Lake Park, MN.
Marshall P. Duer: Former "B" Heavy Equipment Mechamnic from Company D, September 1967 to AUgust, 1968...passed away on September 4, 2021, in Oklahoma
Glenn Dulsky (APC#313): We have been advised by his daughter, Danielle, that Glenn passed away on July 31st of 2007. Glenn was an APC Driver and went over with the original members of the Battalion. Glenn lived in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and was one of the original members of the Association. Click on his name(link) to view a copy of his Obituary. May he rest in peace.

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George Fiedler: George Paul Fiedler, formerly with the 2nd Platoon of Charlie Company, passed away on May 16th, 2010.
Jay Charles Finley: Jay C. Finley, formerly with Headquarters Company, passed away on January 20th, 2015.
James Edward Fitzgerald, Sr.: James E. Fitzgerald, formerly with Headquarters Company (Medic) and attached to "A" Company from February 1968 to February 1969, passed away on July 27th, 2015.
Louis Leon Frisbie: Louis Frisbie, formerly with Delta Company from September 1967 to August 1968, passed away on June 6th, 2021.

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Richard "Rick" Garrett, Died Monday, October 16th, 2006. One of our "SCOUTS" platoon members from September of 1969 to September of 1970. He lived in Liberty, Indiana at the time of his death.
Joseph "Joe" Gelarden, Died, December 29, 2018. "A" Company, 1968-69
John M. Gilbert, Died, November 10, 1995. Former Battalion Commander from July, 1969 to January, 1970.
Walter "Happy" Gilbreath, Died, February 15, 2022. Former member of the Scouts Platoon, 1969 to September, 1970.
Mark Gladson, Died, May 1, 2012. Former "B" Company & SRAP Volunteer, 1969.
Bob Gold, Died February 3, 2020. Former "D" Company, 1967-68.
Howard Goldstein, Died December 8, 2009. Former "D" Company LT, 1969-70.
John Howard Golz, Died April 22, 2010. Former "A" Company SP4, 1969-70.
William Grant, Died February 24, 2000. One of the "boat people" with Bravo Company, lived in Walton Indiana at the time of his death.
Shirl W. Grimm, Died February 8, 2001, East Liverpool, Ohio.  He is buried at Columbiana County Memorial Park. Shirl attainted the rank of SGT E5 and served with the 3rd Platoon of Charlie Company, 1st Bn (M), 50th Infantry from 1968-1969.
William R. "Randy" Groebler, Age 68, of Pleasanton, CA, passed away May 23rd, 2016. Randy served with Delta Company and was seriously wounded by a booby trapped enemy grenade on November 7, 1967.
Max Lee Guymon, Age 38, of Pekin, IL, passed away January, 1986. Max served with Bravo Company in 1968.

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Harley Harless, Died February 12, 1976.
Toby Hamon, SGT, Charlie Company, Third Platoon, 2nd Squad Leader, 1967-1968, suffered a massive heart attack on Saturday evening and passed away on Monday afternoon, April 17, 2006. We will miss your smile, your good nature and your friendship. Rest in peace Toby.
Richard Hanna, Age 67, died October 21, 2014, in Conshohocken, PA. Richard served as a Medic with Charlie Company in 1967/68.
Mark Hannan, Of Throat Cancer, April 26, 2010. Former "D" Company Medic, January - September, 1969.
Teddy Hardy, Sr, Of complications related to Agent Orange Exposure, August 30, 2010. Former Battalion S-3, October, 1967 - February, 1968.
Lon M. Haskell, Age 61, died May 3, 2009, His last known address was in Lake, Michigan. Lon was with Charlie Company from September, 1967, through early 1968. No "formal" obituary has been found.
LTC Thomas Herren,(US Army Retired), Age 84, died August 12, 2017 in Jacksonville, FL. He was the Battalion XO in 1967.
Colonel Richard D. Hooker, Sr (US Army Retired), Age 80, died October 24, 2014, He was the last Commanding Officer of the 1st Bn, 50th Infantry in Vietnam.
Richard P. Hornyak, Passed away after a long battle with cancer on April 24, 2006. Appears on Dick Guthrie's Company Roster in November of 1967 and may have been a "boat person". Bravo Company, Track#222. Lived in Philadelphia, PA at the time of his death. Contract his Daughter Cheryl at:
Jim Hobbs, Died sometime during the fall of 2006. Jim was a Sergeant First Class and Battalion S-4 Supply Sergeant from September, 1969, to September, 1970. The sad news was supplied by Walter "Happy" Gilbreath.
John A. Hopp, Died October 9, 2008. Former "HQ" Company, September, 1969 to December, 1970.
Albert L. Hutson, Jr., Colonel, Infantry (Ret.); 1/50 Battalion Commander Sep 67-Jan 68; born March 11, 1923; died 1994.

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Duane M. "Butch" Ives, Died January 26, 1993. Duane was a Spec-4, M60 Machine Gunner with the 2nd Platoon, 4th Squad of Charlie Company from July, 1969, to July, 1970. The sad news was supplied by Bob Odendahl with research by Barbara Daniels. No Obituary has been found yet but I created a memorial page for Butch (Click on his name).

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Ernest PeeWee Johnson, Company B, 1967-8, passed away on August 8, 1991.
John W. Johnson, Battalion XO, September to December, 1970, passed away on April 1, 2015...Surrounded by his beloved family. Rest in peace Johnny.
Johnny P. Johnston, Delta Company, 1966-1968, passed away on Tuesday, August 22, 2006. He was 79.
Hilan E. Jones, E Company (LRP),50th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division 1967-1969, passed away on Tuesday, July 9, 2021. He was 80.
LTC (Ret) Anthony J. "Tony" Juliano, Battalion XO, April to August, 1969, passed away on July 7, 2010.
Jackie B Jutca, "A" Company, 1969, Born December 12, 1944, Died July 12, 1995.

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Richard Kerr, Jr., died July 9, 2013, in Whitney, TX. Retired Master Sergeant and former 50th Infantry, Charlie Company, Drill Instructor at Fort Hood Texas - Also Intelligence NCOIC with HQ Company in Vietnam.
John A. Kaszuba, Born April 10, 1938, Died Veteran's Day, November 11, 2001.
Walter Donald "Don" Kinard, Sr, died January 29, 2015, in Columbus, GA. Retired Major and former 50th Infantry, Alpha Company Commander awarded the Silver Star for Valorous Action on January 15, 1969.
Jack King, Delta Co. mortar platoon; from August 1968 passed away on Monday, November 29, 2004. His funeral was in Reed City, Michigan. Jack was a Life Member of our Association. May God Bless you and may you rest in peace, Jack.
Joe Kwak, died December 2, 2020, in Atlantis, FL. Joe served in Charlie Company in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970.

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Joseph Lagree, Former Food Service Specialist, this Highly regarded Sergeant First Class was with Delta and Headquarters Companies (7/68 - 7/69). COLUMBIA -- Services for Master Sgt. Joseph Lagree, U.S. Army (Ret.), 76, of 1824 Mabron Road, Tuesday at 12 p.m. (viewing one hour prior) at New Ebenezer Baptist Church with burial in Crescent Hill Memorial Gardens with full military honors. He was born in Savannah, Ga., son of the late Lewis Walker and Flossie Lagree Graham, and died October 18, 2007, at his home. Viewing will be 2-8 p.m. and the family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. at Manigault-Hurley Funeral Home, 2229 Two Notch Road. Obituary Published on 2007-10-22, Page B4, State, The (Columbia, SC)
Walter Hugh Landry: Former member of Charlie Company's 3rd Platoon, Walt passed away after struggles with Hepatitis and Lung Cancer on June 25, 2011.
Verl D. "Chief" Lantz: Former Leader of Delta Company's Battalion Supply Section, Chief passed away on November 22, 2016.
Keith Gregory LaRue: Alpha Company, 10/67 - 1/68 passed away on October 3, 2018.
Phillip Larson, (Master Sergeant, S3 Operations NCO 9/67-9/68), died August 2001.
Thomas D. Leddy: Years of searching by Bob Gold revealed, just two months "too late",  that his fellow "Delta Company" man, Tom Leddy, passed away on Long Island, New York on January 3rd of this year (2008).  We honor him here and thank Bob Gold, Russ Roth, and Barbara Daniels for finding this information on our newly departed brother. May he rest in peace with all from the 1/50th who preceded him. He is "Standing on Guard while the Angels Sleep"...waiting for the rest of us.
Sherman Thomas Leonard, Born January 10, 1945 - Died November 23, 2003(Sergeant, Alpha Company, March, 1968 to March, 1969). After retiring from a career with the VA in Johnson City, TN, SGT Leonard had a fall which resulted in a nasty head injury that left him suffering seizures until his death a few years later in 2003. Information supplied by George Bell (Alpha Company) after he contacted SGT Leonard's widow, Brenda.
James Harold "Jim" Lee: Age 72, of Maryville, TN. Died September 6, 2018. He was the Commanding Officer of Headquarters Company from March of 1968 to January of 1969.
Richard Dean "Rick" Leland: Former member of Bravo Company, March to July of 1970, Rick suffered a massive heart attack while on a fishing trip with his grandson in Texas on June 19, 2012
Robert H Lieneck, Died July 25th, 2010, Fayetteville, NC. Former Staff Sergeant, "D" Company, 1968, (Battle at LZ Litts).
Alfed Roy Ludwig, Died December 23rd, 2013, El Paso, TX. Former SFC Sergeant, "D" Company and S4, 1968-69.
Edward V. Luppi, "A" Company, 1967-8, 1st Squad Leader, 3rd Platoon...of Springfield, MA, Died July 7, 2007. 12, 1995.
Peter S. Lylyk, "B" Company, 1970, died of Lung Cancer at the Michael E. DeBakey Medical Center in Houston, Texas in July of 2007.
Robert H. Luck, Colonel, Armor (ret.), 1/50 Battalion Commander January-June 1970; born June 29, 1927; died February 23, 2002.

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James MacQueen, born 09/19/1944, died. 07/14/2004, Former Platoon Leader with Company B, 2nd Platoon in 1970, possibly an accidental death of unknown origin.
Michael Henry McFarland Formerly with the Short Range Ambush Platoon in 1969: Age 69, he passed away June 8, 2019.
Brian F. McShane, "A" Company, 1967-8, died May 20, 2011 in Aurora, CO.
Howard Eugene Marcantel Formerly a Mechanic with "A" Company from June of 1969 to 1970: Age 64, of Goodwater, AL, passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at UAB Medical Center, Birmingham, AL.
James L. Mausser, born 01/29/1948, died. 03/04/2017, "A" Company, 3rd Platoon, April 1968 to January, 1970
Fred T. Miranda, born 09/29/1918, died. 08/22/1977, US Army, MSG, Interred: Fort Bliss Cemetery, El Paso, TX Plot: K 0 1490, buried. 08/26/1977.
Jerry Lee Mize Age 71, passed away December 15, 2019. Jerry served with the SRAP Platoon in 1968-9.
Michael Edward Monahan, Age 49, of Westfield Drive, Maumee, Ohio, passed away Monday, June 23, 1997, in his home. Michael was born September 18, 1947, in Toledo.
William "Bill" Moore passed away Saturday, February 11, 2023. Bill served with Bravo Company in 1967 and was "Infused" to the 1st of the 7th Cavalry Regiment in January of 1968.
Waylon Blue Morris passed away Wednesday, January 26, 2022.
Donald Wayne Morrison, born August 23, 1947 and died Jan 30, 1999. A boat person from Argyle GA, Donald was one of the guys who found the $150,000 in a cave.
Matthew S. Morrison, III, Age 71, of Dalton, Georgia, passed away Monday, December 28, 2015, in his home. Matt served in the 2nd Squad of the 3rd Platoon of Charlie Company in 1967...and was severely wounded.

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John L. Nichols was born on 09/16/1947 and passed away at 70 years old on May 4, 2018. He lived in Burbank, California and owned the Montana Clock Shop. John served as a mechanic in Headquarters Company.

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Everett Daniel "Dan" Odom, Jr, Age 72, of Valdosta, GA passed away June 9, 2018. Dan served as a Medic with Bravo and Delta Company in 1968-1969.
Stephen A Oliphant, Jr, Age 67, of Las Vegas, NV passed away November 29, 2016. Steve served as a Medic with Alpha and Delta Company in 1969-1970 and with Company B, 3/506th in a previous tour in 1968.
Rigoberto "Rigo" Felix Ordaz, Age 69, of Mission, TX, passed away Tuesday, June 14th, 2016. Rigo served in the 2nd Squad of the 2nd Platoon of Delta Company in 1967 and with the Scouts Platoon in HQ Company.
Ron Overcasher, Age 61, of Greentown, Ohio passed away on September 30th, 2008. Ron served with Delta Company in 1967-8.

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Louis M. Palmerlee, Age 66, died April 3, 2014, Grand Rapids, MI. Lou was with the 1st Platoon of Bravo Company in 1969-70.
John Parkinson, died April 26, 2020; John was with Bravo Company and died in Tucson, AZ.
Gary Leroy Parks, Former "B" Company SP4 badly wounded January 3rd, 1968 at An Lac...died February 17, 2009; buried at Perryville Cemetery, Clarion County, Pennsylvania.
Robert E. Payne., Age 74, died November 27, 2017, St. Louis, MO. Bob was the 1st Bn. (M), 50th Infantry, "A" Company, 2nd Platoon in 1967-68. He was wounded during TET , 1968 and returned stateside Via Japan.
Walter E. "Pete" Peterson, Age 65, died February 16, 2011, Tyler, TX. Walter was a Medic in 1967-1968
Thurman Olan Pike, Jr., Age 69, died April 10, 2015, in North Carolina. Olan was the 50th Infantry "B" Company, 2nd Platoon Leader in 1967-68. He was a Life Member of the 50th Infantry Association.
Norman C. Poage, Age 65, died December 24, 2010, in Plano, Texas. Norm was a former 50th Infantry "C" Company, 3rd Platoon Squad Leader and Acting Platoon Leader in 1967-68. Norm was a Charter & Life Association Member...and created the Association Web Site in 1997.
Norman Pottinger, died of cancer in 1999; Norm was with Bravo Company and hailed from Woodstock GA.
Michael P. Probart, SP5, Cook, HHC, C Co.; born March 1947; died December 28,1980.
Ronald E. "Rocky" Provencher, Age 57, died January 27, 2005, Manchester, NH. Ron was a Medic in 1967-1968

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Wilbert "Snitz" Rahiser, Delta Company, 1967-68, APC #425, passed away on Saturday, January 27, 2007, at 3:15 PM from Cancer. Rest in peace Snitz.
Rick Ramey, died in 1987. LT Rick Ramey was a boat person and the Mortar Platoon Leader of Company C.
Herbert Eugene Randall, Age 75, died february 14, 2019, in Nevada. Retired Colonel Randall served as Commanding Officer of "C" Company (As a Captain) during the battalion's first 5 months in Vietnam.
Norman S Raty, Scout Platoon, Died September 19, 2001. Buried at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL.
Craig Reed, Age 77, died March 28, 2022. Craig served as a medic with Charlie Company in 1967-8.
Warren Franklin Rockey, Company "A", 2nd Platoon, Died January 16, 2015. Buried at Monte Vista Cemetery, Monte Vista, Colorado.
Larry Allen Rosebrook, Age 64, died December 24, 2011, in Michigan. Larry was a former 50th Infantry "C" Company Squad Leader....and good friend of Norm Poage, also a former 3rd Platoon Squad Leader who died on the same date in 2010.
Russ Roth, died August 22, 2021, in Vancouver, WA. Russ was a former 50th Infantry "D" and "A" Company Medic.
Vincent James "Vinny" Russo, Age 73, died November 20, 2019, in Suwanee, GA. Vinny was with the second Platoon of "C" Company in 1969-70.

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Bob Schaller, Age 80, died July 12, 2023, in Highland, IL. Bob served with Bravo Company in 1967.
Tom Schroeder, Age 69, died August 31, 2013, in Georgia. Tom served with Charlie Company as Interim Company Commander and as Executive Officer in 1967 and as Commanding Officer of Delta Company in 1968.
Michael T. Seiple, Age 58, died Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at his home in Savanna, IL. He served with the 2nd Platoon of Company B and was wounded on August 8, 1969 in Binh Dinh Province.
Gerald W "Jerry" Seliski, Age 70, died when his private plane crashed in North Dakota in early October of 2019. He served with Company C from August, 1968 through August, 1969.
Seth Sindel, Age 77, died December 29, 2018, in California. Seth served with Charlie Company as the 1st Platoon Leader in 1967-8 and was infused to the 9th Infantry Division in 1968.
John Smerdon, Died July 7, 2019, in Kansas City. John served with the 1st Platoon of Alpha Company and the Short Range Ambush Platoon in 1968-9.
Al Smith, Died October 22, 2017, in Port Charlotte, FL. Al served with the 4th Platoon of Charlie Company in 1967 and was severely wounded on October 31, 1967.
Bradley L. Smith, Age 69, died January 2, 2016, at his home in Westerville, OH. Bradley served with Echo Company (Rifle Security), 50th Infantry, DaNang, as a Captain.
Randy Smith, Age 70, died at home, August 21, 2017, in Seymour, IN. Randy served as a Medic with Delta Company in 1967/68. Randy served with the 50th Infantry Association as both Vice President and President.
Freelance Aurthor Ron Fischer published an article in several newspapers about Randy Smith. Read the article here: "Never Forgotten: In memory of a combat medic"
Bob Sollars, Age 59, died October 8, 2009, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Bob served with Charlie Company and the Short Range Ambush Platoon (SRAP) from 1969 to 1970.
Andy Soltis, Age 56, died June 15, 2004, in Perrysburg, Ohio. Andy served with Charlie Company and the Short Range Ambush Platoon (SRAP) from February to October, 1969.
Billie Spence, died Christmas Day, 12/25/98; Billie was a boat person with Alpha Company from Palestine TX.
Dean Spooner, Age 75, died June 17, 2023, in San Diego, CA. Dean served with Charlie Company in 1968/69.
Chucksey Spotts, Age 68, died at home, November 2, 2015, in Horseheads, NY. Chucksey served with Company A in 1967/68.
Samuel Miles "Butch" Strickland, Jr, Died July 27, 2018, Houston, TX. He was a Medic in 1967-1968
Edward J. Swope, Scout Platoon, passed away in 2003 in Naples, Florida.

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Robert T. Taylor: Former member of Bravo Company, Wounded December 10, 1967, of Iuka, Mississippi, died Friday, May 2, 2014, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth at the age of 70.
Michael Theurer: Former member of Bravo Company, of Marshfield, WI, died Septewmber 1, 2021, at the Tomah VA Medical Center.
James Tishler,  Age 62, died November 21st, 2009, in Bailey's Harbor, Wisconsin. Jim served with Charlie Company from 1967 to 1968.
Lloyd Thompson,  Age 71, died April 2nd, 2010, in Pensacola, FL. Lloyd was a Staff Sergeant and served with Charlie Company Maintenance Platoon in 1969.
Charles Tilton, Age 72, died March 10, 2019, in Utah. Seth served with D Company as the Heavy Weapons Platoon Leader in 1967-8.
Joe Torres, Joe Silva Torres, Jr., 72, of Lockhart, Texas passed away peacefully at his home on February 8, 2021. He was born March 7, 1948. Joe served with Charlie Company from August, 1968 through August of 1969. He was a Life Member of the 50th Infantry Association.
Kenneth Troutman, died 11/19/00; Ken was a boat person and squad leader on APC 313 (Charlie Company); from Waterloo NY.

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Melvin Joseph "Mel" Valasek Formerly a Medic with with "HQ" Company from September of 1967 to August of 1968: Age 68, passed away January 26, 2016, at Lakeside Hospital, Omaha, NE.
Warren J. Valleau, Died August 14, 2010. Former Medic, "HQ" Company, 1968 - 1969.
John Roger Voakes, Jr., Died December 26, 2017. Former Infantryman, "B" Company, 1969-70.
Jim Vonesh, Died April 24, 2020. Former Infantryman, "C" Company, 1970.

John "Jack" Vanden Heuvel, Died April 2, 2009.

Richard Van Pelt, Died December 27, 1988.

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Terry M. "Mike" Wade,, died August 18, 2006. PSG E7 Served with Company C in 1070. Survived by his wife Anna and two children.
Leon E. Walker, Jr., died 1997. Joined the battalion in December of 1968 as the Headquarters Company Executive Officer. Was later assigned as SRAP Platoon Leader. He was wounded and medevacted on 19 April 1969. Information supplied by former Battalion Commander Jim Woodall.
Gordon Wemmitt, Age 58, died Narch 31, 2007 after a long battle with cancer, He served with Company A in 1969.
Robert "Bob" White, Alpha Company, 1967-68, Weapon's Platoon Leader, passed away on May 2, 2006. at Click on his name for a text copy of his obituary.
Gary Wolff, Scouts, HQ Company, 1969-70, passed away on Saturday, March 6, 2021, in Columbus, Georgia.
Jim Wonsick, "B" Company, 1st Platoon Leader, 1967-68, passed away on Friday, September 28, 2012, near Columbus, Ohio.
Walter "Wally" Wroblewski,  Age 66, died December 9th, 2014, in Baldwin, Michigan. Wally served with Charlie Company, 3rd Platoon Mortars, from 1967 to 1968.

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Walter Yamashita, Battalion Command Sergeant Major, 1967-68, passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2008, at Maui Memorial Medical Center.

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