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Wagner, Thomas J. "Beaver"

Thomas J. "Beaver" Wagner of West Seneca, New York and Daytona Beach, Florida, died March 17, 2018, at the age 87. Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 8, 2018 with interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery's Veterans Field of Valor.

Tom was a proud US Marine Corps Veteran who fought valiantly for his country during the Korean War. He was one of "The Chosin Few" at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. For his selfless service he was honored with the Silver Star and Purple Heart. Tom was a lifetime member of the International Union of Operating Engineers and worked out of Local 17 Buffalo, New York, for over 40 years.

He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy J. (nee Reese) Wagner; beloved partner of Dea McKenna McAuliffe; dear father of Daniel (Michelle), Valeri (Wayne) Bolduc, April (John) Ring, William (Carol), Robert (Robin), Matthew (Nicole) and Nancy (Charles) Geiser; father-in-law of the late Alice Brylinski; loving grandfather of Bridgett, Philip, Autumn, Lea, Harmony, Cari, Brittany, Matthew Jr., Chas, Sara and Kaelyn and eight great grandchildren; brother of Eleanor Cipollone and the late Robert, Doris Crabb and June Klenke.  He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Tom's unique sense of humor, wondrous passion for life and love of music, will be sorely missed. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Thomas' memory to the Disabled American Veterans Charity, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, Kentucky 41076,

Wallace, Harry L. Jr.

Harry Wallace died August 31, 2005.  He was #37 of the original members establishing the Korean War Veterans Association.  He was the 2nd Vice President in the national association serving under Presidents Dick Adams and Nick Pappas.  He served as membership chairman and reunion co-chairman in the 1980s and early 1990s.  He was a charter member of Maryland Chapter #33, KWVA--one of the six to form the chapter in 1990.  Memorial service September 7 at 8 p.m. at Duda-Rick Funeral Home, 7922 Wise Ave., Dundalk, MD.

Wallace, Ted

Ted Wallace, age 80, of Duncanville, Alabama, was called home by God September 30, 2012, at Hospice of West Alabama. Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Drew Dockery officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park with Sunset Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Amon and Minnie Upton Wallace; his brothers, Vernon and Cecil Wallace; and his stepson, David O. Faulkner.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Elizabeth Wallace; his daughters, Gwen Stewart (Frank), Star Bell (Tommy), and Elizabeth Harris (Phillip); his sons, Teddy Wallace (Vickie) and Robert Vaughn (Shannon); his grandchildren, Tonya Asarisi, Britton Tanner, Jamie Griffin, Jessica Bell, Robert Vaughn III, David Vaughn, Brandon Harris, April Wallace, Mary Glen Wallace, and Ethan Wallace; and three great-grandchildren.

Ted was beloved by his family and friends. He was well-known for his love of music and cars and for being a great salesman. His favorite pastimes were traveling with his wife and spending time with his loved ones. He was a U.S. Army veteran (Field Artillery) of the Korean War.

Pallbearers will be Phillip Harris, Tommy Bell, Frank Stewart, Robert L. Thomas, John Paul Smith, and Fred Asarisi.  The family would like to thank the employees and staff of Hospice of West Alabama.

Wallach, Leonard

Leonard Wallach, BG (Ret) passed away May 30, 2010. He was a highly decorated Army officer who also served as a director of major running events, including the San Francisco Bay to Breakers race and the marathon races in the 1984 Olympics.

Mr. Wallach served in three wars and received three Purple Hearts, three Bronze Star medals for valor and 52 other medals for heroism, outstanding service and for military campaigns. He enlisted in World War II as a private and was promoted to brigadier general when he retired from the Army Reserve more than 40 years later.

Mr. Wallach was a soldier and an athlete - and later, a director of athletic events, particularly running. He was a varsity swimmer and gymnast at what was then called San Jose State College and captain of the Army's marathon team. He competed in swimming in the 1948 Olympics and was swimming coach for the Army in the 1964 Olympic Games. He competed in triathlons and ran in over two marathon races. In 1976, when he was voted San Francisco's Running Man of the Year, he ran over 4,500 miles.

Mr. Wallach was a third-generation soldier, born on a military post in Honolulu. He graduated from San Jose State and did graduate work at the University of Oregon. He joined the Army in World War II as an enlisted man and attended officer candidate school. He served in the Philippines during that war and then served in the Korean and Vietnam wars, where he had duty in special operations. He was also a member of airborne units and had 122 parachute jumps. His Army career spanned over 43 years on active and reserve duty.

"He left a legacy of honesty and integrity," said his widow, Diana Wallach. He is also survived by two daughters, Lea Sassone of Santa Rosa and Bonnie Stowell of Washington, D.C.; two sons, Tim Wallach of Amsterdam, and Jeff Wallach of San Francisco. There are two stepsons, Scott Chronert of Ross, and Stephen Chronert of Greenwich, Connecticut; and seven grandchildren.

Warila, James B.

Former Worland City Councilman, three-term Washakie County Sheriff, and Worland Police Chief James B. Warila died on Thursday, April 11, 1996 at Washakie Memorial Hospital.

He was born on July 19, 1935 in Red Lodge, Montana, a son of Benhardt F. and Margaret Ellen (Brown) Warila. He was raised and educated in Red Lodge, and graduated from Carbon County High School. He then entered the U.S. Army where he served as a military policeman. He was stationed in South Korea in 1952, was captured on December 30, 1952, and was held as a POW until July 10, 1953. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

He married Juneko "June" Miyata in Tokyo on September 6, 1955. Mr. Warila was stationed in West Germany, China, and Japan before his discharge from the Army in 1957. He returned to Red Lodge briefly, then moved to Worland, where he was employed by the Wyoming Industrial Institute, and policeman. In 1961 he became the police chief. He was elected Washakie County Sheriff in 1967 and served three terms. He then served as a Worland City Councilman for eight years. He operated the Warila Trailer Court for many years.

His hobbies included hunting, fishing, boating, shooting skeet, and woodworking. He was a member of the Wyoming Peace Officers Association, National Rifleman's Association, the Worland Hunters Range, Elks, Eagles, American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He served for many years with the Washakie County Search and Rescue Squad, and had been the Washakie County Civil Defense Manager for many years. He had a heart transplant in Utah in 1991.

Wasilewski, Walter

Walter Wasilewski died August 18, 1986.

Watson, Troy Sam Jr.

Troy Sam Watson Jr. passed away in his sleep on Friday, January 21, 2011.  He was born August 4, 1933 in Kaufman, Texas, and on his death at the age of 77, he lived in Dallas, Texas. 

Troy was the creator and point man in establishing the E-2-7 1st Marine Division website in 2003.  This outstanding Marine was a machine gunner during the Korean War and a recipient of the Purple Heart medal.  Always upbeat, Troy had been suffering from cancer for the past several years, yet had the initiative to put together annual reunions for his Marines.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Jennie.  Troy Watson was a proud Marine, brother, husband, father and friend who will be sadly missed--gone but not forgotten.

The family will gather at the home of son Tim Watson following a memorial service on February 4, 2011.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to E-2-7 Marines in order to maintain Troy's legacy, the E-2-7 website.  Please send donations to: E-2-7 Marines, 5705-Harvest Road #1029, Dallas, TX 75230.

Watterson, Walter Lloyd Jr.

Walter Lloyd Watterson Jr., age 59, died on Sunday, July 27, 2008, at Phoenix Baptist Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.

Born October 27, 1948, in Pontiac, Illinois, he was the son of the late Walter Lloyd and Olive May Williams Watterson. Walter grew up in Phoenix, graduating from Washington High School in 1966, and then completing his education at Glendale College in Glendale, Arizona.

A veteran of the United States Army, he served in Vietnam and Korea during the late 60’s and early 70’s.  He worked as a chef most of his life and was employed by Café Eden at the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Phoenix at the time of his death.

Walter is survived by his brother, Jack Watterson and his wife Linda of Hughesville, Missouri; two aunts, Kathleen Wasson and Motie Callans of Illinois; three nephews, Brad Watterson and his wife Crystal of Hughesville, Brett Watterson of Lees Summit, Ryan Watterson and his wife Angela of Hughesville; one niece, Sara Watterson of Hughesville; three great nephews and two great nieces, Britten Mergen, Rylee, Carter, Dillon & Hanna Watterson all of Hughesville.

Funeral arrangements were handled by the Advantage Colonial Chapel in Phoenix, Arizona, with burial in the Veterans National Memorial Cemetery. The American Legion will conduct military rites and a graveside service later this fall.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations in Walter’s memory to the Center for Human Services - Children’s Therapy Center in Sedalia, Missouri.

Weekly, Dean Vincent

Dean "Poppa Dean" Weekly was born April 27, 1925 in Myrtle Point.  He died November 16, 2001 in Eugene, Oregon.  Mr. Weekly was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War.  He was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served as a tank commander. .His service to our country included the invasions of Saipan and Iwo Jima.  He served with the 1st Marine Division, 1st Amphibian Tractor Battalion, Company C in Korea.

Mr. Weekly graduated from Myrtle Point High School and attended Oregon Technical Institute, where he was a star linebacker on the football team.  He was employed as a millwright for Norply and Westbrook Wood Products until his retirement in 1990.  Dean was a member of the Coquille Valley Elks Lodge and the Coquille Eagles Lodge.  As an avid sports fan, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling, but was most passionate about golf.  He will be remembered as a faithful and loving father, a proud grandfather and a dedicated and loyal friend.  He will be truly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his sister, Ann Perry and her husband, William of Marysville, Washington; sons and daughters-in-law, Chris and Julie of Oregon City, Ray and Delores of Kaiser, Kent and Lorena of Murietta, California; daughters and sons-in-law, Robin Moon and Steve of Myrtle Point, and Mary Sue Oldham and John of Pleasant Hill; eight grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and numerous cousins.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Coos County Logging Museum, P.O. Box 325, Myrtle Point, Oregon 97458; or the Coquille Valley Elks Lodge Christmas Basket Fund, 54942 Maple Heights Road, Coquille, Oregon 97423.

Wehinger, Sgt. Major

Sgt.Maj. Edwin Wehinger died at his home in Rocky Point, North Carolina, on November 15, 2006.  He is survived by his son, Edwin Jr., daughters Janeen Crawford, Colleen Wehinger, and Edana Davis.  Burial in Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

Welling, Neil A. Sr.

Neil A. Welling, Sr., beloved father and grandfather, passed away suddenly Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at the age of 79 years. The son of the late Clarence and Glennie (Post-White) Welling, Neil was born May 17, 1932 in Wheeler, Michigan.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of V.F.W. Post #1859. He married Gail Ann LaFramboise on July 10, 1954. She predeceased him October 25, 2010.

Neil was employed at General Motors Corporation for 30 years until his retirement in 1992. He was a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church and the Eagles Club. Neil enjoyed fishing, camping and gardening and loved being with his family.

Surviving are two sons, two daughters and their spouses, Neil Welling Jr., Zilwaukee; Kevin and Kristi Welling, Holland; Kari Breece Zilwaukee; Kris Welling and Danelle Pashak and Garrick, Bay City; eight grandchildren, Brandon (Holly) Schaffner, Jordan and Sommer Welling; Alyssa; Charles, Andrew Matthew and Autumn Breece; a great-grandson, Braeydon Schaffner; one brother and three sisters, Phillip and Jane Welling, Midland; Lillian Keinith, Yuma, Arizona; Mary Fisher, Hudson, Florida; Catherine Ferguson, Holiday, Florida; and many nieces and nephews. Neil was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers, Harriet, Frank, Beatrice, William and Louise.

Funeral Liturgy will take place 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012 at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Zilwaukee. Rev. Fr. Ronald Dombrowski will officiate. Military honors, presented by V.F.W. Post #1859, will follow the funeral liturgy. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Rd., (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and at St. Matthew Catholic Church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of Mass. There will be a Vigil Service 7:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Aleda E. Lutz V.A. Medical Center.

West, Robert "Bob" L.

Robert "Bob" L. West, 80, cowboy, soldier, father, contractor, philanthropist, was finally at peace March 5, 2011 with family at his side after a valiantly-fought battle with multiple health issues for many years. He kept a sense of humor even in his final hours, often joking with his nurses and, true to character, directing the goings on around him.

Bob was born in Ashue, Washington and raised in a family of 12 children. His pattern of hard work and determination began early. His large family lived for some time in nothing but an army tent. The family moved to Seattle in 1942. Bob left home at the age of 12 to work on a ranch in Eastern Washington. He returned to Seattle on occasion to be with his family.

He joined the Army at age 17 and was in the 82nd Airborne Division. He volunteered for duty in Korea. During combat operations in Korea he was severely wounded. He received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star with a V for valor. He was medically retired because of his war wounds.

Rejecting all the obstacles in his path, he lived some time on Adak with his wife Betty and their children, David, Rhonda, and Bradley, constructing some of the major buildings there. He built his life from the ground up and went on to start Construction and Rigging Inc. which grew to become one of the most successful and well-known construction firms in Alaska. The company's focus was building bridges and docks. One of his last projects was the curved pedestrian overpass at Tudor near Elmore Street which won an award.  Bob was known for his sharp business savvy, no excuses for himself attitude, steadfast work ethic, creative use of language, and willingness to give second chances and reward hard work.

He retired in Sequim, Washington after building his dream home, his pride and joy for a life of hard work and discipline. He was truly an inspiration for all who came into contact with him and left a legacy for his family to follow.

He is survived by his son and best friend, Brad West and wife Renee of Anchorage, AK; daughter Rhonda Gallagher, who cared for him regularly during his final years and was with him as he took his last breath, her husband Stan, of Anchorage, AK; brothers Jerry West, wife Anne, Paul West, wife Judy, sister Florence; grandchildren Matthew, Roxanne, Lily, Aubrey and their spouses; as well as great grandchildren River, Kaden, Luna and Adeline; stepdaughters Patti and Donna and families; also many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service were held on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 2:00 PM in the Evergreen Washelli Chapel. A Celebration of Life was held in Anchorage, April 10, 2011 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Petroleum Club.

White, Harry Edward

Harry Edward White, 81, of Salisbury, Maryland, passed away on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at his residence. Born in Salisbury, he was the son of the late George Reynolds White and Mary Elizabeth Elliott White.

Harry received a medical discharge and retired from the US Air Force in 1954. His career continued as a teacher at the Wicomico County Vocational Tech Center in Salisbury for many years. He was a member of Disabled American Veterans, Korean War Veterans, American Legion, Post 64, Lifetime member of VFW, Redmens Lodge and Nutters Crossing Golf Club. He was a compassionate gentlemen, raising money for various charities. Harry enjoyed photography; fishing, automobile mechanics and home repair, and was an avid golfer.

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Barbara Etta Crouch White; two grandchildren, Lindsay Parker and Matthew Parker; two great grandchildren, Matthew Jordan and Shelby Lynn; a son in law, Geoff Parker of Salisbury; and many cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Lynn Parker in 2002.

A graveside memorial service with military honors will be held at a later date in Allen, Maryland.

Contributions in his memory may be made to American Legion, Post 64, 1109 American Legion Road, Salisbury, Maryland 21804 and or Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Maryland 21802.

Wilken, Roger

Member of 1-7 Marines, Roger Wilken died of cancer of the esophagus on August 20, 2005.  His wife Phyllis said, "He gave it his all and although he was surrounded by the enemy, he went down fighting like a true Marine."

Wilkins, Van Court

Van Court Wilkins, a retired Army colonel and veteran of World War II and the Korean War, died December 23, 2013, at a hospital in Martinsburg, West Virginia. He was 87. The cause was complications from Alzheimer’s disease, said his daughter Michelle Cardillo.

Colonel Wilkins served 31 years in the Army and in American-occupied Japan after World War II. During the Korean War, he received the Silver Star. His other decorations included the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.

In his final active-duty assignment, he was an administrator at the National War College at Fort McNair in Washington. He then was financial officer with the Association of American Colleges and Universities from 1975 to 1983, followed by editing work at transportation-oriented publications including Passenger Train Journal and Motor Coach Age.

Van Court Wilkins was born in Chevy Chase and raised in Lebanon, Ohio. He was a 1959 graduate of the University of Maryland, where he also received a master’s degree in business administration in 1962. He received a master’s degree in political science from George Washington University in 1968. He moved to Shepherdstown, West Virginia, from Alexandria in the mid-1980s.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Demaris Forsythe Wilkins of Shepherdstown; five children, Kristen Brown of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Sharron McCoy of Litchfield, Connecticut, Jennifer O’Neill of Milmont Park, Pennsylvania, John Wilkins of Jefferson, Maryland, and Michelle Cardillo of Union, New Jersey; and 12 grandchildren.

Williams, Edward Lamar Jr.

Edward Lamar Williams, Jr. died Tuesday, June 8, 2010. Graveside services were held at 3:30 p.m., Friday, June 11, 2010, at Juliette United Methodist Church Cemetery, Juliette, GA. The Reverend Sandra Fendley officiated. The family greeted friends from 6 until 8 p.m., Thursday, June 10, 2010, at Monroe County Memorial Chapel.

Mr. Williams, the son of the late Edward Lamar Williams, Sr. and Lillian Harrison Williams, was born June 4, 1930, in Bolingbroke, Georgia. His wife, Barbara Holt Williams preceded him in death. He attended Middle Georgia College and retired from Southern Natural Gas Company. Mr. Williams was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during the Korean War.

Survivors include his devoted companion, Delores Molton of Macon; children, Edward (Debbie) Lamar Williams, III of Macon and Ernest Holt Williams of Juliette; sister and brother-in-law, Lorena and Judge John Peach of Jasper, Florida; brother, Robert M. Williams of Juliette; grandchildren, Alison (Dave) Wallace and Edward Lamar Williams, IV.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Salvation Army, PO Box 13386, Macon, GA 31208.

Wills, John Broddus Jr.

John Broddus Wills Jr., 84, of Spotsylvania County passed away on Monday, May 13, 2013, at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina.  A service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Flat Run Baptist Church, Locust Grove. An additional service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 20, at Fairfax Baptist Church, Fairfax. Interment will follow in Fairfax Memorial Gardens.

John was born on January 4, 1929, in Lovingston, the son of the late John B. Wills Sr. and Pattie Thompson. He attended Fairfax High School and graduated in 1946. John married Bernice M. Cobb on April 18, 1949, at Centreville Methodist Church. They were happily married for 64 years.

John's career began as a store manager in Centreville and the Torpedo Plant in Alexandria. In 1948, he entered the United States Marine Corps Reserves and then served on active duty as a sergeant in the Korean War from 1950-1952.  Sergeant Wills was a member of the 1st 90mm AAA Gun Battalion in the U.S.A. and Korea.  He was the company's lead carpenter and a fine Marine.

Upon his return to Virginia he was employed as a building foreman at May Properties, a residential custom homebuilder in the McLean area, where he worked for many years. In parallel, as an entrepreneur, he applied his passion for architecture and established a building business known as Clingenpeel and Wills, with a family friend.

Following his departure from May Properties, he worked for a company known as Cherrydale as an executive sales representative for several years, selling building materials. John's final job until retirement in 1992 was for a national builder at Trammel Crow, serving as a quality-control associate for the East Coast region.

John was a lifetime member and very active Christian serving his local church as a deacon and youth counselor. He enjoyed the outdoors and traveling within the United States. In his spare time, he enjoyed farming, fishing, hunting and time with the family.

Woolbert, Alexander Joseph

My father was Alexander Joseph Woolbert. He served two tours of duty in the US Army. He passed away on October 24, 2002. First service dates Mar 1946 – Jan 1950 in the 78th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, A Battery in Germany. His second tour included Korea and Occupational Army in Germany. That tour was Feb 1951 – January 1954 in the 229th Field Artillery Battalion, Battery B. Given that he was in Korea, and the 229th was not, I believe based on some pictures that he was in Korea from approximately Mar 51 to January 1952 in the 176th Armored Field Artillery Battalion. His total overseas duty time was 4 years, 9 months. What details would you like for the obituary?

My father served in an extraordinary time. To my mother’s knowledge, he was in Germany and was rotated onto guard duty of a prison that held SS Soldiers and also may have been a guard at some of the prisons where the Nuremburg Trial prisoners were held. In Korea, we believe he was debarked from a ship and was trucked directly to the front lines somewhere on some river. There are a couple of stories that include him going into direct combat against the Chinese at the river and then ended up shooting a young (15 or so years old) Chinese boy. It changed his life forever. Dad was in the Field Artillery virtually at all times for most of his service duty. I think the river battle was one of those emergency needs to hold and everybody on the boat was pushed up to the front to hold.

What I've been trying to do is reconstruct to some degree where he was ad when. That in itself is a large task given there are few records that I have and getting information has been sketchy at best.

Wood, Morton "Pete"

[The following obituary appeared in the Washington Post.]

Morton Wood, 86, a mechanical engineer who owned his own engineering firm, died August 10, 2009, of pneumonia and sepsis at the nursing facility of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington.  He was a Bethesda resident.

Mr. Wood was born in Washington and was a graduate of the old Western High School.  He served in the Army during World War II and survived the December 24, 1944, sinking of the troopship S.S. Leopoldville.  An estimated 800 servicemen died in the ship's sinking.

He was recalled to active duty in the Korean War and was severely wounded by machine-gun fire in 1951.

After graduating from Virginia Tech in 1947, Mr. Wood joined the engineering firm of H. Walton Redmile Associates.  He later became the owner of the company before retiring in the 1970s.  He then worked as a consulting engineer with the Montgomery County public schools until the 1990s.

He enjoyed singing with the Old Line Four barbershop quartet and was a member of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America.  He also enjoyed golf and owned a driving range in College Park in the late 1940s and early 1950s.  He was a member of Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Ella Boothe Wood of Bethesda.


Morton Wood, Jr. "Pete"

"Mr. Wood was born in February 1923, in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.  He spent his childhood in Washington, never leaving except for college and military service.  After graduation from Western High School, he attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI), which was a full 24-hour military academy.

When World War II broke out, he was about one-third through his senior year of college.  He immediately went to Officer Candidate School and was assigned to the 66th "Black Panther" Division.  On December 24, 1944, he boarded the SS Leopoldville in England.  The ship was torpedoed in the English Channel that cold, dark, choppy night, taking the lives of about 800 men.

After time, and Europe, peace finally came.  He elected to remain in the reserves.  He took a summer job with H. Walton Redmile, Consulting Engineers and returned to finish his education at VPI in the fall.  He received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and returned to H. Walton Redmile and Associates as a part of the organization.  It was there that he met Ella, his future wife of 55 years.  Mr. Wood loved golf and in his spare time, he and Carl Rasnic, a fellow student from VPO, purchased a driving range.  Pete worked weekends and Mr. Rasnic all the time.

Mr. Wood's recall to the military came in January 1951.  He left a successful business and sold his part in the golf range to Carl Rasnic.  He had one foot on the gangplank, headed to Korea, when orders came from General Parker in Washington to report immediately to the 3rd Infantry Regiment at Ft. Myer in Virginia.

After a short time, he was once again ordered to Korea via the West Coast where he was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division.  His training in World War II served him quite well, he said but his stay was short.  After a very short time of intensive fighting, he was severely wounded in the right hip, resulting in a lacerated sciatic nerve.  He received immediate attention, was picked up by a M.A.S.H. helicopter, stayed for three days, and then flown to Japan and subsequently to Walter Reed in Washington, D.C.  He was awarded a Purple Heart.

Though the wound was severe and efforts to rehabilitate took a long time, he returned to his engineering career and became the owner of H. Walton Redmile and Associates from which he eventually retired.  He finished his career doing consulting work with the Montgomery County School Board of Maryland.

He was a lover of poetry, enjoyed the frustrations of golf, mountain hiking, and barbershop music.  He was a member of SPEBSQSA, sang in the chorus, as well as in the "Old Line Four" quartet.  He was in the Honor Society of Tau Beta Tau and a member of Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church of Bethesda, MD.

Mr. Wood cared deeply about those of both wars that served with him and kept in touch with many of them, including his rescuer from the English ship, the Brilliant."

Woodworth, Jason Tamasese "Woody"

Jason Tamasese "Woody" Woodworth, MSG, US Army, retired, passed away 15 January 2009 in Hawaii. Woody’s Special Operations assignments included: FOB2 (C&C), OP 34A & 35A, and Liaison Bureau. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving with Co G, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team. Prior to the Korean War he served with the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division in Japan. Other assignments included 2nd Airborne Battle Group, 503rd Infantry, Okinawa, 1st, 3rd and 5th Special Forces Groups, MACV Recondo School and the Pathfinder Platoon, 25th Infantry Division. He also was attached to 1st Special Forces Group SCUBA Detachment twice: once as a medic and once as an interpreter. After retiring from the US Army, Woody went to work with Vinnell Corporation in Saudi Arabia and then went to work for Civil Service at the US Army Range Control Center at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Pohakuloa Training Center, Hawaii; Range Control, 2nd Infantry Division, South Korea. His many awards included the Silver Star for Heroism during the Korean War, Combat Infantryman Badge (2nd Award), Pathfinder Badge, Master Parachutists Badge. Woody founded Chapter 43 of the Special Forces Association. Woody is survived by his beloved wife Jean, Hilo, Hawaii.

Wright, Vernon Kenneth

Vernon Kenneth Wright, 74, of Denton died Sunday, September 9, 2007 at his residence. He was born December 28, 1932 in Mineral Wells to Vernon and Charlotte Wright. He married Theresa Gail McNatt in Fort Worth. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was retired from American Airlines as Supervisor/Manager of Ramp Services at Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport after 37 years. He was a member of Military Order of the Purple Heart, VFW, 3rd Infantry Division and First United Methodist Church of Denton.

He is survived by his wife, Theresa Gail Wright; daughter Cecilia Kim Wright Martin and husband, Edward; daughter Cynthia Lou Wright Brown and husband, Joe; and son, Charles C. Wright and wife, Louanne, all of Denton; grandchildren, Andrew Martin, Eddie Martin, Jr., Toni Chism, Shelby Brown, Annie Wright, Lauren Watkins and Justin Watkins; and four great-grandchildren. His parents preceded him in death.

A memorial service was held Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 11 a.m. in the Cole Chapel of First United Methodist Church. The family requested that donations be made to American Cancer Society in memory of Kenneth Wright in lieu of flowers.

Wyrick, Col. William E.

Funeral services for Col. William E. Wyrick, U.S. Army (Ret.), will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, December 21, 2006, at Greenlawn Funeral Home , 845 Leesburg Road, Columbia, SC 29209, with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park Northeast with full military honors. Visitation will be Wednesday, December 20, 2006, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to National Parkinson Foundation, Inc. 1501 N.W. 9th Avenue/Bob Hope Road Miami FL 33136-1494 or Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens, 500 Wildlife Parkway Columbia SC 29210.

William E. “Bill” Wyrick, also known as “Chief” by his comrades in arms, died at his home Sunday, December 17, 2006. He was born December 20, 1924, in Skiatook, Oklahoma, to the late Elmer F. “Bill” Wyrick and Mildred Stevens Wyrick. He graduated from Will Rogers High School in Tulsa in 1942. He attended Oklahoma Military Academy Junior College before entering the service. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1963 and his Master’s of Education from the University of South Carolina in 1975.

Colonel Wyrick entered the Army June 17, 1943. He completed the Officer Candidate Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 1945; the Advanced Infantry Course, Fort Benning, in 1954; and the Associate Course at the Command and General Staff College in 1964. In addition, he completed the Airborne course and the Spanish Language Course at the Defense Language Institute in Monterrey, California. Among his assignments were: from 1949 through 1952 served as a platoon leader and then Company Commander of C Company 21st Inf. Regt. 24 Inf. Div. (part of Task Force Smith); from April 1956 to April 1957, served as Chief, Ground Defense Branch, Headquarter, 12th Air Force at Ramstein AFS, Germany; from June 1957 to September 1960, was the Executive Officer for Evaluation, Infantry OCS, Fort Benning, GA; from January 1963 to July 1964, was at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, as Commanding Officer of the 2nd and 3rd Battalions, 2nd Basic Combat Training Regiment. In September 1965, he went to Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, where he served as Chief, Army Section, MAAG; from July 1967 to July 1969, was Division Advisor, Iowa Army National Guard, in Des Moines Iowa. From August 1969 until July 1970, was Senior Advisor, ARVN Infantry School, and Inspector General, XXIV Corps in Vietnam. In September 1970, Colonel Wyrick came to Fort Jackson where he served as the Deputy Director, DPT and Executive officer, Basic Combat Training “BCT” Committee Group and later served as the Commanding Officer of the BCT Committee Group. Col Wyrick retired from the Army July 1, 1973, after serving 30 years.

His awards and decorations include the Silver Star, awarded in Korea in 1950; the Legion of Merit, awarded in Vietnam in 1970; Bronze Star with Valor with three Oak Leaf Clusters; the Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster; the Air Force Commendation Medal; Good Conduct Medal; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; Army of Occupation Medal for Germany and Japan; National Defense Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster; Korean Service Medal; UN Service Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Dominican Republic); Vietnam Service Medal; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Distinguished Unit Emblem; Presidential Unit Citation and the Korean Presidential Unit Citation. He was also awarded the Combat Infantryman and Parachute badges and in 1972, he was inducted into the Infantry Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, GA.

Colonel Wyrick and his late wife, Nina B Murphy, continued to live in Columbia after his retirement. He earned his Master’s of Education in Secondary Education from the University of South Carolina in 1975 and worked at the South Carolina State Department of Education for several years. He then became the primary caregiver for his mother. He served as Past President and the Historian for the 21st Infantry Regiment Association and was a Life Member of the 24th Infantry Division Association. He was a member of the Osage tribe and the Hillside Cemetery Association. He was a 32 degree Mason affiliated with the Skiatook Masonic Lodge.

Surviving are his son and his wife, Vance and Sandra Wyrick of Leesburg, FL; his daughter and her husband, Debbie and Bobby Havens of West Columbia; his daughter and her husband, Laurie and Robert Taylor of Columbia; his seven grandchildren, Matthew Wyrick, Maryann Wyrick, Krista Sanderlin-Bunnell, Brandan Clark, Stacey Taylor, John Taylor and Sarah Beth Taylor; two great-grandchildren, Emily Wyrick and Allison Driggers; special friends, Debbi Coker and Kathryn Bascom. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nina, his brother, Philip Wyrick and his son, Marty Sanderlin.

The family would like to thank Dr. Dale Hamrick and the staff at Palmetto Health Hospice and Comfort Keepers, Inc. for their loving care.

Wyant, Pearl Edward "Junior"

Pearl Edward Wyant
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Pearl Edward "Junior" Wyant was born November 19, 1919, in Odin, Illinois. the son of Purl and Rosa May French. His father was a coal miner and his mother was a teacher. He moved to Colorado when he was give years old and spent his youth in Colorado Springs. His mother died of tuberculosis in 1924, and his father was killed in a construction accident in 1936, when Junior was 16.

He joined the U.S. Army when he was 17 and served for over 20 years. Junior was stationed at the Pueblo Army Depot during World War II, and was a front-line medic in the Korean War. On June 15, 1941, he married Ruth Vetterling at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital. Junior and Ruth led the nomadic military life for over 12 years, until they settled in Colorado Springs in 1953 after he returned from Korea.

His son Rick was born in 1954, and Robert Joseph"Rob" was born in 1957. After he retired from the Army in 1958, Junior focused on raising his family. He was devoted to the educational success of his sons, who both graduated from high school and the University of Colorado, Boulder.

In 1973, Junior and Ruth moved to Denver. In 1978. Rob was injured in a windstorm accident, and Junior, along with Ruth, spent the rest of their lives devoted to Rob's care.  Junior and Ruth moved to East Boulder in 1985. In 1991, Junior and Ruth celebrated their 50th anniversary. All total, Junior and Ruth were married for 59 years.

Rob Wyant died October 13, 2003.  Edna Ruth Vetterling Wyant died February 19, 2007.  Pearl Wyant died September 20, 2000.  Pearl and Ruth are buried in Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colorado.

Junior had four sisters (Lucille, Ida Fay, Lorene, and Betty Lou) and four brothers (John, Joe, Paul, and Dale). Paul, Lorene, and Betty Lou survive him. Junior had three grandchildren., Michael 0 'Neal, Jeff O'Neal, and Stephanie 0'Neal, and also had 20+ nieces and nephews.

Junior was generally considered the patriarch of the Wyant family and committed himself to helping his brothers, sisters. nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews to become better people.  Junior also was a surrogate father and brother for many of the families he was close to, including the Pattons (Patti, Sharon, Roger, Harry, and Sugar) and the Smiths (Vern and Phil).

Junior was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and National Rifle Association. He was a true "American Patriot" and spent enormous energy throughout his life protecting the rights that we Americans enjoy under the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Wyscarver, Richard L.

Richard L. Wyscarver (How Company, 1st Marine Regiment, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Division) served in Korea in 1950.  He was born August 20, 1931 and died August 2, 2002.  A message from his daughter, Vicki Blazick, tells the Korean War Educator, "My father received the Purple Heart, Silver Medal, and the Presidential Citation.  He was a disabled war veteran all of his adult life due to his injuries sustained in the battle of the Chosin Reservoir in November 1950.  He was 19 years old at the time.  He was a wonderful man and father and I miss him tremendously.  He is survived by myself and his two sons."


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