Those gone but not forgotten

This page is dedicated to the memory of our deceased MRFA members

TAP

Our prayers and best wishes go out to those left behind. The Brothers and Sisters of the Mobile Riverine Force Association wish the departed fair winds and following seas and our thoughts will always be with you….

TAPS Tribute to a Fallen One

What moves through you is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch, you may not understand why he left this earth so soon, or why he left before you were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, you begin to remember not just that he died, but that he lived. And that his life gave you memories too beautiful to forget.

Remembering Vietnam Veterans
Over 2.6 million served
Over 58,000 gave their lives
They fought for freedom
They fought with honor
In the end they fought for one another

John LaRoy Miller

Member John LaRoy Miller passed away on January 11, 2019.  While in Vietnam he served with River Assault Squadron 11 – River Assault Division 111 onboard A-111-5 from June 1967 to June 1968.  You may contact the family c/o Suzanne Miller, 675 Overcup St., Westfield, IN 46074  jim675@comcast.net

William McMullen

Member William “Bill” McMullen passed away on February 12, 2019.  While in Vietnam he served with Charlie Company, 6th Battalion, 31st Infantry, 9th Infantry Division from April 1968 to April 1969.  Bill was living in Wellington, Florida at the time of is passing.

Robert Earl Lightwine

Member Robert Earl Lightwine passed away on February 11, 2019.  While in Vietnam he served with River Assault Squadron 11 – River Assault Division 112 onboard T-112-11 from February 1967 to February 1968.  Robert is survived by his wife of 49 years, Esther.

 

Donald R. Dedon

Member Donald Ray Dedon passed away on February 7, 2019.  While in Vietnam he served with River Assault Squadron 9 – River Assault Division 92 onboard A-92-8 from November 1968 to August 1969.  Donald is survived by his wife of 51 year, Donna.

Timothy R. Woolums

Member Timothy R. Woolums (ENCS USN Ret.) passed away on March 12, 2019.  While in Vietnam he served aboard the USS White River (LSMR-536) from November 1965 to October 1969.  His rate aboard was EN1. You may contact the Family C/O: Daughter Michelle Eck trwoolums@gmail.com

William McMullen

William “Bill” McMullen passed away on February 12, 2019.  While in Vietnam he served with Charlie Company, 6th Battalion, 31st Infantry, 9th Infantry Division from April 1968 to April 1969. Bill was residing in Wellington, Florida at the time of his passing.

Robert A. French

Member Robert A. French passed away unexpectedly on March 26, 2019.  While in Vietnam he served with Charlie Company, 2nd Platoon, 4th Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division from May 1966 to May 1968 as Lt. Jack Benedick’s RTO.  Bob is survived by his wife Kaye French.

Terry G. Stull

Member Colonel Terry G. Stull (U.S. Army Ret.) passed away on April 6, 2019 at the age of 74 following a battle with congestive heart failure.  As a proud 1966 West Point graduate, Colonel Stull bravely served 2 tours in Vietnam.  One with Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division from November 1966 to December 1967.  He is survived by his wife Arletta of Senatobia, Mississippi.

 

A Soldier Died Today

Written by A. Lawrence Vaincourt
www.vaincourt.homestead.com

He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
Telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.

And ‘tho sometimes, to his neighbors
His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened,
For they knew whereof he spoke.

But we’ll hear his tales no longer
For old Bill has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer,
For a soldier died today.

He will not be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary
And quite uneventful life.

He held a job and raised a family,
Quietly going his own way,
And the world won’t note his passing,
Though a soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing
And proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories,
From the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
A guy who breaks his promises
And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow who,
In times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country
And offers up his life?

The politician’s stipend
And the style in which he lives,
Are sometimes disproportionate
To the service that he gives.

While the ordinary soldier,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps, a pension small.

It’s so easy to forget them
For it was so long ago,
That the old Bills of our Country
Went to battle, but we know,

It is not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our Country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you want a politician
With his ever-shifting stand?

Or would you prefer a soldier,
Who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country
And would fight until the end?

He was just a common soldier
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his like again.

For when countries are in conflict,
Then we find the soldier’s part
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor
While he’s here to hear the praise,
Then at least let’s give him homage
At the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline
In a paper that would say:
Our Country is in, mourning,
For a soldier died today.