Those gone but not forgotten

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


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

A Soldier Died Today

Written by A. Lawrence Vaincourt

James A. Hasselman

Member James A. Hasselman passed away on January 20, 2020.  While in Vietnam he served as a 1st Lieutenant with Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division in 1967-68.  James lost is wife, Doreen.  He is survived by his six children.

Talbot E. Walker

Former Member Talbot E. Walker passed away on February 8, 2020.  While in Vietnam he served with River Assault Squadron 11 – River Assault Division 111 onboard Z-111-7 from October 1967 to March 1969.  Talbot was a resident of Pleasant Hill, MO at the time of his passing.

John Kirk Ferguson

Member CDR John Kirk Ferguson (USN Ret.) passed away on March 22, 2020.  While in Vietnam he was Commander of Strike Assault Boat Squadron 20 (STABRON 20).  John’s son created a tribute website for his father:  Click HERE

Frank J. Gubala

Member Frank J. Gubala passed away on March 25, 2020.  While in Vietnam he served with Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division from February 1968 to July 1968 when he was seriously wounded and sent stateside.  Frank is survived by his wife Joyce. – “Frank and I were good friends in Nam. He was wounded in July 68 and sent to Japan.  Never knew what happened to him after that. In 2001 I found him and we reunited. Frank, I and our wives went to the reunions together where we  re-established our Nam friendship. My wife and I will miss him.” – Vincent Dellipaol

Jack F. Platter

Member Jack F. Platter passed away on April 20,2020.  While in Vietnam he served with Echo Company, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division from May 1966 to May 1968.  Jack is survived by his wife Michelle.

John Joseph Sperry

Former Member John J. Sperry passed away on May 4, 2020 following a brief illness.  While in Vietnam he served with Bravo Company, 3rd Platoon, 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division from April 1968 to April 1969.  John is survived by his wife of 50 years, Suzi.

David L. Argabright

Member David L. Argabright passed away on March 31, 2020.  While in Vietnam he served as CPT with Headquarters & Headquarters Company and Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division from July 1968 to January 1969.

Eugene Francis Seacor

Member Eugene Francis Seacor passed away on January 26, 2020.  While in Vietnam he served with Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 47th (Mech) Infantry, 9th Infantry Division from September 1968 to July 1969.


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.