Naval Weather Service Association (NWSA)



An association of Aerographers & Mates,
Meteorologists & Oceanographers

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Donald Milton Pell
World War II
Oct 7 1920 to June 5 1945
AG1 Edward T. Earhart
Killed 9/11/2001 at the Pentagon

Remembering all those who came before

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The original version of Taps was called Last Post, and was written by Daniel Butterfield in 1801. It was rather lengthy and formal, so in 1862 it was shortened to 24 notes and re-named Taps.


Click on the link below to listen and watch the YouTube video by members of the U.S. Navy Band:
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Died Oct. 27, 1944 South Pacific
In the Service of His Country
AG2 Matthew M. Flocco
Killed 9/11/2001 at the Pentagon



(This Listing Only Goes Back a Few Years -- More Names and Possible Corrections Needed.)

Listing of AGs  and Their Spouses Who Have Passed

Compiled by CDR Earl Gustafson, USN RET

There is HISTORY, LEGECY, and MEMORIES with all those who served and came before, whether they be  Military, Civilian, or Spouse.  You will find, listed by Aerograph edition, some of those who came before us.  This is history worth repeating.

Aerograph Edition:

2016  2017  

LT Allan Ulrich, USN RET
February 1, 1928 to October 20, 2017
Additional detail at a later date
Submitted by his wife, Betty, via Bob Johnson, SE Chapt. 2nd V.P.

Senior Chief Franklin D. "Frank" Shrout, USN RET
October 19, 1937 to October 30, 2017

Franklin D Shrout, 80, died Monday, October 30, 2017. Born in Jefferson City, MO, Frank lived in Hampton from 1972 until moving to Carrollton in 1992. He served 20 years in the US Navy retiring as a Senior Chief. He was extremely proud of having served aboard the Nimitz both before and after it’s commissioning. After retirement, Frank went on to work as a mechanic for Copeland Toyota Volvo and then the Wynne Auto Group.

Frank was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary Shrout; a daughter, Kathleen Lynn Camper; and a grandson, Justin Wade Camper. He is survived by his daughters, Cheryl Ann Hines and husband David, Karen Sue Wiegman and husband Curtis; son, Danny F. Shrout; son-in-law, Mike and Diane Camper; sisters, Leota Stokes and Laurie Willet; grandchildren, Eric Scott Camper, Nicole Layne Camper and husband Christopher Cottrell, David Joseph Hines Jr., Douglas Jay Hines, Rebecca Ann Hines, Karrie Marrie Hawk and husband Jeff, James Douglas Wiegman and wife Christine; and great-grandchildren, Hunter Hawk, Anabeth Hawk, Piper Hawk, James Cottrell, Justin Cottrell, Aiden Hawk, and Rosemary Hines.

A funeral service was conducted on November 3, 2017 at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, 245 S. Armistead Ave, Hampton, followed by interment in Parklawn Memorial Park. 

It hurt really badly though we did expect it. Any way. I miss him terribly but things are getting better. Take care, hold close the ones you love.

Submitted by Joan Akers, HRC member 

AGC Gordon F. "Red" Driskell USN Ret

July 31, 1926 to October 16, 2017

Portland- Gordon Frederic Driskell, 91, longtime resident of Wyndham Street, passed away on October 16, 2017 after a brief illness. He was on born on July 31, 1926 in Portland, a son of John S. and Julia F. (Conley) Driskell.

Gordon was a graduate of Portland High School, Class of 1944. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1944 and served in WW II, Korea and throughout the Cold War. He was discharged in 1948 and returned to active duty during the Korean War with honorable discharge in 1951. He continued to serve in the Naval Reserves until retiring 1970.

He married the love of his life, Audrey Elaine Stevens, in Portland on August 18, 1951.

While in the service he trained as an aerographers mate, which led to his service with the federal government as a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland, Maine, and Brunswick. He retired in 1985.

He was member of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association and former President of Fleet Reserve.

He was pre-deceased by his siblings, Marguerite F. Driskell, Jeannette S. Kenniston, Donald A. Driskell and Barbara A. Driskell.

He is survived by a daughter, Shelbie Dyer and her husband Brian of Buxton, ME; grandchildren, Timothy of Standish, Laura and Ross of Buxton; son, Gordon A. "Russ" Driskell and his wife Mary Beth of Westbrook; great-niece, Dana Willette of Massachusetts; 2 great- nephews, Darren and Drew Willette of Texas and a great-great nephew, Liam Seddon of Massachusetts.

The funeral will be held on Saturday, October 21st .at Jones Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, Portland, Burial with military honors will be at Brooklawn Memorial Park on Monday.

Please visit for additional information and to sign Gordon's online guest book.

AGC  William K. "Bill" Horner, Jr., USN RET
August 30, 1929 to August 31, 2017

William passed away on August 31, 2017 in San Diego, California. He was born on August 30, 1929 in Pennsylvania. William was a meteorologist, weather radiation for 40 years and lived in the San Diego county for 50 years. He will be missed by his family and friends. Arrangements are being handled by Clairemont Mortuary, 4266 Mt. Abernathy Avenue San Diego, Ca 92117.

Chief Aerographers Mate Bill Horner was a great friend and an accurate Weatherman!

Bill was an true OLD ANTARCTIC EXPLORER who Wintered Over at McMurdo Station Antarctica in DEEP FREEZE I, 1955-56. Bill returned to McMurdo Station during DF 61 as a member of the Commander Task Force 43 Staff, and was in Antarctic Support Activities Summer Support at McMurdo Station 1965-1967. 

After Bill retired from the Navy, he worked at Point Loma for many years and retired again from Civil Service.

Fair winds and following seas, shipmate.
Bruce DeWald

S1c Naomi Bellinger, USN REL
August 20, 1922 to January 29, 2017
Widow of AGC Lloyd Bellinger, USN RET

Born Aug. 20, 1922 Hayward ,California. Died Jan. 29, 2017. No obit. She enlisted 11 Mar. 1943 as AS, V-10 Had some form of training in Bronx, N.Y. Was Honorably discharged at Alameda NAS as S1c "For her own convenience (Marriage to a Navy Man)" on Oct. 20 1944. 

When Pop [AGC Bellinger] rejoined after I was born she made homes for us near Tanapag, Siapan, near Pax River, Lakehurst (twice) and Pearl Harbor. After Pop retired from the Navy she carried in making homes near Ft. Sill, Ok. and Rantoul, Ill. Then they retired for real up near where Pop was Born in N.Y. state.

Her remains were interred at Arlington on June 21, joining those of Pop. The ceremony was attended by our two youngest daughters.  

Submitted by Jeffrey Bellinger

CDR Rodney J. "Pat" Salts, USN RET
May 5, 1946 to August 31, 2017

Commander, Rodney Jay Salts (Pat), Retired formerly of Logan, Iowa, passed way August 31, 2017. He was 71 years old. Pat was born May 5, 1946 in Logan to Peter S. and Bernadine (Earlywine) Salts. After high school, he joined the Navy and after 34 years retired in 2000. Pat married Nancy Rexrode in 1971 and they resided in Picayune, Mississippi.

Pat is survived by his son Jason (Carey) Salts; 3 Grandchildren: Hannah, Nathan and Amy; Sister, Sandra (Don) Oviatt of Missouri Valley, Iowa; Brother, Steve (Rhonda) Salts of Spencer, Iowa; a sister Luann (Bob) Chonis of Las Vegas, Nevada; and brother, Tony (Jill) Salts of Beaverton, Oregon and their families. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Pete Jr., wife, Nancy and daughter, Angela.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Sycamore Baptist Church from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Memorial Service will follow at 11:00 a.m.

Submitted by:  AGC Bob Johnson, NWSA SE Chapter 2nd VP   We thank Mr. Jason Salts (son) for his assistance in obtaining the OBIT and the following members for their assistance:AGCS Steve Turco and AGC Tim Kenefick for their assistance.

I attended Pat Salts' memorial service, yesterday..  05 SEP 2017.

Since I was the only one there with whom he had served, Jason asked me if I would say a few words.

I related a couple of things which happened, (I was actually very brief, considering I was vaccinated with a phonograph needle), and then told those there how I felt he was the best officer I had ever had the pleasure of serving under.   He was direct in what expected, plus he had the view that the people working for him were people, and he had that seventh sense which he used to motivate them and let them know how important they were to him.

I finished by stating, that above all, he loved his people, and all those who worked for him, and who he worked for loved him in return. 
I then stepped to front of the urn containing his cremains, shadowbox and picture, and  did the best salute I could, before executing an about face and going back to my seat.

Jason said in going through the items Pat had stowed away and found a plaque of all the CO's for Cubi Point, and a theodolite.  I advised him to pass on the [items to] the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola.  That the placque would be a welcome addition to the Cubi Point "O" Club Bar. The Theodolite might be excess, but might be used in the weather service exhibit.


Dellinger Dailey "Dillie" Streuli
November 23, 1926 to August 26, 2017
Wife of CDR Joe Streuli, USN RET

Dellinger Dailey Streuli, 90, known as Dillie to her friends, passed away peacefully while in hospice care Saturday, August 26, 2017.

She was born November 23, 1926, in South Norfolk, Virginia, to the late William Wilson Dailey and Florence Olivia Dailey in a home built by her parents. She was a graduate of South Norfolk High School and became a long distance telephone operator with the C and P Telephone Company. She enjoyed placing calls for celebrities playing at the old Cavalier and Monticello Hotels. She met her future husband at a dance at the old Navy YMCA where he was captivated by her bright blue eyes. They married eight months later and together they enjoyed a loving marriage that lasted over 68 years. She provided a safe, secure, and loving home through sixteen moves through seven states while her husband was in the service before settling in Virginia Beach. She became a faithful member of the Lynnhaven Presbyterian Church in 1982.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Joseph; daughters, Laura Dianne and husband, Billy Rowell, of Hertford, NC, Terri Lynn and husband, Paul Johnson, of Orange Park, FL; sons, David Russell and wife, Michelle, of Virginia Beach, VA, Phillip Wayne and wife, Tina Marie, of New Albany, IN; three granddaughters, Nicole, Amber, and Katelyn; one grandson, Joshua; three great-grandchildren, Donivan, Domenic, and Lillia; sister, Marion and husband, Frank Delar, of Chesapeake, VA; sister-in-law, Dorothy and husband, Robert Reider, of Casa Grande, AZ; brothers-in-law, Edward of Wayne, NJ, and James and wife, Susan, of Moscow, PA; three step-granddaughters, eight step-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews throughout the country.

Funeral service was held at the Lynnhaven Presbyterian Church on South Lynnhaven Rd. on Aug. 31, 2017, followed by interment in the Princess Anne Memorial Park. Condolences may be offered to the family at 

Ann Maston Salvato
Passed August 24, 2017 at Age 87
(Wife of CWO4 Jack Salvato, USN RET)

Ann Maston Salvato, 87, passed away August 24, 2017, in her home.

Born in Elizabeth City, NC, she was the daughter of the late George and Addie Maston. She was preceded in death by two sons, David Harrell and Kevin Harrell.

Left to cherish her memory: her husband, Giacomo W. “Jack” Salvato; two daughters, Barbara Ann Griffin and husband Jeff of Virginia Beach, VA and Lisa Marie Salvato and husband Nick of Lancaster, PA; two sons, Gregory Salvato and wife Jacqui’ of Virginia Beach, VA and Christopher Salvato of Farmingville, NY; five grandchildren, Brittany Fisher and husband Jason, Tristan Johnson, Serena Williams, Alexander Williams, and Joseph Salvato; two great-grandsons, Bryson Fisher and Rigell Fisher; numerous cousins; and best friends, Chip and Susan.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., September 9, 2017, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Princess Anne Chapel. Condolences may be offered to the family at 

AGC M. Raymond "Ray" Bierly, USN RET

Passed August 6, 2017 at Age 80

M. Raymond Bierly, 80, Tarpon Springs, passed peacefully on August 6 after a short illness. Born in Detroit MI, Ray grew up in Columbus OH before joining the Navy at 18. While stationed in Lakehurst NJ, he met Joann. They married and transferred with his Navy service from RI to the Philippines and TX eventually settling in Toms River NJ to raise the family.

After retiring as Chief from the Navy in 1975, his career was spent in sales through real estate and owning Atlantic Computer Systems. Retiring to Tarpon Springs in 1989, he purchased a marina, running a water sport rental and patio furniture business in Redington Shores FL for several years.    

He was a member of Toms River Kiwanis, Naval Weather Service Association and volunteered at Florida Hospital North Pinellas since 2008 working on their gift shop systems and serving as the hospital’s Auxiliary Treasurer.

Mr. Bierly is predeceased by his wife of 53 years Joann, parents Lamar F. Bierly and Margaret Borger, brother Anthony L. and sisters Susan and Emilia. Son R. Jeffrey Bierly and wife Suzan of Albuquerque NM; daughter Lisa E. Bierly and husband William Reulbach of Toms River NJ; brother Sherman L. Bierly (Donna) of Swansboro NC; sister-in-law Betty Lou Bierly of LaCrosse WI; grandchildren Brittany and Grant; and several nieces and nephews, survives him.

A Celebration of Life service was held August 15, 2017 at First United Methodist Church Chapel, Tarpon Springs, where he was a member. Private burial will be at the family plot in Lakewood NJ. In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be made to Florida Hospital North Pinellas Auxiliary, 1395 S Pinellas Avenue, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689, where he served for many years and received great care from their gentle and kind staff. 

Published in Tampa Bay Times on Sunday, 8/13/17.

Submitted by Lisa Bierly, his daughter

AG1 Richard R. Dempsey, USN RET
Passed August 5th, 2017 at Age 79

Richard R. Dempsey, 79, passed away on August 5, 2017.

Born in Hartford, CT, he was the son of the late Patrick and Margaret Dempsey. He worked in Antarctica in weather service for the U. S. Navy and was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association Branch No. 99.

Left to cherish his memory: his wife, Mary P. Dempsey; daughter, Tina Dempsey; and grandchildren, A. J. Grimsley, Canaan Grant, Richard Dempsey, and Dennis Dempsey.

The funeral service was held on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery. Condolences may be offered to the family at 

xAG Lewis C. Moorman, Jr., USN REL

March 30, 1922 to July 12, 2017

Lewis Charles Moorman Jr., 95, of 3226 Downing Drive, Lynchburg, Va. died July 12, 2017 at Lynchburg General Hospital.

Born March 30, 1922 in Lynchburg, Lewis was the son of the late Lewis Charles Moorman Sr. and Lillian Whitten Moorman.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Shirley Smith Moorman and daughter and son in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Anderson Mays, Jr. (Faye and Andy) of Amherst, Va.

Lewis retired in 1987 as Plant Personnel Manager for Griffin Pipe Products Company with 33 years of service.  He was the first Personnel Manager in the Lynchburg area to achieve accreditation as a bona fide Personnel Manager. Prior to that, he was employed by the National Weather Service as a Meteorological Aide. Following his career as a Meteorologist he continued to keep abreast of the latest development in the field of weather forecasting.

A decorated U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, Lewis served on Admiral H.K. Hewitt’s staff and was assigned to an Amphibious Weather Forecasting Unit.  He earned four stars for enemy action participation in the invasions and occupations of North Africa, Sicily, Salerno (Italy), and Normandy on D-Day. During the Sicilian Campaign he was temporarily assigned to General George S. Patton Jr’s. 2nd Armored Division for special weather forecasting duty.

Later he continues his military service as Captain in the Virginia State Guard. He wanted to be remembered as a true patriot and was proud of his divided military service, serving both in the U.S. Navy and temporary duty in the U.S. Army. A devotee of Sir Winston Churchill and George S. Patton, Jr. he had the honor of being in their presence on numerous occasions.

During his civilian career Lewis was active in numerous industrial and civic organization, serving on boards and committees, and was a Mason, an Elk, and Kiwanian. He was a professional member of The American Meteorological Society, The American Society for Personal Administration, American Foundryman’s Association, The Leica Historical Society of America, The International Churchill Society, The Lynchburg Civil War Roundtable, a Life Member of American Legion Post-16, and a longtime member of Centenary United Methodist Church. He was featured in the 1980 edition of “Who’s Who in America’.

Lewis was an avid reader, a student of the Civil War, World War II, and the contemporary history of the 1920’s decade. An automobile buff, he owned and drove several classic cars. To satisfy a sense of curiosity, he learned to play the organ and violin.

A memorial service was conducted at Centenary United Methodist Church on July 17, 2017. Interment  privately at Spring Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial contribution to the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 77, Bedford, VA 24523, Centenary United Methodist Church, 1501 Rivermont Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24503, or Patrick Henry Boys & Girls Plantation, Inc., P.O. Box 1398, Brookneal, Va. 24528.

   Submitted via Fay Crossley, HRC Pres/Sec.

AGCS (SW) Peter S. Corrigan, USN RET

June 22, 1947 to July 14, 2017

Peter passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Deborah M. Corrigan; daughter Sara M. Tams (Michael) of Naperville, Illinois; son Stephen P. Scuteri (Kaleena) of Syracuse, New York; grandchildren, Jack and Emma Tams; his sisters, Kathleen Ellis of Huddleston, Virginia, Anne Donaghy (Robert) of Jamestown, North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Raymond & Marie Corrigan; and son, Shawn P. Corrigan.  

Peter was raised in Castorland, New York and was a graduate of C.W. Post University, Long Island. Peter proudly served 23 years in the United States Navy as a Meteorologist. After the Navy, he worked for the Monroe County Health Department for 19 years and retired in 2010. He was a member of Holy Ghost Parish where he volunteered for many committees.

Pete greatly enjoyed spending time with his family, friends, and grand dogs. He took great joy in traveling, bluegrass music and festivals, and ballroom dancing. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

The funeral service was held on July 18th, 2017 at Holy Ghost Church, 250 Coldwater Rd., Gates, NY, 14624, followed immediately by a reception at Nellis Hall, and interment at Holy Angels Cemetery, Scottsville, NY. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Navy and Marine Relief Society, 875 Randolph St., Suite 225, Arlington, Virginia 22203. To share a memory or leave a condolence, please visit:

Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle from July 16 to July 17, 2017


Peter is a current member of NWSA. No information on past duty stations.

Submitted by AGC Bob Johnson, SE Chapt. 2ND V.P.

AG1 George C. Moritz, USN REL

February 29, 1924 to May 22, 2017

The Rev. George Charles Moritz, 93, went home to be with the Lord on May 22, 2017, at Savannah Hospice in Savannah with most of his family in attendance.


He was born Feb. 29, 1924, in Jersey City, NJ, the son of Emil and Lucie Moritz.


He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Dorothy; three daughters, Joy Moritz D.O., Deborah Dunn (Leonard) and Faith Harvey (Robert); and seven grandchildren.


He has outlived most of his other relatives.


He graduated from the public schools in Linden, NJ. He was in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1948, serving on aircraft carriers as an aerographer (meteorologist). During the war years, their primary function was as the base for submarine patrols and as a mid-Atlantic weather station.

He graduated from Bob Jones University (1952) and Seminary (1954) with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Bible, theology and history, and especially enjoyed his studies in Hebrew and Greek, which he continued until shortly before his home going.


In addition to being the pastor of a Baptist mission church, he also worked as a residential designer (residential architecture), designing many of the custom homes, as well as model tract homes, that helped Clearwater, FL, grow so fast and so big. He was a founding member of Florida Residential Designers Association, which eventually became part of the American Institute of Building Design, and was active until his retirement.


He lived in Clearwater from 1957 to 2015, and then in Hinesville for the past two years.


This past December he was very honored to be recognized by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association with an American flag and a 20 foot flagpole in his front yard. He was very patriotic, and that flag and pole meant a lot to him. (See

A memorial service has been held.

Submitted by Dr. Joy Moritz, his daughter

AGC Anthony W. "Tony" Ortolano, USN RET
Passed June 25, 2017 at Age 80

Anthony William Ortolano, age 80, was a resident of Mississippi at the time of his passing.

CDR William C. "Chuck" Kincannon, USN RET
January 27, 1923 to July 1, 2017


Ret. Cdr. William Charles “Chuck” Kincannon died peacefully on July 1, 2017. He was born in Stephen’s County, Oklahoma to tenant farmers. Chuck worked his way through college, graduating from the University of Central Oklahoma with a B.S. in Education. He was commissioned as an officer in the Navy at Notre Dame in 1943, studied meteorology at Cal Tech, and served as a Naval meteorologist for his military career. During WW II, he served in the Marshall Islands on Majuro.


After retirement from active duty in 1964, he returned to Oklahoma to work on a post-graduate degree in meteorology and to teach school. Within two years, he was called back to Washington, D.C. to work as a civilian for the Department of Defense on a program that developed the first weather satellites for the United States. Toward the end of his career, he dealt mostly with satellite weather missions and space weather observations, retiring for the second time in 1988.


Married in 1946 to his one true love, Murice Jean Miniard of Olathe, Kansas; they began a 70-year love affair. One of the legacies Chuck leaves is reflected in the lives of his son, Rev. Dr. Keary Kincannon, pastor of Rising Hope UMC and wife, Judy Borsher; daughter, Rev. Dr. Karla Kincannon, pastor of Aldersgate UMC, and husband, Rev. Dr. Jim Noseworthy; and son, Kirk Kincannon, Executive Director of the Fairfax County Park Authority and wife, Denise Kincannon. He is survived by his wife, children, ten grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, a sister, and several nieces and nephews.


Chuck loved his family, faith, friends, fishing, food and poker. A 50-year member of Aldersgate UMC, he served as a youth counselor for six years, and on various church committees, including an early committee to organize the Aldersgate Church Community Theatre.


He was a member of the Naval Weather Service Association and past member of American Meteorological Society.


The family will receive friends and guests at Demaine’s Funeral Home, 502 S. Washington Street, Alexandria, on Friday, July 7 from 6:00-8:00p.m. The memorial service will be held at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Road, Alexandria, on Saturday, July 8 at 11:00 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church and Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria.
Submitted by Jim Romano, POTCHAP Sec.

xAG Edward R. Fish, USN REL

March 7, 1938 to June 6, 2017


Edward Robert Fish, 79, of Ocala, Fla., formerly of Barre, died surrounded by his family on June 6, 2017, from congestive heart failure. Ed suffered a stroke in the spring of 2016 and had been in an incremental decline since that time.

Ed was born March 7, 1938, in Rutland and grew up in Poultney. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1957, where he served as a weatherman in Tennessee, Miami, and London through 1961. He met Beryl Sykes on a blind date and married her six months later. Ed and Beryl celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on May 27, 2017. They resided on Trow Hill in Barre Town for most of Ed's career years through April 1999; relocating after his retirement to Southern California for a time and then finally to Ocala, Florida.

After leaving the Navy, Ed was hired by the Vermont State Police in 1962 and attained the rank of captain before retiring in 1988. Ed had many prominent moments in his career: In 1973, he was selected to attend the Northwestern University Traffic Institute, and to date is the only person who attended this prestigious program from the department. In the mid-1970s, he led the Interstate Patrol enforcing the 55 mph speed limit; he went on to hold positions as station commander, troop commander and training officer for the department. Known for his honesty and integrity, Ed was an investigator in the 1979 "Router Bit Affair" in St. Johnsbury, which led to then-Gov. Richard Snelling requesting VSP Commissioner Francis Lynch's resignation.

Upon retiring from the VSP in 1988, Ed was hired by the City of Barre as the chief of police in 1989 where he served through 1998. Ed was a progressive leader who transformed the police department into a contemporary unit through his straightforward leadership style and the use of drug forfeiture money to greatly enhance the police departments equipment.

Ed was a proud member of the Masonic lodge and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and believed strongly in the Second Amendment to the Constitution. He also loved the outdoors; hunting, fishing, trapping, chopping wood and mowing the lawn all made him happy; the Vermont winters never slowed him down. Ed received his bachelor's degree from Goddard State College and a master's degree from Johnson State College.

Edward is survived by wife, Beryl; son, David; daughter, Alison and her husband, Scott; six grandchildren and two great-grandsons. Ed will be cremated and no funeral service is scheduled. He lived a robust life and will be greatly missed.
Submitted by CDR Chuck White, USN RET

Roberta A. "Bobbie" Losch
Passed January 18, 2017 at Age 88
Wife of AGC Henry Losch, USN RET

Roberta A. Losch, 88, of Pine Lake Park, Manchester Twp. Toms River New Jersey passed away January 18, 2017 at home.

Born and raised in Alaska, she moved to Manchester Twp. in 1966. Roberta was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary Fleet Reserve Branch 124, Lakehurst.

Roberta is survived by her husband of 57 years, Henry, 5 daughters, Romona Ford of Whiting, Deborah Dodd of Manchester Twp., Ronni Hackett of Frisco, TX., Dorothy Copeland of Oregon City, OR., Carol Langford of Hidden Valley Lake, CA., 1 son, Arne Olsen of Whidbey Island, WA., 2 brothers, Raymond Carroll of Tucson, AZ., David Carroll of Chickaloon, AK., 4 grandchildren, Ryan, Matthew, Jesse and Kaitlyn.

Memorial was held Tuesday January 24, 2017 at DeGraff Lakehurst Funeral Home, 119 Union Ave., Lakehurst.

Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 20, 2017
Submitted by Pam Elliot, Airship Chapt.

AGC  Gale E. Capley, USN RET 
August 25, 1940 to June 18, 2017

Gale Eberly Capley peacefully passed on to his eternal life on June 18, 2017 in the loving care of his wife and family after a courageous battle with cancer. He displayed strength and maintained a positive outlook throughout this battle. Gale was born in Fountain City, Tennessee, a suburb of Knoxville, on August 25, 1940.

He spent his early years in Tennessee and has many fond memories of spending time with his Uncle at the sawmill and searching for arrowheads along the banks of the creek on the property. In his early teenage years, his family moved to Tampa, Florida. During his time at school he participated in many sports including basketball and football.

At seventeen years old he enlisted in the United States Navy as a meteorologist. Upon returning home from basic training he married his high school sweetheart Susan Hancock in December 1958. During his initial four-year tour with the Navy he served on the aircraft carrier, USS Lake Champlain.

After serving his initial tour he decided to pursue business interests outside of the Navy, eventually deciding to pursue their lifelong dream of buying a farm and raising horses in Tennessee. During this time, through his persistence, he obtained a job working in a zinc mine to provide for his family. He greatly enjoyed his time in the mine and often spoke of the adventure and challenges of the work along with the men that he worked with and was elected as the representative for the zinc mineworkers' union. After the tragic death of Susan's father, they returned home to Tampa to assist and care for her mother. 

Based on these events, the decision was made to sell the property in Tennessee and relocate to Tampa to be closer to family, and Gale reenlisted in the Navy where he served an additional twenty years including multiple deployments on the aircraft carrier, USS Intrepid, during the Vietnam War. He also had two separate tours to Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. Over this time, Gale and the family spent time in various locations including Rhode Island, Virginia, New Jersey and Spain, eventually settling in Orange Park, Florida where he retired from the Navy in 1985.

After his retirement, he started a successful home renovation business, Capley and Son, Inc., which he ran for several years. After his time in the business he worked at St. Paul's Catholic Church and School in Riverside and greatly enjoyed volunteering in many charitable organizations throughout Jacksonville and continued until he was no longer able to do so. 

Susan became ill, and after forty-eight years of marriage and a long battle with cancer she passed away on March 15, 2007 under the loving care of Gale. In October of 2010, he married Debra Rozensky and enjoyed the last years of his life traveling, working on projects together, and spending time with family. 

In Gale's immediate family, he was predeceased by his mother and father, Jessie and Elmer Capley, his brothers Sonny and Michael, his wife Susan, daughter-in-law Teresa, and oldest grandson Brandon. He is survived by sons Clifford and Timothy, daughter Gayla and grandchildren Emily, Ashley and Grant, his wife Debra, children Talia, Gena, Kyla, Ivanna and Joseph, and grandchildren Maggie, Eddie, Xavier, Xander, Ellie, Owen and Aria. All were the love of his life. 

The funeral mass was celebrated at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Riverside, 2609 Park St., Jacksonville FL 32204, on Thursday, June 22, 2017. The interment was at the Hancock Family Cemetery in Fort Meade, Florida on Saturday, June 24, 2017. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in memory of Gale to St. Paul's Catholic Church, Riverside (904) 387-2554 or to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, 5450 Ramona Blvd., Jacksonville FL 32205.

AGC Ronald A. Alford, USN RET
Passed June 11, 2017 at Age 74

Va Beach - Ronald Alvin Alford, 74, passed away on June 11, 2017.Born in Joliet, IL, he was the son of the late Myron and Alfreda Alford and the husband to the late Kathleen Alford. He was a retired Chief Petty Officer from the U. S. Navy and a veteran of Vietnam.

Left to cherish his memory: two sons, Adam Alford of Virginia Beach and Allen Alford of West Virginia; three granddaughters, Amanda, Amber, and Autumn Alford; two sisters, Susan and Nannette; and two brothers, Dennis and Richard.

The funeral was held on Saturday, June 17, 2017, in the funeral home chapel. Interment followed in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be offered to the family at 

AGC Edward L. Belbin, USNR RET

Passed May 13, 2017 at Age 85


Edward L. Eelbin, 85 of Warwick, died Saturday May 13, at the Beaumont Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center in Westborough, MA.

Born in Boston, the son of the late Robert L. and Elizabeth M. (Bell) Belbin, he had been a Warwick resident for forty-eight years. A former resident of Providence and a 1949 graduate of LaSalle Academy, he was a draftsman at the R.I. Department of Transportation for over twenty years before retiring in 1996. He was a proud Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict serving as a meteorologist on board the U.S.S. Sicily. He retired as a Chief Petty Officer after thirty-three years in the United States Naval Reserve. Mr. Belbin was a member of the Pawtuxet Athletic Association, R.I. Korean Veterans Association, the St. Peter Men’s Club and the V.F.W. For many years he was the "voice" of high school hockey games at Thayer Arena.

He leaves his former wife Patricia (Noon) Belbin; two sons, Edward L. Belbin, Jr. and his wife Julie of Shrewsbury, MA and Kenneth S. Belbin and his wife Alicia of Merrimack, NH; a daughter, Patricia M. Almond and her husband Robert of Boston, MA. He was the proud grandfather of David, Peter, Thomas, William, James, and Charlotte Belbin. He was the loving brother of the late June (Belbin) Wilde and beloved uncle of many nieces and nephews.

His funeral was held on Friday June 2nd from the Frank P. Trainor & Sons Funeral Home, 982 Warwick Avenue, Warwick. Mass of Christian Burial in Saint Peter Church Fair Street, Warwick. Burial with military honors was in the R.I. Veterans Cemetery, Exeter.

Published in The Providence Journal on May 17, 2017

AGCS Abraham J. "Abe" Meagher, USN RET

Passed March 9th, 2017 at Age 50

Our beloved Abraham Meagher, retired Senior Chief Petty Officer of the United States Navy, died 9 March 2017. He is survived by his loving wife Karen, his mother Mary; 5 siblings: Mary, Evelyn, Kenneth, Martha, and David; 5 nieces whom he loved as if they were his own daughters: Veronica, Mary, Maddy, Caroline, and Grace; a large extended family, and friends to include, especially, his fellow shipmates and sailors whose bond was profoundly meaningful to him.

Abe was born and raised in a suburb of Rochester, New York, an ideal place to grow up which he often described as, “growing up in Mayberry”. He moved to Dublin, Ohio during high school and joined the U.S. Navy upon graduation. He served with distinction for 23 years: shore duty and sea duty, at peace and at war, from the Pacific to Europe to the Mediterranean, the Desert and the Gulf. A true Navy Chief, Abe lived the motto, “Sailors Come First” as he navigated the difficult position of liaison between Officers and Enlisted. He dedicated himself to the effort of “making it better for them (the younger generation of sailors) than he had it”.

Abe loved the adventure of traveling the world, experiencing different cultures and customs, absorbing the scenic grandeur of various countries, but mostly, his favorite part was eating a variety of local foods and sampling the local beers.

Although he was not always willing or able to express it, Abe loved his family, friends and shipmates deeply. Those of us who were lucky enough, we know what that bond means to us still. Abe’s favorite thing to do was to make people laugh. Ah, the stories he could tell… the silliness and the mischievousness…

Abe was a true and pure light in this world, a good man to the core, a beautiful soul with a sparkle in his eyes. Abraham J. Meagher, you are missed beyond all comprehension.

“Should friends desire, donations may be made in Abe’s name to the Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center. To make a donation, please call the medical center’s Voluntary Service office at 304-263-0811 ext. 3309 or email”

Fair winds and following seas. Godspeed.

Submitted by AGC Bob Johnson, 2nd V.P., SE FL Chapt.

LTJG Elsie L. (Weber) Mulrooney, USN REL

Passed February 10, 2017 at Age 81

Elsie L. Mulrooney, age 81, of Newark, DE passed away suddenly at home on February 10, 2017. She was born in Bristol, PA daughter of the late Eugene J. and Ella E. Weber.

   Elsie earned her Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the Albany College of Pharmacy in 1957. She joined the United States Navy where she achieved rank of LTJG before leaving in 1966 with an Honorable discharge. She met the love of her life the late PO1 George Mulrooney while serving and were married in Hong Kong. After the Navy, she continued with her career as a registered Pharmacist where she eventually retired in 1997 from the Veterans Administration in Elsmere, DE.

   After retirement, she spent time traveling to places such as Antarctica, China and Ireland. She also enjoyed spending quality time with her closest friends and family. She was a member of several organizations such as the Navy WAVES and Lady Bug Chapter as well. She enjoyed many hobbies, especially quilting. In addition, she was very caring and generous person who supported numerous charities such as Doctors Without Borders and North Shore Animal League. She was also an avid lover of cats.

  She leaves to cherish her son Michael and daughter-in-law Kimberly of Middletown, DE, son George Gries of Athens, Greece, two grandchildren and one great grandchild along with numerous family members and close friends.

   A Committal Service with Honors was be held on Friday February 24 at the Delaware Veterans Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE 19701. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Doctors Without Borders, 333 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10001-5004 or North Shore Animal League, 25 Davis Avenue, Port Washington, NY 11050.

With sadness, I discovered a notice of the sudden passing of Elsie (Weber) Mulrooney in our Old Antarctic Explorer’s newsletter. 

   Elsie served at FWF Sangley Pt from 1964-66 under Capt Robbie Robinson as FWF’s Comm officer. In fact she was the first female officer at Sangley Pt, and ran

the extensive radio weather intercept that was manned by approx 25 Filipino civilian radiomen. A first

Submitted by CDR Mo Gibbs, USN RET

AG1 Rodney "Mac" McElwaney, USN RET

April 24, 1937 to March 7, 2017

Rodney "Mac" McElwaney , 79, of Brunswick, Georgia entered peacefully into eternal rest on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at Hospice of the Golden Isles. 

Mac was born in Savannah, GA, on April 24, 1937, the son of the late Wilbur Roy McElwaney and the late Mary Ginn McElwaney. He had been a resident of Brunswick since 1970. He was a member of Bay Harbour Church of God. 

Mac was a graduate from Carlisle Military School in Bamberg, SC, joined the Navy and served his country with honor and retired from the United States Navy posted at Seattle, WA, Jacksonville, FL, Key West, FL (where he met Jan), London, England, Washington D.C., Guam, and last duty station at NAS Glynco, Brunswick, GA. He furthered his education, using his GI Bill, at Brunswick Junior College, earning two associate degrees, Science and Applied Science. Mac then retired from High Performance Tube (HPT) after 27 years of employment. He was active in the Coastal Georgia Airstream Club, Unit #37. Mac was also very active at Glynn County Parks and Recreation, coaching one set of girl softball players from the time they were 9 years old until they were adults, leading them twice to Georgia State Finals. During this time, he also coached other sports and umpired/refereed all sports. 

Mac was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur Roy and Mary Ginn McElwaney. He is survived by his wife, Jan McElwaney of Brunswick, GA; his daughter, Pam Davis (Sonny) of Waverly, GA; two sons, Ronnie G. McElwaney (Kathy) of Seattle, WA; and Trae A. McElwaney of Brunswick, GA. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren: Timothy J. Davis (TJ), Chase Fincher, Katelyn Davis, Sarah McElwaney, Cameron McElwaney, Steven Kearley, and Angelica (Angel) Kearley, in addition to several great-grandchildren. 

The family will receive friends at the Bay Harbour Church of God between the hours of 10am – 11am on Monday, March 13, 2017. A memorial service to honor Mac's life will follow at 11am. Dr. John Harris will officiate the service, and a meal will be provided following the service by his Bay Harbour church family. 

Memorial contributions may be made in Rodney (Mac) McElwaney's memory to GraceMore Nursing Home & Rehab, 2708 Lee Street, Brunswick, GA, 31520, or Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Pkwy, Brunswick, GA, 31525.

Arrangements are entrusted into the care of Edo Miller and Sons Funeral home,

Mac and I were in AG "B" School  (Class 731) starting July 1967 Graduating December 1967 then we went to AOE School from January 1968 to mid February 1968.  Mac transferred to FWC Guam and I went to China Lake, CA. Our paths never crossed again while on active duty.  I was working for the National Weather Service in Savannah, GA and he and Jan was living in Brunswick, GA. We visited and attended a NWSA Meeting in Jacksonville, FL. Daisy and I would usually see the McElwaney's when attending Bluegrass Festivals at Jekyll Island, Georgia.

This afternoon, I talked with Jan and she provided me some dates concerning his duty assignments:.

1959 Jacksonville, FL

59 - 61 Key West  This is where they met and married

61 - 63 London 

63 - 67 Naval Weather Service Headquarters - Washington D. C.

67 68 Nattu Lakehurst, N. J. attended "B" and "C" School.

68 70 FWC Guam

70 75 Instructor Duty at the Air Controlman School teaching Weather at NAS Brunswick, GA

75 Retired when the school moved to Memphis, TN.

Lloyd Corbett

LCDR Gerald D. "Bud" Parham, USN RET
October 20, 1922 to March 24, 2017

PARHAM----Gerald Dathel "Bud" Parham, born October 20, 1922, Bud was one of 6 siblings of the late Thomas Anderson Parham and Nancy Geraldine (nee Powell) of Jackson, Tennessee. Bud played center with South Fulton High School football team his senior year, and they were undefeated, achieving Tennessee State Football Championship in 1941, something he was very proud of. Bud passed March 24, 2017.

Along with his older two Brothers, Tom and Bill, he served in the US Navy during World War Two, all in the Pacific Theater –and all were heroes of that war. Bud had the longest and most successful career in the Navy, enlisting before Pearl Harbor in August, 1941. Shipping out to Pearl in March '42, Dad was assigned to one of the Black Cat PBY Flying Boat squadrons initially. However, his intelligence and talents soon brought him to the attention of ComSoPac (Command, South Pacific) and he was transferred as an enlisted radio cryptographer to Admiral Bull Halsey's staff. Bud was a member of the team who identified the encoded Japanese message that directly led to the elimination of Japanese military strategist Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. Bud considered this his most important wartime contribution, although he had also participated in relief flights during the Guadalcanal campaign, the search for Eddie Rickenbacker, and other missions in his PBY Squadron. Following the end of the Pacific War in September 1945, he left the Navy for a brief period with the National Weather Service, but eventually re-enlisted in the Navy when very few veterans were being accepted back into service.

His next significant assignment was the study of the effects of Thermo-Nuclear weapons at Bikini and Eniwetok Atolls during Operation Redwing. During this assignment, an accident occurred during a Hydrogen Bomb test and Bud was irradiated with 6 times the "danger level", radiation he carried with him the rest of his life, but left no ill effects. Not long after Operaton Redwing was completed, Bud transferred back to the hometown of his wife Shirley (nee Melzer), Jacksonville, Florida. There, he served in Hurricane Hunter Squadron VW-4, flying many missions to determine the location and strength of Atlantic hurricanes, well before the advent of weather satellites. Bud was a "Mustang" achieving the Rank of Lieutenant Commander before retiring from the Navy in 1967. He then worked for several years in the aerospace industry as an engineer. In 1970, he was hired as an engineer with Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph, and retired from Southern Bell as a Senior Staff Manager in 1981. Bud was active with the Naval Weather Service Association and Hurricane Hunter reunions.

Bud is remembered as a talented civilian as well; gunsmith, cabinet maker, photographer, fly fisherman, and hunter. He is survived by his wife Shirley of 66 years; his brother Dr. Byron Parham of Manassas, VA, son Gerald M. Parham (Ellen) of Gainesville, daughter Dr. L. Diane Parham (Harry Trigg) of Albuquerque, NM, son Thomas A. Parham of St Augustine, three grandchildren Robert Parham, Pamela Parham Dockendorf (Kevin), Dorothy Trigg, and two great-grandchildren Sydney Dockendorf and Aaron Dockendorf.

Funeral services in celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday March 31, 2017 at Advent Lutheran Church, 2156 Loch Rane Blvd., Orange Park with Rev./ Jerry Nordsiek officiating. Lt. Cdr. Parham will be laid to rest later that afternoon at 2:00 PM at Jacksonville National Cemetery. Full military honors will be conferred. Family members will greet friends on Friday morning from 10:00 AM until the hour of service at the church. In lieu of flowers, family prefers memorial donations be made to Advent Lutheran Church c/o the address above.
Submitted by AGC Bob Johnson, 2nd V.P., SE FL Chapt.

AGCS Nicholas C. "Nick Miller", USN RET

Passed February 23, 2017 at Age 79 

AGCS Nick was a retired U. S. Navy veteran and served during Vietnam with the Naval Weather Service. After retiring from the Navy he worked for the National Weather Service until retiring from the Erie Weather Office as the last Official In Charge when the office closed.

Nick loved hunting arrowheads in fields and participating in archaeological digs around the country and locally. He also loved fly fishing, baseball and football. His high school football team, the Chattanooga Central “Purple Pounders” of Chattanooga, Tennessee, (when living there through high school), won state champs in 1956 and 1958 and played in the Orange Bowl in Florida. As a high school team this was quite an honor, plus being flown there from Chattanooga was something in those days.

He is survived by his wife Cynthia; his sister Nancy Moore and her husband Dal of Virginia; his daughter, Laura Miller of Florida; his son, Andrew Miller of Wyoming; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.


A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Maplewood Cemetery Association and sent to Cynthia Miller, 15241 Old Wattsburg Rd., Union City, PA 16438.

Submitted by his wife, Cynthia

I was advised by Nick's widow Cindy that Nick died yesterday, 23 February, having lost his battle with lung cancer.  I learned of Nick's affliction last December when we swapped Christmas notes.  Lung cancer  has no favorites; Nick never smoked a day in his life.

Our paths first crossed almost 40 years ago when we served together at Navy Detachment, Chanute Technical Training Center, in the newly consolidated weather training school.  After I left in June 1980 I never saw Nick again but we remained in contact over the ensuing years.  We shared a common bond with muzzle loading firearms and Nick was my font of wisdom in flintlock lore.  I still have some of the black powder that he gave me for use in the priming pan of flintlocks, a more rare powder not found on the shelves of your local hardware store, nor even at your favorite gun shop.

There was a passion in Nick's life other than muzzle loading firearms which he and Cindy shared together and that was the role of archeologist.  I looked forward every year to reading of their "digs" in various parts of  North America.  I never fully appreciated their findings but that did not lessen the joy I derived from reading of them.  One of my prized gifts from Nick is a small collection of musket balls picked up by him and Cindy at various Civil War battle zones.  He fully documented  each musket ball, including the site from where it was retrieved and the type of firearm from which it had been fired. The one most memorable  is that which was found on a site where the battle took place a few weeks after the war was officially ended.

I already perceive an emptiness in my life with Nick's passing.  To me, he was special - solid, totally reliable, of uncommonly good humor, and loyal to the core.  One could not ask for a better friend and I believe my life was enriched by my acquaintance with him.

Submitted by CAPT R. Claude Corbeille, USN RET

Gloria Jacobs

April 10, 1925 to January 11, 2017

(Wife of AGC Zane E. Jacobs, USN RET)


Gloria Jacobs was born 10 April 1925 in Pasig, Rizal, Philippine Islands. She passed away peacefully in her home at Seaside, California on 11 January 2017 with her family beside her. She met her husband Zane E. Jacobs on Christmas Eve 1951 and married him Valentine's Day 1952. She leaves her husband and son John to mourn her passing and remember the joy and nurturing she brought throughout their lives. Her spirit is beautiful and her heart was always caring.


Gloria liked to travel and saw in her meeting with Jacobs, a sailor in the U.S. Navy, an opportunity to see some of the world and so accepted his proposal when he asked her to marry. Her journey began by joining him on Guam the summer of 1953. From Guam, Gloria flew to California and lived with Jacob's sister Inez for a few weeks while he attended Navy aerological school to train as a meteorological technician. They moved to the Monterey Bay Area and bought a home as rental prices were so expensive it was preferable to buy and make home payments rather than rent. It appears Gloria’s decision to travel this journey in life was right and she enjoyed the travels of many years around the world with family before settling down in the Seaside home where she lived the remainder of her life.


She was always nurturing and made happy her family -- including cats and dogs through the years -- and friends, as well as in her church, the choir and work as a waitress and being a volunteer. She leaves behind in this world her husband Zane, son John Loki, her sister Rosie and nieces and nephews and friends.


Memorial service with an immediate burial afterwards was held on Friday, January 20th.


Mission Memorial Park & Seaside Funeral Home

1915 Ord Grove Avenue

Seaside, CA 93955

AGCM Billie R. Lilienthal USN RET 
June 6, 1936 to January 10, 2017

Billie R. Lilienthal peacefully passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Dixie Regional Hospital in St. George, Utah.


Billie was born on June 6, 1936 to Glen and Agnes Lilienthal in Burwell NE.  He graduated from Burwell High School and from Arizona State College.  He proudly served for 28 years in the United States Navy, retiring as a Master Chief Petty Officer in 1980.  His professional expertise was in the fields of Meteorology, Oceanography and Climatology.  In addition to a variety of Navy ships, and several Naval Air Stations around the country, he also served at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, and Agana Guam.  He concluded his Naval Career with retirement in 1980 at the Naval Oceanography Command  Facility in San Diego, CA, where he served as the command Master Chief.


Upon retiring from the Navy he worked for the National Weather Service in Tucson, AZ for several years until he found what he considered the perfect retirement community in Mesquite, NV.  While living in Mesquite, he worked part time for the Nevada Welcome Center.  He was an active member of the Mesquite United Methodist Church where he served 9 years as Church Council President, assisted the financial secretary and enjoyed serving as Lay Leader and usher.


He enjoyed many friendships that he developed over the years and he will be missed greatly by all the people that he had touched throughout his lifetime.  Billie was known as an unselfish, loving, and good humored person who was always willing to extend a hand of friendship.


He is survived by his wife, Nila of Mesquite and two sons, Douglas Carl and James William, both of Manchester, TN.  He also is survived by two stepsons, Randy Fehr and Brad Fehr of Northern Utah and stepdaughters Roshelle Geroche of Loveland, CO and Loretta Felix of Morgan, UT.


He was the proud grandfather of 4; great-grandfather of 6, and had 11 step grandchildren.


Memorial services were held at the Mesquite United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 14 at 11 a.m.


In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that memorial gifts be given to the Billie R. Lilienthal Memorial Fund at Mesquite United Methodist Church or donated to We Care for Animals of Mesquite.

CDR Gerald Struck, USN RET
Passed December 24th, 2016 at Age 88

A service will be held at the Oxford Assembly of God  Church in Oxnard FL at 11 AM on 24 January.  The interment will be in the Florida National Cemetery, Exit 309 on Interstate 75. After the service the group will convoy to the cemetery. He passed away on 24 December. Ann Struck's new Phone # is 352-205-9538.

I have some sad news, CDR Gerald Struck past away last night.  

We have been friends since the early sixties since we met at a MOETLO conference in DC in the early sixties. We worked together at NAS [sic] and NAS Alameda, California until he retired in 1977. We got together in the summer time and went to a few places including EXPO 86 in Vancouver BC.  We attended the Naval Weather Service (NWSA) reunions in Las Vegas, Washington State, Norfolk, San Diego and the one that I ran in Oxnard, CA (Point Mugu) with Jerry and Ann. In 1994 Shirley and I drove from California to the NWSA reunion in Toms River, NJ and then went to Florida with Ann and Jerry and spent a few weeks with them looking for a house in the Orange Park area. We had rented a Villa in The Villages and decided this was the place. We moved here in October in 96 and Jerry and Ann moved down a few years later.

We both had motor homes and from mid-April to May we would travel part of it together and part of it alone.

I will miss Jerry. We have been close friends for over fifty years.

Submitted by Bob Agness

Marilyn Gail Geraldson

April 16, 1936 to September 20, 2016

(Widow of CDR Lee Geraldson, USN RET)

Marilyn Gail Geraldson died on September 20, 2016. Known to her admiring audience as local television’s “The Veggie Lady”, Marilyn’s regular appearances taught many viewers the ins and outs of cooking and selecting the right produce throughout the year. She was also the author of her own popular cookbook, The Veggie Lady Shares, an assortment of recipes from her personal collections as well as those featured on her TV guest appearances. It went on to sell thousands of copies in multiple printings with the proceeds benefitting the Chattanooga Area Food Bank.

Marilyn was born in Superior, Wi., on April 16, 1936 to the late Angus B. Rothwell and Florence Jones Rothwell. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Stout with a degree in Home Economics and years later graduated with her Agricultural Degree from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. She spent many years serving the role of loving mother and devoted Navy wife in locations around the United States and abroad including Monte Ray, California, Newfoundland, Canada and the island of Guam. Marilyn served as the Hamilton County Agriculture Extension agent for over 20 years. In this capacity she went on to host her own weekly radio segment and write weekly newspaper columns. Marilyn is best known, however, for her regular Wednesday guest appearances on WRCB Channel 3 as the beloved “Veggie Lady”.

Marilyn was a long time member of Saint Johns United Methodist Church serving many roles and singing in the choir. She was also known to her friends and family as a talented seamstress, producing a wide array of clothes, linens and in later years handbags, monogramming and exquisite quilts and tapestries. Marilyn was also a master gardener and loved planting and was an avid bird watcher.

Marilyn was preceded in death by the late Elmer Lee Geraldson, her husband of 57 years and retired Navy Commander, her brother William Rothwell, and her loving grandson, Joshua Steven Geraldson.

She is survived by her three children, Lee Geraldson of Chattanooga, Steve (Kathy) Geraldson of Olive Branch, Mississippi, and Elizabeth (Paul) White of Ringgold, Georgia; grandchildren, Sarah Dixon, Aubree Bates, Alexis Bivens, Jessica Geraldson, Matthew Geraldson, and Riley White; sister Gene (Bill) Olsen of Charlotte, North Carolina; sisterinlaw Phyllis Henriksen of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Appie Geraldson of Manitowoc, Wisconsin and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at Saint Johns Methodist Church, Chattanooga on Oct. 1st. Please visit to share words of comfort and to view the memorial tribute.

Lee and Marilyn were two of my favorite people..We were stationed together at FWF Suitland and then would visit with them in Chattanooga every year or so. We had great times playing golf together and Marilyn was a gracious lady and a wonderful cook.  Both were great fun to be with. A sad loss.

Jim Romano, POTCHAP Corres. Sec


March 9, 1934 to August 14, 2016

Age 82 passed away on August 14th, 2016 at his home after a long battle with diabetes. He was the only child of Paul and Helen Kraft in Seattle, WA on March 9th, 1934. Ed is survived by his two sons Jeffrey Paul (Deborah) & Gregory Edward (Sandra) and two grandchildren Dane Edward & Makenna Alaine.

Ed spent 4 years in the United States Military stationed on Guam as a meteorologist for the United States Navy. When his mother upon receiving a letter from her son stating he was now enlisted as Paul wrote back “You will always be our Eddie.”

Ed leaves us after 50 years in the insurance business at Dawson Insurance Company, iWest Insurance, and American Insurance Managers, Inc. a Surplus Lines Brokerage firm he started in January of 1985. He loved telling stories. He had a great love for his family and friends. Enjoyed music and old movies, and followed golf with a passion.

A Memorial Service was held at Holyrood Cemetery Chapel 205 N. E. 205th St., Shoreline WA on August 22nd, 2016.

Hoffner Fisher & Harvey

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Submitted by LCDR Bruce DeWald, USN RET

LCDR Walter F. Mitchell, USN RET
January 2, 1935 to August 12, 2016

Walter Francis Mitchell (LCDR USN Ret.), 81, of Annapolis, Maryland, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, August 12, 2016. A 1958 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he loved his family, the Catholic Church, the United States Navy - especially the Class of '58, golf, happy hours at Carrol's Creek Cafe, Sunday breakfast at Chick and Ruth's Deli, the Redskins, the Nationals and his wide network of friends.

"Walt" was born on January 2, 1935, to Walter S. and Rita M. Mitchell in Washington, DC. After graduating from Gonzaga College High School, he joined the Navy Reserve as a Seaman Apprentice and attended the Sullivan School to prepare for the Naval Academy entrance exams. He graduated with a B.S. in engineering and graduated from the Naval Post-Graduate School in 1965 with a second B.S. and advanced studies in meteorology.

Walt was very proud of his sons Scott (Ellen) Mitchell and Martin (Sandy) Mitchell, daughters Kathleen (Mike) Murphy, Suzanne Fajer, Michele (Chris) Jackson, many loving grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. He was a dedicated father, grandfather, brother and friend to all. He is also survived by his brother Robert (Bernadette) Mitchell and his former spouse and mother of his children Regina Walsh Mitchell. He is predeceased by his sister Rita (the late John) Wettlaufer and his son-in-law Salo Fajer.

During his 20 year career as a Naval officer, Walt received his Naval Aviator Wings in 1960; served at the Navy Fleet Weather Facility and served as the officer in charge of the Antarctic Support Force. Following two deployments to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, and two seasons directing the Southern Hemisphere Forecasting School, Walt directed the development of highly classified satellite systems for Naval ships and carriers; served as Navy Satellite Liaison Officer to NOAA and the NASA Goddard Space Center Meteorological Laboratory and retired from the Navy in 1978.

Upon retiring from the Navy, he worked with SAIC and taught in Anne Arundel County public and private schools and Anne Arundel Community College. He served as a church lector for 53 years, 31 of those years with St. Mary's Church in Annapolis.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gonzaga College High School, 19 I Street, Washington, DC 20001 and St. Vincent De Paul, c/o St. Mary's Church, 109 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, MD 21401.

Received this sad news today from Walt's son Marty.  Served two tours with LCDR Mitchell; Fleet Weather Facility, Suitland, Maryland  and Project FAMOS  in Maryland which later relocated under a new name, Environmental Prediction Research Facility (EPRF) in Monterey, California.  A great individual to serve with and a great leader.
Submitted by AGCS Jim Futtner, USN RET