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


NWSA Necrology


Both Listings Updated through August 2020
(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 Editions:

Ella Faith Gould

December 14, 1929 to November 16, 2021

Widow of LCDR Willard G. “Will” Gould, USN RET

Ella Faith Mulligan Gould (91), a native of Washington D.C., lived from Dec. 14, 1929 to Nov. 16, 2021. The world was richer for her time among us.


Born to Loretta Quinn and Fred Mulligan, she was the last surviving child of the six Mulligan children: Billy, Libby, Virginia, Ella, Jimmy, Ralph (Peanut), and “Skippy”.


Throughout her life, Ella worked as a secretary in many places including the telephone company, The Smithsonian Institution, a doctor’s office, and NOAA.

Ella met and married Willard Gene Gould in Georgetown, Washington D.C. They became a military family as Willard served in the United States Navy for over 27 years. Ella dutifully supported Will in his career, which took them and their three children, David Allen, Debra Lynn, and Derrick Lee, all over the world to places such as Maryland, Bermuda, Colorado, Alaska, Japan, Minnesota, Hawaii, and Guam.


After a battle with cancer, Ella was determined to settle back in Maryland so she could be close to friends and family, and that is where she spent the remainder of her life. She became the beloved “MamMa” to all who knew her. Ella never missed a birthday, baptism, dance or piano recital, sporting event, or special occasion. No party was complete without MamMa there as the Guest of Honor! She organized numerous Mulligan Family Reunions and ensured that everyone was made to feel loved and included.

Ella was an avid singer and participated in several singing groups for seniors including “The Patuxent Pearls” and “The Variety Players”. These singing groups performed at various venues throughout the Calvert County region for nonprofit organizations.


Ella Faith was a devout member of the Methodist Church where she worshipped and served throughout her life. She is survived by her son David Gould (Cheryl), her daughter Debra Krehbiel (John), 15 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Family will receive friends at the Lee Funeral Home Calvert, P.A., 8200 Jennifer Lane, Owings, MD 20736 on Monday, November 29, 2021 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 90 Church St., Prince Frederick, MD 20678 followed immediately by the burial at Southern Memorial Gardens 10155 Ward Road Dunkirk, MD 20754.


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Attached is obituary for our dear friend Ella Gould. She was the Widow of one of my best buddies, LCDR Will Gould.  She had a great sense of humor and a heart of Irish Gold.  Will & Ella were loved and respected plank owners of NWSA's Potomac Chapter.  


Jim Romano

AGCS Daniel Lee, USN RET
August 8, 1940 – December 9, 2021

On December 9, 2021, Daniel Lee peacefully passed away alongside his loving family and into God's graces after an extended period of declining health.

The son of Alfred and Mary Lee, he was the beloved husband of Carmen A. Lee and devoted father of daughter Lynn and her man Sean, daughter Pamela, and son Brian and his wife Dana.

Dan treasured his grandchildren JW, Brandon, Daniel, Jaclyn, Parker and Shannon; great-grandchildren Kennedy and Sawyer, and through the grace of God, he shared his passion of hunting, fishing, skiing and golfing with them and creating countless memories with the family he and Carmen started and nurtured over the 59 years they were together in holy marriage.

Despite relocating numerous times during an honorable 20-year career in the United States Navy and making Virginia Beach his family's home after retirement, he remained rooted in, and visited often until the final year of his life, the Shroudsburg, PA community in which he was born and raised.

In addition to being a dear and devoted father, grandfather, and great grandfather, Dan cherished his time with extended family & friends throughout this great country, at St. Johns the Apostle Catholic Parish, and at his "second home" in Snowshoe, WV.

A moral compass, with a steadfast devotion to family and those he loved, Dan made a lasting impression on those who were honored to know him and each generation that follows. Throughout his life, he held on to an unwavering faith in God, which he shared with those who surrounded him.

Our deepest gratitude to H.D. Oliver Funeral Home for coordination of arrangements.

We appreciate your love and support during this difficult time. However, as Dan would have undeniably wanted, please take time to celebrate his life and be grateful and loving to those that remain with us, whom you love and cherish.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church on Mon. Dec. 20th at 11:00am. Online condolences may be offered to the family at


Submitted by AGC Fay Crossley, USN (Ret)

LCDR Lee S. Chesnau, USNR RET
JULY 9, 1948 – NOVEMBER 25, 2021
LCDR Lee S. Chesnau, USNR RET
JULY 9, 1948 – NOVEMBER 25, 2021

LCDR Lee S. Chesnau, USNR RET

JULY 9, 1948 – NOVEMBER 25, 2021

Lee left us peacefully this past Thanksgiving day just three years after suffering a massive stroke.

Born in New York, the son of Archie and Dorothy, he moved with his family to South Florida at a young age and attended Coral Gables High School. Swimming was one of his greatest passions, from his time as a youth in Venetian Pool, to becoming a two time All-American his junior and senior year. Competing internationally at events like Maccabiah Games with teammate and Olympic Gold medalist Mark Spitz, he then accepted an athletic scholarship at the University of South Carolina, he transferred to the University of Wisconsin, obtaining his bachelors in Meteorology, where he competed in the Olympic Trials and continued his post collegiate swimming career in the US Masters well into his 40s.

When Lee was young, he vividly remembered being excited at the prospect of Weather phenomenon, thus a precursor to his Lifelong dream of being involved in Meteorology. Having an extensive and passionate career with the National Weather Service. He served as a commander in the US Navy. While stationed at fleet weather central Rota, Spain, he met his wife Toni.

After retiring from government in the late 90s, he pursued teaching and speaking events in the private sector until forming his own consulting business promoting safety at sea.

His professional accolades are lengthy, including being a US Coast Guard certified instructor for basic and advanced meteorology at training institutions like MITAGS, Star Center and Pacific Maritime Institute for professional Mariners.

He also trained commercial fishing and recreational boaters on becoming self reliant on vessel routing and prudent decision making. He has served as a keynote speaker at numerous boat shows and symposia across the country.

Together with prestigious Captain Ma-Li Chen from Taipei, they published a book (Heavy Weather Avoidance and Route Design: Concepts and Applications of 500Mb Charts) that is highly influential in the Mariner community.

He is survived by his wife, son and grandchildren as well his brother and sister.

Lee, may you have fair winds and following seas.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Chesneau family.

xAG3 Vernon G. Jacobsen Sr., USN REL
April 17 1934 to July 3, 2021

Vernon Gilbert Jacobsen Sr., age 87 of Fort Washington, passed away Saturday, July 3, 2021 at his daughter’s residence surrounded by family.

Vernon Gilbert Jacobsen Sr. was born April 17, 1934 to Gilbert & Irene (Zamzow) Jacobsen of Clements, Minnesota. He grew up in Clements with five brothers & two sisters; the son of a building contractor and homemaker. He attended school in Clements & graduated from Springfield High School.

Following graduation, Vernon enlisted in the United States Navy for four years in the meteorology career field. Vernon married Sheila Archambault in 1956 and to this union two children were born: Susan and Jeffery.

He enjoyed serving his country and was honorably discharged in 1957. Upon returning to Clements, he worked for the local electric company as a linesman. In 1962, he received a job offer from the federal Weather Bureau and moved to the D.C. area.

On July 5, 1975, Vernon married Gwendolyn Bergman and had two children, Vernon Jr. and Jane. Following retirement from the government (31 years) in 1989, he returned full time to his passion of working outdoors for over 30 years. This included lawn care, tree removal, and raising flowers.

He enjoyed watching and attending games for the Washington Football Team and the Washington Nationals. Vernon was always assisting family and neighbors with projects along with raising money for many charities. He will be greatly missed.

Vernon Sr. is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Gwendolyn; children: Susan (Wayne), Jeffery (Suzie), Vernon Jr., Jane (Jeremy), and Dawn; brothers, sisters, and in-laws: Janice, Evie, Carmen, Marlis, Joann, Bud (Sandee), and Roger; 19 grandchildren: Christina, Shannon, Aaron, Jessica, Colleen, Megan, Nicole, Shannon, Maria, Brandon, Vernon III, Dylan, Eva, Joshua, Christian, Abigail, Rebekah, David, and Jacob; and 14 great grandchildren.

Vernon was preceded in death by his parents Gilbert (Mary), & Irene, and brothers Loren, Rollie, and Dale.

Burial was arranged with Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Hospice of St.Mary’s; P.O.Box 625 Leonardtown Md 20650.

AGCM Amos Fields, USN RET

February 16, 1937 to May 4, 2021

Amos was a resident of Gulfport, Mississippi for 39 years.  He was a dutiful Christian and lived his days by the Bible verse, 1 Peter 4:10: “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”  Amos served his community by volunteering his time as a Patient Escort at Garden Park Hospital from 2002 until his health declined.  He received several volunteer awards during his volunteer service.  Amos also enjoyed serving the elderly at Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and deserving families at Habitat for Humanities.  He was unrelenting in his desire to help people; instead of a “honey do list”, it should be called an “Amos help list”.  There was not a request that was too big or too small for him.  Amos’ proudest project was the work he completed at Grace Temple Baptist Church where he was a member and Deacon for more than 25 years.

Amos loved his family and he believed in leading by example.  Left to cherish his love and memory is the love of his life and most dear to his heart, Sarah Fields.  The two of them shared all that life and love had to offer for 64 years.  With God’s love and blessings their family grew.  Born to their union, daughters Donna Kerr, Dr. Natalie Fields Phillips (Larry Phillips), Valarie Fields Ervin, Kathy Graves (Maurice Graves) and granddaughter/daughter Courtney Butler (Dwight Butler), grandchildren Kyle Phillips, Blair Phillips, Justin Phillips, Kaulin Ervin, Kalib Ervin, Kyla Ervin, Chandler Iwatate, Sade Bias, Larry Bias, Jr., great grandchildren Solomon Phillips, Shaun Phillips, Sarai Phillips, Kaya Phillips, Nadia Butler, Alyssa Butler.  Also left to cherish Amos’s memory are his siblings Goldie Jones, Doris Nowden, Bobby Whitfield, Billy Attaway, Charlotte Pomeroy, and Elizabeth Carroll. 

Amos, Amo, Dad, Pop-pop, Chief, Mr. Fields, and Deacon are some of the names he was affectionately called by a host of family members and friends that will continue to love and miss him.  If you met Amos, you liked Amos; if you liked Amos you loved Amos; and the good news is, Amos always loved you more.


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AGCS Howard E. Graham, USN RET
Passed January 6, 2021 at Age 82

Howard Eugene Graham SUMMERVILLE - On Wednesday, January 6th, 2021, Howard Eugene Graham passed away peacefully with his grandchildren by his side at age 82. Howard was born on 1939 in Crenshaw, MS. He lived a life of service spending 26 years in the US military and 19 years working for the US government.

He was married to Shirley Graham in May of 1961 and together they had one daughter, Tracy King. Howard, affectionately known as "Handsome Howard," was good man. He never met a stranger and loved to make people smile. He always had a joke to share and a story to tell. Everyone loved to hear his stories, as they were always so entertaining.

The military moved him around a lot but, even into retirement, he loved to travel. He was a God-fearing man who loved his country and his family. He was a wonderful husband and father and an extraordinary Papaw to his two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Howard was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Graham, his mother, Valeria Graham, and three of his brothers. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Graham, his daughter, his 2 grandchildren, his 6 great- grandchildren, and his brother.

Donations in his honor may be made to The American Legion. Visit our guestbook at

Published by Charleston Post & Courier from Jan. 30 to Jan. 31, 2021.

LT William “Bill” Geitz, USN RET

Passed September 23, 2021 at Age 78

William “Bill” Geitz, 78, passed away after a long illness on Thursday, September 23, 2021, to reunite in heaven with our Lord and savior. He was a man of faith that persevered through all his difficulties until our Lord called him home.

Bill, aka “Bubba”, proudly served his country for almost 27 years in the United States Navy. Bill entered the Navy as an enlisted service member and worked his way up through the ranks, achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer, and ultimately Lieutenant before retiring (“a Mustang”) in September 1989. His naval career sent him all over the world and many tours at sea. Bill enlisted as an Aerographer’s Mate and spent most of his career studying weather and oceanography. He had a passion for his profession and loved forecasting weather for flight and sea operations. His track record for accuracy forecasting weather earned him a reputation that ultimately landed him in Pensacola, Florida as the Officer In Charge (OIC) of the weather detachment at Sherman Field, Naval Air Station Pensacola. After completing his time at NAS Pensacola, Bill went on to finish his naval career at Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, MS. During his 26 years of military service, Bill received the Navy Commendation Medal twice, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. After a successful naval career, Bill went on to hold various leadership positions working for companies developing and implementing early lightning detection systems. He had a passion for lightning and designed, implemented, and trained clients on the use of lightning detection systems, many of which are used by companies all over the world including the PGA, Federal Aviation Administration, Disney, Hospitals, and many other industries.  Bill “officially” retired in the fall of 2003 yet continued to provide consulting services to domestic and international clients up until 2019.

Bill “Bubba” was a loving and loyal son, brother, husband, and grandpa “Grumps”. He spent his entire life providing for his family and loved ones. He always put others first and made so many sacrifices, never once wanting any recognition, it’s just who he was. In addition to his military service, he often worked multiple jobs to ensure his children received a Catholic education and his family was provided for. He loved umpiring high school baseball and spent many nights and weekends umpiring tournaments.


Bill was an avid reader and had a passion for learning, always challenging his mind and constantly learning new things. He loved doing the NY Times crossword puzzle daily and always had the latest and greatest technology….and even read the instructions! He loved to tell stories about his military encounters and all the places he had been. Those that knew him also knew his passion for politics and his love for his country. He was a fair and honest man who instilled this trait in his six children by living it daily.


Bill was witty, funny, loved to tell or hear a good joke, and had a wise crack or comment for EVERYTHING! He was famous for his “Just Checking” and loved to ask new members of our family if they ever played softball (inside joke). He was the life of the party and one of the best story tellers around and loved to make us kids laugh. He was our family’s rock who can never be replaced. We are blessed God chose him to be a husband, father, brother and friend to those who were fortunate enough to have met him.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Thelma Butler and William Geitz; and his sister, Mary Lou Winkelspecht.


Left to treasure Bill’s memory are his wife of 54 years, Laura O’hara Geitz; his six children, William Geitz (Angie), Marnie Fasanella (Bill), Charles Geitz (Kim), Amanda Mannix (Brian), Brian Geitz, and Katheryn Weekley (Thomas); his sister, Kathy Zott (Donnie); eleven (11) grandchildren, Christopher Oxford (Haylie), Madison Mannix, Lauren Mannix, Sophia Fasanella, Gianna Fasanella, Grace Mannix, Jack Geitz, Sam Geitz, Emelia Fasanella, Bryant Weekley, and Max Weekley; and 2 great-grandchildren, Preston and Colton Oxford; and several beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be held 12:00noon until the Mass of Christian Burial to begin at 12:30pm Monday, October 4, 2021, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with Fr. John Licari celebrant. Interment will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery with full military honors.


In lieu of flowers, and in honor of Bill’s love for his country, the family is requesting donations in his name to Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) or a charity of your choice.     


A special thank you to the people at Medical Center Clinic, Sacred Heart Hospital, Medi Home Health Agency, The Haven of our Lady of Peace, and Specialty Care Center for their loving care and support during his illness.

CAPT Johnny Marion Sears, USN (Ret)
November 17, 1932 – September 5, 2021
CAPT Johnny Marion Sears, USN (Ret)
November 17, 1932 – September 5, 2021

Johnny Marion Sears passed away peacefully in his home in Franklin, TN, on Sunday morning, Sept. 5, with his son, Jason, at his side. Mr. Sears was 88 years old. John was born on Nov. 17, 1932, to Ada Warf and Walter Eugene Sears, in rural southwestern Williamson County, growing up farming with his father, who also served as a justice-of-the-peace in his community.

John attended college at Middle Tennessee State College, studying Mathematics. There he met the loveand-light of his life, Neuva Sharp of Nashville, whom he wed shortly after his graduation. John and Neuva had 3 children: Michael, Joan and Jason. John was commissioned as a naval officer in 1955, serving first as a meteorological officer, then attending the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, to earn a master of science in Oceanography.

Retiring after 30 years of service, Captain Sears' most notable achievements included serving as
Executive then Commanding Officer of Naval Western Oceanographic Center, Pearl Harbor, and as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Oceanographic Office in Bay St. Louis, MS.

Once retired, John and Neuva embarked upon founding and building the Diamondhead United Methodist Church in MS. They remained passionately involved with its congregation and operations for over 2 decades, even returning after Hurricane Katrina hit their community days later to help others with its aftermath.

Personally, John loved sports of all types, coaching baseball and softball for his children and playing
scratch golf most of his life. He loved music, with a special place in his heart for Sissel Kyrkjebø's song, Slow Down."

John loved and cared for his and Neuva's family his entire life, leaving behind a legacy of love and
strength, living a Christ-centered life in his every breath, and was glad to have returned to Franklin for his final years on this earth.

John is preceded in death by his son, Mike, his grandson, Seagar, his wife, Neuva, and his older brother, Everett. He leaves behind his daughter, Joan (Pete) Degen, of Haines, AK, his son, Jason (April) Sears of Rabat, Morocco; grandsons Murphy (Erika) Degen of South Jordan, UT, and Michael Forrest (Kaela) Sears of Portland, OR; loving nieces Shirley (David) Waddington, Reba (Wayne) Stinson, Karen (Christian) Lawrence, Pamela (Joe) Hicks, Tracie (Dean) Johnson; nephew Jerry (Melva) Law; greatnieces Becky (Robert) Wood, Shara (Thomas) Hamlett and Ruby Lawrence; nephew Steve Sears and grand-nephew Graham Sears; sister-in-laws Carolyn Hicks and Peggy Sears.

In lieu of flowers, John would have encouraged us to give to a charity such as Navigators, St. Jude's
Children's Hospital, or Children's Miracle Network. A memorial scholarship is planned for John and
Neuva's alma mater, MTSU.

Captain Richard Arthur Anawalt, USN RET

January 21, 1941 to August 10, 2021

Richard Arthur Anawalt passed away at his home in White Plains, MD on August 10, 2021 at the age of 80. He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa January 21, 1941 to Walter Charles and Della Adcock Anawalt. Richard grew up in Cedar Rapids and then attended Miami University of Ohio where he earned a Bachelor’s degree and his commission into the US Navy in 1963. He served in two tours in Vietnam on the US Stoddard and then earned his Master’s degree in Meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He continued graduate studies in Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Captain Anawalt served as a programming officer before becoming an Instructor of Meteorology at the U.S. Naval Academy and later became the Chairman of the Oceanography Department. He then went to Norfolk, Virginia, where he served as the Executive Officer. In 1983, he returned to Washington D.C., as the head of the Policy, Plans, and Readiness Branch on the Staff of the Oceanographer of the Navy. When the Oceanographer’s office reorganized, Captain Anawalt was reassigned as the Director of the Resource Division where we served until September 1986 when he assumed the duties of Superintendent, U.S. Naval Observatory until his retirement in 1989.

Captain Anawalt earned the Meritorious Service Medal, Naval Commendation Medal (two Gold Stars), Republic of Vietnam Service and Campaign Medals, and the National Defense medal.

In retirement Richard enjoyed cheering for the Washington Football team, watching golf, and running the family football competition. He also enjoyed hearing about the accomplishments and exploits of his children and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.

Richard leaves behind his beloved wife of 44 years, Madeline, sons Bradley Anawalt (Deborah), Steven Anawalt, Andrew Anawalt (Elise), Andrew Garcia (Marta), eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held on Wednesday, August 25 at Cedar Hill Cemetery, 4111 Pennsylvania Ave, Hillcrest Heights, MD. Memorial contributions may be made in Richard’s name to the American Cancer Society.

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LaRue C. Wright
August 9, 1927 to May 25, 2021
Widow of LCDR Ralph A. Wright, USN RET

Our beloved, LaRue Catherine Wright, 93, entered eternal life at home on May 25, 2021 with her devoted family by her side. Daughter to the late Henry and Alice Hess, she was born in Shamokin, PA on August 9, 1927. After moving to Philadelphia, PA, she graduated from John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School. Post-graduation, she worked at Friends Psychiatric Hospital. During this time, she met a handsome sailor, Ralph Wright, who would ultimately win her love and become her husband of 65 years.

As a Navy wife, she traveled abroad with her husband to Japan, Cuba, and Puerto Rico, before finally settling in Virginia Beach. LaRue was the outgoing social butterfly who never met a stranger. Thanks to LaRue, she and Ralph took advantage of all the military social events, from attending formal military balls to casual beach hootenannies or costume parties. A talented seamstress, she would sew her own ball gowns and costumes. As a couple, LaRue and Ralph enjoyed trying new hobbies together. They loved dancing to big band music at the Officer’s Club, bowling on a league with friends, and of course, her all-time favorite, playing bridge. LaRue became an avid bridge player. She couldn’t wait for “bridge day” to see her 3 favorite gal pals. The “girls'' traveled to Charleston to play bridge, laugh, and enjoy their close sisterhood bond that lasted over 40 years. LaRue, with the love of her life, Ralph by her side, enjoyed traveling to Europe and taking cruises. But vacationing with family and friends was what she really enjoyed. A Sandbridge vacation with her sister Dolores and husband John became a summer tradition. In the winter, LaRue and Ralph became snowbirds and fled to sunny Ft. Myers, FL. She loved to entertain and was quite the hostess. Festive Christmas open houses, birthday bashes, or any holiday that would bring family and friends together. When not entertaining, she was content to read a book at home with her loyal King Charles companion, Riley by her side.

She believed her greatest accomplishment was raising five Christian daughters, LaRue, Denice, Diana, Claudia, and Jennifer. She guided their path by living a life of faith. She was an exceptional teacher of what love is. For example, her loving husband frequently offered her unsolicited cooking suggestions even though he was not a cook, “a little more salt, Rue.” Rather than getting upset, she would smile, or sometimes bite her tongue and just add a little more salt. The girls would giggle but they learned an important lesson from their mom, “love is patient, love is kind.”1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Her girls admired her kindness and respected her giving nature that she shared with numerous charities on a regular basis. She was always available to help a friend in need or lend an empathetic ear while offering her delicious lemon square bars. Her daughters admired her bravery when she faced personal challenges and were inspired by her when she called on her faith, strong will and discipline to make positive changes in her life that led her to overcome her challenges while helping others do the same.

LaRue was predeceased by her husband, Ralph A. Wright Jr., daughter, Jennifer Case, brothers Thomas and William Hess and sister Alice Kirkpatrick. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters and son-in-laws, LaRue Allen (Archibald), Denice Maphis (John), Diana Vickers (Dane), Claudia Liebig (Dave), sister, Dolores Machik, 10 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, as well as extended family and friends.

LaRue, Diana, and Claudia would like to thank Denice and John Maphis for graciously welcoming their mother into their home during her time of need. We especially want to thank our sister Denice for the love, selfless devotion and quality of care she provided for our mother throughout this entire journey. The entire family would like to thank Clare D. for her friendship, companionship, and patience she showed to our mother while going above the call of duty each and every day. You are family, Clare.

The family expresses their deepest gratitude to their mother’s medical providers, the Glennan Center at EVMS, Dr. Okhravi and recently, hospice providers, Dawn and Heather, for their knowledge and experience in end-of-life care as our mother and family traveled these uncharted territories. Your calming presence provided our mother comfort and dignity as she peacefully went to be with her Lord, Jesus Christ.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, June 23, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 712 Little Neck Road, Virginia Beach, VA. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Alzheimer's Association, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,, Catholic Charities, Condolences may be offered to the family at

Beverly J. Morford
1932 to 2021
Long-time companion of CAPT Ace Trask, USN RET

Beverly J. Morford, a retired professional and resident of the Monterey Peninsula since 1953 died in 2021.

Born in Fargo, ND, she attended schools there including NDSU where she was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority and Beta Sigma Phi. Beverly was a Navy wife for 26 years and a member of various Naval Officers Wives' Club in Monterey, an active member of the Children's Home Society, Children's Services Center and Kinship Center since 1979.

She was elected a director of Cypress Mortgage Company in 1984 and affiliated with the company for 13 years, and a property manager for the Monterey and Carmel area for several years.

She is survived by three sons, Jay of Salinas, CA, Wayne of Sequim, WA and Greg of Bismarck, ND; seven grandchildren and long-time companion, Capt. Ace. F. Trask, USN Ret.

At her request, no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Kinship Center in Salinas, CA.

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Published in Monterey Herald Obits on May 19, 2021.

Submitted by CAPT Ace Trask, USN RET, with the following remembrance:
B.J. was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2010 and wrote the above obituary on November 15, 2011.  She was beautiful in everything she did.  All who knew her will have an emptiness in their hearts that cannot be filled.  She was one of a kind and will be missed by all.

Submitted by CAPT Ace Trask, USN RET, with the following remembrance:

B.J. was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2010 and wrote the above obituary on November 15, 2011.  She was beautiful in everything she did.  All who knew her will have an emptiness in their hearts that cannot be filled.  She was one of a kind and will be missed by all.
B.J. was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2010 and wrote the above obituary on November 15, 2011.  She was beautiful in everything she did.  All who knew her will have an emptiness in their hearts that cannot be filled.  She was one of a kind and will be missed by all.


CAPT Conley Richard "Dick" Ward, USN RET

October 1, 1930 – April 18, 2021

Conley Richard (Dick) Ward was born October 1, 1930 in Zionsville Indiana to parents Leslie and Mabel Ward and passed away peacefully surrounded by his family in Roseville, California on April 18, 2021 at the age of 90. 

One could sum up his life as historic, impactful, and adventurous. Dick grew up a farm boy and after HS, he enrolled first at Purdue University and a year later transferred to University of Louisville (U of L) where he took part in the NROTC. As a student at U of L Dick met his life partner, Mary Lou Kennedy, with whom he was married for 68 years until her passing in 2019. 

Upon graduation, Dick was commissioned in the Navy where, for 27 years he specialized in planning, directing, and applying meteorological and oceanographic observing and forecasting programs. Dick was a true patriot and served his country through two deployments in Vietnam and one in Korea. As career Navy, Dick was given various assignments of increasing responsibility including Assistant Professor at Harvard, Meteorologist on the USS Oriskany, Commander of Fleet Numerical Weather Central in Monterey, CA, and culminating his Naval career as Director Naval Oceanography and Meteorology and Assistant Oceanographer of the Navy for Environmental Prediction. After retiring from the Navy at the rank of Captain, 

Dick started a second career as Vice President of Ocean Data Systems, Inc and Global Weather Dynamics where he was responsible for development and marketing of communication and forecasting systems to world meteorological and aeronautical communities. He earned a BA in Chemistry from U of L, a BS in Meteorology from the Naval Post Graduate School and a MS in Oceanography from Old Dominion University. As a scientist, he was driven by evidence and logic and challenged conventional thinking. He was a member of the American Meteorological Society, as well as a lifetime member of MENSA.

Dick was an unassuming and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He and Mary Lou were the ultimate power couple, they worked together and were admired and respected by all who knew them. Family was most important to Dick, and he and Mary Lou worked hard to keep the ever expanding extended families of their four children connected. As a team he and Mary Lou organized many family reunions. On two occasions, Dick and Mary Lou took their grandchildren to Europe to expose them to international cultures. Dick also assumed the mantle of family historian, spending the last three decades scouring the archives to develop the history of the Ward and Kennedy families. Dick was the eternal optimist, even at the end of his life he told his family he still had a “five year plan”.

Dick is now with his wife, Mary Lou where they are both watching over their children. Surviving are his daughters Marsha Ward (Tom), Valerie Beyrouty (Craig Beyrouty, “What’s His Name”), Cynthia Davidson and his son Kevin Ward, his 9 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Preceding Dick in death was a grandchild, Daniel.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Conley Richard Ward’s name to Wounded Warriors.

“Fair winds and following seas Dick”

CAPT Ken Hinman, USN RET
August 8, 1938 – March 24, 2021
CAPT Ken Hinman, USN RET
August 8, 1938 – March 24, 2021
CAPT Ken Hinman, USN RET
August 8, 1938 to March 24, 2021

Ken Hinman, 82, of Picayune, Mississippi, passed away on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Mr. Hinman was born August 8, 1938 in Evanston, IL.

He was a retired meteorologist and oceanographer with the United States Navy, retiring at the rank of Captain. He was a Commander of the Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Agana, Guam. Ken also served duty stations in Washington, D.C. and Stennis Space Center.

He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church, Poplarville. Ken served on the Board of Deacons, longtime teacher of the Harmony Sunday School Class, and participated in many mission trips. He was also a member and speaker of Gideon’s International - Poplarville Camp.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Kendall Goddard Hinman, Sr. and Emorie Huff Hinman; one stepson, Al Vaughn; and one brother-in-law, William Haller.

Family members include his wife of 40 years, Mary Virginia Hutto Hinman; one daughter, Sheila (Jim) Chimento; four sons, Dennis (Lori) Hinman, James Vaughn, Darren (Shoko) Vaughn, David (April) Vaughn; one sister, Stevie Haller; two grandchildren, Alex Vaughn and Quinn Vaughn.

Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church, Poplarville, on Monday, March 29, 2021 at 2:00 pm. Burial with military honors followed in McNeill Cemetery.

LCDR Darrell A. Lightner, USN RET

July 7, 1924 – January 19, 2019

Darrell A. Lightner passed away on January 19, 2019 at the age of 94. His memorial service was held the following month at the American Legion’s Newport Harbor Post 291 in Newport Beach, California.

During his long illustrious naval career, LCDR Smith served during WWII, Korea and Vietnam. His first assignment was aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CV-6) during WWII. After the war he did a shore tour in Yokosuka, Japan, in which he helped stand up the Fleet Weather office. Tours aboard other carriers followed, including USS Oriskany (CV-34), as well as a shore tour in Kodiak, Alaska, just to name a few.

He was blessed to take the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. the year before his death as well as attend the 99th anniversary of American Legion’s Newport Harbor Post 291 in which he reunited with other WWII and Korean War veterans. His entire family is proud of his service in the Navy.

Information provided by Lynne Lightner (Mrs. Darrell Lightner)

The below picture is of LCDR Lightner with friends from the American Legion anniversary held in July of 2018. It is accompanied by a brief excerpt from an associated newspaper article.

World War II veterans, from left, Darrell Lightner, Jack Geerlings and Earl Dahleen joke during a luncheon at American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291 celebrating the legion’s 99th anniversary. (Kevin Chang, Staff Photographer)

Newport Beach’s American Legion post, the state’s largest with 4,200 veterans, hosted a lunch Thursday for 300 people, including many World War II and Korea veterans. Mike Schubert, first vice commander of the post, said his organization has hosted such parties for 10 years to reunite the oldest groups of veterans while they’re still alive. “They don’t see their pals unless they come to this,” Schubert said.

Among the World War II veterans who reunited Thursday were Earl Dahleen, 92, of Corona del Mar and Darrell Lightner, 94, of Newport Beach.  Lightner, a former Navy meteorologist aboard the USS Enterprise, showed up wearing a Hawaiian shirt with a pattern including ships from his era. When asked why it was important to him to attend the Newport Harbor post’s party, he said, “If nothing else, to see the other oldies.”


Though the number of living World War II and Korea veterans decreases each year, Schubert said the event continues to grow. “They’re the guys we can always count on,” he said. “This is a great generation.”

Fair Winds & Following Seas Commander, you truly were a credit to yourself and the United States Navy.

LCDR Kenneth F. "Ken" Smith, USN RET

October 3, 1936 to November 6, 2020

Kenneth (Ken) F. Smith passed away on November 6, 2020 at the age of 84. He was born on October 3, 1936 to the late Fiesco F. Smith and Mildred Irene Davis. He was the oldest of 5 children.


Mr. Smith is survived by his loving wife, the former Marion Joyce Thackston, whom he married on May 3, 1959 and sons David Steven (Marlene) Smith of Myrtle Beach, SC and Daniel Frederick (Susan) Smith of Millersville, MD. In addition, Mr. Smith is survived by three grandchildren - Erika Blair Smith, Margaret Marie Smith and Charles Thackston Smith. He was preceded in death by his oldest son, Kenneth Thackston Smith, who passed away in 2001.

Mr. Smith joined the U.S.Navy in 1954 upon graduation from high school in Elmore, Ohio. He served as a meteorologist and progressed through the ranks from Airman Recruit to Chief Petty Officer and Chief Warrant Officer before retiring in 1980 at the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Most of his career was served with the Naval Security Group Activity at Fort Meade, MD and overseas stations in Japan (one tour) and England (two separate tours).


Between 1966 and 1969 Mr. Smith was assigned to Airborne Early Warning Squadron One (VW-1) in Guam. He was the Meteorological Reconnaissance Officer (METRO) in a squadron which operated from NAS Agana, Guam. Aircraft from this squadron located, tracked, penetrated and reported the locations and structure of tropical cyclones and typhoons in the Western Pacific. A secondary mission for his squadron was to provide airborne early warning for Seventh Fleet aircraft carriers and support ships located in the Tonkin Gulf. These reconnaissance flights were flown in WC-121 (Super Constellation) aircraft from airfields at Chu Lai and Danang, RVN by VW-1 crews deployed from Guam.

During his naval career, LCDR Smith was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, five Air Medals, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, three Good Conduct medals, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the National Defense Medal.


Mr. Smith graduated from the University of Maryland in 1974 with a major in History and a minor in Political Science.


After retirement from the U.S.Navy in 1980, Mr. Smith was employed by the National Security Agency (NSA) at Fort Meade, MD as an intelligence analyst. He retired from the NSA in 1993 and lived with his wife Joyce in Severna Park, MD until they moved to Sun City, Hilton Head in 2002. He enjoyed many of the educational and recreational activities (mainly golf) available at Sun City as well as travel. He and Joyce attended annual Naval Weather Service Association (NWSA) reunions, family visits and stays at timeshares at various resorts around the country. He also enjoyed cruises to Alaska, Canada, Europe and the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and the Panama Canal as well as riverboat cruises in Europe. In 2016 Ken and Joyce moved to Carolina Meadows, a very active Continuing Care Retirement Center in Chapel Hill, NC. Ken enjoyed the many seminars and exercise classes offered.

Mr. Smith was cremated and his ashes will be placed in the Columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery.


Hazel Dell Hudock

October 4, 1930 – December 22, 2020
Widow of LCDR Charles (Charlie) J. Hudock, Sr., USN RET

Hazel Dell Hudock, age 90, of Wheeling, West Virginia passed away December 22, 2020 at The Welty Home for the Aged in Wheeling, West Virginia. Hazel was a native of Five Points, Tennessee.

As a young woman she moved to Washington D.C. where she met Charles (Charlie) J. Hudock, Sr. who became her husband of 45 years. Charlie was a meteorologist in the US Navy. Charlie and Hazel were stationed with the US Navy in both England and Morocco. Their family lived in Pensacola, Florida, Patuxent River, Maryland, and Rockville, Maryland.

Later in life they moved to Gerrardstown, West Virginia, where they restored an old country home and ran a bed and breakfast inn. She and Charlie were members of the original congregation of St. Leo’s Catholic Church, in Inwood, West Virginia, when it was founded in 1982. Confirmed in the Catholic faith in 1983, Hazel served her parish as an Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist. After Charlie’s death in 1998, Hazel lived in Martinsburg, West Virginia and Wheeling, West Virginia.

In addition to her husband, Charlie, she was preceded in death by her parents, Lovick and Leila Dell Thomas of Five Points, Tennessee; five brothers, Millard (Ruby) Thomas, James Edgar “J.E.” (Mable) Thomas, Emmitt (Marie) Thomas, and Clarence (Eva) Thomas, James Brice (Ellen) Thomas and two sisters, Eva Inez (Cilvie) Hale, and Fannie Marie Thomas.

She is survived by her five children: Patti (Dennis) Dmytryk of Port St. Lucie, Florida; Kathryn (Thomas) Herlihy of Morgantown, West Virginia; Stevan (Wendy) Hudock of Gerrardstown, West Virginia; Charles J. (Valerie) Hudock Jr. of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and Rev. Msgr Paul Hudock of Wheeling, West Virginia. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Sean (Kara) Thomas, Kevin (Adriane) Herlihy, Ryan (Sarah) Herlihy, Marc Dmytryk, Maureen Dmytryk, Samuel Hudock and Lena Hudock, and six great-grandchildren.


Hazel’s family would like to thank the staff of the Welty Home for the Aged, 21 Washington Ave in Wheeling, for making the last 5 years of her life very enjoyable and happy.


Funeral arrangements were handled by Altmeyer Funeral Home. A Memorial Mass took place on Wednesday, December 30th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Wheeling, with her son Rev. Msgr. Paul Hudock officiating. At a future date, Hazel will be interred next to her husband, Lt. Charles J. Hudock, Sr. USN, at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington Virginia.

Submitted by President Jim Romano with the following comment:

Hazel was widow of LT Charlie Hudock, USN RET who was a Met LDO.  They were just great people and were loved and respected by many of us in DC area.

AGC Jimmy T. Wilcox, USN RET
June 1, 1938 - October 16, 2020

Jimmy T. Wilcox, 82, passed away October 16, 2020 with his family by his bedside. Funeral Services celebrating his life were held at First Presbyterian Church, Greensboro on October 20, 2020. A Full Military Honor Service at Lakeview Memorial Park followed.

Jimmy was born in Greensboro, NC on June 1, 1938 to the late Thomas Marshall Wilcox and Nolia Gregory Wilcox. He attended Rankin High School from 1st through 12th grade and graduated in 1956. Upon graduation, he joined the United States Navy and married his high school sweetheart, Evon Cockman Wilcox. As an Aerographer's Mate, he and Evon transferred from Newfoundland, Canada to Midway Island and many states in between. He rose to the rank of Chief Petty Officer and accumulated four children along the way.

Upon retiring from the Navy, Jimmy graduated with Associates Degrees from both Rockingham Community College and Guilford Technical Community College. He went on to further serve his country by joining the United States Postal Service and worked a walking mail route for 21 years.

Jimmy joined the American Legion in 1978 and enjoyed serving as the Commander for Cone Post #386 for two years. He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, Greensboro for 42 years. He and Evon loved to travel, visiting all 50 states and numerous countries across Europe and Asia.

Jimmy is survived by his wife of 63 years, Evon; children, Michael Wilcox (Tina) of Woodlawn, VA, Teresa Leszczynski (Mark) of McCormick, SC, Cynthia Turner (Mike) of Augusta, GA, and Susan McAllister (Shane) of Macon, GA; grandchildren, Krista Beattie (Eric), Lauren Hodge (Matt), Holly Wilcox, Katelyn Simons (Zach), Anne Marie Cross (David), Emily Taylor (Jonathon) and Paul D. Gatens; great-grandchildren, Chance Beattie, Tyler Simons, Luke Taylor and Peter Hodge; brother, Zeb Wilcox; and best friend Eddie Clark. He will also be missed by his beloved dogs, Bobo and Roxie.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion – Cone Post #386, 1206 American Legion St., Greensboro, NC 27405

Friends and family may sign and view the guestbook at

AGCM Eugene A. Himes, USN RET

May 12, 1943 ~ November 18, 2020 (age 77)

Eugene (Gene) Himes, 77, died November 18, 2020 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth.


Gene was born on May 12, 1943 to Delmar and Ruth (Kalander) Himes in Duluth, grew up in Finland and graduated from Kelley High in June 1961.  He attended UMD until joining the U. S. Navy in San Diego on Dec. 31, 1963.

His first of many assignments was Lakehurst, NJ to become a meteorologist. Throughout 30 years on active duty he served on Midway Island, Atsugi Naval Air Station, Yokosuka Japan, Moffett Field, Ca and Cubi Point Naval Air Station, Philippines. He performed Sea duty on Commander Seventh Fleet Staff on USS Oklahoma City and USS Blue Ridge and USS Providence including several Vietnam War deployments  He retired as a Master Chief Aerographer’s Mate, then joined the Civil Service and worked for the Navy in Yokosuka until he retired in 2013. In 2009 he was awarded a plaque (and sword & scabbard) from the Secretary of the Navy for his 45 years of service and retired with 49 years in service to the Navy. During his assignment at Yokosuka as a civil servant he mentored and provided guidance to hundreds of sailors as part of the Aegis Training and Readiness Center Yokosuka staff. Eugene’s legacy of dedication, wry humor and thoughtfulness is missed and will never be forgotten.

He was flown from a Japanese hospital on Christmas 2018 to the VA Hospital in Minneapolis, where he received excellent care.  Most recently he resided in CareFree Living in Silver Bay. 


Gene married Masako (Toshiko) Matsumoto in 1971, and she preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death were his father, Delmar, grandparents, aunts and uncles and several cousins.


He is survived by his mother, Ruth (Kalander) Himes; sister, Judith Martell; nephew, Roger (Cheryl) Martell and family; special Navy friend, Frank who got him back to the states; and all his Naval friends.


Thank you to St. Luke’s for the care he received in his last days.


A memorial service will be held in the summer of 2021. To share your memories or condolences online please visit

xAG Daniel Nicholas Monaco, USN REL

July 31, 1938 - July 17, 2020

Daniel Nicholas "Nick" Monaco, Jr., age 81, of Brunswick, Maryland, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 17th, 2020. 

Nick was born on July 31st, 1938 to Daniel Nicholas Monaco, Sr. and Louella (Myers) Monaco in Washington, D.C. He grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in 1956. 

Immediately after graduation, Nick joined the U.S. Navy and served in the Antarctic aboard the destroyer escort U.S.S. Peterson (DE-152), which provided support to "Operation Deep Freeze 60." He was honorably discharged as an Aerographer's Mate in 1960 and lived in California for a few years following his service. 

He then returned to Bethesda where he worked various jobs, the last being for B.F. Joy Construction Company. He proudly became a full-time caregiver for his mother Louella in the early 1980s until her death in 1997. After her death, Nick moved to Brunswick. A lifelong fan of Washington, D.C. area sports teams, Nick faithfully watched the Caps, Skins, and the Nats in all their glory and disappointment. 

Nick never turned away a dog or cat in need of a home, or a squirrel looking for a peanut. His love and compassion for animals and wry sense of humor will be missed.

Nick was a dedicated son, brother, and uncle, and is survived by his sisters Mary Green of Frederick, MD and JoNelle Monaco Lytle of Virginia Beach, VA, as well as many nephews and nieces. He is preceded in death by his parents and beloved brothers, Don Monaco of Silver Spring, MD and Mike Monaco of Aspers, PA.

Published in The Frederick News-Post from 19 to 21 August, 2020.

Submitted by LCDR Bruce DeWald, USN RET

LCDR Robert C. Forsberg, USN RET
Passed August 27, 2020 at Age 92
NWSA Life Member 308

It is with a heavy heart that I report the passing of Robert C Forsberg, Lt Commander, USN.  He was a lifetime member of NWSA. Bob passed away at his home in Oxnard, California, on August 27th, 2020, of natural causes at the age of 92.
He served in the USN from 1947 to 1969 in the weather service.  His duty stations included Lakehurst, New Jersey, Guam, the Pentagon, Point Mugu missle base and the USNS Valley Forge.  

He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia and is survived by his two sons Richard and William who will miss him dearly.  Bob's ashes were spread at sea off the coast of Ventura, California.  No service is planned.
Submitted by his son, Will Forsberg

CDR Earl F. Gustafson, USN RET

December 21, 1925 to July 24, 2020


Commander Earl Fredrick Gustafson passed away at home on July 24, 2020, from natural causes. Born Dec. 21, 1925 to emigrant parents in Rockford, Ill, he grew up there and in rural Minnesota.

After graduating from Ogilvie High School, he enlisted in the Navy at Minneapolis in 1948 and reported for recruit training at Great Lakes, Ill. Following bootcamp he underwent aviation rate training at Millington, TN and Lakehurst, NJ. His first duty assignment was Naval Air Station, Los Alamitos, CA. During the Korean War, he served onboard USS Cape Esperance [CVET-88] transporting planes and other cargo between the West Coast and the Far East, and USS Salisbury Sound [AV-13], a seaplane tender operating out of Okinawa and Iwakuni, Japan.

Earl then returned to Lakehurst for additional training and subsequently was ordered to staff support in the Aerological Engineering Department at Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. His next assignment was with Naval Support Force Antarctica based in Washington, D.C. He twice deployed to the Antarctic, mainly onboard USS Arneb [AKA-56] but also on icebreakers and ashore at McMurdo Station as part of Operation Deep Freeze. This duty was followed by tours at Fleet Hurricane Forecast Facility, Miami, FL and Fleet Weather Facilities in London, England and Norfolk, VA. Returning to sea, he then served onboard USS Okinawa [LPH-3] with an initial deployment as part of the Amphibious Ready Group in the Caribbean area. During most of 1967, the ship deployed to Southeast Asia and later participated in the recovery of Apollo 8. After a tour at Fleet Weather Central, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Earl again returned to sea onboard USS Oriskany [CVA-34] and made two deployments to Southeast Asia. In late 1973 he reported as Officer in Charge, Naval Weather Service Environmental Detachment, Moffett Field, CA with additional duty as Staff Meteorologist, Patrol Wings, Pacific. He retired in 1978 as a full Commander after 30 years of service.

Earl married Floy Jeanne Schonberg (a former Marine) in 1953. They had lived near each other in Minnesota and went to the same high school. They raised 2 children while moving around the world with the Navy. 

After Earl’s retirement, they moved to Arroyo Grande, CA, eventually building their dream house that he designed. While living there, Earl was active in the  Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), the California Council of Chapters MOAA (Chapter President, Area 3 Director and Interim Secretary), Fleet Weather Reserve, Naval Weather Service Association, Toastmasters, the local Democratic Club and the Austin Healy Club. He volunteered at the Retirees Center at Vandenberg AFB in Lompoc, publishing their newsletters for many years. He also published the newsletter for CALMOAA.

Earl and Floy traveled extensively around the United States and abroad, in the Far East, Australia, and New Zealand. They spent 2 summers exploring the Yukon Territory and then Alaska, in their camper. In 2010, when Floy became ill, they moved to Tracy to be closer to family. She passed away in 2013, just before what would have been their 60th anniversary.

Earl was lucky enough to find love again. He met Martha Moffett at the Widowed Persons Group that they both attended. They were married on June 2, 2015. They enjoyed meeting with their friends and going to the Senior Center to listen to music. Baseball was a fun time at their house: he was a SF Giants fan and she like the Oakland A’s. They also enjoyed watching old movies. Earl and Martha were devoted to each other.

Earl is survived by his daughter Valerie Dubie (Chuck) of Tracy, his son Chris Gustafson (Sandra) of Bodega Bay, his grandson Phillip Dubie (Elizabeth), his granddaughter Meghann Dubie, his great-grandchildren; Michael Dubie, Katherine Dubie, Rebecca Dubie and Helen Dubie; his wife Martha Moffett, her children Nickie Utvick of Tracy and Steve Moffett (Sylvia) of Antioch, her grandchildren Victoria Utvick (Zach), Megan Libenson (Paul), Thomas Utvick, Tim Moffett (Allie), Reese Moffett and Kirra Archuleta; her great-grandchildren; Olivia Libenson and Leo Libenson.

Tracy Memorial Chapel is handling the arrangements. Earl will be cremated and inurned at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon at a later date. He will receive full Military Honors. Due to current restrictions, no local service is planned at this time. For more information, please visit

Submitted by his daughter, Valerie Dubie

AGC Gilbert "Gil" Wagi, USN RET
October 29, 1945 to July 13, 2020 

Gilbert Gordon Wagi age 74, of Mills River died July 13, 2020 in Asheville, born in New Brunswick NJ October 29, 1945.

He was preceded in death by his parents Gilbert Geza and Marie Evelyn Rue Wagi

He married his first wife July 3, 1966 Marcella D Royale of Allegan, MI ended in divorce in 1973, he then met his second wife Patricia Barber Wagi from Jacksonville FL and were married June 29, 1974 they were married for 45 years and she preceded him in death August 3, 2019.

He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Rolland (Norma) Hyatt, Keith Hyatt, Marie (Tom) Green, Gilbert (Julie) Wagi, Susan (Bryan) Mason and grandchildren Rolland, Jamie, Kurt, Kasey, Kelsey, Cheyenne, Lainey and great grandchildren

He served his country with Honor in the US Navy from 1964 to 1984 retiring as Chief Aerographer’s Mate. After retirement from the Navy, he began work in 1984 with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration/National Weather Server (NOAA/NWS) retiring after 21 years in 2005

Gilbert was a member of the Pisgah Forest Baptist Church. He had a passion for fly fishing, photography, botany, meteorology and computer technology.

Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at Pisgah Forest Baptist Church with Rev. David Spray officiating.

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xAG2 Thomas A. Heggie, Sr., USN REL

September 29, 1945 to June 12, 2020


Mr. Thomas Andrew Heggie Sr., 74 formerly of North Adams, MA and Bennington, VT passed away peacefully at his home in Omaha on Friday June 12, 2020. He was a beloved husband , wonderful father and loving grandfather. The son of Norman F. and Blanche (Crofts) Heggie Sr., he was born in North Adams on September 29, 1945. He was a graduate of Drury High School and served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. Tom was a truck driver throughout his life and had worked for United Parcel Service, Modern Dairy, Crescent Creamery and retired from Priority Express.

He enjoyed following NASCAR, attending Navy reunions , he was very active and dedicated to his church- the First Baptist Church of North Adams. In later years he became quite involved with Bennington Project Independence.

He leaves his wife Evelyn Louise (Hathaway) Heggie, daughters Melanie Shartrand of Omaha, Andrea Burdick of Bennington and Stacey Shartrand of Bennington, a son Thomas A. Heggie Jr. of Adams, MA, a brother Norman Heggie Jr., many grandchildren and many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Due to the current health situation, church services and Military Honors will be postponed until a later date at the First Baptist Church of North Adams.

Memorial gifts may be made to B.P.I. (Bennington Project Independence) in care of the Hanson Walbridge & Shea Funeral Home, 213 West Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.

Tom graduated AG “A” School on 7/23/65; Class 6511 (381). After A School he served aboard the U.S.S. Thomas J. Gary DER-326) on “Operation Deepfreeze” 65-66 & 66-67. He transferred to the U.S.S. Calcaterra (DER-390) for “Operation Deepfreeze” 67-68. After “DER” duty he was at NAS Willow Grove, PA 1968-1969 where he was released from active duty.

Submitted by Alan D. Baker

AGCM Carl E. Newgent, USN RET
Passed May 14, 2020 at Age 80

Carl E. Newgent, 80, of Niles MI passed away May 14, 2020 at Buchanan Meadows. In keeping with his wish cremation has taken place, and his family will be celebrating his life privately. You can still show your support by sending flowers to the family, or by planting a memorial tree in memory of Carl. 

Had the honour of serving with Carl at Suitland, MD 1975-76. He and Vi were great people. He was the epitome of LCPO.
Jim Romano, NWSA President

In the early 1970s AGCM Newgent was the LCPO of NWSED Willow Grove, PA. His next assignment was Iceland and I believe he also did a tour at Suitland, MD. I first met Carl as a young AG2, on my first hitch in the Navy, at NWSED Willow Grove. He was a fantastic chief— always took care of his sailors. Fair winds and following seas, Carl.
Robert Josephs

AGCM Newgent was LCPO at NXX when I was a weekend warrior AG2 there following my first active duty tour. His positive attitude and terrific leadership abilities were a major factor in my returning to active duty. Rest In Peace.
James Kilmer

AGCS Paul Frederick Johnson, USN RET

February 11, 1937 to April, 27, 2020

Milton, Florida - Paul Frederick Johnson passed away in Milton, Florida, at the age of 83, on Monday, April 27, 2020.

Paul was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, on February 11, 1937, to Holger F. Johnson and Chestine Ethel Johnson. Paul graduated from Leicester High School in 1954. He then enlisted in the Navy that same year and proudly served 22.5 years. Later Paul served as a civilian employee of the US Government for many years at the Pensacola Naval Air Station.

He is preceded in death by his father, Holger F. Johnson, and mother, Chestine Ethel (Lundgran) Johnson.

Paul leaves behind three children, Karl Johnson of Florida, Kenneth Johnson of North Carolina and Elizabeth Johnson Defazio of Florida; siblings, Richard Johnson and Nancy Farnham, both of Massachusetts; and his grandchildren, Halana Johnson of North Carolina, and Bella Defazio of Florida.

Family held a Graveside Service on Friday, May 1, 2020, at Barrancas National Cemetery, with Lewis Funeral Home of Milton directing.

Paul had many interests and was active in his community. He will be deeply missed and will forever reside in our hearts.

Condolences for the family may be left at

Lewis Funeral Home, Milton, Florida

Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from May 1 to May 3, 2020

CDR George William “Bill” Karch, USN RET

July 28, 1945 to April 13, 2020

George “Bill” William Karch, 74, of Osseo, WI passed away on April 13, 2020 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, WI. 

Bill was born on July 28, 1945, son of George and Margaret (Scruggs) Karch in Columbus, OH. Bill grew up and graduated high School in Columbus, OH.

After high school, Bill joined the United States Navy and attended the Naval academy, graduating in 1970. He then became a meteorologist for the United States Navy and did this for twenty-seven years. 

Bill was a very generous person, donating to the local communities. He loved spending time at the local taverns with friends.

Bill is survived by his brothers, Robert “Bob” Michael Sr. (Connie Sue) Karch and Timothy Craig Karch; nephew, Robert Michael Karch Jr.; great nephew, William Michael Karch; and great nieces, Sabrina and Amanda Karch. 

Memorial services and military honors will be held at a later date.

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