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The 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 50th Infantry Association

Members of the Association will strive to preserve the memory of those who served in the "Ichiban" Battalion. We honor those who fell in battle in our Memorial section. In this section, we honor those of our number who have fallen since. Rest in peace, Brothers!

We were travelers on a journey
We were Brothers on the road
We were here to help each other
Walk the mile and bear the load.

You fought the good fight well and true
In Vietnam and later strife
With my last breath I'll salute you
Enjoy the peace you earned in life.

First stanza adapted from Richard Gillard's "The Servant Song", 1977.


We Remember

In Memoriam


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John Albertson, Age 64, died September 19, 2009, in Kansas City, Missouri. John was an Association Life Member who served with the Scouts Platoon from July of 1968 through July of 1969.
Edwardo Arispe, Died July 12, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas. Edwardo served as a 64B10 (Heavy Vehicle Driver) with Headquarters and Delta Companies from September, 1967, until July, 1968. He was an Association Life Member.

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Alfred W. Baker, Age 69, died March 5, 2010, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Retired Colonel and former 50th Infantry S-1 (March, 1969).
Ray Barrios, died in 1998 in a car accident in Santa Rosa CA. Ray was an Alpha Company boat person.
George E. Bell, Age 67, died October 23, 2010, in Fairburn, Georgia. George was a former 50th Infantry Heavy Weapons Platoon and "D" Company Squad Leader in 1967-68.
Cheney L. Bertholf, Jr., Age 87, died January 11, 2016. LTC Bertholf commanded the battalion from February through July of 1968.
Bernie Bierman, passed away on June 26, 2003 in Waupun Wisconsin. Bernie was a Life Member of our Association and was with D Company Mortar Platoon and was a boat person. Bernie was one of those guys you couldn't help but like.
Sammie C. Blount, Former 1st Sergeant of "C" and HQ Companies, Died in Portsmouth City, VA in January 0f 1976
Walter L. Brantley, Age 68, died July 18, 2013, of Marion, LA, Company B, 9/67 -.
Wilber D. Breseman, Age 68, died July 22, 2016, of Marcellus, MI, SSG, 1st Platoon, Company B, 8/68 - 5/69.

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James Cannon, Age 40, died Jan. 4, 1992. From Feb. 21,1969 to Feb. 22,1970 in C Company, SGT Cannon earned the C.I.B., Parachutist Badge, Bronze Star Medal w/V device (Valor), Purple Heart, BSM and other awards. Survived by his wife Peggy and two daughters
John B. Carter, Colonel (Ret.): Commanding Officer of the battalion from July through December, 1968, Died at home in Philadelphia, PA, on January 14, 2011.
Roy Carwile: We have been advised by his son, Charles Carwile, that Roy passed away on January 25th of 1999. Roy was a 63C20 Diesel Mechanic with HQ Company in 1968. His home of record at DEROS was Cresent City, Florida, and at his passing lived in Tallassee, Alabama. Roy was a member of quite a large family..including his wife, Deborah, 3 sons and 6 daughters! Click on his name(link) to view the Obituary provided by his son. May he rest in peace.
Denis Castelli: Denis M. Castelli, formerly a Sergeant E5 with Bravo Company, passed away on April 26th, 2014.
Brian Church, Forward Observer attached to SRAP, Died June, 1978.
Arnold Clark, died December 5, 1993.
Thomas E. Clark, Age 50, died September 8, 1999, in Lake Butler, Florida. Tom was a former "C" Company, 50th Infantry Specialist in 1970.
Bernie Bierman, passed away on June 26, 2003 in Waupun Wisconsin. Bernie was a Life Member of our Association and was with D Company Mortar Platoon and was a boat person. Bernie was one of those guys you couldn't help but like.
Mitchel Collins, Age 73, died December 31, 2015, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Mitch was a former "B" Company Squad Leader.
Robert Collins, died June 3, 1991
Billy Cornwell, Age 70, died Thursday, January 26, 2012 at home in Bement, IL. He was the 1st Platoon Leader in "A" Company in 1969.
Gary Cose, Age 55, died November 2, 2002 in Des Moines, Iowa. Gary was a Track Vehicle Mechanic with A Company.
Gale B "Bruce" Cowan, Age 60, died January 24, 2009 in Evansville, IN. He was in "A" Company in 1969...and served with the Short Range Ambush Platoon.
Wayne W. Cramblit, Former SRAP Platoon SGT, passed away on August 30, 1998.
Gerald J Curran Jr, Age 56, died June 17, 2002. Gerald was a Platoon Leader in Co D and XO, HQ Co. from April 68 to April 69

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Michael David Deal: Former "B" Company Man from September, 1967 to February, 1968, when he was transferred to a 1st Cavalry Division unit as part of the "Infusion" program. ...passed away on March 29, 2013, at the VA Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.
Daniel W. Dorsey, II: Former "B" Company Executive Officer and 2nd Platoon Leader from June, 1968 to June, 1969...passed away on April 3, 2011, at home in Spring Lake Park, MN.
Glenn Dulsky (APC#313): We have been advised by his daughter, Danielle, that Glenn passed away on July 31st of 2007. Glenn was an APC Driver and went over with the original members of the Battalion. Glenn lived in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and was one of the original members of the Association. Click on his name(link) to view a copy of his Obituary. May he rest in peace.

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George Fiedler: George Paul Fiedler, formerly with the 2nd Platoon of Charlie Company, passed away on May 16th, 2010.
Jay Charles Finley: Jay C. Finley, formerly with Headquarters Company, passed away on January 20th, 2015.
James Edward Fitzgerald, Sr.: James E. Fitzgerald, formerly with Headquarters Company (Medic) and attached to "A" Company from February 1968 to February 1969, passed away on July 27th, 2015.

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Richard "Rick" Garrett, Died Monday, October 16th, 2006. One of our "SCOUTS" platoon members from September of 1969 to September of 1970. He lived in Liberty, Indiana at the time of his death.
Mark Gladson, Died, May 1, 2012. Former "B" Company & SRAP Volunteer, 1969.
Howard Goldstein, Died December 8, 2009. Former "D" Company LT, 1969-70.
John Howard Golz, Died April 22, 2010. Former "A" Company SP4, 1969-70.
William Grant, Died February 24, 2000. One of the "boat people" with Bravo Company, lived in Walton Indiana at the time of his death.
Shirl W. Grimm, Died February 8, 2001, East Liverpool, Ohio.  He is buried at Columbiana County Memorial Park. Shirl attainted the rank of SGT E5 and served with the 3rd Platoon of Charlie Company, 1st Bn (M), 50th Infantry from 1968-1969.
William R. "Randy" Groebler, Age 68, of Pleasanton, CA, passed away May 23rd, 2016. Randy served with Delta Company and was seriously wounded by a booby trapped enemy grenade on November 7, 1967.

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Harley Harless, Died February 12, 1976.

Toby Hamon, SGT, Charlie Company, Third Platoon, 2nd Squad Leader, 1967-1968, suffered a massive heart attack on Saturday evening and passed away on Monday afternoon, April 17, 2006. We will miss your smile, your good nature and your friendship. Rest in peace Toby.

Mark Hannan, Of Throat Cancer, April 26, 2010. Former "D" Company Medic, January - September, 1969.
Lon M. Haskell, Age 61, died May 3, 2009, His last known address was in Lake, Michigan. Lon was with Charlie Company from September, 1967, through early 1968. No "formal" obituary has been found.
Colonel Richard D. Hooker, Sr (US Army Retired), Age 80, died October 24, 2014, He was the last Commanding Officer of the 1st Bn, 50th Infantry in Vietnam.

Richard P. Hornyak, Passed away after a long battle with cancer on April 24, 2006. Appears on Dick Guthrie's Company Roster in November of 1967 and may have been a "boat person". Bravo Company, Track#222. Lived in Philadelphia, PA at the time of his death. Contract his Daughter Cheryl at: cherylhornyak@netzero.net

Jim Hobbs, Died sometime during the fall of 2006. Jim was a Sergeant First Class and Battalion S-4 Supply Sergeant from September, 1969, to September, 1970. The sad news was supplied by Walter "Happy" Gilbreath.

John A. Hopp, Died October 9, 2008. Former "HQ" Company, September, 1969 to December, 1970.

Albert L. Hutson, Jr., Colonel, Infantry (Ret.); 1/50 Battalion Commander Sep 67-Jan 68; born March 11, 1923; died 1994.

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Duane M. "Butch" Ives, Died January 26, 1993. Duane was a Spec-4, M60 Machine Gunner with the 2nd Platoon, 4th Squad of Charlie Company from July, 1969, to July, 1970. The sad news was supplied by Bob Odendahl with research by Barbara Daniels. No Obituary has been found yet but I created a memorial page for Butch (Click on his name).

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John W. Johnson, Battalion XO, September to December, 1970, passed away on April 1, 2015...Surrounded by his beloved family. Rest in peace Johnny.
Johnny P. Johnston, Delta Company, 1966-1968, passed away on Tuesday, August 22, 2006. He was 79.

Jackie B Jutca, "A" Company, 1969, Born December 12, 1944, Died July 12, 1995.
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Richard Kerr, Jr., died July 9, 2013, in Whitney, TX. Retired Master Sergeant and former 50th Infantry, Charlie Company, Drill Instructor at Fort Hood Texas - Also Intelligence NCOIC with HQ Company in Vietnam.
John A. Kaszuba, Born April 10, 1938, Died Veteran's Day, November 11, 2001.
Walter Donald "Don" Kinard, Sr, died January 29, 2015, in Columbus, GA. Retired Major and former 50th Infantry, Alpha Company Commander awarded the Silver Star for Valorous Action on January 15, 1969.
Jack King, Delta Co. mortar platoon; from August 1968 passed away on Monday, November 29, 2004. His funeral was in Reed City, Michigan. Jack was a Life Member of our Association. May God Bless you and may you rest in peace, Jack.

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Joseph Lagree, Former Food Service Specialist, this Highly regarded Sergeant First Class was with Delta and Headquarters Companies (7/68 - 7/69). COLUMBIA -- Services for Master Sgt. Joseph Lagree, U.S. Army (Ret.), 76, of 1824 Mabron Road, Tuesday at 12 p.m. (viewing one hour prior) at New Ebenezer Baptist Church with burial in Crescent Hill Memorial Gardens with full military honors. He was born in Savannah, Ga., son of the late Lewis Walker and Flossie Lagree Graham, and died October 18, 2007, at his home. Viewing will be 2-8 p.m. and the family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. at Manigault-Hurley Funeral Home, 2229 Two Notch Road. Obituary Published on 2007-10-22, Page B4, State, The (Columbia, SC)
Walter Hugh Landry: Former member of Charlie Company's 3rd Platoon, Walt passed away after struggles with Hepatitis and Lung Cancer on June 25, 2011.
Verl D. "Chief" Lantz: Former Leader of Delta Company's Battalion Supply Section, Chief passed away on November 22, 2016.
Phillip Larson, (Master Sergeant, S3 Operations NCO 9/67-9/68), died August 2001.
Thomas D. Leddy: Years of searching by Bob Gold revealed, just two months "too late",  that his fellow "Delta Company" man, Tom Leddy, passed away on Long Island, New York on January 3rd of this year (2008).  We honor him here and thank Bob Gold, Russ Roth, and Barbara Daniels for finding this information on our newly departed brother. May he rest in peace with all from the 1/50th who preceded him. He is "Standing on Guard while the Angels Sleep"...waiting for the rest of us.
Sherman Thomas Leonard, Born January 10, 1945 - Died November 23, 2003(Sergeant, Alpha Company, March, 1968 to March, 1969). After retiring from a career with the VA in Johnson City, TN, SGT Leonard had a fall which resulted in a nasty head injury that left him suffering seizures until his death a few years later in 2003. Information supplied by George Bell (Alpha Company) after he contacted SGT Leonard's widow, Brenda.
Richard Dean "Rick" Leland: Former member of Bravo Company, March to July of 1970, Rick suffered a massive heart attack while on a fishing trip with his grandson in Texas on June 19, 2012
Robert H Lieneck, Died July 25th, 2010, Fayetteville, NC. Former Staff Sergeant, "D" Company, 1968, (Battle at LZ Litts).
Edward V. Luppi, "A" Company, 1967-8, 1st Squad Leader, 3rd Platoon...of Springfield, MA, Died July 7, 2007. 12, 1995.
Peter S. Lylyk, "B" Company, 1970, died of Lung Cancer at the Michael E. DeBakey Medical Center in Houston, Texas in July of 2007.
Robert H. Luck, Colonel, Armor (ret.), 1/50 Battalion Commander January-June 1970; born June 29, 1927; died February 23, 2002.

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James MacQueen, born 09/19/1944, died. 07/14/2004, Former Platoon Leader with Company B, 2nd Platoon in 1970, possibly an accidental death of unknown origin.
Howard Eugene Marcantel Formerly a Mechanic with with "A" Company from June of 1969 to 1970: Age 64, of Goodwater, AL, passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at UAB Medical Center, Birmingham, AL.
James L. Mausser, born 01/29/1948, died. 03/04/2017, "A" Company, 3rd Platoon, April 1968 to January, 1970
Fred T. Miranda, born 09/29/1918, died. 08/22/1977, US Army, MSG, Interred: Fort Bliss Cemetery, El Paso, TX Plot: K 0 1490, buried. 08/26/1977.
Michael Edward Monahan, Age 49, of Westfield Drive, Maumee, Ohio, passed away Monday, June 23, 1997, in his home. Michael was born September 18, 1947, in Toledo.
Donald Wayne Morrison, born August 23, 1947 and died Jan 30, 1999. A boat person from Argyle GA, Donald was one of the guys who found the $150,000 in a cave.
Matthew S. Morrison, III, Age 71, of Dalton, Georgia, passed away Monday, December 28, 2015, in his home. Matt served in the 2nd Squad of the 3rd Platoon of Charlie Company in 1967...and was severely wounded.

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Rigoberto "Rigo" Felix Ordaz, Age 69, of Mission, TX, passed away Tuesday, June 14th, 2016. Rigo served in the 2nd Squad of the 2nd Platoon of Delta Company in 1967 and with the Scouts Platoon in HQ Company.


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Louis M. Palmerlee, Age 66, died April 3, 2014, Grand Rapids, MI. Lou was with the 1st Platoon of Bravo Company in 1969-70.
Norman Pottinger, died of cancer in 1999; Norm was with Bravo Company and hailed from Woodstock GA.
Michael P. Probart, SP5, Cook, HHC, C Co.; born March 1947; died December 28,1980.
Gary Leroy Parks, Former "B" Company SP4 badly wounded January 3rd, 1968 at An Lac...died February 17, 2009; buried at Perryville Cemetery, Clarion County, Pennsylvania.
Thurman Olan Pike, Jr., Age 69, died April 10, 2015, in North Carolina. Olan was the 50th Infantry "B" Company, 2nd Platoon Leader in 1967-68. He was a Life Member of the 50th Infantry Association.
Norman Pottinger, died of cancer in 1999; Norm was with Bravo Company and hailed from Woodstock GA.
Michael P. Probart, SP5, Cook, HHC, C Co.; born March 1947; died December 28,1980.

Norman C. Poage, Age 65, died December 24, 2010, in Plano, Texas. Norm was a former 50th Infantry "C" Company, 3rd Platoon Squad Leader and Acting Platoon Leader in 1967-68. Norm was a Charter & Life Association Member...and created the Association Web Site in 1997.
Norman Pottinger, died of cancer in 1999; Norm was with Bravo Company and hailed from Woodstock GA.
Michael P. Probart, SP5, Cook, HHC, C Co.; born March 1947; died December 28,1980.

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Wilbert "Snitz" Rahiser, Delta Company, 1967-68, APC #425, passed away on Saturday, January 27, 2007, at 3:15 PM from Cancer. Rest in peace Snitz.
Rick Ramey, died in 1987. LT Rick Ramey was a boat person and the Mortar Platoon Leader of Company C.
Norman S Raty, Scout Platoon, Died September 19, 2001. Buried at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL.
Larry Allen Rosebrook, Age 64, died December 24, 2011, in Michigan. Larry was a former 50th Infantry "C" Company Squad Leader....and good friend of Norm Poage, also a former 3rd Platoon Squad Leader who died on the same date in 2010.

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Tom Schroeder, Age 69, died August 31, 2013, in Georgia. Tom served with Charlie Company as Interim Company Commander and as Executive Officer in 1967 and as Commanding Officer of Delta Company in 1968.
Michael T. Seiple, Age 58, died Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at his home in Savanna, IL. He served with the 2nd Platoon of Company B and was wounded on August 8, 1969 in Binh DInh Province.
Bob Sollars, Age 59, died October 8, 2009, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Bob served with Charlie Company and the Short Range Ambush Platoon (SRAP) from 1969 to 1970.
Andy Soltis, Age 56, died June 15, 2004, in Perrysburg, Ohio. Andy served with Charlie Company and the Short Range Ambush Platoon (SRAP) from February to October, 1969.
Billie Spence, died Christmas Day, 12/25/98; Billie was a boat person with Alpha Company from Palestine TX.
Edward J. Swope, Scout Platoon, passed away in 2003 in Naples, Florida.

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Robert T. Taylor: Former member of Bravo Company, Wounded December 10, 1967, of Iuka, Mississippi, died Friday, May 2, 2014, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth at the age of 70.

James Tishler,  Age 62, died November 21st, 2009, in Bailey's Harbor, Wisconsin. Jim served with Charlie Company from 1967 to 1968.

Lloyd Thompson,  Age 71, died April 2nd, 2010, in Pensacola, FL. Lloyd was a Staff Sergeant and served with Charlie Company Maintenance Platoon in 1969.

Kenneth Troutman, died 11/19/00; Ken was a boat person and squad leader on APC 313 (Charlie Company); from Waterloo NY.

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Melvin Joseph "Mel" Valasek Formerly a Medic with with "HQ" Company from September of 1967 to August of 1968: Age 68, passed away January 26, 2016, at Lakeside Hospital, Omaha, NE.
Warren J. Valleau, Died August 14, 2010. Former Medic, "HQ" Company, 1968 - 1969.


John "Jack" Vanden Heuvel, Died April 2, 2009.

Richard Van Pelt, Died December 27, 1988.

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Leon E. Walker, Jr., died 1997. Joined the battalion in December of 1968 as the Headquarters Company Executive Officer. Was later assigned as SRAP Platoon Leader. He was wounded and medevacted on 19 April 1969. Information supplied by former Battalion Commander Jim Woodall.

Robert "Bob" White, Alpha Company, 1967-68, Weapon's Platoon Leader, passed away on May 2, 2006. at Click on his name for a text copy of his obituary.

Jim Wonsick, "B" Company, 1st Platoon Leader, 1967-68, passed away on Friday, September 28, 2012, near Columbus, Ohio.
Walter "Wally" Wroblewski,  Age 66, died December 9th, 2014, in Baldwin, Michigan. Wally served with Charlie Company, 3rd Platoon Mortars, from 1967 to 1968.

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Walter Yamashita, Battalion Command Sergeant Major, 1967-68, passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2008, at Maui Memorial Medical Center.


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