Lost Members of the 458th and Associated Others

Richard E. Leibel
DOD: 01/26/2018

Hi Mike,

I wish this was a different message but I need to let you know that Dad passed away yesterday morning. He hadn't been feeling well for a few weeks. We had taken him to his doctor a couple of times with no real diagnosis as to the cause of his discomfort. And on the 16th I witnessed him acting very strangely. He was in a very confused state. We got him to the hospital and after a week of tests and watching him decline rather rapidly the testing indicated an old stroke and a recent acute stroke. We were able to get him to a hospice in-patient facility Wednesday night and I was called at 6:30 yesterday morning that he had passed. Both the hospice nurse and all of us were shocked that he passed so quickly. We all thought we had at least a few more days with him. But the blessing is that they were able to make him comfortable which he was not at the hospital and I think he preferred to leave us privately. That would be his way.

His time spent with the you and the 458th Sea Tigers, and the adventures that the book brought his way were absolutely some of his happier times these past few years. I think that took the edge off his missing Mom and I have and always will be grateful for the friendship and kinship he knew with the 458th.

Needless to say this is all so very sad. And in some ways so sudden. He had been slowing down but otherwise maintaining an independent and active life.

I would appreciate it if you could let the other members of 458th know of Dad's passing.

We miss him so much.


Obituary for Richard E. Leibel
Richard E.; Beloved husband of the late Lillian R. (nee Holtkamp) Leibel; Devoted father of Tom
(Karen) Leibel and Jean (Mark) Walpole; Dear grandfather of 7 grandchildren and 1 great
grandchild; Also survived by nieces, nephews and good friends; passed away on Thursday, Jan.
26, 2018; Age 98; Residence North College Hill; He was a member of the Knights of Columbus,
458th Sea Tigers, Holy Name Society, Original Parish Council, Troop 393 Scout Leader and
Committee Chair; Visitation will be held at st, Margaret Mary Church 1830 W. Galbraith Rd. on
Monday, January 29, 2018 from 9:30 AM until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 AM;
Donations may be sent to 458th Sea Tigers 5307 Osage Dr., Arlington, TX 76017 or Our Lady of
the Holy Spirit Center 5440 Moeller Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45212.

James Farmer
DOD: 11/26/2013 Sacramento, CA

Longtime resident of West Sacramento, passed away November 26, 2013 in Sacramento. Survived by his loving wife and soul-mate Lori, daughter, Stacey Farmer and son Jaime Farmer (Kayla), his brother, Dave Farmer (Irene) and his grandchildren, Josh, Jordan, Braden, Skyla and Brianna. Preceded in death by his father, Galen, his brother, Galen and his mother, Vi. Farmer worked for Reclamation District #900 for 35 years. He loved his job. He was a very proud Vietnam veteran. Friends are invited to attend funeral services on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at River Cities Funeral Chapel, 910 Soule St., West Sacramento

From Andrew Ross:
Jim came down with pneumonia in October, and was hospitalized for over a month. Lori and family were expecting him to get better soon, then he passed away at hospital.

Chas Ryneberg and I attended his funeral, and Ken Connoley attended the gravesite ceremonies the following day at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, CA

Orville McCarty
DOD: 07/29/2013 Salyersville, Kentucky

Greg Hemgesberg
DOD: 06/17/2013 Flint Michigan

Just got word from Deb Hemgesberg that her husband Greg passed away last June 17. Congestive heart failure and most likely pneumonia. Anyone wanting to send condolences address to Deb Hemgesberg 3224 Burnell Ave. Flint Michigan 48504. Greg served at Cat Lai April-September 1971.

Warren Whipple
DOD: 06/03/2013 Redding California

It is with much sorrow to inform you all of the passing of Warren "Big Daddy" Whipple. He passed away June 3, 2013. He lived in Redding California.

Howard Livingston
DOD: 09/14/2011

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Robert Arno Henry Felde
DOD: 02/03/2011 Cheyenne, WY

Mr. Robert Arno Henry Felde, 71, of Greeley, Colorado, passed away Thursday, February 3, 2011, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cheyenne.

Mr. Felde was born September 3, 1939, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, a son of the late Fred and Ruth (Mundt) Felde.

A Purple Heart recipient, Robert was a combat veteran serving two tours of duty for the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He retired as the Chief Warrant Officer 2 after 24 years of honorable service. During his service in Vietnam, he was exposed to Agent Orange and because of this exposure and effects it had on his health, Robert became an advocate for those combat veterans who returned home from active duty. He was actively involved in the Wounded Warrior Program and volunteered to drive veterans from Greeley to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cheyenne. He also supported the local VFW and served as a member of the Honor Guard. He was a patriotic man who loved his country and also enjoyed spending time in the outdoors where he loved to hunt and fish.

Robert is survived by his loving wife, Carol (Schuette) Felde of Greeley, CO; four children, Bruce Ronald Felde of Morgantown, WV, Keith William Felde of Stephens City, VA, Glen Thomas Felde of Ft. Leonardwood, MO, and Deanna L. Felde of Greeley, CO; seven grandchildren; and two sisters, Suzanne Fenn of Howards Grove, WI, and Shirley Aschenbach of Minnesota.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, William Felde.

Jimmie Lee
DOD: 01/01/2007

Jimmie was with the 458th most of 1970
Funeral photo's

Robert Foley
DOD: 01/01/2007

Big Bob served with the 458th 1969 & 1970
B. 1947
D. 2007

Bernard G. Hammer "Bernie"
DOD: 01/01/2007

More information is pending. Bill Northrop contacted a niece who said that death was from Hodgkin lymphoma. More information will be added in the near future.

Don Miller
DOD: 01/01/2007

born 1943
died 2007
Wife's name is Coni
served with 344th LARK company 1966-1967
Don was injured in a bad electrical accident twenty years prior to his death and suffered from the accident effect the rest of his life

Terry Cumberland
DOD: 01/01/2007

Bob Cordel
DOD: 01/01/2007

Waiting for more information

Lenny Bryant
DOD: 09/01/2006

Lenny was with the 458th from June1969 to February 1970, I remember he told me that one of his jobs was helping to keep the boats running.
born 02/22/47)
died 09/01/06

Frank Ventrelli
DOD: 01/01/2006 Indian Stone Veterans Cemetery, Penn

Frank was with the 458th 68-69
B. 1942
D. 2006
Indian Stone Veterans Cemetery, Penn

Al Cousineau
DOD: 01/01/2000

Al was with the 458th
1968/1969, exact dates not known
Date of death not known, believed to be year 2000

Frank Fentrelli
DOD: 11/30/1999

Frank was with the 458th 05-19-06 and is buried in Indian Stone Veterans Cemetery in Penn.. He was a retired deputy Sheriff

James H Anderson
DOD: 01/01/1998

James H Anderson ---- 1998
James was the 1st Maint NCO for the 458th when it went to Vietnam

Salvador "Sal" Potenzano
DOD: 01/01/1996 Las Vegas

His 458th tour was June 66-Sept 67
Sal came from the Queens District of NY City
Wife's name was Olga
Place of death was Las Vegas 1994-1996
information provided by Ed Nelson

Jerome Nickols
DOD: 01/01/1994

Jerome was in the 458th 1971

Jack Sam Canada
DOD: 01/01/1993 Hampton Military Cemetery, VA

Born 10 Jan 1925
Died 1993
buried Hampton Military Cemetery, VA

Loren T Pender
DOD: 01/01/1990

Loren T Pender 1940-1990
Loren was my supply clerk and good friend, details of his death are not known.

Milton Keamerer
DOD: 01/01/1990

Sidney Fanning
DOD: 01/01/1987

Doyle Travis Culpepper
DOD: 01/01/1984

Sgt Culpepper was with the 458th in 1971
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Dennis Atkinson
DOD: 01/01/1982

Dennis was in the 458th 1969

John Thresh
DOD: 01/01/1973

John was with the 458th 68-69
B. 1946
D. 1973

Gerald (Slim) Hinsdale
DOD: 06/30/1971

Sgt Hinsdale was with the 458th
Casualty Date 1971-06-30,
Non-Hostile, Drowned
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James A Loux

James A Loux 1950-1971

SP4 - Army - Selective Service ,USARV ,21 year old Single, Caucasian, Male,Born on Feb 10, 1950, From OWOSSO, MICHIGAN His tour of duty began on Aug 03, 1970, Casualty was on Apr 05, 1971

in KIEN GIANG, SOUTH VIETNAM, Hostile, died of wounds

Body was recovered , Religion PROTESTANT

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Dickey Craig

SGT - Army - Regular
22 year old Married, Caucasian, Male
Born on Dec 02, 1947, From MADISON, INDIANA
His tour of duty began on Aug 04, 1970, Casualty was on Oct 19, 1970 in BINH DINH, SOUTH VIETNAM
Religion, BAPTIST
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Alvin Halverson
DOD: 02/10/1970 Vietnam

Information from Dave Jordan; Alvin died from a heart attack while in Vietnam, Feb 10 1970
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Jim Gorsche
DOD: 12/31/1969

Information from Dave Jordan; Jim was killed by a drunk driver after returning home, date not known

Eugene P Shumbris

CAPT - Army - Reserve
22 year old Married, Caucasian, Male Born on Feb 11, 1947
From BAYSIDE, NEW YORK Length of service 3 years.
His tour of duty began on Jul 11, 1969 Casualty was on Dec 09, 1969
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Anthony J Sestito
DOD: 06/05/1969 Vietnam

KIA 5 June 1969
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Anthony was not in the 458th, but he was a friend to many of our guys stationed at Qui Nhon 1968 and 1969

Marvin Leon Wyatt
DOD: 06/17/1968 Vietnam

arrived in country 3/20/68 assigned to 458th TC, died 6/17/68
of non-hostile action
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information provided by Joe Wright and Larry McCort

Donnie Coleman
DOD: 09/07/1967

Sp4 Coleman was born 7 July,1946
Home of record Albany, GA
Casualty date September 7 1967
Non-Hostile, Accidental Drowning
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