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Posted: May 21, 2016

Posted: May 21, 2016

Maurice A. ‘KID SHARKEY’ Sposato

Maurice A. "KID SHARKEY" Sposato 99 passed away on May 13, 2016, at Kindred Greenbriar Nursing Home in Nashua, NH. Maurice was born on May 22, 1917, in upstate NY. As a young adult, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. He was wounded in the Battle of Tarawa, losing two toes, and spent many months in a hospital convalescing, thus earning him a Purple Heart, the Presidential Citation, and a Gold Star for his war efforts. He was a life member of "The Military Order Of The Purple Heart Chapter 804" and an Honorary member of "The Purple Heart Riders National Association". His injuries destroyed his dreams of becoming a professional boxer, but he never let it get him down. He would often tell people when life gets tough, you gotta "Keep On Punchin'."

Prior to joining the Marines, Maurice's boxing career consisted of a 59-9 record, scoring a draw to Sugar Ray Robinson. Upon returning to the states, Maurice enrolled in NYU, majoring in psychology. He later became a private detective. Maurice never gave up his love of the sport of boxing, and he found his way back into the ring as a trainer to many professional fighters. He could often be found in the corner as a cut man for many Golden Gloves boxers such as Archie Moore, Doug Dewitt, Buster Mathis, Jose Torres, Larry Holmes and Lou Savarese. Maurice encouraged many kids to get off the streets and into his gym, where they learned how to box but, more importantly, how to live an honest life through his gift of wisdom - wisdom that he bestowed upon us to his last day. ...
Posted: March 1, 2016

Posted: March 1, 2016

Robert W Prichard 67, Died at home Sat. 02/27/2016 Bob was born 09/07/1948 in Mattoon IL. He is survived by his wife Rose, son Robert C. Prichard/Amanda mother, Helen Prichard, sister Dr Beverley Anderson, 2 granddaughters a nephew and his dog Rosco. Bob proudly served in the US Army with the Big Red One 2/34 Bravo Co. Dreadnaught in Vietnam, attaing the rank of SGT and earning The National Defense Service Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Vietnam Service Medal w/3 Bronze Stars, Expert Tank Weapons, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Expert Pistol & Expert SMG. He was a member & Past Commander of VFW Post 9983, he also belonged to the Purple Heart Riders, American Legion & The DAV. Bobman, Chicago Bob, Biker Bob, Slim, however you knew him, he was a soldier, biker, husband, father & friend to many. Fear no one, Dreadnaught. Rest easy old soldier we’ve got your six.

The family will receive friends Friday Mar 4, 2016 from 12:30 till 1:30 at Jones Funeral Home Chapel, Holly Ridge and a Celebration of Life Service will follow at 1:30pm

Mission info: This will be a flagline mission only with acouple of flag bikes escorting family to funeral home

Staging: 11:30 am for Briefing 
12:00 noon establish Flag Line
13:45 pm Stand Down

Jones Funeral Home Chapel 207 S Dyson St, Holly Ridge, NC 28445
Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014

Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014

Glenn Allen Cargain

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Gray, TN - Glenn Allen Cargain, of Gray Tennessee and a past resident of Mahopac, NY, died on December 05, 2014. He was born on February 18, 1948 in Putnam County New York.

Glenn is survived by his wife of 20 years Linda Cargain and his three children, Glenn Jr, Cheryl, and Terry, His two step daughters Samantha and Krista Costello as well as, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is survived by brothers Emerson, Jay, Jack, and Garrett Cragain, Robert, Richard and James Bruen,.He was predeceased by his parents Emerson Cargain and Loretta J Williams-Bruen and three brothers Harold, Jay and Louis Cargain.

Glenn attended the Mahopac School District prior to entering the US Army in 1966. He served his country gallantly during the Vietnam War returning home with a Bronze Star and Purple Heart for being wounded in action. He was actively involved with various organizations' that supported veterans, such as The Patriot Guard and The Purple Heart Riders.

A private service is to be held in Tennessee for family, with plans for a memorial to be held locally in Mahopac in the Spring of 2015. The family would appreciate any donations in Glen's memory to be made to a charity of your choice .
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Gray, TN - Glenn Allen Cargain, of Gray Tennessee and a past resident of Mahopac, NY, died on December 05, 2014. He was born on February 18, 1948 in Putnam County New York.

Glenn is survived by his wife of 20 years Linda Cargain and his three children, Glenn Jr, Cheryl, and Terry, His two step daughters Samantha and Krista Costello as well as, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is survived by brothers Emerson, Jay, Jack, and Garrett Cragain, Robert, Richard and James Bruen,.He was predeceased by his parents Emerson Cargain and Loretta J Williams-Bruen and three brothers Harold, Jay and Louis Cargain.

Glenn attended the Mahopac School District prior to entering the US Army in 1966. He served his country gallantly during the Vietnam War returning home with a Bronze Star and Purple Heart for being wounded in action. He was actively involved with various organizations' that supported veterans, such as The Patriot Guard and The Purple Heart Riders.

A private service is to be held in Tennessee for family, with plans for a memorial to be held locally in Mahopac in the Spring of 2015. The family would appreciate any donations in Glen's memory to be made to a charity of your choice .
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Posted: Friday, May 2, 2014

Posted: Friday, May 2, 2014

Birth Date: 04/17/1942
Death Date: 04/30/2014

David Leighton Smith died on April 30, 2014 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, NH following a lengthy illness. Born in Hanover, NH on April 17, 1942, son of Ned B. Smith and Olive L. (True) Smith of Canaan, NH.

He was the husband of Paula E. (Tipping) Smith. They were married on February 12, 1972 in Nashua, NH.

He attended High School at the New Hampton Preparatory School. He received his BA in economics from Middlebury College and his MBA from Rivier College.

David served in the U.S. Army as a Staff Sergeant in the Vietnam War during 1965-1969 where he received and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the prestigious Purple Heart. David dedicated many hours of service to various veterans organizations including being the founding member and past Commander of the Military Order of Purple Heart Chapter 804 in Nashua. David was instrumental in the design and overseeing the construction of the Purple Heart Trail throughout New Hampshire. He held membership in the American Legion Post 55 in Canaan and the Veterans of Foreign War Post 483 of Nashua.

David started his career at Indian Head Bank in Nashua. He continued to work as a commercial loan officer/Vice President at the Nashua Trust Company (First NH Bank) until his retirement in 1995 from Citizens Bank after 26 years in the banking industry.

David was a member of the Mason Social-Summit Lodge #50 in Canaan. David attended The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Nashua.

David was a former two term NH State Representative for Nashua Ward 3.

David had many hobbies including the Northern New England Brittany Club, holding the position of former Director in the National Brittany Club. David was “master” to Ch. Triumphant’s Augustus (Gus) Smith, Ch. Harling’s Breton (Bret) Smith and Ch. Triumphant’s Beau Smith (Beau).

In addition to his wife, Paula, David is survived by three children, Kimberly Smith Muise of Nashua, Joseph L. Smith and his wife Vickie of Locust Grove, GA, and Carey T. Smith of Locust Grove, GA. David is survived by four grandchildren, Jacob S. Connell and Sarah A. Muise of Nashua and Susan M. Smith and Wyatt L. Smith of Locust Grove, GA. David is also survived by his brother, Carey T. Smith and his wife Fanne of Tallahassee, FL. David leaves three sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, many cousins, nieces and nephews and his god daughter Marla B. Tipping of Hollis, NH. Among David’s many friends Larry Lord was very special in his life.

SERVICES: A Funeral Service in his honor will be held on Monday, May 5, 2015, 1:00pm, at Davis Funeral Home, One Lock Street in Nashua, NH.  Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers those who choose may make a memorial contribution in David’s name to the Military Order of Purple Heart, Box 892, Nashua, NH 03061.

Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wilson Joseph Foy, age 41, Cordova resident, United States Army Veteran and husband of Leah Margaret Thompson Foy, departed this life Monday evening, March 31, 2014 as a result of a motorcycle accident that occurred on Highway 193 in Fayette County.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Foy is survived by his daughter, Amber Lockhart of Arlington, TN; two sons, Robert Paul Foy of Lakeland, Christopher Wilson Foy of Lakeland; his father, Robert William "Bill" Foy (Nancy "Nana") of Pinola, MS; his sister, Julie Repking of Memphis; and two grandchildren, Raiden Haze and Eli Tucker.

The family requests that memorials be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013

Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013

Jack “Clyde” Fichtner, husband of Deborah “Bonnie” McGhee Fichtner, of 2294 State Hwy 215 N., passed away May 11, 2013 at his home. In his final days, he applied all of his energy in fighting his battle with cancer and heart disease.
    Jack was born in Los Angeles, California to George and Gwenn Fichtner, both now deceased.
   He served in the US Army in Vietnam and Turkey. Jack was a utility lineman for many years throughout the Mid West and then became a contractor specializing in log home building and restoration. He retired to South Carolina five years ago. Upon retiring he joined several organizations to support our military troops. Jack was a passionate motorcycle rider and has visited every state in the United States of America. He was a lifetime member of the Vietnam Veterans of America where he had served as Chaplin and in April he was elected President of Post 644 in Union, SC. He was a member of the American Legion and the Legion Riders Post 34 in Rock Hill, SC. He was also a member of the Patriot Guard Riders of South Carolina.
    In addition to his wife Debbie, he is survived by three daughters, Taurea Hope Fichtner of Vancouver Washington, Kathy McCall of Blair, SC, Maradee Fichtner of Texas; three sons, Lance “Smitty” Smith and Ricky Foreman both of Arlington Texas, and Blake Williams of Blair, SC. His grand-children are Lira, Libra, Rainey, Methias, Chelsey and Jason; his great-grand child is Beyla.
    The memorial service for Jack will be held at 6:00pm, Friday May 17, 2013 at Pollard Funeral Home, 115 York Street, Chester.
Remembering Our Heros
Cpl. Christopher Jack Lapka 22 of Peoria, Arizona United States Marine Corps assigned to "B" Company , 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. One of eight Marines killed when a Marine convoy was attacked with a car bomb in Zaidon, Iraq, near Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison, on October 30, 2004. Also a member of the Purple Heart Riders Association.
Remembering Our Heros

Marvin Lee Lemley, age 65 of Yukon, PA, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, died Friday (5/04/2012) in the Excela-Health Latrobe Hospital, Latrobe, PA. Mr. Lemley was born September 27, 1946 in Morgantown, WV, the son of the late Bertha Lemley . Marvin was a1966 graduate of Montour High School. He then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. He received the Purple Heart and was honorably discharged. He worked for the former Volkswagen of America in Mt. Pleasant, and then retired from AmeriGas Co. of Hunker with 13 years of service. Marvin was very active and enjoyed riding his motorcycle with the Patriot Guards, and the Legion Riders, having served as Road Captain. Marvin was a member of the Connellsville American Legion Post #301. He was a loving father to his children and will be sadly missed by those who knew him. Marvin is survived by his loving family: his children; Dawn C. Barger and her husband Alan of Derry, Thomas Lee Lemley of Yukon, and Timothy Lee Lemley of West Newton, and by his brother; Thomas Hand and his wife Ramona of Jerome, Idaho. Also a member of the "Purple Heart Riders Association".

Remembering Our Heros
Neil Spencer Montella, age 65, a resident of Blounts Creek, died Friday, October 14, 2011 at UHS Hospice in Greenville.Graveside services with military honors was conducted at 12 Noon Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at the Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, N.C. Mr. Montella was born in Delaware County, PA. on December 9, 1945. He was the son of the late Neil Michael Montella and the late Helen Marie Bail Williams. Mr. Montella attended Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, Pa. Class of 1964. He was a Company “F” Tactical Officer. He attended Youngstown University. Mr. Montella served in the U. S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army for 26 years. He was a Vietnam and Dessert Storm veteran. He also was a Real Estate broker and was General Manager of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.
Remembering Our Heros
  Christopher Alan Anderson Petty Officer 3rd Class  24 of Longmont, Colorado, United States Navy Corpsman assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force Atlantic. Died as a result of enemy action in Ramadi, Anbar province, Iraq, on December 4, 2006. Also a member of the "Purple Heart Riders Association".
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Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013

 In Memory of John W. Findlater Jr. 1942 - 2012 

Lt. Colonel John W. Findlater, Jr. (Ret.) United States Army, 69, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 14, 2012 after a brave battle with cancer. Jack was born in Detroit, Michigan the eldest son of the late John and Ann Findlater. After his graduation from Mercersburg Academy where he was captain of the boys’ varsity swim team and All American swimmer, he went on to earn a BS degree in Business Economics at the University of Tampa, Florida and MBA from Troy State University.

Jack retired in 1984 after more than 20 years of service as an Aviator in the U S Army. During his two tours in Vietnam and one in Germany, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medal, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and several other awards.

After his military career, Jack became Chief Financial Officer and Comptroller for several specialty hospitals. He and Lorrell enjoyed sailing and running Coyote Sailing School, where Jack was named 2005 Outstanding Instructor by the American Sailing Association.

Jack was a member of Manatee Cove Marina at PAFB, the East Coast Sailing Assoc., Eau Gallie Yacht Club, Combat Veterans’ Motorcycle Assoc. Chapter 20-1, Patriot Guards and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Purple Heart Riders Association "Wiley" he  was the first Florida member and became the State President of the Florida members.
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Posted: Monday, July 8, 2013

Posted: Monday, July 8, 2013

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I wish my uncle was alive to ride with you guys, but he lost his life in WW II and was awarded a Purple Heart posthumously on July 5, 1945. His name is Riley C, Thurmond. He was in the Seabees and in the Phillipines. He was under orders hunting three downed fliers on an unnamed atoll when he was ambushed by Japanese soldiers. He is buried in the Manila American Cenetery and Memorial. He was born Deceber 18, 1912 so he was 33 years old.