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McAvinue, Hugh J. "Mac"

Hugh J. (Mac) McAvinue of Suffern, New York, passed away January 21, 2015 at the age of 84. Born February 22, 1930 in Flushing, New York to Patrick and Nora McAvinue, he was raised at St. Agatha's Home in Nanuet, New York. He married Catherine Byrne who predeceased him October 12, 2011. After his schooling, he proudly served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps with the 1st division in Oceanside California, and overseas in Alaska, Japan and Korea, he received six battle stars and the Korean service medal besides other awards. He worked for Nestle, New England Freight, and International Paper. He was an avid nature lover, photographer, fisherman, and enjoyed camping in the Catskills and Adirondack Mountains. He also completed the Adirondack canal route from Old Forge, New York via the Fulton chain of lakes to Forked Lake and Eagle bay. Hugh was a a member of the American Legion in Suffern, the VFW in Suffern, the Korean War Veterans, and the Marine Corps Association. He is survived by his sister-in-law Margaret Martin, and numerous nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 11:00 AM at Sacred Heart Church in Suffern. Burial will follow at the Cemetery of the Ascension in Airmont, New York. Friends may call on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Scarr Funeral Home, Route 202, Suffern.

McBain, Paul Frank

Paul Frank McBain, 85, passed away on April 10, 2014, after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer.

Paul was born to Cecil and Virginia McBain in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on August 29, 1928.  He graduated from Marquette University, and was a member of Delta Sigma Pi fraternity.  Upon completion of R.O.T.C., he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and fought in the Korean War as a member of the 1st 90 MM AAA Gun Battalion.

Following his military service, he was employed by Wisconsin Bell Telephone Company and AT&T for 35 years before returning to Alachua, Florida.  He was an avid golfer and in 1996 was a member of a winning team at the Oldsmobile Scramble at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Greta Louise Gresens McBain; daughter, Mrs. Walter (Cecilee) Tangel of Richmond, Kentucky; sons Michael McBain of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Steven McBain of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, and Edward McBain and his wife Sue of Scottsdale, Arizona.  He is also survived by grandchildren Mrs. Christopher (Virginia Tangel) Frankle, Paul Tangel, Sheila McBain, Kelly McBain, Stephanie McBain, Ian McBain, Mrs. Miles (Alison) Masog, and Jonathan McBain; and great grandsons, William and Isaac Masog.

His final resting place will be at Wisconsin Memorial Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

McBee, John Warren Sr.

John Warren McBee Sr., 87, of Knoxville, Tennessee, died April 27, 2020, of coronavirus.  He was born August 25, 1932, a son of William and Mary Petty McGee.  He was the youngest of six children.  His siblings were Clifford, William, Oscar, and Angelicia McBee (Griffin). John graduated from Austin High School and joined the armed forces in 1952.  He was an Army paratrooper who attained the rank of Sergeant.  He married Valeria Lewis in 1959 and they had four children: Marilyn Denise Billingsley, William Patrick McBee, Michael Anthony McBee, and the late John Warren McBee Jr.  He was also the grandfather of eight grandchildren and had numerous nieces and nephews. John worked for the Chicago Postal Service for 20 years and then worked 20 years for the Santa Fe Railroad.  He was buried in Lynnhurst Cemetery.

McCalla, James Homer

James Homer McCalla,77, of Paulton, Illinois, went to be with the Lord at 8:45 PM, December 22, 2008 at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, December 27, 2008 at the Blue Funeral Home in Marion with Reverend John Burnett officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, Friday, December 26, 2008 at the funeral home. Burial will be at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, east of Marion.

Mr. McCalla was born on September 15, 1931 in St. Louis, Missouri to the Reverend Bernard and Goldie (Provence) McCalla. In 1952, he married Anna B. Frey and for 51 years, they lived in Paulton, where they raised their three children.

Survivors include his wife, Anna McCalla of Paulton; his children, James Steven and Rita McCalla of Paulton, Homer Lee and Pam McCalla of Johnston City and Haley Ann and Kevin Koehling of Paulton; grandchildren, Melissa and Toby Reed of Johnston City, Tania and Dennis Craig of Willisville, Kenneth and Sheila McCalla of Pittsburg, Steveny and James Henderson of Paulton, Cheryl and Shawn Quertermous of Creal Springs, Scott McCalla of Johnston City, Hannah Koehling-Peck of Seattle, WA, Charles Koehling and Autumn Koehling, both of Paulton; and great-grandchildren, Erica Reed, Cheyenne Reed, Aaron McCalla, Jude Henderson (and his sibling on the way), Shaylee McCalla, Jade McCalla, Seth Quertermous and Breea Quertermous.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Paul, David, Lee & John McCalla; sisters, Francis Clapp, Martha Nance, Elaine Jete; and great-grandchildren; Brenan Quertermous and Michael Van Emery.

Mr. McCalla was a member of the Full Gospel Tabernacle of Marion. He served his country with the United States Army where he was a decorated veteran of the Korean War. He worked as a coal miner and after 29 years of dedicated service, he retired in 1992 from Peabody Coal Company of Shawneetown.

Mere words cannot capture the life of this wonderful man and how truly missed he will be by so many. All of his family has faith that they will one day reunite with him and the Heavenly Father in the Glory Land.

McCandless, John Richard

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John Richard McCandless, MSgt, USMC, Ret, 86, Oceanside died on March 11, 2010 at Las Villas Del Norte Health Center in Escondido, CA.  The son of the late Rollin Louis McCandless and Catherine Amelia Rethlake McCandless, John McCandless was born April 18, 1923 in Adrien, MN.

On 5 June, 1942 he joined the Marine Corps and retired as a Master Sergeant after 26 years of service. He saw action in World War II at Guadacanal, Tarawa, Saipan, Okinawa and in China; in the Korean War with the 1st Engineer Battalion, Baker Company at Seoul, Inchon, and the Chosin Reservoir; and in Vietnam. He received two Purple Hearts, numerous commendations and unit citation awards.

After retiring from the Marines, he worked as a carpenter until his final retirement. He was continuously very active in his church and the Knights of Columbus as a Fourth Degree Knight.

On 10 January, 1950, Mr. McCandless married Esther Anne Scholl of Falls City, NE. They lived in Oceanside, CA. To this union four children were born who all survive him: Kenneth Jon McCandless of Highlands Ranch, CO, Leslie Joanne Gibson of Oceanside, CA, Mary Jane Carrozza of Vista, CA, and Nanette Jean McCandless of Oceanside, CA. He is also survived by four sisters: Marietta Suek of Bloomington, MN, Joan Johnson of Litchfield, MN, Esther Skeate of Emily, MN and Marilyn Krenik of St. Paul Park, MN; two brothers: Jerome of Hutchinson, Minnesota and Patrick of Apache Junction, Arizona, four grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, three sisters and one baby brother.

An immediate family graveside memorial was held on March 22, 2010 at Eternal Hills Memorial Park where his cremated remains were laid to rest with his wife of 29 years.  Family attending the memorial for this outstanding man from far away were from Colorado, Oregon, and New Hampshire.

McCarley, Howell Day

Mr. Howell Day McCarley of Blue Ridge, Texas, passed away November 12, 2012, in McKinney. He was born March 1, 1929, in Delva, Texas, the son of Eugene and Lena Duke McCarley. He graduated from Blue Ridge High School at age 16 and then attended and graduated from East Texas State College in three years. He then began his teaching career in Blue Ridge. In 1951 he joined the U.S. Air Force and, while stationed in Moses Lake, Washington, he was one of the lucky 29 survivors out of 116 that were involved in the crash of a C124. After his term in the Air Force he resumed his teaching career in 1955 at Dallas ISD and retired in 1985 as an administrator of the evening school at Skyline High School. He married Peggy Compton December 31, 1953, in Celeste, Texas. He was also a member of the Blue Ridge Baptist Church and the Blue Ridge Masonic Lodge and a 50-year-member Shriner. He is survived by his wife of almost 59 years, Peggy; and his children, Ken McCarley and Chuck McCarley and his wife Becky of Blue Ridge and Dean McCarley and his wife Kelly of Sugar Land. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Vickie Musser and one grandson, Neal McCarley. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Blue Ridge Baptist Church with the Rev. Johnnie Jones and the Rev. Shawn Bailey officiating and Masonic graveside rites following at the Blue Ridge Cemetery. Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening at the Blue Ridge Baptist Church in Blue Ridge. In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made in his name to the Blue Ridge Baptist Church Building Fund.

McCaw, Thomas

Thomas G. McCaw, age 88, of O'Fallon, Illinois, born October 28, 1934 in Summerfield, Illinois, passed away suddenly on November 16, 2022 at Memorial Hospital, Shiloh, Illinois.

Tom grew up in Summerfield and graduated from Lebanon High School. He quickly joined the US Army and served in the 3rd Infantry Division, Military Police 1951-1954, and an additional four years in the US Air Force Military Police until 1962. He was a long-time truck driver and worked in construction out of the Laborers Local 670. In his retirement years, Tom remained active with many volunteer organizations, including the American Legion in Swansea, Korean War Vets, Life Member of VFW, O'Fallon Sportsmen's Club, Masonic Lodge AF & AM, Ainad Shrine of East St. Louis, Eastern Star Chapter 487, Legion of Honor of Ainad Shrine, and served as Chaplain of the Enterprise Grange. Tom also served on the Board of Directors for Illinois Veterans' Home of Anna, and was a long-time member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Summerfield. Often a fixture at local veterans' events, Tom was proud of his military service and worked hard to advocate for veterans' rights and assistance. In addition to his many volunteer roles, he had also worked at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, Lake View Memorial Gardens, and Memorial Hospital in Belleville. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Louise Peters McCaw; sisters Mary Ellen Reed, Edward McCaw, Carter McCaw; great-granddaughter Aurora Joers.

Surviving are his wife Nancy, nee Weisbrod, whom he married July 7, 1956; his daughter Rebecca (Tommy) Thompson of Mascoutah, grandchildren Michelle (Scott) Joers, Andrew and Patrick Thompson; great-grandchildren Sophia and Collin; sister Suzanne Hongsermeier, and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial Donations are suggested to St. John's UCC or Shriner's Hospital. Sign the guestbook at  Visitation: 4-8 pm, Monday, November 21, 2022 at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O'Fallon. VFW Post 805 will conduct a service at 6 pm. The American Legion Post 2007 will conduct a walk-thru at 6:30 pm. The Enterprise Grange will conduct a service at 7 pm. The Masons will conduct a service at 7:30 pm. Funeral: 10 am, Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O'Fallon, with Rev. Philip Barbier officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Illinois.

McClendon, Richard William

Richard William "Mac" McClendon (USCG Ret.) of Marshfield, Massachusetts, formerly of Commerce, Texas, died on April 22, 2003. He was born October 05, 1923.

Mac was a World War II veteran of the Navy/United States Coast Guard, having left Texas to enlist for military duty in 1942. He trained as a radio operator and was a radioman.  He served on several different vessels, landing craft, patrol crafts, the USS William Weigel, United States Coast Guard cutter Thetis, and others.  After World War II he reenlisted in the Coast Guard and in 1946 was aboard the Coast Guard cutter NorthWind during Operation High Jump and Operation Deep Freeze. He was honorably discharged from the Coast Guard as a RM2C and then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1951 for a one-year stint.  He trained at Camp Pendleton as a private and moved up the ranks to Private First Class, Corporal, and then Sergeant in 1952.  He was honorably discharged 1952 and then reenlisted in the Coast Guard.  With security clearance, during that enlistment he served on many vessels, including ice patrols.  He remained in the Coast Guard until 1964 and retired as a Chief petty officer. His last duty station was Marshfield.  During his 21-year military career he was assigned to duties in New York, Boston, California, New Orleans, Hawaii, and other places.

He was the beloved husband of June R. (McKay) McClendon (1926-2017), and dear father of Nancy L. (John) Loughran of Marshfield, Richard J. (Carol) McClendon of Norwell, Pamela (David) Ham of Hingham, and Cindy L. (Richard) Smigliani, Susan (Steve) Noyes and William (Jennifer) McClendon, all of Marshfield. He was also the beloved brother of Rebecca Jo Jackson and Martha Cunningham of Texas.  In addition he was survived by ten loving grandchildren.

His funeral was held at MacDonald Funeral Home, 1755 Ocean St. (Rte. 139), Marshfield, followed by a funeral mass in St. Ann's by the Sea Church. Interment mass was held at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, Massachusetts.

Semper Paratus

McClure, Vern L.

Vern L. McClure, 79, of Algona, Iowa died on Tuesday, May 1, 2007, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa.  Vern's family will receive friends on Friday, May 4, 2007, at Wilson-Lentz Funeral Home in Algona from 5 to 8 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2007 at the First United Methodist Church in Algona.  Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Algona, with military rites conducted by the Algona VFW Post 2451 and the Haag-Turner American Legion Post 90 of Algona.

Vern was born July 26, 1927 in Creston, Iowa to Gladys (Downey) and Arthur McClure.  He was raised in the rolling hills of southern Iowa where he farmed with his family near Thayer and raised purebred shorthorn cattle until he was drafted into the Korean War.  From 1951 to 1953, Vern served in the Army and was stationed in Korea in the 1st Battalion of the 160th Regiment of the 40th Infantry Division and served as their Message Center Chief.

A beneficiary of the G.I. Bill, he graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.S. degree in Commerce and graduated from the University of Iowa Law School in 1959.  While at the U of I Vern met the love of his life, Gloria Schaper.  They were married on April 19, 1958 in Des Moines.

Vern practiced law in Algona and Swea City in the Buchanan Law Firm from 1959 until his retirement in 1988 and served as the City Attorney for Algona from 1976 to 1982.  In 1960 he became Secretary of the Kossuth County Fair.  For 17 years he guided the fairgrounds renovation and helped make its race track an area attraction.

Friends will recall Vern's bountiful gardens, proud allegiance to the Iowa Hawkeyes, voracious reading, especially of Civil War, World War I and World War II books and his happy and kind Scottish nature.

Left to cherish his wonderful life are his wife of 49 years, Glroia; three children, Cheryl (Ron) Beaver of Clarinda, Iowa, Kevin McClure of Centennial, Colorado, and Natalie (Jeff) Burnham of Windsor Heights, Iowa; four grandchildren who brought him immense joy, Sarah and Laura Beaver, and Evan and Savannah Burnham; and his sister, Erla Eastabrooks of Hampton, Iowa; three nieces, Lynne Porter, Diane Fink and Julie Holmberg.

The family suggests any bequests be made to the Algona Public Library, the Kossuth County Fair, or the University of Iowa Law School Foundation.

McConkey, Duane

Duane C. McConkey, 80, passed away on January 24, 2014 in Austin, Texas.  Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. February 1, 2014, at Bailey Memorial Cemetery, Tolono, Illinois.  Memorial donations may be made to Cunningham Children's Home, 1301 N. Cunningham Avenue, Urbana, Illinois, or an organization of the donor's choice.

Duane was born April 5, 1933, in Champaign, Illinois, the son of Jay S. and Opal Marie McConkey.  He married Mary Louise Curry on August 10, 1958, in Tolono.  She survives.  Also surviving are his daughters, Debra (Jim) Nunley and Dawn (Steve) Kumpe; grandchildren, Sharayah (Jessie) Alhman, Jesse Kumpe and Cory Nunley; great-grandsons; brothers, Deane McConkey; brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Susie Curry; and several nieces and nephews.  His parents and two brothers, Don and Dick McConkey, preceded him in death.

Duane spent 10 years (ages 2-12) in Cunningham Children's Home, Urbana.  He attended Rantoul High and was an above-average athlete.  His claim to fame was being second in the high school state pole vault to Tolono's Rocky Ryan, who placed first that year.

He served his country in the Korean War on the USS Missouri battleship.  Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy, he worked at Alexander, Wickes and Wolohan lumber companies before starting his own construction company.  In 1979, he accepted a position with Warner and Gray as construction superintendent in Santa Barbara, California.

In 2004, Duane and Mary moved to Leander, Texas, to be near their daughters and grandchildren.  He attended Leander Assembly of God.  Duane loved his Lord and his family.  He will be sorely missed by anyone who was fortunate enough to have known him and his sense of humor.

Duane enjoyed the years he coached the Tolono Pony League and was an avid sports fan of the Illini, Chicago Bears and St. Louis Cardinals.

McConnell, Hugh E.

Hugh E. McConnell was a Korean War Veteran.  He passed away October 12, 1990. He earned a Bronze Star, and he was injured in the line of duty.

McDaniel, Burl

LTC Burl McDaniel, US Army, retired, passed away 15 December 2007 at his residence after a long illness. Lt. Col. McDaniel served his country in the United States Army during World War II, Korean War and Vietnam. During the Vietnam War he served with CCS, MACV-SOG. He also served with Detachment “A” in Berlin, Germany. Survivors include his loving wife, Ingrid McDaniel of Melbourne Florida; two sons: Peter (Rachael) McDaniel of Apex, North Carolina and Todd McDaniel of High Point, North Carolina; two daughters: Georgina (Edgar) Whiteman of Fayetteville, North Carolina and Tracey (Thomas) Delbridge of Alexandria, Virginia; four grandchildren, Christopher and Grayson McDaniel and John and Matthew Whiteman; two brothers: Bill McDaniel of Mesa, Arizona and Woody McDaniel of Melbourne, Florida and a sister, GeeNee Piske of Glendale, Arizona.

McDermott, Thomas Francis "Tom"

Thomas Francis McDermott, best known as Tom, passed away May 5, 2020 at age 84 due to complications from the Covid-19 virus. His children and grandchildren recall his gentle and loving nature, his absolute devotion to his family and his faith, and especially the unconditional love he shared with his wife Lorraine throughout their marriage of 55 years. His family is very grateful to the healthcare workers at South Shore Hospital who cared for Tom during his illness. Before Tom died, he told hospital staff who asked that his favorite song was "God Bless America." He then stunned them by singing it aloud in the same strong voice that he'd loaned to many church congregations, and to The Pacemakers, a singing group he took part in at Grove Manor Estates in Braintree. He and Lorraine lived at Grove Manor for five years. When Lorraine was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and transferred to the memory-care facility there, Tom moved along with her. It was an uncommon choice, but not for Tom, who was always happiest when Lorraine was by his side. We are grateful for the years of memories and the loving care they received at Grove Manor. Tom was born in Boston on October 20, 1935, one of four children of Raymond McDermott and the former Mary Callahan. He was raised in Mattapan and survived polio as a child. After graduating from Boston Technical High School, he served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War. A devout Catholic, Tom attended seminary for six months with plans to become a priest before deciding to take a different path. He met Camille Lorraine DiMauro, always called Lorraine, at a dance at the Lenox Hotel in Boston. The couple married at St. Mark's Church in Dorchester on October 12, 1964. Tom and Lorraine moved to Wareham, then to Braintree, to raise their family. While the kids were young, he worked days and took night classes at Northeastern University. In 1971, Tom earned a degree in mechanical engineering. His long and distinguished career as an engineer included jobs in the nuclear submarine division at the Raytheon Company, in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and the Massachusetts Archives and Commonwealth Museum on Columbia Point in Dorchester, Mass. When he wasn't working, Tom reveled in time spent with his wife and children. Family recalled his joy at gathering everyone together for meals, dancing in the kitchen with his wife, and telling stories that captivated his grandchildren. Home, they said, was his happy place. Considered a jack-of-all-trades, Tom was able to fix just about anything. If he happened upon a job he couldn't do, he would teach himself to get it done. He was an avid reader who was always interested in learning new things. A born sports fan, Tom helped build the youth hockey program in Wareham. He coached his sons and daughters teams in both Wareham and Braintree, and later was an enthusiastic fan at his grandchildren's hockey games. He loved Boston sports, and rarely missed watching the Bruins and Patriots on TV. Tom was a man of great faith. At Northeastern he was involved in the Catholic Center - Newman Connection. Later he was a lector and taught CCD classes at St. Patrick's in Wareham and St. Francis of Assisi in Braintree. In addition to his beloved wife, Tom leaves three sons and daughters-in-law - Stephen and Margaret McDermott of Middleborough, Vincent and Patrice McDermott of Braintree, and Matthew and Jessica McDermott of Plymouth - and his daughter and son-in-law Camille and Leon Merian of Hingham. He leaves ten grandchildren: Andrew and Nathan McDermott, Sarah and Myles McDermott, Nicole, Gianna and Luke Merian, and Owen, Colin and Sean McDermott. He also leaves his sister Maryanne Broadwater, and his sister Kathleen DiAngelis and brother-in-law Arthur DiAngelis, all of Falmouth, and his brother- and sister-in-law Vincent and Lorraine DiMauro of Holbrook. He is predeceased by his brother Joseph. The immediate family will be having a private graveside service at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Wareham. A celebration of Tom's life will be held when restrictions on public gatherings are lifted. Arrangements are under the care of the Cartwright-Venuti Funeral home of Braintree.

McDonough, John J.

John McDonough
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John McDonough’s life was shaped by his duty to his country as a U.S. Marine.  He was a decorated war veteran, who served 31 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. During that time, he served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He also was in a covert intelligence operation in Cuba during the Bay of Pigs. MGySgt. McDonough earned a Bronze Star with Valor, two Purple Hearts, four Presidential Unit Citations for combat, a World War II victory medal, two National Defense Service medals and other military awards.

MGySgt. McDonough died at his Melbourne, Florida home on April 6, 2014. He was 85.  He was born John Joseph McDonough on June 22, 1928 in Boston, MA, one of four children to Francis and Beatrice McDonough. In 1944, he joined the U.S. military.

In late 1950, he was a SSgt. in Company “A” 7th and he fought in the Korean War’s bloodiest battle at the Chosin Reservoir. He served in Korea from September 1950 to October 1951 with the 1st Marine Division FMF as a Battalion wireman. He served in H&S Co, A, B, C, Weapons and H&S Companies, supported D Co, E Co, and Fox Co. 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines at Chosin. He served mostly with A Co. 1st Battalion, 7th Marines until he was wounded in combat June 3, 1951 and rotated back to the 1st Marine Division, HqBn (CommPlt) on June 16, 1951. While in the Chosin Reservoir, he supported elements of the 5th Marines.

MGySgt. McDonough ran communication lines to the rifle companies on the front lines during the battle and through enemy lines. Often he would get caught in enemy territory when the Chinese attacked the Marines. While running communication lines and approaching Marine positions, he would sing an Irish folk tune like “Sweet Kathleen” so they knew it was him and wouldn’t accidentally shoot. He proudly earned the nickname Red, the Singing Irishman, which he came to be known by.

“One helluva Marine was he!” said Lt. Joe Owen, author of “Colder Than Hell,” an astonishing account of the Marines fighting at the Chosin Reservoir. MGySgt. McDonough is mentioned in the book. “With the Chinese all around us,” Owen said, “he belted out singing, ‘Tis Irish Red McDonough passing through.’ That was so he could string his wire onto our line without our shooting him. One time, we were attacking the Chinese and there was Red beside me, up front where a wireman had no purpose . . . except an Irishman looking for a fight!  He was one of a handful of wounded Marines who came out of the Chosin Reservoir.

In 1951, MGySgt. McDonough met Mary I. McPhail at the U.S. Marine Corps Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and they married a year later. They went on to have three children.

After the Korean War, he was assigned to military intelligence as a cryptologic chief working for the National Security Agency. From 1965-68, he served four tours of duty in the Vietnam War, including as a senior enlisted man during the siege at Khe-Sanh.

Though he retired from the Marine Corps in 1975, he devoted the rest of his life to honoring the courage, valor and sacrifices made by Marines. He was extensively involved with The Chosin Few organization and participated in its functions and reunions. Throughout his retirement, he was actively engaged with the Florida chapter of the Disabled American Veterans and worked tirelessly on veterans causes.

In 2011, he chronicled his life and war experiences in his gripping autobiographical memoir titled, “My Return from Hell.”  In it, he writes, “I thank God I was allowed to stay alive so I could give more of my life to saving young Marines’ lives. Semper Fi. Always faithful.”

MGySgt. McDonough was preceded in death by his wife, Mary I. McDonough, also a former Marine, and grandson Ryan C. McDonough. He is survived by his second wife, the former Barbara Graham White; children Timothy (Mary Minnix) McDonough, Ph.D. of Dallas, TX; Maureen (Donald Wieneke) Roddy, of Sausalito, CA; Christopher (Karen) McDonough, of Prosper, TX; six grandchildren, Ian (Megan) McDonough, Ph.D., Lisa McDonough, Malia Roddy, Andrea (Daniel Crocker) McDonough, Megan Minnix and Dillan McDonough; and great grandchildren Kylee Brooks and Lillian and Ryan J. McDonough.

He will be laid to rest with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery with Mary I. McDonough to be interned beside him. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.

McDonough, William J. "Red"

William J. “Red” McDonough, of Melbourne, Fl, formerly of Marietta, GA, passed away Friday, May 6, 2005 after a brief illness. He was born in Wilkesbury, PA, on June 15, 1929 and served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. He met his wife, the former, May L. Stauss, in 1951 and they were married in 1953. He was employed by the U.S. Gypsum Company in Clark, NJ and was transferred in 1962 to Jacksonville, FL where he found his passion for golf as a member of the Pine Lakes and Ft. George Golf and County Clubs. In 1981, they moved to Indian Hills Golf Club and Estates in Marietta, GA but recently retired to Indian River Colony Club in Melbourne, FL. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, May L. McDonough, daughters Martha (Greg) Lohman of Jacksonville, FL, Donna (Robert) McDonald of Apharetta, GA, 4 grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. A memorial services will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2005, at 11 am on the “Porch” at the Indi an River Colony Club, Melbourne, FL. Arrangements by BeckmanWilliamson Funeral Home and Crematory, Viera Florida. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Alzheimer's Association, 1199 South US Highway 1, Suite 5, Rockledge, FL, 32955.

McElroy, James A.

My uncle, James A. McElroy, a Korean war veteran and Silver Star recipient passed away on February 18, 2014, at the age of 84. He was born January 14, 1930.  Funeral services were held yesterday (2/21/2014) at Poplar Springs Drive United Methodist Church in Meridian, Mississippi, with burial in Magnolia Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ransom Newton McElroy and Betty Alayne (McLelland) McElroy. He is survived by his wife Fleta Johnson McElroy; sons James A., Jr.; Ransom M.; and John Clinton; sisters Ann Johnson of Meridian, and Betty Hopper, of Porterville, MS; and a brother, Bobby McElroy, of Meridian; several grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, and a host of friends.

He was a lifelong resident of Meridian, a respected community and business leader, and an active member of Poplar Springs Drive United Methodist Church. The US Navy dispatched two sailors from Naval Air Station Meridian, Mississippi, for a moving flag ceremony during the funeral. It was touching.

I am James' nephew by his sister Betty. While I knew that he served and was wounded in Korea, it was only yesterday at his funeral that that I learned that this man, whom I knew as my Uncle Son, was a Silver Star recipient. This was his nature, as is the nature of so many of those like him who honorably and valiantly served our nation, particularly those who served with distinguished gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States. - Chris Sharp

McGill, Frank

Francis Joseph McGill Jr. of the 500 block of Warhawk Road, Chesapeake, Virginia, died November 2, 2012. He was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on March 8, 1929 to the late Francis J. McGill and Bridget Agnes O’Connor.

Frank attended St. Raphael Academy, Pawtucket, and the University of Rhode Island. He was in combat as an infantryman in Korea during 1952. He retired after forty years in production engineering at Naval Aviation Depots Quonset Point, Rhode Island and Norfolk, Virginia. He was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Chesapeake, and was a volunteer at the Chesapeake LDS Family History Library.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-three years, Eleanor Higgins McGill; his three daughters and a son: Jane M. Miller and husband Stephen of Memphis, Tennessee; Elizabeth A. Johnson and husband Douglas of Stafford, Virginia; Andrea M. Reddinger and husband Hans of Severna Park, Maryland; and James F. McGill of Portsmouth, Virginia. He is also survived by one brother, and two sisters: James McGill of Charlestown, Rhode Island; Sister Madeleine McGill O.P. of Blauvelt, New York; and Patricia Gagnon of Westerly, Rhode Island. His brother Thomas McGill, of Pawtucket, Rhode Island and sister Dorothy McKinnon, of Little Compton, Rhode Island are deceased. Mr. McGill has nine grandchildren: Kyle Fuller; Patrick, Sean, Catherine and Clare Johnson; and Jean-Paul, Brendan, Andrew and Jacques Reddinger; and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 12:00 p.m., Friday, November 9, 2012 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 621 Cedar Road, Chesapeake. Rev. Romeo D. Jazmin will officiate. Interment will follow in Albert G. Horton Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk.   A Christian wake service will be held on Thursday, November 8, at 6:00 pm. The family will receive friends afterwards until 8:00 pm at the Great Bridge Chapel of Oman Funeral Home & Crematory, 653 Cedar Road, Chesapeake.  Memorial donations can be made in his name to Prince of Peace Church or to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America.

McGonagle, William L.

William McGonagle was born on November 19, 1925, in Wichita, Kansas. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January 1944 and was commissioned through the Navy ROTC program at the University of Southern California in June 1947. His first assignments were aboard the destroyer USS Frank Knox (DD-742) and the minesweeper USS Partridge (AMS-31) between 1947 and 1950, and then he served aboard the minesweeper USS Kite (AMS-22) in 1950 and 1951, during the Korean War. McGonagle commanded the fleet tug USS Mataco (ATF-86) from 1957 to 1958, and the salvage ship USS Reclaimer (ARS-42) from 1961 to 1963. CDR McGonagle served as the commander of the technical research ship USS Liberty (AGTR-5) from April 1966 to June 1967, when the ship was badly damaged during a strike by Israeli aircraft and ships on June 8, 1967, during the Six-Day War. McGonagle was injured during the attack and was later awarded the Medal of Honor for this action. Capt McGonagle next took command of the ammunition ship USS Kilauea (AE-26) in October 1967, and then commanded the Navy ROTC detachment at the University of Oklahoma. Capt McGonagle's final assignment was at the Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group in the Philippines, where he retired from the Navy in 1974. William McGonagle died on March 3, 1999, and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

McKenzie, Herman E.

Herman E. McKenzie, 86, of Belleville, Illinois, born June 3, 1935, in Ashley, Illinois, died Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at his residence.

Mr. McKenzie was a welder and retired from Boilermakers Local 27 after 30 years of service. He was a United States Army Korean War veteran. Herman was a master at everything and could fix anything. He was an Eagle Scout, collector of Japanese swords, loved music, and in his younger years, enjoyed spelunking.

He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Mitchell; his parents, Everett and AnnLou, nee Harrington, McKenzie; a grandson, Joshua, in infancy; a brother, Marion McKenzie; and a brother-in-law, Bill McCulley. Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Helen M., nee Riley, McKenzie, whom he married on November 4,1957; four children, Deborah (Jerry) Northway of Shiloh, IL, Richard (Terry) Mitchell of Belleville, Luanne (Todd May) McKenzie of Belleville, and Michael (Donna) McKenzie of Freeburg, Illinois; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Norma McCulley of St. Louis, Missouri.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at Visitation: Friends may visit from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, May 13, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 13, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville.

McKittrick, Charles Everett Jr.

Charles Everett McKittrick, Jr. (1929 - 2022) passed away September 3, 2022 at his Bethesda home in the Fox Hill community he loved and where he had been thriving for over six years. Charles graduated from Duke in the Spring of 1950, and entered sales training school at IBM. As the Korean War worsened, Charles enlisted in the Air Force serving a Second Lieutenant.

Charles re-joined IBM after the Air Force, moving from salesman, to branch manager to regional manager to becoming a pioneer in Banking and a specialist in Public Sector marketing. His success with government sales, combined with an enduring passion for politics, led IBM to ask Charles to start and develop what would eventually become a groundbreaking Public Affairs office in Washington DC, where he retired, after 40 years as Vice President.

Driven by a thirst for knowledge and experience, Charles was a consummate traveler: he traveled around the world as a bachelor, internationally as a global executive, and in retirement where he traveled for 25 years with his longtime companion Charlotte Potler Klein. Visiting over 70 countries, Charles especially loved train travel: Tran-Siberian Railway from Vladivostok to Moscow; Beijing to Moscow through Central Asia; across Australia; across Canada; London to Venice; Cairo to Luxor; Adelaide to Alice Springs; and Johannesburg to Capetown.

Charles' curiosity didn't stop with politics and travel. He was a consummate student and collector. His collections ranged from European porcelain, to Native American art, to political cartoons of the late 19th and 20th century. His most prized collection filled a climate controlled room-full of over 3,500 Spanish Civil War books, pamphlets, magazines, newspapers and musical recordings.

Chuck, as he was known to many, could be tough. He was opinionated, definitive, and always well-informed. Yet, as someone recently remarked, "he was as affable, kind, patient and humble as he was brilliant and accomplished." He learned from everyone, regardless of status, and everyone learned from him. He was a sought after confidant, as well as impactful board member - serving the Washington Hospital Center Board for 18 years, the Institute of American Indian Art for 10, and the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity for 6.

Chuck was predeceased by his ex-wife of 34 years, Alice McKittrick, and is survived by his two children Linda and Charles McKittrick III, grandchildren Frances and Ulysses, brother Jack, and longtime loving companion Charlotte Potler Klein.

A memorial service will be held September 21, at Fox Hill in Bethesda from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Wintergarden. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation in his memory to the Institute of American Indian Arts through the IAIA Foundation at: 83 Avan Nu Po Road; Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508-1300 or through their website. Please mention McKittrick in the notes.

Published by The Washington Post on September 18, 2022.

McLaughlin, Major Fred Calvin

February 29, 1920 - October 24, 2006

Frederick Calvin McLaughlin, a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and the first Personnel Manager of Mecklenburg County government, as well as a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died on October 24, 2006 at his residence in Charlotte. He was 86. Mr. McLaughlin was born February 29, 1920 in Decatur, Illinois, the son of Bennett Baxter McLaughlin and Beatrice Anne Spratley.

Mr. McLaughlin is survived by his wife, Rosemary, with whom he celebrated his 64th anniversary just a week prior to his passing. He also leaves behind sons, Michael Allan of Vero Beach, FL, Steven Marc of Jupiter, FL, David Calvin of Bozeman, MT, and Robert Thomas of Charlotte, as well as 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His son James Frederick passed away in 1975. Aside from a love of his large family visiting and filling his home, Mr. McLaughlin was especially fond of his time in the Marine Corps. He entered the Corps on his 18th birthday in 1938, and shortly after enlistment went to Shanghai, China as part of a peacekeeping force in the pre-World War II days. He was only back from China a matter of weeks when World War II broke out. During the war he served as driver for then Lt. Colonel Chesty Puller, probably the most famous Marine of all time.

While stateside, following his return from China, he courted and married his high school sweetheart, Rosemary Rogers. They were married on Oct. 17, 1942 in a war-time ceremony in Arlington, Va. Within days, McLaughlin became the First Sergeant aboard the U.S.S. West Point and remained there for the remainder of the war. McLaughlin was commissioned second lieutenant after World War II, and later served as a front line Company Commander in Korea. During his 21-year military career he received the Silver Star, Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. He retired a major in 1959.

He and his family moved to Charlotte in 1959. Following his position as Personnel Manager of Mecklenburg, he decided to enter college on the G.I. Bill and at age fifty-six graduated from UNC-C. After graduation he taught in the Mecklenburg school system. He will be sorely missed by his family.

Funeral services were held Friday, October 27, 2006, at 11:00 AM in the Hankins and Whittington Dilworth Chapel. Interment followed in Sharon Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to service.

Published in the Charlotte Observer on 10/26/2006.

McLennan, Charles W. Sr.

Charles W. McLennan, Sr. died 9/17/1998.  He was with Co. H, 2nd Batallion, 223rd Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division. He was from Belle Plaine, Iowa.

McManus, John Leo

My father, John Leo McManus, passed away in 2000. He was a Korean War vet.

McManus, Russell Valentine "Mike"

Russell Valentine McManus, “Russ, Mike, Mac”, age 86, of Chicago, Illinois, died peacefully on April 5, 2020, two days before his 87th birthday. He was born April 7, 1933.  In his youth he fought in the Korean War with the Air Force's 13th Bomb Squadron as a B26 tail gunner. Mike was a master auto mechanic and later became an instructor of auto mechanics for the Chicago Public Schools. He enjoyed sharing his joy for tinkering on cars with his children and students at Dawson Skill Center, Washburn Trade School, and Bowen High School.He was a member of the American Legion Post 541, and Legion Riders Chapter 134. He loved riding his motorcycle and was a member of the Jersey Pine Cruisers. He spent his free time building and flying model airplanes. He was a dedicated Scout Leader and a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow. Mike is survived by his wife of 12 years, Carole McManus. Formerly married to the late Mary nee Gleason McManus for 47 years. Devoted father to Arthur P. “Cash” (Mary Engelmeyer), Alanna L. (Val) Mertens, Michael “Mickey” (Lynn Lofton), and Peter F. (Cheryl). Loving grandfather to Zen, Nicole, Amanda, Scott, Sarah, Rowan, Marangelis, Yulisa, and Gannon. Great grandfather of six. After his marriage to Carole he became a doting step father to six children and 16 grandchildren. Due to the healthcare crisis, services for Mike will be held privately. A memorial service and celebration of his fabulous life will be scheduled at a later date. If you knew Mike, you know he loved to tell a good story.

McMichael, James George

James George McMichael, 85, of 21 Oak Street, Riverdale, died peacefully on February 25, 2013 at Villa Marie Claire surrounded by his family after several months of declining health.

He was born on December 19, 1927 in Totowa, New Jersey, son of the late William and Sophia (DeGraw) McMichael. He was predeceased by his sister Elaine, who died in childhood. After the death of his mother and illness of his father, Mr. McMichael resided at the St. Joseph's Home for Children in Totowa under the care of the Sisters of Charity. He subsequently was reunited with his father and was graduated from St. John's Cathedral High School in Paterson.

He was a retired inspector for Public Service Electric & Gas in Clifton with over 40 years of service.  He was a long-time member of St. Mary's Parish in Pompton Lakes and for many decades served as an usher at 7:30 a.m. Mass. He was a member of St. Mary's Home/School Association and DePaul Fathers Club.

Mr. McMichael was a combat veteran of the Korean War, having served with the 1st Marine Division in the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir. He was a member of the Chosin Few, the veterans' organization of survivors of this battle. He was a member of the George P. Siek Tri-Boro VFW Post 8096 in Butler and was past All State "White Hat" Commander. He was a member of the Lakeland Marine Corps League Detachment 744.

Mr. McMichael served the Borough of Riverdale as a Special Police Officer in the early 1950s and Council Member in the 1970s. In 2007, he was the Grand Marshall of the Riverdale Borough Memorial Day Parade. He also spent many years coaching Little League Baseball in town.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jean (Campbell) McMichael; daughter Elaine (Patrick) Stallard of Durham, North Carolina; daughter Kathleen (Robert) Callan of Point Pleasant, New Jersey; son James (Diane) McMichael of Pompton Plains, New Jersey; daughter Patricia (Timothy) Remmert of Green Pond, New Jersey; daughter Sheila (Michael) Morris of New Kent, Virginia, and daughter Sharon (Bradley) Wendler of Mountain Lakes, New Jersey.

Mr. McMichael has 18 grandchildren: Orion (Amy) Stallard of Charlotte, North Carolina; Lori Adams and Randa Stallard of Durham, North Carolina; Robert Callan of San Jose, California; Casey Callan of New York City; James (Leigh) McMichael of Wayne, New Jersey; Kerry and Kevin McMichael of Pompton Plains, New Jersey; Cara, Joseph and Timothy Remmert of Green Pond, New Jersey, Andrew and Clare Morris of New Kent, Virginia; and Matthew, Patrick and Jeffrey Wendler of Mountain Lakes, New Jersey. He also has three great-grandchildren: Aubrey and Adam Stallard of Charlotte, North Carolina and Isaiah Morton of Durham, North Carolina.

Visitation will be held at Richards Funeral Home in Riverdale on Friday March 1 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Mass of the Resurrection will be Saturday March 2 at 9 AM at St. Mary's Parish in Pompton Lakes. Internment is at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Dominican Sisters of Hope for support of their ministry and retired sisters (Development Office, 299 North Highland Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562) or the Meghan Rose Bradley Foundation, Inc. for pediatric brain cancer research (6 Preston Drive, Branchburg, NJ 08876).

McWhorter, James G.

James G. McWhorter, 92, a native of Oxford, Alabama and resident of Raceland, Louisiana, died on Friday November 30, 2012. Visitation will be held at Samart-Mothe Funeral Chapel in Mathews on Monday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and St. Hilary of Poitiers Catholic Church on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until funeral time. Military Funeral Honors will be held by the United Veterans League at 11:00 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be observed 12:00 p.m. with burial in Holy Savior Catholic Cemetery.

He is survived by his sons, Chuck McWhorter and wife Monica, Donald McWhorter, Jim McWhorter and wife Carol Sue, Mike McWhorter and wife Kathleen, Tom McWhorter and wife Mary; daughter, Susan McWhorter Matherne and husband Jamie; brother, Horace "Edsel" McWhorter; nine grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Levert McWhorter; parents, Billy O. McWhorter and Vera Bell Murray; son, Russell Paul "Rusty" McWhorter; daughter, Mary Ann McWhorter; brothers, Owen McWhorter, Woodrow McWhorter, Fillmore McWhorter; sisters, Maxine Shields, Elsie Bowen Estes, Ethel Owens.

He was a catholic and parishioner of St. Hilary of Poitiers Catholic Church. He retired from the U.S. Navy after 20 years service as a Corpsman. He served during World War II and the Korean Wars. He was a survivor of the sinking of the USS Benevolence Hospital ship on August 25, 1950.

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