Lt. General David H. Berger has been nominated to replace Gen. Robert B. Neller as the next top Marine. His nomination to serve as the next commandant was received by the Senate on March 26, according to a congressional posting. Upon final confirmation from the Senate, Berger will pin on a fourth star and become the Corps’ 38th commandant. Lieutenant General Berger was commissioned as an infantry officer in 1981 following graduation from Tulane University. As a Lieutenant and Captain, he served as platoon commander in 1st Marine Division, and later as company commander and Battalion Operations Officer in 2d Reconnaissance [...]
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1932 - 2017 Louie Kontz Harris, born May 25, 1932 passed away peacefully on Friday, June 23,2017. He was the son of the late Rufus Carrollton Harris and Louise Walker Harris of Monroe, GA. Louie, in his first marriage, was the beloved husband of the late Maxine Marie Kentzel with whom he had his much-loved children Louie Kontz Harris, Jr. and Maxine Henriette Harris. He later married Lucie Pasquier Baker Murphy and was a good friend to her children Nancy Baker Hagen (Dan), John Elliott Baker and Lucie Adele Baker (Bill Robinson) He is survived by his daughter-in-law, [...]
1944 - 2002 The loss of two Navy training jets and seven crew members last week in the Gulf of Mexico may never be explained, a fellow aviator said Wednesday at a pair of memorial services. The T-39 Sabreliners, used for navigation, radar intercept, electronic warfare and other nonpilot training, vanished from radar about 40 miles south of Pensacola on May 8. Neither sent a distress signal. "I do not know now, nor do I ever expect to answer or understand why this happened," said retired Navy Capt. Charles Tinker in his eulogy. "I fear it will [...]
1944 - 1969 Upon his arrival in Vietnam, First Lieutenant Robert John Kuhlman, Jr. was assigned to Marine All Weather Attack Squadron 242 (VMA(AW)-242), Marine Air Group 11, 1st Marine Air Wing at Da Nang Air Base. On 17 January 1969, the Squadron’s Mission 6363, a direct air support mission, was originally assigned to the Squadron Executive Officer, Major Luther A. Lono. Something precluded Maj Lono from flying the mission and it was reassigned to Captain Edwin James Fickler and his bombardier/navigator, 1stLt Robert J. Kuhlman. Their A6A Intruder aircraft launched out of Da Nang Air Base on [...]
1943 - 2012 Funeral services for Stephen Gary Sherman will be held at 11:30 am Thursday, May 3, 2012, in the chapel of John Kramer & Son with Rabbi Jonathan Cohen and Rabbi Arnold Task officiating. Interment will be in the Jewish Cemetery, Main Street, Pineville. Visitation will be from 10:30 am, Thursday, until time of service at the funeral home. Stephen Sherman, 69, of Alexandria, died on Monday, April 30, 2012, in CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Mr. Sherman was a native of Alexandria and a graduate from Bolton High School. He attended Tulane University, where he [...]
1938 - 2016 Louis Hanner Watson passed into heavenly glory on August 8, 2016, surrounded by his loved ones at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi. Louis was known as a "Buddy" to many, a nickname given to him by his older brother. He was born on March 15, 1938, at Old Baptist Hospital in Jackson to William Harvey Watson, Jr. and Sarah Brown Hanner Watson. Louis's father, Billy, was on staff at the Mississippi State Sanatorium in Sanatorium, Mississippi. As Louis often recounted, his family moved to Meridian, Mississippi, on July 2, 1944, "complete with [his [...]
1938 - 2010 Wilton T. “Tom” McCay, Jr., 72, passed away peacefully at his home Tuesday, June 22, 2010. He is survived and will be dearly missed by his daughter, Kelly Virginia McCay, of New Orleans; his nephews, David McCay and Rusty McCay, of Baton Rouge; and many loving friends. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Virginia Tunstall McCay, who was of Mobile, Ala.; a son W. T. “Trey” McCay III, who was of New Orleans; and a brother, James Kenneth McCay, who was of Baton Rouge. Born in New Orleans in 1937, Mr. [...]
1936 - 2014 Gainesville - Winton Edwin "Skip" Williams, 78, died peacefully Friday, June 27, 2014, at Haven Hospice. He is predeceased by his parents, his sister, Anna Catherine Hunt, and his niece, Lauren Hunt. Upon obtaining his Bachelor's degree and completing the Navy ROTC program at Tulane University, he was commissioned and served on a small combatant in the North Atlantic that was part of our Country's Distant Early Warning Line. While serving in the Navy, he met and married the mother of his two children, Alice Irish, of Newport, Rhode Island, who contributed so significantly [...]
1934 - 2001 Captain Neal Douglas Hobson, SC, USNR (Ret.)Neal Douglas Hobson died on Tuesday, 11-13-2001 – Age 67. Husband of Jane Reddy Hobson, Father of Lisa Hobson Martin and Elinor Hobson Rand, both of New Orleans, LA, Neal Douglas Hobson, Jr. of Houston, TX, Laura Hobson Herlihy of Lawrence, KS, and the late Gordon Reddy Hobson. Brother of Susan Hobson Murphy and W.E. Hobson, III. Also survived by eight grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. (In Metairie Cemetery) on Friday, 11-16-2001 at 10: [...]
1933 - 2016 C. Bernard Barfoot of Alexandria, a mathematician and research department director at the Center for Naval Analyses, died on 22nd December at the age of 83 after suffering a stroke. Mr. Barfoot graduated from Tulane University in 1955 with a bachelor of science in mathematics and was commissioned in the U.S. Navy on the same day. He served as a division officer aboard an aircraft carrier and later as an officer instructor in the Mathematics Department of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. After returning to civilian life in 1959, he graduated from the [...]