Men Who Have Died Since Serving With Us

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The following men have died since serving with the Rattlers/Firebirds. If you know any details about those listed as cause unknown, please contact us and let us know so that we may correct this page.

Note: You may click on a man's name and leave your remembrances of him, or read the rembrances of others if any have been posted. Men, whose names have an asterisk after them already have at least one comment.

Note that (MOH) indicates recipient of the Medal of Honor.
 

A Soldier Died Today

Name Years
with unit
Died Cause
Abel, Gerald 66-67 16 September 2003 Motorcycle accident
Adamitis, Alfred * 68-69 9 November 1987 Heart Attack
Albert, Vernon 65 11 September 2014 Prostate cancer
Albrick, Edgar J. * 70-71 1973 Auto Accident
Ambruson, Roger W. * 68-69 4 November 1972 Helicopter Accident
Andrews, C.C. 67-68 27 June 2005 Cancer
Arbaugh, Larry L. 67-68 23 May 2014 Congestive heart failure
Arink, William J. 67 17 August 11 Lung Cancer
Armes, Robert 67-68 22 September 2003 Heart Attack
Arnout, James (Jim) * 70-71 8 October 2003 Heart attack
Babij, Mike 70 30 August 1991 Unknown
Baker, Donald L. 65 12 June 1965 KIA in Vietnam with 2nd unit.
Ball, George L. 71 June 1993 Unknown
Banaszak, Richard 64-65 10 September 2011 Multiple Sclerosis
Barbour, Stephen L. 67-68 February 1994 Unknown
Barritt, William S. 67-68 15 December 1969 KIA 2nd Tour Vietnam
Bascle, David 69-70 29 July 2016 Lung Cancer
Baughman, Michael 65 12 April 1992 Unknown
Becker, Carter K. 70-71 23 January 2001 Suicide
Becker, Louis 66-67 August 1988 Unknown
Beeler, Leroy 66-68 21 September 2009 Unknown
Bell, Joe K. 67-68 4 October 2006 Parkinson's Disease
Billings, Randy 66-67 15 September 2008 Heart Attack
Bishop, John 65-66 ? Unknown
Blakley, John 68-69 12 April 2017 Multiple causes
Bonn, Michael J. 71 July 1981 Unknown
Bordine, Girard F. 69 22 March 2015 Lung Cancer
Bozich, Ronald G. 64-65 9 August 2015 Lung Cancer
Brantley, Jerry 66-67 19 January 2015 Colon Cancer
Brousseau, William E. * 66-67 20 October 2006 Multiple Myeloma
Brown, Webb L. 70 December 1992 Unknown
Buck, Willard J. (Bill) 66-67 31 July 2006 Pneumonia
Burl, Sylvester D. 65-66 24 November 2007 Lung Cancer
Burns, John V. * 68-69 February 1976 Unknown
Burroughs, Bob 67-68 24 December 2010 Cirrhosis of the liver
Butler, Larry L. 65 18 March 2011 Unknown
Cain, Thomas L. 68-69 12 May 2010 Agent Orange cancer
Callahan, Michael D. * 69-70 18 August 2000 Congestive Heart
Calvacca, John 67 11 June 2010 Heart attack
Campbell, Allie * 64-65 3 January 2004 Cancer-diabetes
Carey, Gordon T. 66 12 Febuary 2015 Agent Orange exposure
Carey, Robert B. (Bob) 69-70 7 April 2003 Colon cancer
Cassano, Rocco * 69-70 February 1979 Aircraft Accident
Castle, Bob 68-69 31 October 1996 Heart Attack
Catalina, Tony * 70-71 February 1999 Liver Transplant
Caudil, L. D. 68 May 1984 Unknown
Cavazos, Blas * 66-67 13 May 1973 Drowning
Cawley, John E. Jr. 66-67 20 December 2006 Unknown
Chassen, Michael David 64-65 10 June 2001 Lung cancer
Chauncey, Michael N. 68-69 18 April 2015 Multiple organ failure
Childs, Fredrick R. 67 2007 Unknown
Clapp, John W. 64-65 26 December 2012 Heart attack
Close, David B. * 70 April 1977 Unknown
Cobb, Jerry 65 1969 Aircraft accident
Collins, Kevin E. 68-69 20 November 2000 Murdered
Collison, Mark 65 1965 motorcycle accident
Colton, Randall * 70-71 October 1975 Helicopter Accident
Connell, Thomas E. 64-65 26 September 2010 Cancer
Cook, Paul S. 66-67 15 July 2005 Lung ailment
Cost, Terry L. 67 4 November 2005 Liver cancer
Coulson, Mark 64-65 1965 Motorcycle accident
Crouch, Curtis * 64-65 2 February 2008 Cancer
Curb, Jesse 65 3 November 2013 Congestive heart failure
Cushman, Robert L. 67-68 21 November 2005 Unknown
Cylc, Stanley 66-67 18 December 2016 Stomach cancer
Davis, Ager D. 66-67 January 1987 Heart Attack
Davis, Harry L. 65-66 unknown Diabetes
Day, Richard * 66-67 26 July 2013 Heart attack
Deahl, Michael D. 69 August 1993 Unknown
DeJong, Glen 66-67 July 1988 Auto Accident
Dillard, Dannie * 67-68 April 1986 Helicopter Crash
Dixon, James 65 20 January 2012 Leukemia
Dooley, Alvin W. 71 Febuary 2007 Cancer
Doolin, Carl 66 1968? Gunshot
Doyea, Roger H. 69-70 18 March 2001 Metastatic Liposarcoma
Dunn, Creig * 65 April 1993 Helicopter Crash
Elder, Martin 69-70 1 January 2003 Heart Failure
Emery, Sr., Patrick W. * 65-66 11 January 1997 Heart Attack
Eubanks, Michael * 67-68 9 April 1999 Unknown
Ferguson, Levi 69-70 26 September 1998 Cancer
Fernandez, Daniel (Medal of Honor) * 65 18 February 1966 KIA 2nd Tour Vietnam (MOH)
Fiser, W. Karl 68-69 18 July 1999 Lung Cancer
Fitzgerald, Scott 71 21 February 1996 Cancer
Flatten, Don * 66-67 17 February 2004 Cancer
Flatum, Mike 70-71 August 2001 Heart Attack
Flecke, Ned * 66-67 19 May 1998 Suicide
Flint, Dean R. 71 November 1985 Unknown
Fodge, Lance 66-67 1969 Helicopter Crash
Foles, Shelton 64-65 16 December 2011 Heart Failure
Foote, Neil 65-66 6 April 2002 Heart Attack
Forker, Brian P. 70 22 July 1989 Unknown
Fortenberry, Will * 70-71 30 August 2012 Heart attack
Fox, Paul 70-71 31 October 2004 Heart attack
Frazier, Ed 70-71 5 May 2006 Heart condition
Free, Louis K. 67 10 September 2000 Cancer
Freeburg, George 64-65 10 January 2007 Unknown
Friske, David A. 70 14 May 2007 Cancer
Frye, Bill 66-67 28 May 2015 Prostate cancer
Fullerton, William (Bill) Thomas 66-67 13 August 2013 COPD
Gagne, Joseph R. 67-68 10 Feb 2007 Unknown
Garcia, Joe L. 65-66 7 Aug 2007 Lung cancer
Gault, William J. 64-65 Jun 2001 Lung cancer
Gehrt, Michael D. * 69 24 Nov 1970 KIA 2nd Tour Vietnam
Gfeller, Lloyd L. * 68-69 Nov 1971 Motorcycle Accident
Gibbon, Robert L. 70 1985 Cancer
Giles, Charles H. 66 21 Sep 1982 Stroke
Goebel, Robert E. 69 May 1978 Unknown
Good, Thomas C. 66-67 21 Jan 1990 Cancer
Grant, Charles 65-66 4 May 2006 Heart Failure
Gray, Melvin G. 64-65 24 May 2006 Cancer
Greer, David L. 68-69 May 1973 Unknown
Griffith, Von 65 Sep 1992 Heart Attack
Grimes, Dennis A. 69-70 Jan 1994 Unknown
Gross, Jack 66-67 12 May 2011 Non-hodgkin's lymphoma
Grosso, Frank * 68-69 2 May 2012 Cancer
Grubbs, Paul 70-71 22 December 2016 Heart problems
Gwaltney, Pat 65-66 23 July 2013 Pneumonia & sepsis
Gwynn, Edward R. 69 11 Jan 2006 Cancer
Haan, Philip J. 66 16 Jun 1990 Bone Cancer
Hadley, Coy R. 67-68 Mar 9, 1985 Heart attack
Haid, Donald J. 65-66 1978 Lung Cancer
Haines, William 70 26 May 2000 Diabetes
Hall, Roger 67-68 26 Nov 2008 Stroke
Hall, Tom 66-67 28 April 2008 Alzheimers
Hannah, Shawn A. 67-68 09 Feb 2015 Alzheimer's
Hardeman, Jim 69-70 03 Jan 2013 Cancer
Hargrove, Willie 65 11 March 2011 Unknown
Harmon, Ernest M. 65-66 20 June 2007 Cancer
Harrington, Vinnie 65-66 28 March 2011 Cancer
Harvey, Billy Joe 66 15 Aug 1996 Unknown
Helme, Allen F. 70-71 19 Mar 2000 Heart Attack
Henes, David P. 71 7 Sep 2003 Broken Neck
Hengy, Fredrick 65-66 21 Oct 2008 Diabetes
Hernandez, Louis P. 70-71 5 Dec 2002 Stroke
Hiler, Jim 69-70 25 Aug 2013 Cancer
Hillhouse, Paul * 66-68 1991 Heart Attack
Holdorf, Joseph E. 69-70 Jul 1984 Unknown
Holifield, Richard "Dick" 68-69 10 February 2017 Parkinson's
Holzhausen, James E. 69-70 1989 Cancer
Honeycutt, Alfred D. 66-67 1990s Unknown
Horton, Jack 65-66 25 Apr 1995 Lung Cancer
Howard, Conrad * 66-67 2 Nov 1999 Cancer
Howell, John * 66 29 Jan 2002 Heart Attack
Hunt, Walter L. * 69-70 1971? Auto Accident
Irby, Bill * 70-71 29 June 2009 Cancer
Isley, Ernest * 68-69 30 Aug 1995 Stroke
Jaeger, William G. 69-70 04 Jul 1994 Boating Accident
James, Jesse H. 64-65 16 Sept 2009 unknown
Jolly, Paul 69-70 25 May 2009 Stroke
Jones, Carl B. 70-71 20 Nov 2004 Unknown
Jones, Rolf R. 69-70 1 Sep 1993 Unknown
Jones, Willie L. 69-70 1 Aug 1996 Unknown
Karba, Joseph * 68-69 14 Feb 1981 Industrial accident
Kilpatrick, Everett 66-67 26 Jan 2008 Lung Cancer
King, Ronnie * 70-71 17 July 2006 Cancer
Kitchen, Earl D. * 65 Jan 1999 Unknown
Klapkowski, John * 65 Jan 1980 Heart Attack
Knox, Stephen D. 65-67 3 Oct. 2009 Brain tumor
Koenig, Thomas J. 65-66 27 Oct 2004 Unknown
Kontorchik, John H. * 68-69 1996 Suicide
Kotulan, Adolf F. 65 1984 Heart Attack
Krueger, Michael 70-71 29 Oct 1986 Auto Accident
LaBombard, Bruce 68-69 3 December 2016 Diabetes
Lackey, Larry * 66-69 9 Oct 2012 Conjestive heart failure
Laird, Robert W. (Bob) 67-68 11 Nov 2014 Heart attack
Lame, David W. 68-69 7 February 2015 Agent Orange related ilness
Latimer, Wilbur D. * 67-68 19 Jan 1971 KIA 2nd Tour Vietnam
Lebalbo, Sallvatore 67-68 2004 Diabetes
Letteer, Gene A. * 69-70 1 Jan 1979 Murdered
Lilly, John C. 67-68 26 Feb 2011 Unknown
Linville, Ken 65 12 July 2011 Esophageal cancer
Litchfield, Lou * 68 27 April 2008 Heart Attack
Litwinczuk, Alexander 65-66 24 Feb 1999 Unknown
Long, Floyd O. 70 Dec 1993 Unknown
Lowery, Roy * 64-65 28 May 2011 Heart attack
Lynch, John 66-67 2 August 2016 Cancer
Markowski, James R. 65-66 23 Nov 2001 Stroke
Martin, Eugene A. 66-67 20 Jun 2006 Leukemia
McCall, Gary 67-68 9 Jul 1994 Helicopter Crash
McClaren, Rick * 68-69 Mar 1993 Cancer
McCook, Robert F. * 68-69 Dec 1985 Aircraft Crash
McGinnis, Jim 65-66 22 Nov 2004 Heart Attack
McKenner, Robert D. 65 ? Unknown
McKinney, Robert * 67-68 Oct 2000 Heart Attack
Melson, Rhett E. * 69-70 Apr 1973 Unknown
Menasco, David L. 71 2 February 2012 Cancer
Merritt, Jerry W. 68-69 30 May 2015 Agent Orange Illness
Mike, Jerry 68-69 Mar 1976 Drug Overdose
Miller, George A. 71 May 1984 Unknown
Millett, Michael R. 67-68 Jan 1984 Unknown
Morehouse, Charlie 66-67 12 Oct. 2005 Unknown
Morigeau, Jacque A. 65 6 Nov. 2008 Cancer
Morris, Arnold C. 66-67 26 July 1988 Liver and heart failure
Mudd, Phillip J. 69-70 Jan 1992 Unknown
Mudge, Donald * 70-71 15 May 1998 Unknown
Murphy, Haspard R. * 66 6 Mar 1994 Heart Attack
Muse, Kenneth 71 May 1984 Unknown
Naron, Johnny 65-66 13 Jan 1996 COPD & Cancer
Neville, Gerald 70 1 Jun 1983 Unknown
Neyman, Russell 65-66 27 May 2014 Pneumonia
Nix, Arvie 69-70 Feb 1982 Heart Attack
Noble, Glenn H. * 69 Aug 1978 Unknown
Nordby, Terry 70 Mar 1974 Auto accident
O'Connell, William (Bill) Francis * 65-66 29 Mar 1976 Acute pancreatic hemorrhage
Ollar, Joe 66-67 9 January 2016 COPD
Owen, Richard ? ? Auto Accident
Owen, William D. 68-69 1981 Suicide
Palazzo, Greg * 67-68 10 Aug 2010 Kidney Failure
Palmer, Chris 67-68 13 Aug 2004 Cancer
Parker, Joe R. ? 23 Oct 2003 Unknown
Parr, Richard A. 67-68 18 March 2015 Unkown
Parsons, Bob * 67-68 19 Apr 1999 Heart Attack
Paxton, Terry 69-70 24 Sep 2001 Heart Attack
Pennington, Leroy 68 Nov 1983 Unknown
Perscell, John M. 65 unknown Unknown
Pine, Clyde L. 69-70 Nov 1985 Unknown
Pistorius, Kenneth W. * 71 Nov 1992 Cancer
Pithan, Larry J. 70-71 21 Oct 2002 Cancer?
Plotkin, Steven M. * 70-71 27 May 2007 Heart problems
Poley, David A. * 67 9 Mar 1969 KIA 2nd Tour Vietnam
Pomeroy, Charles E. 70 Mar 1972 Died in crash of a CH-47 bound for Taegu
Potter, Arnold 71 9 Mar 2002 Complications caused by MS
Potter, Henry D. 69-70 21 April 2008 Lung Cancer
Prenderville, James 65 26 Sep 1967 Helicopter Crash
Price, Waldo 65-66 4 March 2008 Pneumonia
Ratliff, Marshall W. 66-67 1989 Auto Accident
Reno, Rodney J. 67-68 Mar 1973 Helicopter Crash
Repak, Pete 65-66 Aug 1998 Hepatitis
Robinson, Barry W. 65 Jan 1969 Helicopter Crash
Robinson, Charles D. 68-69 17 Apr 1969 KIA Vietnam w/another unit
Robinson, Rex * 67-68 17 Nov 2009 Pancreatic Cancer
Rogers, Wardell 67 Jul 1976 Heart Attack
Roman, Chester T. * 69 Nov 1970 Unknown
Rudolph, Ronald C. * 66-67 13 Oct 1969 KIA 2nd Tour Vietnam
Ruter, Al * 67-69 30 Apr 2001 Heart Attack
Samson, Larry 66-67 1981 Aircraft Accident
San Nicolas, Daniel J. 68-69 30 December 1987 Heart Attack
Sanchez, Enrique 71 Apr 1985 Unknown
Sands, Walter 71 17 Jan 2010 COPD & hepatitus
Schneider, Tommie 66 1980 Unknown
Schoenborn, Leon * 67-68 11 Sept 1982 Helicopter Crash
Schroll, Jim 71 29 Apr 1998 Heart Attack
Scott, Beryl E. 66-67 4 March 1997 Heart Attack
Shearer, Arvid J. 66 1991 Unknown
Shearin, Dan R. 65 31 Jan 1966 KIA 2nd tour Nam
Sherar, Gergory P. 67-68 25 Jan 1992 Brain Hemorrhage
Shirley, Jerry 66-67 25-Dec-2013 Lung cancer
Siffel, Stephen J. 65-66 10 July 1974 hit by auto while walking
Simmons, Danny 66-67 Aug 1991 Lung Cancer
Smith, Barry C. 69-70 3 June 2003 Liver cancer
Smyth, Tom 69 1995 Unknown
Sparks, Charles 69-70 5 Feb 2007 Heart Attack
Spencer, Walter J. 68 Apr 1993 Unknown
Spradlin, Rick 70 10 Sept 2006 Respiratory Failure
Sprotte, Alexander 68-69 21 Oct 2012 Cancer
Spudich, Phil 69-70 20 November 2015 unknown
Stanley, Michael 65-66 ? Unknown
Stephens, James D. 67-68 29 Aug. 2008 Heart attack
Stephens, Marshall L. 67-68 Apr 1987 Unknown
Stone, Gordon 64-65 28 August 2016 Unkown
Suber, James W. * 68-69 Nov 1976 Unknown
Suber, Ron * ? ? Auto Accident
Summers, Glenn 64-66 8 November 2013 Cancer
Sundt, Gordon * 67-68 10 May 2015 Cancer
Sutton, Andrew J. 67-68 1974 Unknown
Swalinski, Donald L. 65-66 25 May 1989 heart transplant
Taft, John M 65 27 Nov 2000 Leukemia
Taylor, R.P. 67-68 26 Dec 2013 Heart attack
Tello, Pedro 69-70 24 April 2017 Blood Poison
Tetreault, Leo J. 64-67 17 Mar 2009 Unknown
Thomas, Bob 67 4 May 1969 KIA 2nd Tour Vietnam
Thompson, H. Earle 65-66 4 July 2000 Heart Attack
Tingler, William (Bill) N. 65-66 10 March 2015 Unknown
Todd, Paul A. 68 12 August 2013 Unknown
Toomey, Robert 67-68 16 Sept 2011 Heart attack
Trussell, Ronald 71 8 January 2007 Heart attack
Tucker, John P. 68-70 2013 Unknown
Updegrove, John T. * 66-67 7 March 2000 Unknown
Vanden Eynde, Peter 64-65 1978 Heart Attack
Wallis, Stanton L. 69-70 15 Oct 2009 Multiple Sclerosis
Walraven, Duane V. 65 11 Aug 1993 Fungus
Warych, Louis L. 65 24 Sept 1989 Heart attack
Waterbury, Jim * 69-70 30 May 2000 Cerebral Hemorrhage
Watson, Dwane C. "Duke" 65 17 Sep 2002 Lung and Brain Cancer
Wedgeworth, Donald E. * 70 Oct 1979 Unknown
Williams, Moses 69 Jul 1994 Unknown
Williams, R.J. 66-68 10 June 2009 Cancer
Wilson, Jim 71 5 Mar 2007 Heart attack
Wilson, Leslie L. ? 4 Jun 1996 Cancer
Winters, David (Duck) 67-68 30 Dec 2010 Cancer
Wright, Claude D. 71 ? Unknown
Wyatt, Boyce * 66-67 Jul 1986 Heart Attack
Young, Marcus * 70-71 3 May 2012 Cerebral hemorrhage
Ziehl, Robert 67-68 25 Jan 2002 Colon Cancer
Total Men Listed: 294