Dedicated to our fallen members
who served their country in time of war
and in time of peace.
Now they guard the streets of heaven.
Cpl. Henry Charles Wilson Jr.
January 5, 1945 - May 6, 2021
|Cpl. Henry Wilson
MCRD San Diego Ca. Plt 363
A Co. 3rd Recon Bn, Viet Nam
Camp Butler, Okinawa
Services June 10th, 2021 "G Shelter" 1400 hours
Gunnery Sergeant John Linsalato
January 7, 1954 - January 18, 2020
Jan 1977- Sep 1993 USMC
L/Cpl Alexander Mendoza
1951 - January 14, 2020
Alex was born in El Paso,Texas on March 1st 1950
to Salvador & Juana Mendoza.
He is one of ten brothers and sisters,
When he turned 18 (1968) he joined the
United States Marine Corps.
He then went to boot camp then jungle training and then directly to Vietnam,
He fought in Vietnam for two years and survived with India Company 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines 3d Marine Division
When he returned home he had worked many jobs some included the Coleman Company, a collection agency, and other side jobs to make ends meet. In those years he had his firstborn a daughter Rochelle Mendoza.
In 1977 he started working at the United States Post Office in Baldwin Park, California. During that time he got divorced and remarried to his current wife Alicia Mendoza and they had two boys Alex Mendoza Jr & Arthur Mendoza.
After 30 years he retired from the post office and in 2007 he began his new retirement life.
His new life would include hobbies such as woodworking, landscaping, car shows, and he also started working as a volunteer for the San Bernardino Court House and earned a position as commander of the COP unit. He was a volunteer for the Marines Corps Honor Guard at the Riverside National Cemetery. He also ran for City Council in Rancho Cucamonga, Him and his wife would travel in his Motorhome/Trailer they would go camping at national state parks, and even did a cross country trip in 2015 through the United States.
During those previous years in 2006, he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, he has had many many operations which included ischemic heart disease which left him with 2 stints in his heart. He has had 5 different surgery’s on his left leg to open up his arteries due to arteriosclerosis. He also had another very extensive surgery in his upper groin to open up the main artery, Alex was also diagnosed with PTSD.
On the night of December 30th, 2020, he told his wife he could not breathe she called 911, when paramedics arrived they decided he had to go to the hospital and he was quickly put on a stretcher with an oxygen mask.
As they carried him away down the driveway in his pajamas, that was going to be the last time he would ever see his wife and sons along with his two dogs and two cats ever again.
Alex remained on a ventilator for almost two weeks, then on the morning of January 14th, his heart stopped...
Marine Lance Cpl. Alexander Mendoza is a Rancho Cucamonga resident who served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970 and was then in the reserves until 1974.
Mendoza, 60, is a highly decorated Marine who has medals including the Silver Star marking his five combat campaigns. He has fought in fierce battles, surrounded by the enemy, bullets flying and mortars exploding, yet talking to the students scared him.
“The school sent me two letters and then Mr. Bishop called me and asked me to come, but I just didn’t know,” said Mendoza, who has worked as an honor guard at Riverside National Cemetery. “I didn’t know what I would tell the students, I didn’t know what they wanted to hear.”
Mendoza might have been nervous because his tour was filled with combat, casualties, and death.
He told about one grave experience on Sept. 17, 1960, when he led 256 men up a hill toward a platoon that was in the midst of an ambush. Behind him, another platoon had been slaughtered and his company was stuck in the middle.
Rescue efforts were aborted when the helicopters sent in determined that the area was too hostile to land in.
“I made my peace with God right then,” he said. “If I was going to die, then so be it. At least then there would be no more pain, no more hurt, no more starving, no more fear, no more death.”
Mendoza’s dwindling platoon fired their weapons continuously from early a.m. until dark and when the shooting subsided those left went to retrieve the dead.
“I didn’t even realize it was raining,” he said.
In harm’s way the next morning, they climbed the hill and were finally picked up by helicopters.
“There weren’t too many of us left,” he said.
Mendoza didn’t have to worry about holding students’ interest. They hung on his every word.
“Look at the students,” said Bishop, who spearheaded the event. “Look at their faces. They are so engaged. These oral histories are not found in any textbook and they’re so valuable. These students are hearing about what really happened from those who were there. From those who sacrificed part of their lives to serve our country and its people.”
Kaitlynn, a Rancho Cucamonga High junior, said she was affected deeply by the experience.
Gunnery Sergeant Royce Herbert Simon Sr.
Sept 6, 1934 - October 29, 2020
Gunnery Sergant Royce H Simon Sr., 86, a resident of the State of California since 1951 passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 29th, 2020 at the VA hospital in Loma Linda CA
Royce was born September 6th, 1934 in Beaumont TX, however, he was raised on a farm by his grandparents in Colmesneil, Texas he attended a one-room school until 1945. His grandparents moved back to Beaumont TX and he attended Charlton Pollard high school. He was baptized at 12 years of age in 1946 by his pastor the Reverend CB Bailey pastor of Magnolia Baptist Church of Beaumont TX
In September 1951 he joined the United States marine core and was sent to Korea he participated in action against the enemy in North Korea at outposts vegas Reno Carson and the hook in 1953 and 1954.
June 1st, 1959 Royce married Jessie Mae white in Honolulu HI their first son Royce junior was born in March 1960, and their second son Ronald was born in Chu Laily 1961.
In February 1966 and 67 Royce was sent to stop Vietnam he saw action in the run sat River area Hill 752 and chu lie. Royce retired from the United States Marines after 20 years of service on September 30th, 1971.
Royce went to work for Southern Pacific railroad in August 1973 he retired from southern Pacific railroad in October 1995 after 22 years as the manager of accounts payable in Monterey Park CA he obtained an associate of arts degree in business administration in 1979 From Santa Ana college. He was a member of VFW Post 8547 of Marino Valley American Legion chapter 6 and Disabled American Veterans.
He was a volunteer at the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside CA as a member of simSemper Fi #1, an all Marine honor guard in 1999. Royce and Jesse joined the Life Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Pastor Ron M Gibson where he served as a parking lot attendant.
Services were held 9:30 a.m. November 16th, 2020 at Riverside National Cemetery attended by family friends and the members of Semper Fi#1 memorial honor Detail.
|GySgt. Royce Simon
USMC 1951-1971 Retired
MCRD San Diego Ca.
Chu Lai Viet Nam
One man’s journey The Perris Black History Month Celebration honored 84 African-American veterans from World War II to the present. One of those retired Marine Gunnery Sgt. Royce Simon, 83, served in Korea and Vietnam. Simon grew up in the segregated South and was once arrested for merely walking across a park frequented by white residents. Despite the prejudice, Simon joined the Marines and as a teenager found himself in forward outposts hunkered down with other Leathernecks manning a machine gun. In Vietnam, he served at Chu Lai and Tam Ky, sites of major battles. “I was proud to serve,” Simon said.“I was proud to wear the uniform.’ Simon said he appreciates the accolades he and other veterans received at the Perris celebration. But it’s not about folks like him. “It’s about the young kids,” he said.“They need to know what we did.”
Sgt. Bob Shirey
Dec 11,1934 - Feb 21, 2020
Sgt. Bob Shirey
Robert Wade Shirey, a 62-year resident of California and a 43-year resident of Yucca Valley, passed at home Feb. 21, 2020, after a lengthy battle with heart disease. He was 85 years old.
The son of Ophie (Harr) and Raymond Shirey, he was born Dec. 11, 1934, in Unity TWP, Pennsylvania.
Bob went to elementary school in Hostetter, Pennsylvania, then attended Latrobe High School, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and completed the trade course of study, graduating in June of 1952.
Bob went to work at the Latrobe Pattern Company until 1953. Then he moved to Flint, Michigan, to work at Buick Motor Division (GM).
Bob, knowing he had a military obligation to fulfill, joined the Marine Corps Reserves in 1955 for three years (51st Special Infantry Company). After two weeks of training in Newport, Rhode Island, Bob returned to his job at GM. A few weeks later he requested to go active for two years. Boot camp was at San Diego. After boot camp and infantry training, Bob was transferred to Base Communications as a telephone lineman and installer repairman.
In October 1957 Bob integrated in the regular Marine Corps for six years. Bob met the love of his life, Georgia, who was stationed with the Woman Marine Company about 200 yards from his barracks. They were married at the Ranch House Chapel on April 3, 1958. Once Georgia became pregnant with their first child, it was required she leave the Marine Corps.
In July 1958 Bob was transferred to Treasure Island, San Francisco, and from there to the 29 Palms Marine base. Bob moved his family to Pennsylvania near his parents before going to Okinawa in 1960 after the birth of their second child. After coming home when his tour was up in the Far East, he was again stationed at the 29 Palms Marine base with 3rd 8 inch howitzer battery self-propelled as battery wire chief. Upon promotion to sergeant (E-3), he was transferred to HQS battery, 1st field artillery group as the message center chief. He served in that capacity until discharge October 15, 1963.
One week later he went to work for GTE Corp. After 25 years of service, Bob retired as service center supervisor. He worked as an independent contractor for 14 years (telephone). He worked at the Spa Casino in security two years and Home Depot five years and then medically retired.
During his working years, Bob graduated from College of the Desert 1974, and then the University of Redlands with a BA degree in management.
Bob was active at Calvary Baptist Church was 39 years and was currently a member at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. He was also a past member and president of the Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, Little League 11 years and was currently a member of the American Legion and DAV. He also volunteered at the Riverside National Cemetery, performing full military honors for 16 years.
Bob was preceded in death by his father, Raymond, mother, Ophie, brothers, Clare, Claude and Donald, and sister, Lorreta.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Georgia, of Yucca Valley, sons Raymond and Robert (Donna), of Yucca Valley, and daughter Renee De Maio (Ron), of Texas.
He leaves behind seven grandchildren, Rhena Frounfelker (Tom), of Texas, Ryne De Maio (Madison), of Texas, Breanna Shirey, of Yucca Valley, Jacob Shirey, of Yucca Valley, Vanessa Marie, of Texas, Ramey Shirey, of Texas, and Dakota Shirey; and four great-grandchildren, Kaitlynn, Parker, Kylah and Averie.
Other survivors include family friend Myra Krause and several nieces and nephews and their families.
A viewing will be held at 10 a.m. and a celebration of life will follow at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 59077 Yucca Trail, Yucca Valley.
A graveside service will be held at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, at Riverside National Cemetery Staging Area 4 in Riverside.
SGT ERNIE BUCKLEY
Sergeant Ernest Buckley USMC October 3, 1949 – January 3, 2020
Video Compilation of Ernie's Service - https://youtu.be/oE5o6IDWsoI <------ Click
Ernest Buckley, 70, of Corona, CA passed away on Friday, January 3rd, at his home in Corona.
Ernest was an amazing Husband, Father, and Grandfather. Born in the Bronx, New York to Jane and Theodore Buckley. He attended Theodore Roosevelt high school in the Bronx.
JANUARY 23, 2020 AT RIVERSIDE NATIONAL CEMETERY
SEMPER FI #1
MEMORIAL HONOR GUARD DETAIL
Master Sergeant Wesley Morrett
M/Sgt. Wesley Morrett USMC 1942-1963
Slideshow Video: Courtesy of Sgt.Steve Fisher (Click on above arrow to play)
We Mourn the loss of one of our members CWO3 Dan Dyer
CWO3 Dan Dyer
1930 - 2013
Active Duty 1947 - 1956
Active Reserve 1956 - 1988
Obituary for Daniel "Gunner" Morgan Dyer
Sgt. Ernest Buckley
Oct 5, 1949 - Jan 6, 2020
Public Affairs Officer
Scarlet Team 2012 - 2020
0311 Rifleman USMC Nov 1967 - Nov 1970 MCRD Parris Island, SC
Small Arms Instructor
Purple Heart x 2, National Defense Service Medal
Combat Actioon Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam GallantryCross, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal
August 24, 1941 to May 9, 2019 - 77 years old
USMC 1958 - 1962
Richard Tyson Burns of Upland, CA, passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2019. Richard served in the United States Marine Corps. from 1958 to 1962. Later in his life, he volunteered for 12 years with Semper Fi Memorial Honor Detail of Riverside National Cemetery. He has always served his community through the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Search and Rescue, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services Emancipated Minor Program, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and other social services.
Richard leaves his wife Margaret, sisters Janet and Lynn, his daughter Valerie, his sons David, Tyson, Tate, Michael, Manny, Steven, and Christopher, and his 14 grandchildren. Richard will be so very missed by his family and friends.
Services will be held at the Riverside National Cemetery at 2 pm on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at Staging Area 7, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to Semper Fi at Riverside National Cemetery.
|Sgt. Elmer Pfonner USMC 1950-1955
MCRD Parris Island S.C. Plt
Camp Lejeune N.C> CAmp Pendleton CA.
Korea, Haiti, Cuba, Panama
April 12, 1933 - Feb 18, 2018
Original SF#1 member
ELMER F. PFONNER
With great sadness, the family of Elmer F. Pfonner announces his February 17, 2018 passing. At age 84 surrounded by family and dear friends, he was overcome by a brief undiagnosed illness in Redlands, CA.
Born April 12, 1933 in Tonawanda, NY to Elmer G. and Frances 'Kitty' (Harris) Pfonner. Elmer was a graduate of Kenmore High School in Buffalo, NY. He prematurely entered the Marine Corp in 1950 serving 3 years and is a Korean war combat veteran. Married February 18, 1956 to Iona (Parker) Pfonner who preceded him in death after 57 years of a beautiful marriage together. Elmer and Iona moved their young family to California in 1960.
Elmer was a Freemason, Past Master, Golden Veteran Award recipient for 50 years of service and recently awarded the Hiram Award, the highest honor bestowed on a Mason by his Blue Lodge. He is a founding member of the Semper Fi Honor Guard for Riverside National Cemetery.
He loved swimming every morning with his friends at Sun Lakes Country Club. Another favorite pastime was playing the role of Santa Claus with Iona as Mrs. Claus for many years for hundreds of children.
He was such an amazing man - loving, funny, plain-spoken, genuine, heart-connected, loved the Lord, and his country. A staunch
Republican, with the greatest laugh that we will always remember.
Elmer will forever be loved by those he preceded in death: his children, Dorothy Serna, Dwight Pfonner (Raquel), Dawn Anthony (Matthew), Diane Schaller (Chris), John Pfonner (Jessica); his grandchildren Jennifer Wood, Greg Pfonner, Stephanie Rea, Justin Anthony, Jared Anthony, Allison Frith-Smith, Koby Pfonner, Devon Schaller, Jackson Schaller; his great-grandchildren, Kyle, Emma, Sara, Hunter, Thomas, and his dear friend Carol Piercy.
A celebration of Elmer’s life will be held on Wednesday, February 28 at promptly 10:30 at Riverside National Cemetery, Staging #9, Shelter G, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, with a reception immediately following at his Masonic Lodge, 131 Cajon St, Redlands.
Memorial donations may be made to: Atypical HUS Foundation, Elmer’s youngest granddaughter’s ultra-rare life-threatening disease. www.ahus.org/donate or Children with Atypical HUS, The Atypical HUS Foundation, 1701 Fairfax Circle, Barnhart, MO 63012 - In the donation notes please put Elmer Pfonner memorial.
SSgt Robert "Bob" Dugan
Feb 26 1925 - June 1st 2017
Gold Team 2010-2016
Camp Pendleton..2nd Bn. 5th. Marines
Recon. Co. 5th Mar.
Marine Detach. USS Juneau CLAA 119
MSgt. Donald Watson - Gold Team Captain 2013-Present
1945 - 4/21/2017
FMF WESPAC RVN, 1968 and 1969
DI San Diego 1St. Bn A Co, RTR, MCRD. 1970-72
Msgt. Donald Watson
USMC May 1964-May 1986 Retired
Semper Fi#1 Since July 2009
MSGT Donald Lloyd Watson, USMC ret
October 29, 1945 - April 21, 2017
Don Watson grew up in a small town in Kentucky. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1964 and served in Vietnam earning numerous decorations including 2 Purple Hearts and the Air Medal with 4 stars. After 13 years in overseas assignments, he returned to his primary specialty of Air Traffic Controller and concluded his 22-year career at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in 1986. He began his "second career" with Boeing Aircraft in 1988, again retiring after 20 years.
While Don was always available for a family member or friend who needed help with a project, he most enjoyed his time with the children in the family. Hiking, boating, travel, and regular outings to the baseball game were the highlights of a well-earned retirement. Yet, even in retirement, Don remained committed to his military duties. He belonged to the Semper Fi #1 Memorial Honor Detail, operating at Riverside National Cemetery, where he regularly participated in burial ceremonies for fallen American servicemen from all military branches.
Although he resided in California for over 30 years, Don never lost touch with his Kentucky roots. He made regular visits to his home state where he maintained a close and life-long relationship with his cousins, their families, and his step-father Gene. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his daughter Gina, his son Bill, his step-son Ian, and several grandchildren, nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.
Don Watson led a full, active, and honorable life and will be missed by all who knew him. His final services will be held at The Riverside National Cemetery on Saturday, May 27th at 11:00 am.
Photos from Don's service courtesy Stacy Lobato (C) 2017 all rights reserved
In accordance with his wishes, and in lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Semper Fi #1
c/o Mac McClain at 16130 Red Pony Lane, Riverside, CA 92504.
Vice President/Legal Advisor
Sgt. Denne Howard
Denne entered in the Marines in Jackson MS in May 1953 - served until May 1956. After boot camp at Parris Island S.C. was sent to HDQTRS MC, Henderson Hall and assigned to The Marine Corps Institute. Served entire enlistment as Instructor in the History & Foreign Languages Section of the Academic School.
Obituary for Denne Howard
Born November 29th, 1931; Died December 29th, 2015
Born in Brandon, Mississippi in 1931, Denne Howard passed away at her home in Rancho Mirage, CA on December 29th, 2015.
Denne played the bugle in high school band and stated that there was a shortage of buglers for military burial services and the high school band was often called upon to play taps. After graduation from high school, she became a high school band director and then enlisted in the Marines for a 3-year term. She chose the Marines because her hero was Louis H. Wilson, a hometown favorite and Congressional Medal of Honor winner.
Denne enlisted in the Marine Corps in May of 1953 and served a three-year enlistment during the Korean War. When serving in the Marine Corps she had wanted to be a pilot and she also wanted to be in the United States Marine Band. Neither option was open to women in the 1950's. However, that did not stop Denne. In later years she got her private pilot's license and owned her own small plane and she joined the Marine Honor Guard Semper Fi #1 and played taps for the unit at many ceremonies at the Riverside National Cemetery.
"In those days women were not afforded the same opportunities as men, such as playing in the Marine Corps Band," Denne stated. She was stationed in the Washington, D.C. area and after her discharge moved to Orange County, California where she worked in public safety communications until she retired and then attended law school at Western State University in Fullerton. Denne practiced law for over 20 years with her own estate planning and probate practice. She offered pro bond assistance at Mizell Senior Center in Palm Springs twice a month during that time.
Denne has contributed much to our chapter and I always considered her our "founding mother; since she started organizing the chapter here In the Twentynine Palms area in 2003. She announced a startup meeting; worked with active duty women Marines and searched but many former and retired Marines/ She organized the paperwork with National and after the chapter started arid then restarted again in 2007; Denne was actively pushing and pulling us into an organized unit.
Denne was one of the original four members in 2007 and served as our treasurer for several years. Denne also represented the chapter at Marine Corps JROTC awards program. She played taps at the memorial services conducted at the Women Marines Association conventions.
On behalf of all members, I know that we can thank her for making us the active chapter that we are today. Our chapter will have a special remembrance of Denne at our next Chapter meeting oh January 23rd. I am hoping that most of you can attend and we can share our memories together as a group.
- Courtesy Women Marine Association Chapter 29 Palms, CA
RANK & NAME: 1st SGT TANSEY, JOHN E.
PARRIS ISLAND, SC. PLATOON NUMBER: 118
SERVICE DATES OR YRS OF SERVICE: 1/1958- 9/83
DECORATIONS & MEDALS: NATIONAL DEFENCE, VIET NAM,
GC, CAR, ACTIVE RESERVE RIBBON
SHOOTING BADGES: RIFLE SHARPSHOOTER, PISTOL EXPERT
DUTY ASSIGNMENTS OR STATIONS:
FOX 2/10,VIEGAS ISLAND, PR,MEDITERANIAN,
OKINAWA, HAWAII,VIET NAM, 3RD MP BN, 3MAR DIV, FLSG-B, 4th MCD,
PHILADELPHIA MCRECRUITING COMMAND
DATE JOINED SEMPER FI #1: FEB 20,2015
Sgt. George Connors USMC 1953-1957
MCRD Parris Island S.C. Plt 267
MCS Quantico Va.
Korea 1st Tank Bn. 1st Marine Division
Camp Pendleton 1st Tank Bn. 1st Marine Division
GEORGE K. CONNORS 1935 - 2013 George K. Connors, born in Boston, Massachusetts on March 2, 1935, passed away in Ontario, California on July 6, 2013, at the age 0f 78. George led a life of service to others. At the age of 18 he joined the United States Marine Corps, and served in Korea. He received the National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, and Good Conduct Medal. While making his home in Corona, California, he became a leader with the Boy Scouts of America and attained the Order of the Arrow and Silver Beaver awards, the highest honors in adult scouting. When he and his wife moved to Beaumont in 1980 he soon became Explorer Coordinator of the Beaumont Police Explorers, young people interested in law enforcement. This inspired his training to become a Reserve Police Officer with the police department. While in the reserves he was awarded, along with two other officers, the Medal of Valor, and in addition a proclamation from the City of Beaumont, and a commendation from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, for a life-saving rescue from a burning car. It became his dream to become a police officer. This required extensive and rigorous academy training. Although 55 years old at the time, he quit his job as an office machine repair specialist, signed on as a full-time Beaumont Reserve Officer, and went to the Fullerton College Police Academy part-time for ten months, often studying all night. He became an officer for the City of Perris Police Department, then a detective. When Perris contracted with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, he became a deputy retiring in December 1999. He joined Semper Fi #1 Memorial Honor Detail, a volunteer group of retired and former Marines, who provide full honors for those who have served our country, at Riverside National Cemetery. When for health reasons he could no longer serve that organization, and still passionate about his country and serving others, he joined Desert Edge Post 233 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Beaumont. He was hospitalized the last seven months of his life. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Ann; sons, Brian and George; daughter Kathleen; 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and 4 stepchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, John. Viewing will be from 1-5pm, Sunday, July 14, at Weaver Mortuary, 1177 Beaumont Ave., Beaumont. Services will be graveside Monday, July 15 at 9:45 am, at Riverside National Cemetery, Staging Area 4, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside. Arrangements were entrusted to Weaver Mortuary, Beaumont, CA 951-845-1141 To leave condolences or sign the online Guest book, please visit www.weaver- mortuary.com
CWO3 Dan Dyer 1930-2013
USMC Active 1947-1956 USMC Res 1956-1988
Obituary for Daniel "Gunner" Morgan Dyer
Daniel Morgan Dyer was born on March 29, 1930 in the “City of Brotherly Love”, Philadelphia, PA. Dan is one of six children born to Samuel and Hilda Dyer. He hails from a long line of warriors. His father, Samuel Dyer, served in the US Navy in World War I. All five of his siblings also served in uniform. His brother, Samuel Jr., served as a Merchant Marine. Another brother, Joseph served in the Marine Corps. His sisters, Elaine Dyer Beckmann and Irene Dyer Olsen, were both US Navy Nurses in World War II. His third sister, Alice Dyer is a retired US Navy Commander, who served a nurse in Vietnam.
Dan attended William Chrisman High School in Independence, MO having graduated in December 1947. Always an advocate of education, Dan earned an Associated Degree in Physical Education and Recreation from Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa and both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts Degree in Recreation Administration from UC Long Beach. He later graduated from Smith Baptist Seminary, Garden Grove, in 1980, earning a PhD in Business Administration.
On June 18, 1947, Dan enlisted in the Marine Corps undergoing boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, CA. After graduation, he attended infantry training school with a MOS of 0300 and was assigned to Sea Duty aboard the USS Valley Forge, CV-45, from 1947-1949. Following duty as a “Sea Going Marine”, Dan was stationed at Naval Aviation Detachment, Hastings, NB then transferred to Camp Pendleton, while at Camp Pendleton, Dan was ordered to Korea, where he was assigned to duty with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. Dan participated in several operations in Korea including the Pusan Perimeter Defense, Inchon Reservoir, Pohang Guerilla hunt, Operations Killer and Ripper. On December 6th, 1950 while assigned to operations in the Chosin Reservoir, Pohang Guerilla hunt, Operations Killer and RipperDan was wounded in action. Of interesting note, another of the Semper Fi #1 members, Sgt. Robert Dugan, was wounded on the same day. Both Dan and Bob were not, however in the same unit. After recovering from his wounds, Dan returned to the United States on April 25, 1951. From 1952-1955, Dan served as a Marine Recruiter at Port Huron in Flint, Michigan.
In 1955, after a successful tour of duty as a Recruiter, Dan returned to Camp Pendleton and was discharged from the Regular component of the Marine Corps in 1956 he then reenlisted in Marine Corps Reserve.
Dan served in several billets while in the Marine Corps Reserve from Anti-Tank Company, Infantry Platoon Leader, Military Police Officer, Admin Chief and Admin Officer. He also served as the Director of Drill and Ceremonies at the John Brown Military Academy in Signal Hill, CA from 1958 to 1960.
Dan ultimately retired from the Marine Corps Reserve in July 1988 after 41 years of honorable and faithful service, at the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 3.
During his impressive career in the Marine Corps Reserve, Dan also worked for the City of Long Beach and eventually retired as the Parks and Recreation Department Manager after 28 years of service.
As if Dan has not had an active enough life, he was ordained a minister in May of 1980. He served as the Director of Operations for the Campus Crusade for Christ at the Christian Conference Center in Arrowhead Springs from which he retired after nine years of service. Dan still participated in weekly Bible studies at Calvary Chapel in Redlands. Dan’s other interests include Golf and ukulele virtuoso.
For five years (2004-2009), Dan’s love for motorcycles was only overshadowed by his love for his wife of 61 years, Pat Dyer, his true love. Together they have made the “Run To The Wall” with over 500,000 motorcycles, from California to Washington, DC to remember the over 8,000 POW’/MIA’s still unaccounted for from the Korean War.
Dan Also served with the Civil Air Patrol as a Search and Rescue Pilot for 35 years. His flight log has recorded over 1750 hours as a Search and Rescue Pilot and over 450 hours as a Search Observer. Other billets he has served in are, Administrative Officer, Emergency Service Officer, Operations Officer, Deputy Squadron Commander, Squadron Chaplin, Deputy and Group Chaplin, Deputy and Wing Chaplin and Deputy National Chief of Chaplains.
Dan additionally served as a staff member at the Civil Air Patrol National Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, for four years, while there, he participated in numerous Cadet Encampments, to include four National Cadet Flight Encampments as their Chaplain. Dan also served as the Chaplain for the National Cadet encampment at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. Dan was twice chosen to escorts Cadets to Belgium and Japan for the International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE). He retired from the Civil Air Patrol on November 1, 2005.
Dan belongs to several professional organizations, which include, Phi Sigma Epsilon, Chosin Few Association, Disabled Veterans Association, ER Coupe Owners Association and Purple Heart Association.
Dan’s decorations include 3 Purple Hearts, Combat Action Ribbon, 3 Presidential Unit Citations, Navy Unit Citation, 2 Navy “E” Awards, 3 Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, 5 Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medals, China Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with 5 Battle Stars, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon, Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Service Medal, United Nations Medal, Korean Service Medal, Rifle and Pistol Expert Badges.
Dan has been a member of Semper Fi #1 and has participated in over 1700 military honors services at Riverside National Cemetery.
Dan has been married to Margaret “Pat” for 61 years. They have three children, Michael Dyer, US Marine Corps Veteran, Rick Schmidt and Shirley Earl. They also have 5 Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren.
Visitation will be May 29, 2013 at 10am with Chapel Service to follow at 11am both at Preciado Funeral Home, 923 W. Mill Street, San Bernardino CA 92410. Interment will follow with Military Honors at Riverside National Cemetery, 12:45 PM, Staging Area #4, 22495 E. Van Buren Blvd. Riverside,CA 92518.
LCpl George Michael Campos
November 9, 1945 - May 9, 2013
George Michael Campos
November 9, 1945 - May 9, 2013
Age 67, of Murrieta. Entered Into Eternal Rest unexpectedly, the result of an accident while performing a
PGR mission honoring another Veteran. George was a regular Patriot Guard Rider and frequent Ride Captain
for a lot of missions to ensure honor and dignity for our Fallen Heroes. Unfortunately, his family, friends and
associates w/The American Legion Riders "ALR" & Patriot Guard Riders "PGR", fellow Vets, the United
States Marine Corps Memorial Honor Team "Semper Fi #1" (of which George was also a member) & his
Calvary Chapel church family all mourn his untimely passing. While it was known that George had heart
problems, that didn't prevent him from delivering upon his inherited core values from his Vietnam days with
the Corps' -- "Honor, Courage & Commitment". It appears that while riding a mission in Escondido last
Wed. 5/8 George may have suffered a heart attack or stroke which resulted in the crash of his Harley;
subsequently he Entered Eternity Thursday morning just after 0900 at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido.
He went home to the Lord doing what George found pleasure in doing; serving others, especially Vets! In
typical Marine Corps fashion, George was "always" punctual, no-nonsense and to-the-point. He escorted
numerous PGR rides with our Mortuary and never once was any-thing but greatly accomodating, comforting and helpful to the families, skilled and highly professional in delivering dignity and honor for their fallen loved
ones. Born in Chicago, George was raised in Connecticut. He entered the U.S. Marine Corps following high
school graduation and served proudly from 1963 thru 1966, seeing action in Vietnam as a young Lance
Corporal. Proud of his service, George was equally proud of all he would do thereafter in creating his
beautiful family, including a daughter Tracy Flint, two sons; USMC Sergeant Taylor Campos who was in
Afghanistan at the time of the accident and Nick Campos, two grandchildren, Taylor & Jordan, his girlfriend
Lori Browning, brothers Christopher Campos and Roman Mrozinski as well as numerous other wellrespected friends...& ALR & PGR brothers & sisters. He had also been a commercial pilot and real estate
broker. George was also a longtime, faithful parishioner at Calvary Chapel in Murrieta, where he will be
greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Please see *Funeral Info for his services and feel free to post
online condolences, view images or upload pictures into Memories Gallery. "You will be greatly missed
Brother, Forever remembered, and Eternally rewarded for all you did while here with us. Semper Fidelis!"
Services Celebration of George's Life will be held on THURS 5/16 at 10AM in Calvary Chapel 24225 Monroe Avenue
Murrieta, CA 92562 Interment with Full Military Honors are scheduled for THURS 5/16 at 12:45PM from Staging Area #4 in Riverside
National Cemetery 22495 Van Buren Blvd. Riverside CA 92518
M M 3rd George Jones
USS Ward XP514
3/28/1927 - 9/19/2012
Cpl. Eddie Solis
Cpl Eddie Solis was a fine Bugler for Semper Fi #1, American Legion and the All-Forces teams at RNC.
He is pictured on the right with his trumpet.
Cpl Calvin DeNoux
Active Duty 1954-1959
November 17, 1936-July 12, 2010
Semper Fi #1 member since 2007
1955: El Toro Marine Base
1956: Treasure Island MP School
1956: Bremerton, WA Guard Duty
1957: Iwakuni, Japan (MP)
1958: K Base HI, MCAS
1959: Cherry Point, NC discharged
DeNOUX Calvin A. DeNoux, Jr., of Yorba Linda, CA, died Monday, July 12, 2010 of cancer at the home of his beloved daughter, Lisa. He was 73. Calvin was born in New Orleans, LA and was a devoted father and grandfather. He served in the USMC and was a proud member of the Semper Fi #1 Memorial Honor Detail. Survivors include: sister, Carolyn DeNoux; daughters: Lisa Wiehebrink and Laura Gorman; four grandchildren and his best friend, Barbara. Services will be held Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at Riverside National Cemetery.
Rest in Peace Cpl. Mike Ramos June 29, 1934-December 7, 2009
He was the youngest of six brothers and two sisters. His father’s career with Santa Fe Railroad brought them to live in Colton when he was a young boy.
He attended school in Colton, graduating from Colton High School in 1953 where he was a starting Varsity Basketball player. He served as an altar boy at San Salvador Catholic church from the time he was a young boy until he graduated high school.
Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp and served this country during the Korean War. He then began his career at Norton Air Force Base and retired as the Chief Equal Employment Officer.
In 1956, he married Charlotte Chavez and they resided in Redlands, until she passed away in 1960. In 1972, he married Janna K. Ong. They were married for 28 years until she passed away December 17, 2000.
Mike was best known for his love of life and family. He loved music and played the guitar up to his last days. He shared his gift of music by volunteering at healthcare homes for the elderly, playing the guitar and harmonica.
He had a zest for life that included jumping out of airplanes. He always thought of others before himself. In his last years, he served in the Honor Guard Detail “Semper Fi #1” at Riverside National cemetery.
Mike is survived by his son, Michael A. Ramos, daughter-in-law, Gretchen Ramos, son, Patrick A. Ramos, daughter-in-law, Tracy Ramos, son Sandy Crumrine and grandchildren Michele Burris, Michael P. Ramos, Robert Rodriguez, Amanda Ramos,
Joseph Ramos, Emilee Crumrine and great-grandsons, Christian Burris and Alex Rodriguez. He is also survived by sister, Cecilia Ordaz, San Bernardino and leaves behind many nieces and nephews and many good friends.
Services were held December 18, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, Ca.
Sgt. Andy Wong USMC 1975-1984
January 19, 1955-October 16, 2009
WONG, Andrew, 54, of Colton, CA, passed away surrounded by family and friends, Friday, October 16, 2009 in San Diego, after a brief battle with Leukemia. Born January 19, 1955 in Tucson, AZ. He resided in Tucson until joining the Marine Corps in 1975. As a Marine, he proudly served his country as a Cryptologist in Japan and Marine Security Guard in Nigeria and Switzerland. Upon leaving the Marines in 1980, he moved to Southern California and began a career in law enforcement and security. He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Wong. Survived by his mother, Marion; wife, Nan; children, Jason and Christopher, sons of Carrie Wong; brothers, Daniel (Leslie) and Sanford (Sally); nephew and nieces, Derek, Jamie and Megan as well as his extended family and friends. Services will be held on Saturday, October 24, 11:00 a.m., EVERGREEN MORTUARY. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday, October 23, 2009 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or to the American Cancer Society in memory of Andrew Wong.
Sgt. William "Bill" Bowden
|Sgt. Sam Mansolino USAF
January 16, 1933 - March 7, 2002
|Cpl. Julius "Buckles" Konikow
February 12, 1921 - January 13, 2003
USMC 1942 - 1946
MCRD San Diego Ca. Plt 142
2nd Marine Raider Bn. Bougainville
2nd Marine Raider Bn. Eniwetok Atoll
1st Marine Brigade Guam
Sgt. Jim Stephenson
|Cpl. Lynn "Woody" Wood
May 11, 1926 - September 02, 2006
USMC 1943 - 1946
MCRD San Diego Ca. Plt 1057
China, Okinawa Japan,
China Lake Ca.
|M/Sgt. Joseph W. Morse
Joe served in Guadalcanal,
China, Japan and Korea.
Joe was one of the original member
of Semper Fi #1, to give military honors
to fallen warriors, of all service branches.
Cpl. Tom Magee USMC 1944-1946
Jan 5, 1934 - Dec 24, 2012
On a shore which no mortal has seen
Till the last bugle call plays taps for us all
Semper Fidelis Marine.