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  • 07/12/2018 3:17 PM | Don Harris (Administrator)

    Ben Jackson died in Cresco, Iowa. He was part of the Red Combat Team, 1st Battalion in Burma. He was one of the small number of men in the "expendable" unit healthy enough to continue fighting after Merrill's Marauders were disbanded on Aug. 10, 1944, and also served with the 475th in the China Burma India Theater. When he passed, he had the 3rd Ranger Battalion challenge coin in his pocket, which was contributed for the 2018 Memorial Day "care package" which was recently sent to the surviving original Merrill's Marauders.

    Condolences can be sent to his widow at:
    Marge Jackson
    1004 North Elm St. Apt 104
    Cresco, Iowa 52136

  • 05/30/2018 7:56 AM | Don Harris (Administrator)
    Chancellor Funeral Home
    2576 Highway 49 South
    Florence, MS 39073
    (601) 845-4449 -- contact, Bill Chancellor

    10 AM - 12 Noon - Visitation
    12 PM - Service
    Internment will be about 12 miles away in Pearl, Mississippi at:

    Pearl Floral Hills Memory Gardens Cemetery
    4111 U.S. Hwy 80 E
    Pearl, Mississippi, 39208
    Phone 601 939-2004

    The Family wishes to have retired Ranger presence and "Once an Eagle" ceremony at the Friday service.

  • 04/17/2018 3:45 PM | Don Harris (Administrator)
    Bill joined the Army at age 17, in 1942, and became the youngest member of Darby’s Rangers, America’s elite fighting force in World War II.  He was wounded at one of the most important and costly battles in American military history:  the battle of Anzio.

    Bill’s postwar experiences included management positions for the National Cash Resister Company (NCR) and ITT-Sheraton World in Boston where he managed hotel computer systems, traveling around the world. When he turned 65, he completed 46 years of working for national corporations. He wound up his professional career with the Adaco Corporation, where he marketed automated procurement systems for the hotel industry.

    Bill enjoyed many hobbies including tennis and golf, but especially sailing his Cape Dory around the Boston Harbor. He was also a member of many civic organizations, including Rotary and received an Honorary Life Membership in the Elks at age 33 for work in initiating a crippled children’s program.

    A private memorial service will be held at Old Ship Church in Hingham, MA in June.

    Donations can be made to:

    Frances Georgeson Hospice House
    1095 Whippoorwill Lane
    Naples, FL 34105

  • 04/17/2018 3:26 PM | Don Harris (Administrator)
    MG Michael D. “Iron Mike” HealyMajor General Michael D. “Iron Mike” Healy (born June 13, 1926, in Chicago-died April 14, 2018, in Florida) was a retired general officer in the United States Army who spent 35 years serving in the military, completing tours in Korea and Vietnam.
    General Healy’s numerous awards include: Distinguished Service Medal (three awards), Silver Star (two awards), Legion of Merit (three awards), Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with "V" (Valor) Device (six awards), Air Medal with "V" Device (four awards), Army Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal with "V" Device, Purple Heart Medal (two awards), Good Conduct Medal, twelve Decorations of Republic of Vietnam and numerous service medals and citations. He received Parachute badges from Republic of Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Korea, Iran and Pakistan, as well as a Master Parachutist Badge from the U.S. Army.  General Healy also was awarded both the Special Forces and Ranger Tabs, was a distinguished member of the Special Forces Regiment, and a member of the Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame.

    General and Mrs. Healy have lived in Jacksonville, FL.  They are the proud parents of six sons and several grandchildren.

    Condolences may be dispatched to the Healy family in care of:
    Mrs. Jackie Healy
    12968 Night Heron Court
    Jacksonville, FL 32224

  • 02/12/2018 11:36 AM | Don Harris (Administrator)

    Beloved husband of Mildred. Loving father of Constance (George) Gengle, Stephen Reott, Mary (Larry) Marschall, Diane (Bruce) Jacobs, Adela (Steven) Widman, Annette (Michael) Martin and Laurie (Floyd) Drouillard. Dear brother of Beatrice, Dian, Gloria, Julia and Donald. Dearest grandfather of 20. Loving great-grandfather of 19. Bob was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Adela; his siblings Sue, Dolores, Richard, Henry and Dale as well as his grandson Michael. Bob will be deeply missed by family and friends. 

    Visitation Thursday, February 01, 2018 from 2- 9 p.m. at the Taylor Chapel of VoranFuneral Home, 23750 Goddard Road. (313) 291-1800. 

    A Rosary will be held Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. with the Downriver Veteran Honor Guard to pay tribute starting at 7:30 p.m. In state Friday 9:30 a.m. with a 10:00 a.m. Mass of the Resurrection to follow at St. Alfred Catholic Church, 9350 S. Telegraph Road, Taylor. Interment St. Patrick Cemetery in Carleton, MI. Donations may be made St. Alfred Parish Church. 

    Please share memories and/or leave condolences on Bob’s guestbook -  www.voranfuneralhome.com/obituary/Robert-R.-Bob-Reott/Taylor

  • 02/04/2018 3:43 PM | Don Harris (Administrator)

    Frank Mattivi was born November 8, 1918 in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. Frank signed up for the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) in 1938. He served in Idaho, Minnesota, and Iowa.

    On January, 16, 1941, Frank went to Des Moines, Iowa and enlisted in the 34th Division Iowa National Guard. It wasn’t long before he was sent to Camp Claiborne, Louisiana for basic training. After going overseas, Frank volunteered to join a new American Commando outfit that was being formed. Frank was assigned to D Company, 1st Ranger Battalion, known as Darby’s Rangers, which was trained by British Commandos in Scotland. He then participated in the North African Campaign. Rangers spearheaded the landing at Arzew, Algeria (he got to invade Algeria on his birthday), and moved into Tunisia for successful missions at Sened Station and El Guettar. After those campaigns were concluded Darby’s Rangers were expanded from one Battalion to three. Frank stayed in the 1st Battalion Company F, serving as cadre to the new volunteers.

    The Rangers landed at Licata, Sicily and fought through the conclusion of the Sicilian campaign. The Rangers then landed at Salerno and advanced to the Chuinzi Pass, which they held against stiff German counterattacks. The Rangers were then put into the Volturno line before being withdrawn to rest and refit for the Anzio landing. On 30 January 1944 during the battle to take the town of Cisterna during the Anzio campaign, a German tank was maneuvering its turret to strike a building Frank knew was occupied by many Rangers. Without thought, he bravely jumped on the rear of the German tank, opened the tank hatch, and dropped a phosphorous grenade inside. A Ranger on the other side of the tank fired a rocket launcher into the side of the tank, knocking Frank off the tank and he was momentarily stunned. Through his heroic actions in destroying the tank, he saved the lives of countless Rangers taking cover inside this building. Frank, along with many other Rangers, was captured at during this battle. Frank was interned at a German prison camp for 16 months.

    Frank was awarded the following Medals as a result of his service: 
    Good Conduct Medal 1rd Ranger Bn, Presidential Unit Citation 1st Ranger Bn, Combat Infantryman’s Badge 1st Ranger Bn, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with five Bronze Stars (Algeria-French Morocco, Tunisia, Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Anzio), American Defense Service Medal, six Overseas Bars, Service Stripes, and POW Medal

    Frank mustered out of the Army in 1945 and returned home to Missouri. He reenlisted in the Army Infantry Reserves and was honorably discharged 1 September 1948. Frank married Lorena June May 1946 and raised three sons and a daughter. Frank worked at Leeds Plant, manufacturer of Chevrolets until a steel strike occurred in 1951. Frank then manufactured tanks for semi-trucks until July 1951 when he was employed at Ford manufacturing B-525 bomber wings. In 1957 Ford started manufacturing vehicles at the plant. In 1963 Frank was promoted to Foreman. He retired from Ford in 1979.

    Frank was inducted into the RHOF in 2012. He was a member of the WWII Ranger Battalions Association, life member of the Excelsior VFW, and member of the American Legion. He died February 2, 2018 at home at the age of 99. Frank is survived by three children, eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren. 

    Frank Mattivi will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

    Services for Frank Mattivi will be held Thursday at United Methodist Church, 1650 Rainbow Blvd, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024. 

    Visitation 10 to 1130. Service at 1130 hours followed by graveside services.  

    Some Regiment Rangers will be in attendance.  Rangers are needed to attend this funeral for the ‘Once an Eagle’ ceremony at the gravesite.

  • 01/12/2018 2:01 PM | Don Harris (Administrator)

    Daniel Farley was born in Kayford, West Virginia on May 4, 1924 and joined the Army during his Senior year of High School.

    He later volunteered to be trained as a Ranger by British Commandos in Achnacarry, Scotland. His stated reason for volunteering for the Rangers was he wanted to "fight with the best."

    After having been discovered to be part American Indian he was made "Lead Scout." A position that put him on "Point" many times during the war.
    On June 6th, 1944 he went ashore on Dog White, Omaha Beach with the 5th Ranger Battalion commanded by Lt. Colonel Max Schneider.

    After becoming separated from the rest of the 5th Dan, along with 2 Officers and 20 EM of 1st Platoon, Able Company under the command of Lt. Charles "Ace" Parker, fought their way overland to Pointe Du Hoc to reinforce the 2nd Ranger Battalion, under Lt. Colonel James Rudder.

    Arriving at approx. 2100 (Double Daylight Saving Time) those 23 Officers and EM were the only element of 5th Rangers to fulfill their D-Day mission on D-Day.

    He and his fellow 5th Rangers went on to fight from Grandcamp Maisy and Brest, France, being behind German lines for 9 days at Zerf, Germany, to helping with the Liberation of Buchenwald Concentration Camp.

    Five years later, when the Korean War began, Dan would again find himself fighting in a Ranger company there.

    Daniel Farley, Jr. died peacefully on the morning of December 30, 2017.

  • 11/07/2017 4:00 PM | Don Harris (Administrator)

    Robert (Bob) Becker, Ranger School Class 01-58, beloved husband of Fran Becker of Calgary passed away on October 29, 2017 at the age of 82 years.

    It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Bob Becker. He was a creative engineer, a reflective philosopher, a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, and a thoughtful man of the spirit.  His warmth and optimism and zest for living will be deeply missed by friends and family.

    He leaves behind his wife of 44 years Fran; his sons Julian and Bill (Michele); his daughter Buffy Elizabeth (Don) and stepson Ian (Erin); grandchildren, Elina, Finn, Evan and Annika.

    Journey well Bob, we'll miss you.

  • 08/25/2017 10:59 AM | Don Harris (Administrator)

    Leonard D. Lavoie (93), formerly of Merrimack, NH, passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the Oceanside Nursing Center in Hampton. He was born on June 27, 1924 in Nashua, NH, the son of the late Joseph and Blanche (St. Onge) Lavoie.

    Leonard proudly served his country as an Army Ranger, participating in the invasion of France on D-Day and also the Campaign of Brittany where he received the Purple Heart, presidential citation, good conduct ribbon, and three battle stars. He was a graduate of New Hampshire College and had a lifelong career employed as an Internal Revenue Agent for the IRS until his retirement in 1982. In his retirement, Leonard enjoyed golfing and bowling and was an active member of the Bektash Temple of Shriners.

    Leonard was predeceased by two brothers, Lionel and George Lavoie and two sisters, Doris Desmaris and Gloria Gagnon.

    Leonard is survived by his wife of 71 years, Beatrice E. Lavoie and their daughter Janet and her husband Ernest (Skip) Dufour of Exeter; granddaughters, Kristine Moulton and her husband David of Auburn and Kara Fontaine and her husband Bryan of Hooksett and three great grandchildren, Jack and Charles Moulton and Benjamin Fontaine. Leonard also leaves behind his brother, John Lavoie of Hudson and several sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.

    The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the Visiting Angels of Auburn, Partridge House Assisted Living, Oceanside Nursing of Hampton, and Compassus Hospice of North Hampton for their kindness, help and support.

  • 08/02/2017 4:25 PM | Don Harris (Administrator)

    It’s my sad duty to inform you that MAJ (R) Timothy Arthur "Tim" Vandersommen, 61, of Chesnee, South Carolina passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at Mary Black Hospital.

    He was an Eagle Scout, a retired Army Special Forces officer and an Airborne Ranger with staff and command experience. MAJ Vandersommen led specialized units conducting military, intelligence, and counterterrorism missions. After retirement from the Army, Tim continued to serve his country in various aspects with the Department of Defense as a Special Mission Unit Instructor, Evaluator, and Role Player for the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC); a Special Operations G-3 Advisor and Trainer in Afghanistan; the Director of the Khost Provinical Stabilization in Afghanistan; a Team Leader for the Human Terrain System, Multi National Division-Baghdad; and the Deputy Program Manager and Instructor for the Iraq Assistance Group’s Phoenix Academy at Camp Taji, Iraq.

    He was the husband of Joyce Murphy Vandersommen; a native of Elyria and a son of Annette Krueck Vandersommen and the late Anthony Vandersommen. He spent his life devoted to God, his family and his country. He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Spartanburg.

    In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a son, Collin Vandersommen of Arizona and a daughter, Victoria Vandersommen of Alaska; brothers, Martin Vandersommen of Homosassa, Florida and Roger Vandersommen of Elyria; sister, Patricia Huddleston of Cleveland.

    Tim was preceded in death by a son, Ryan Vandersommen.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Fisher House Foundation, www.fisherhouse.org E-Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eggersfuneralhome.com

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