SOME GAVE ALL
MAJ CHARLES E. BAKER, USMC (RET), 91,
OF SALT LAKE CITY, UT.
As a Navy aircraft mechanic on a “Jeep”
carrier, he participated in the Saipan,
Tinian, Guam, Peleliu, and Philippines
campaigns. He was wounded by a
Japanese cruiser shell during the Battle
of Leyte Gulf. Recalled for the Korean
Conict, he entered ight training and
was commissioned in the Marine Corps.
He ew 99 combat missions in Korea
and was awarded the DFC and 9 Air
Medals. In 1958 he ew one of 24 FJ-4’s
in the rst single-engine jet transpac from
Hawaii to Japan utilizing aerial refueling.
Predeceased by his wife Mildred and wife
Eva. Survived by his three daughters.
COL CARL F. BERGSTROM, JR., USMC (RET),
84, OF MIRAMAR BEACH, FL.
After Navy enlisted service as an aviation
electronic tech ying AF Guardians
from USS Block Island, he entered ight
training and was commissioned into the
Marine Corps. He ew FJ’s and F-8’s with
VMF-232. In Vietnam he served as OIC,
MATCU-67, then Ops O of VMA-211 ying
over 350 combat missions. He was CO,
MARTD Jacksonville, FL; XO, MWSG-17;
and XO & CO, MAG-13. His nal tour was
head of ofcer assignments at HQMC. His
decorations include the Legion of Merit,
DFC, Bronze Star with Combat ‘V’, Air
Medal with Gold Star and numeral 28.
Survived by his wife Carole.
CAPT MERIDITH M. CLARK, USMC (RET), 91,
OF PINE, ID.
Leaving high school at 17 to join the
Navy, he saw action as a gunner’s mate
at Iwo Jima, Luzon, Leyte Gulf, Saipan,
and Tinian. After the war he nished
high school and did two years at Ohio
State. Called back for the Korean War,
he attended ight school and was
commissioned in the Marine Corps. He
mostly ew A-4 Skyhawks and KC-130’s.
After retirement he was a pilot for Ohio
University and Interior Airways in Alaska.
Moving to Boise, ID, he operated a Dairy
Queen for a decade, then built a cabin in
the woods he called his “happy place,”
where he resided until his death. His
decorations include the DFC. He was an
MCAA Life Member. Preceded in death by
his son Tom and wife Wilma. Survived by
his daughter Sandy.
LTCOL STEPHEN S. EISENHAUR, USMC (RET),
84, OF WINCHESTER, VA.
A versatile aviator, he ew FJ Fury’s
with VMF-235 and R4Q’s with VMR-
252, then F8’s and F-4’s with VMFA
122. In Vietnam, he ew 120 combat
missions with VMFA-542. He commanded
VMCJ-1 ying both the RF-4 and EA-
6A. He retired from HQMC as section
head, Manpower Programs and Budget
Branch. His decorations include the
Legion of Merit, 8 Air Medals and Navy
Commendation Medal with Combat ‘V’.
He was a technical consultant to the
Navy and NASA for 20 years. A standout
football player at the Naval Academy, he
was inducted into the GTE Scholar Athlete
Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of
Fame. Survived by his wife Bobbie.
MSGT HOWARD J. FULLER, USMCR (RET),
95, OF RIVERSIDE, CA.
Serving in the National Guard and
Reserves in 1939, he enlisted in the
Regular Marine Corps in 1940. An
ordnance Marine, his Reserve squadron
had no planes, so the Navy loaned them a
few on weekends. He served with VMSB/
VMTB-131 on Guadalcanal as a staff
sergeant. Quickly promoted to technical
sergeant and master sergeant, he later
served on Peleliu, and was crew chief
on R4D’s that ew wounded from Iwo
Jima to Guam. After VJ Day, he was the
maintenance chief for a Marine night
ghter operational training unit ying
F-7F Tigercats. Predeceased by his wife
COL JOHN H. GLENN, JR., USMC (RET), 95,
OF COLUMBUS, OH.
See tribute article in this issue.
MAJ JAY A. HALSTEAD, USMCR (RET), 71,
OF BANNING, CA.
An MCAA Life Member, he saw service in
Vietnam, then ew as an airline pilot for
MAJ MILTON T. HEFTY, JR., USMC (RET), 87,
OF TACOMA, WA.
He served 23 years in the Corps as did his
father before him. Survived by his wife
MAJ GOLDEN C. KIRKLAND, USMC (RET),
79, OF WARRENTON, VA.
“Bud” served over 20 years in the Corps,
and was awarded the Bronze Star
with Combat ‘V’ for his actions during
the Battle of Khe Sanh. After retiring
from active duty, he was a successful
senior executive in the defense and
telecommunications sectors. Predeceased
by his son, Capt Gary C. Kirkland, USMC.
Survived by his wife Carolyn.
LTCOL ARTHUR P. LORING, JR., USMC (RET),
83, OF FALL CITY, WA.
He ew F-9’s, A-4’s and A-6’s. He served
two tours in Vietnam and had a four
year tour in Italy. His nal tour was
CO, VMAT(AW)-202, the A-6 training
squadron. He then worked for Boeing,
specializing in the 777. Survived by his
MSGT ERNEST J. LUTZ, USMC (RET), 85, OF
Enlisting in 1948, he saw service in
the Korean War, Cuban Missile Crisis,
and Vietnam, retiring in 1971. He later
worked for Bell Helicopter in Iran. He held
position in the Marine Corps League at the
National level, receiving their Marine of
the Year Award in 2000. Survived by his
COL GERARD P. O’KEEFE, USMCR (RET), 88,
OF FAIRFAX, VA.
A veteran of World War II, Korea, and
Vietnam, he enlisted in 1945, becoming a
radar operator/navigator on F-7F Tigercat
night ghters. He was commissioned in
1951 via a NROTC Scholarship and served
in Korea as an infantry ofcer with 2nd
Bn, 7th Marines. Leaving active duty, he
earned his law degree serving with and
commanding judge advocate general units,
retiring in 1980. Survived by his wife
JEREMIAH J. O’KEEFE, 93, OF BILOXI, MS.
A pilot with VMF-323 “Death Rattlers”, he
shot down seven Japanese aircraft while
ying the F-4U Corsair. He received the
Navy Cross for attacking more than 50
enemy aircraft over Okinawa, shooting
down ve. After his service he had a
successful career in the funeral home
business. He was mayor of Biloxi and a
state representative for one term.
COL WILLIAM C. E. WOLFE, USMC (RET), 73,
OF FAIRFAX, VA.
A CH-53 pilot, he was instrumental in
the development, procurement, and
production of the -53E model, as well
as its initial operational use as the rst
squadron commander of HMH-466
“Wolfpack”, named in his honor. He
served several tours at NavAirSysCom
as program manager of the entire CH-
53 series, all night vision systems and
executive helicopters. Survived by his wife
It is with profound apologies and deep
embarrassment that I must admit we
published two unfounded obituaries
in the last issue of The Yellow Sheet.
However, I am happy to report that
Col Raymond R. Powell, USMC (Ret)
and Gordon W. McKelvey are in fact
still with us. We unfortunately took as
“fact” erroneous e-mails from their
former squadron mates who reported
otherwise.We have heard from both
and hope we have not caused them,
their families and lifelong friends any
undue shock or suffering.We have put
measures in place to ensure this does
not happen in the future.Again, my
– SEL, Executive Director.