Members Who Have Passed

In any veteran organization there comes a time when the friends who have brought so much of their energy and spirit to the group begin to pass away.  It is a sad fact of life that Marines understand and, unfortunately, have experienced far too often in their lives.  On this page we honor and remember those Marines from our group whom we have lost.  Semper Fidelis.

LtCol Mike DeSandis Funeral - Arlington National Cemetery

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Mike DeSandis was buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.  Members Shannon Hubacher amd Hank Trautman contributed photos of the funeral ceremony.  Click here to see the full album.

In Honor of

LtCol Mike DeSandis

October 25, 1913 - February 14, 2013

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Mike was a 35 year Marine Corps veteran who rose from the rank of Private to Lieutenant Colonel during the course of his career.  He led a Rifle Platoon and later a Recon Company in combat during WWII where he saw action at Guadalcanal, Peleliu and other beaches throughout the Pacific.

In Honor of

Lee “Peck" Whitcomb



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Peck served in WWII as an orderly to Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz. He was present along with other members of Admiral Nimitz’s staff such as General Curtis LeMay when the crew of the Enola Gay returned from their bombing mission over Japan to report the impct of the first atomic bomb to Admiral Nimitz’s staff.

In Honor of

William “Bill” Hughes



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Bill served during the Vietnam War and, during 1967-1968, as a squad leader in a rifle company, was involved in some of the heaviest fighting of the war.  He moved to Charlottesville at the end of his civilian work life and became heavily involved in numerous veterans’ organizations.  During the last six and a half years of his life he served as the Commandant of the Bradley T. Arms detachment.

In Honor of

Med Hammon


Member Med Hammon, a WWII veteran, passed on March 2, 2017.  His body was cremated in a private ceremony.

Member Med Hammon shown on the right with members Monte Hatfield (center) and fellow WWII veteran Peck Whitcomb (deceased) (left) at our 2010 Marine Corps Birthday Party.

In Honor of

David Henry Steel


Member Dave Steel, a WWII veteran, passed on December 7, 2018. Like many other WWII Marines Dave interrupted his college education at Amherst College to serve his country.

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Dave is shown here surrounded by fellow Marines and their families at our June, 2013 Spring Picnic.

Dave Steel Poem

In Honor of

Bruce Cryst

1941 - 2019

Member Bruce Cryst passed on April 18, 2019.  Bruce joined our detachment in March, 2008 and was always ready to help with Detachment projects.  His energy and infectious smile will be missed.

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Bruce is shown here helping to conduct a “Fun Run” fund raising project in 2009.

Once A Marine, Always A Marine