Category Archives: Taps

Taps – Frank Hillman

Frank entered the US Army in 1946, at the age of 14 and served until the Army dismissed him as a fraudulent enlistee by his 16th birthday.  During this enlistment he served in various infantry units, namely the 1st Cavalry Division as a Rifleman and the 24th Infantry Division as Gunner (60 MM Mortar) and Infantry Squad Leader.

Enlisting again on his 17th birthday (1948), Frank served a 24-year career in the Army.  He completed 22 years as a Special Forces Operative, from 1950 until retiring from the Army in 1972.  Frank earned the rank of Sergeant Major with assignments in Japan, Korea, Vietnam (10 years), Germany and several classified locations worldwide.  He earned numerous service medals and specialty badges.  His citations include the American Occupation Medal of Japan, 3 Bronze Star Medals (one for valor), the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal w/Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medals (5 awards), Armed Forces Evacuation Medal (Berlin), Army Commendation Medals, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam campaign Air Medal.  Frank earned several major qualification badges including the Sr. Combat Infantryman’s Badge w/2 Stars (for combat in Korea, Vietnam and Panama), Sr. Special Forces Operators’ Badge, Master Parachutist and Jumpmaster Badges.

Throughout his enlistments, Frank completed numerous education and training courses to enhance his Army career.  He earned the High School General Education Development (GED) Certificate and college credits in Political Science through the University of Maryland.  He is a graduate of the Arabic Language Institute and Army Language School where he learned to speak Arabic.  In addition to Arabic, Frank became proficient in English, Spanish and German.  His major training courses include Air Transport Program, Basic Airborne and Jumpmaster, Military Justice, Code of Conduct, Chemical-Biological and Radiological Warfare.  Frank was also an avid HAM Radio Operator (licenses K7UAB and DL5QH) and a member of the American Radio Relay League.

After retiring from the Army (1972), Frank employed for 35 years as Project Manager throughout Asia and the Middle East with various defense contractors.  These include Litton Industries, United Support and Services Co., the Saudi Services and Operations Co., Joe Bell Inc. and Brown and Root.

He is survived by his wife Maria of 33 years and 4 children, Edna, Lewis, Leila and Michael (deceased), and 7 grandchildren.  Burial services will be held on Friday, January 13, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at the Southern Arizona Veterans memorial Cemetery, 1300 S. Buffalo Soldier Trail, Sierra Vista.

http://www.svherald.com/obituaries/frank-joseph-hillman-sergeant-major-special-forces-u-s-army/article_ab41decc-d860-11e6-bb24-473b2bcf3dd4.html

 

 

TAPS – Lowell Storer

Lowell Storer, passed away at his home in Tucson, Arizona on 23 December 2016. He was a member of Detachment(A)  from 1974-1978 and again from 1980 to 1983.

Lowell, Storer,  Sgt. Major, US Army Special Forces, Ret Lowell was born on July 8, 1940 in Idaho Falls, ID to Walter and Ruby Storer, the second of seven children. He passed away on December 23, 2016 in Tucson, AZ. He was preceded in death by his youngest son, Norman. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Gerlinde, and his sons, Michael and Bryan, their spouses and four grandchildren. He served 32 years in the U.S. Army, most of which as a Green Beret. He also served two tours of duty in Vietnam. Lowell loved being a soldier and a Green Beret. After his retirement, he worked for and retired from Central Arizona Project (CAP). Lowell was a kind and gentle man who loved all animals, especially his dogs Peppi and Sam whom he rescued from the desert. Services will be held in Idaho Falls, ID on Saturday, January 14, 2017 after which he will be interred there. We will forever miss him. Funeral Arrangements are by WOOD FUNERAL HOME, 273 North Ridge Ave., Idaho Falls, Idaho 83405.

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TAPS – Command Sergeant Major, Jeffrey Herman Raker

It is with deep regret that I inform you that our friend and comrade, and one of the most distinguished and respected members of Detachment(A), Command Sergeant Major Jeffrey H. Raker passed away 10 November 2016.  Jeff served in Detachment(A) from 1976-1981.  

CSM (R) Raker was laid to rest on 17 November 2017 at the Guam Veterans Cemetery.

Photos of the Internment can be viewed by clicking here.

A picture video can viewed by clicking here.

Video disclaimer rifle volley and taps are the only sound track associated with actual photos.

 

Bob Charest

TAPS – James E. Robinson

Gil Turcotte just notified me of the passing of James E. Robinson on 1 September 2015. Jim was in Detachment(A) Team 6, from 1977-1979. More information forthcoming as it becomes available.

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Tom Powell, Jim Robinson, Steve Santoyo, Bob Kuenstle, Rich Herpers, Juan Renta, Frank Clausen, Jimmy Reeves, John Liner, Gil Turcotte, Ron Braughton (seated)
Tom Powell, Jim Robinson, Steve Santoyo, Bob Kuenstle, Rich Herpers, Juan Renta, Frank Clausen, Jimmy Reeves, John Liner, Gil Turcotte, Ron Braughton (seated)

 

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TAPS – Mike “Magic Man” Akre

Michael Anthony Akre, passed away at Mt. Carmel West on June 3, 2014. Mike was born on June 2, 1942, in San Francisco, CA. Mike retired from the U.S. Army in 1979 after serving 3 Tours of Duty in Vietnam and with Detachment”A”. He was a great magician and loved everything about magic. Mike is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Mary Anne; his favorite niece, Laurie Krauss Burgess; brother-in-law, Robert E. (Lissie) Krauss; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

From Dennis Hebler.