Rattler/Firebird Association


Men Who Have Died Since Serving With Us

Listed below are the 355 men we know have died since serving with the Rattlers/Firebirds. If you know any details about those listed as cause unknown, please contact us and let us know so that we may correct this page.

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A Soldier Died Today

Name Years
with unit
Died Cause
Abel, Gerald 66-67 16 September 2003 Motorcycle accident
Adamitis, Alfred * 68-69 9 November 1987 Heart Attack
Ahlgrim, Eugene H. 66-67 7 October 2014 Unknown
Aker, Mike 67-68 18 March 2020 Unknown
Albert, Vernon 65 11 September 2014 Prostate cancer
Albrick, Edgar J. * 70-71 1973 Auto Accident
Ambruson, Roger W. * 68-69 4 November 1972 Helicopter Accident
Andrews, C.C. 67-68 27 June 2005 Cancer
Araki, Brian * 70-71 November 2020 Heart attack
Arbaugh, Larry L. 67-68 23 May 2014 Congestive heart failure
Arink, William J. 67 17 August 11 Lung Cancer
Armes, Robert 67-68 22 September 2003 Heart Attack
Arnout, James (Jim) * 70-71 8 October 2003 Heart attack
Babij, Mike 70 30 August 1991 Unknown
Bahlke, Howard D. 67-68 12 May 2020 Congestive heart failure
Baker, Donald L. 65 12 June 1965 KIA in Vietnam with 2nd unit.
Ball, George L. 71 June 1993 Unknown
Banaszak, Richard 64-65 10 September 2011 Multiple Sclerosis
Barbour, Stephen L. 67-68 February 1994 Unknown
Barritt, William S. 67-68 15 December 1969 KIA 2nd Tour Vietnam
Barron, Ron 68-69 1 December 2021 Bone and Prostate cancer
Bascle, David 69-70 29 July 2016 Lung Cancer
Baughman, Michael 65 12 April 1992 Unknown
Becker, Carter K. 70-71 23 January 2001 Suicide
Becker, Louis 66-67 August 1988 Unknown
Beeler, Leroy 66-68 21 September 2009 Unknown
Bell, Joe K. 67-68 4 October 2006 Parkinson's Disease
Berry, Jim 70-71 20 November 2017 Complications from diabetes
Billings, Randy 66-67 15 September 2008 Heart Attack
Bishop, John * 65-66 ? Unknown
Blakley, John 68-69 12 April 2017 Multiple causes
Bonn, Michael J. 71 July 1981 Unknown
Bordine, Girard F. 69 22 March 2015 Lung Cancer
Bozich, Ronald G. 64-65 9 August 2015 Lung Cancer
Brantley, Jerry 66-67 19 January 2015 Colon Cancer
Brousseau, William E. * 66-67 20 October 2006 Multiple Myeloma
Brown, Webb L. 70 December 1992 Unknown
Bruce, Joe 66-69 21 January 2018 Heart failure
Buck, Willard J. (Bill) 66-67 31 July 2006 Pneumonia
Burback, Delbert P. 65 2 February 2007 Unknown
Burl, Sylvester D. 65-66 24 November 2007 Lung Cancer
Burns, John V. * 68-69 February 1976 Unknown
Burroughs, Bob 67-68 24 December 2010 Cirrhosis of the liver
Butler, Larry L. 65 18 March 2011 Unknown
Cain, Thomas L. 68-69 12 May 2010 Agent Orange cancer
Callahan, Michael D. * 69-70 18 August 2000 Congestive Heart Failure
Calvacca, John 67 11 June 2010 Heart attack
Camacho, Valdemar 65-67 24 November 2017 Cancer
Campbell, Allie * 64-65 3 January 2004 Cancer-diabetes
Carey, Gordon T. 66 12 Febuary 2015 Agent Orange exposure
Carey, Robert B. (Bob) 69-70 7 April 2003 Colon cancer
Cassano, Rocco * 69-70 February 1979 Aircraft Accident
Castle, Bob 68-69 31 October 1996 Heart Attack
Catalina, Tony * 70-71 February 1999 Liver Transplant
Caudil, L. D. 68 May 1984 Unknown
Cavazos, Blas * 66-67 13 May 1973 Drowning
Cawley, John E. Jr. 66-67 20 December 2006 Unknown
Chassen, Michael David 64-65 10 June 2001 Lung cancer
Chauncey, Michael N. 68-69 18 April 2015 Multiple organ failure
Childs, Fredrick R. 67 2007 Unknown
Clapp, John W. 64-65 26 December 2012 Heart attack
Clayton, Jr., Riley (Scooter) 69-70 9 August 2009 Unknown
Close, David B. * 70 April 1977 Unknown
Cobb, Jerry 65 1969 Aircraft accident
Collins, Kevin E. 68-69 20 November 2000 Murdered
Collison, Mark 65 1965 Motorcycle accident
Colton, Randall * 70-71 October 1975 Helicopter Accident
Connell, Thomas E. 64-65 26 September 2010 Cancer
Cook, Paul S. 66-67 15 July 2005 Lung ailment
Cost, Terry L. 67 4 November 2005 Liver cancer
Coulson, Mark 64-65 1965 Motorcycle accident
Craigue, Harley P. 65 4 October 2010 Unknown
Crouch, Curtis (Buck) * 64-65 2 February 2008 Cancer
Csendes, Imre J. 68-69 2003 Unknown
Curb, Jesse 65 3 November 2013 Congestive heart failure
Cushman, Robert L. 67-68 21 November 2005 Unknown
Cylc, Stanley 66-67 18 December 2016 Stomach cancer
Davis, Ager D. 66-67 January 1987 Heart Attack
Davis, Harry L. 65-66 unknown Diabetes
Day, Richard * 66-67 26 July 2013 Heart attack
Deahl, Michael D. 69 August 1993 Unknown
DeJong, Glen 66-67 July 1988 Auto Accident
Diebold, Paul 70-71 18 September 2014 Motorcycle accident
Dillard, Dannie * 67-68 April 1986 Helicopter Crash
Dixon, James 65 20 January 2012 Leukemia
Dobbs, Mark 70-71 28 January 2018 Cancer
Dooley, Alvin W. 71 Febuary 2007 Cancer
Doolin, Carl 66 1968? Gunshot
Doyea, Roger H. 69-70 18 March 2001 Metastatic Liposarcoma
Dunn, Creig * 65 April 1993 Helicopter Crash
Elder, Martin 69-70 1 January 2003 Heart Failure
Elliott, John E. 69 8 May 2022 Agent Orange
Elphick, Francis C. 67-68 2009 Unknown
Emery, Sr., Patrick W. * 65-66 11 January 1997 Heart Attack
Ericsson, Jerry * 68-69 August 2020 Pancreatic cancer
Esckilsen, Stan 68-69 21 November 2018 Stroke
Eubanks, Michael * 67-68 9 April 1999 Unknown
Farnham, Donald 65-66 June 2005 Unknown
Ferguson, Levi 69-70 26 September 1998 Cancer
Fernandez, Daniel * 65 18 February 1966 KIA 2nd Tour Vietnam – Medal of Honor Recipient
Fiser, W. Karl 68-69 18 July 1999 Lung Cancer
Fitzgerald, Scott 71 21 February 1996 Cancer
Flatten, Don * 66-67 17 February 2004 Cancer
Flatum, Mike 70-71 August 2001 Heart Attack
Flecke, Ned * 66-67 19 May 1998 Suicide
Flint, Dean R. 71 November 1985 Unknown
Fodge, Lance 66-67 1969 Helicopter Crash
Foles, Shelton 64-65 16 December 2011 Heart Failure
Foote, Neil 65-66 6 April 2002 Heart Attack
Forker, Brian P. 70 22 July 1989 Unknown
Fortenberry, Will * 70-71 30 August 2012 Heart attack
Fox, Paul 70-71 31 October 2004 Heart attack
Fransham, Charles 68-69 20 March 2022 Alzheimer's
Frazier, Ed 70-71 5 May 2006 Heart condition
Free, Louis K. 67 10 September 2000 Cancer
Freeburg, George 64-65 10 January 2007 Unknown
French, Rick L. * 70-71 27 September 2015 ALS
Friske, David A. 70 14 May 2007 Cancer
Frye, Bill 66-67 28 May 2015 Prostate cancer
Fullerton, William (Bill) Thomas 66-67 13 August 2013 COPD
Gagne, Joseph R. 67-68 10 February 2007 Unknown
Garcia, Joe L. 65-66 7 August 2007 Lung cancer
Gault, William J. 64-65 June 2001 Lung cancer
Gehrt, Michael D. * 69 24 November 1970 KIA 2nd Tour Vietnam
Gfeller, Lloyd L. * 68-69 November 1971 Motorcycle Accident
Gibbon, Robert L. 70 1985 Cancer
Giles, Charles H. 66 21 September 1982 Stroke
Goebel, Robert E. 69 May 1978 Unknown
Good, Thomas C. * 66-67 21 January 1990 Cancer
Grant, Charles 65-66 4 May 2006 Heart Failure
Gray, Melvin G. 64-65 24 May 2006 Cancer
Greer, David L. 68-69 May 1973 Unknown
Griffith, Von 65 September 1992 Heart Attack
Grimes, Dennis A. 69-70 January 1994 Unknown
Gross, Jack 66-67 12 May 2011 Non-hodgkin's lymphoma
Grosso, Frank * 68-69 2 May 2012 Cancer
Grubbs, Paul 70-71 22 December 2016 Heart problems
Gwaltney, Pat * 65-66 23 July 2013 Pneumonia & sepsis
Gwynn, Edward R. 69 11 January 2006 Cancer
Haan, Philip J. * 66 16 June 1990 Bone Cancer
Hadley, Coy R. 67-68 9 March, 1985 Heart attack
Haid, Donald J. 65-66 1978 Lung Cancer
Haines, William 70 26 May 2000 Diabetes
Hall, Roger 67-68 26 November 2008 Stroke
Hall, Tom 66-67 28 April 2008 Alzheimers
Hannah, Shawn A. 67-68 09 February 2015 Alzheimer's
Hardeman, Jim 69-70 03 January 2013 Cancer
Hargrove, Willie 65 11 March 2011 Unknown
Harland, Roy P. * 67-68 19 June 2007 Prostrate cancer
Harmon, Ernest M. 65-66 20 June 2007 Cancer
Harrington, Vinnie 65-66 28 March 2011 Cancer
Harvey, Billy Joe 66 15 August 1996 Unknown
Hathaway, Arthur * 66-68 6 October 2019 Unknown
Haynes, Carl 64-65 10 August 2022 Stroke
Helme, Allen F. 70-71 19 March 2000 Heart Attack
Henes, David P. 71 7 September 2003 Broken Neck
Hengy, Fredrick 65-66 21 October 2008 Diabetes
Henson, Chester 68-69 26 March 2017 Unknown
Hernandez, Louis P. 70-71 5 December 2002 Stroke
Hiler, Jim 69-70 25 August 2013 Cancer
Hillhouse, Paul * 66-68 1991 Heart Attack
Hingston, Will 66-67 5 May 2021 Agent Orange related cancer
Holdorf, Joseph E. 69-70 July 1984 Unknown
Holifield, Richard "Dick" * 68-69 10 February 2017 Parkinson's
Holzhausen, James E. 69-70 1989 Cancer
Honeycutt, Alfred D. 66-67 1990s Unknown
Horton, Jack 65-66 25 April 1995 Lung Cancer
Howard, Conrad * 66-67 2 November 1999 Cancer
Howell, John * 66 29 January 2002 Heart Attack
Hoyt, Kenneth F. 69-70 6 March 2018 Heart failure
Hunt, Walter L. * 69-70 1971? Auto Accident
Hunter, David 69-70 13 March 2019 Natural causes
Irby, Bill * 70-71 29 June 2009 Cancer
Isley, Ernest * 68-69 30 August 1995 Stroke
Jackson, George * 66-67 18 December 2019 Heart attack
Jaeger, William G. 69-70 04 July 1994 Boating Accident
James, Jesse H. 64-65 16 September 2009 Unknown
James, Tommy P. * 69-70 2 February 2021 Covid 19
Jolly, Paul 69-70 25 May 2009 Stroke
Jones, Carl B. 70-71 20 November 2004 Unknown
Jones, Rolf R. 69-70 1 September 1993 Unknown
Jones, Willie L. 69-70 1 August 1996 Unknown
Just, Bill 67-68 21 May 2022 Heart, lung,& kidney failure
Karba, Joseph * 68-69 14 February 1981 Industrial accident
Kilpatrick, Everett 66-67 26 January 2008 Lung Cancer
King, Ronnie * 70-71 17 July 2006 Cancer
Kislek, Gerald E. 64-65 21 August 2019 COPD
Kitchen, Earl D. * 65 January 1999 Unknown
Klapkowski, John * 65 January 1980 Heart Attack
Kleiber, Don 65-66 23 May 2021 Congestive heart failure
Knox, Stephen D. 65-67 3 October 2009 Brain tumor
Koenig, Thomas J. 65-66 27 October 2004 Unknown
Kontorchik, John H. * 68-69 1996 Suicide
Kotulan, Adolf F. 65 1984 Heart Attack
Krueger, Michael 70-71 29 October 1986 Auto Accident
LaBombard, Bruce 68-69 3 December 2016 Diabetes
Lackey, Larry * 66-69 9 October 2012 Congestive heart failure
Laird, Robert W. (Bob) 67-68 11 November 2014 Heart attack
Lame, David W. 68-69 7 February 2015 Agent Orange related ilness
Latimer, Wilbur D. * 67-68 19 January 1971 KIA 2nd Tour Vietnam
Lebalbo, Sallvatore 67-68 2004 Diabetes
Letteer, Gene A. * 69-70 1 January 1979 Murdered
Lilly, John C. 67-68 26 February 2011 Unknown
Linville, Ken 65 12 July 2011 Esophageal cancer
Litchfield, Lou * 68 27 April 2008 Heart Attack
Litwinczuk, Alexander 65-66 24 February 1999 Unknown
Long, Floyd O. 70 December 1993 Unknown
Lowery, Roy * 64-65 28 May 2011 Heart attack
Lynch, John 66-67 2 August 2016 Cancer
Marcano, Francisco "Chico" * 69-70 5 June 2021 Heart attack
Markowski, James R. 65-66 23 November 2001 Stroke
Marshall, Bill 66-67 25 March 2020 Alzheimer's
Martin, Eugene A. 66-67 20 June 2006 Leukemia
Martin, Steven J. 65-66 14 March 2022 Dementia
McCall, Gary * 67-68 9 July 1994 Helicopter Crash
McClaren, Rick * 68-69 March 1993 Cancer
McCook, Robert F. * 68-69 December 1985 Aircraft Crash
McGinnis, Jim 65-66 22 November 2004 Heart Attack
McKenner, Robert D. 65 ? Unknown
McKinney, Robert * 67-68 October 2000 Heart Attack
Meader, Jerry 66 28 August 2020 Unknown
Medley, Jimmy Lee 64-65 2 October 2020 Pancreatic cancer
Melson, Rhett E. * 69-70 April 1973 Unknown
Menasco, David L. 71 2 February 2012 Cancer
Merritt, Jerry W. 68-69 30 May 2015 Agent Orange Illness
Mike, Jerry 68-69 March 1976 Drug Overdose
Miller, George A. 71 May 1984 Unknown
Millett, Michael R. 67-68 4 January 1984 Murdered
Mills, Ed * 67-68 14 April 2022 Brain cancer from melanoma
Morehouse, Charlie 66-67 12 October 2005 Unknown
Morigeau, Jacque A. 65 6 November 2008 Cancer
Morris, Arnold C. 66-67 26 July 1988 Liver and heart failure
Mudd, Phillip J. 69-70 January 1992 Unknown
Mudge, Donald * 70-71 15 May 1998 Unknown
Murphy, Haspard R. * 66 6 March 1994 Heart Attack
Muse, Kenneth 71 May 1984 Unknown
Naron, Johnny 65-66 13 January 1996 COPD & Cancer
Nave, Spencer 64-65 20 March 2019 Stomach and lung cancer
Neville, Gerald 70 1 June 1983 Unknown
Neyman, Russell 65-66 27 May 2014 Pneumonia
Nix, Arvie * 69-70 February 1982 Heart Attack
Noble, Glenn H. * 69 August 1978 Unknown
Nordby, Terry 70 Mar 1974 Auto accident
Notter, Carl E. 65-66 14 October 2008 Unknown
Nottingham, David 69-70 24 Feburary 2020 Lung cancer
O'Connell, William (Bill) Francis * 65-66 29 March 1976 Acute pancreatic hemorrhage
Ollar, Joe 66-67 9 January 2016 COPD
Owen, Richard ? ? Auto Accident
Owen, William D. * 68-69 1981 Suicide
Palazzo, Greg * 67-68 10 August 2010 Kidney Failure
Palmer, Chris 67-68 13 August 2004 Cancer
Palmer, Johnny D. 68-69 15 January 2018 Natural Causes
Parker, Joe R. ? 23 October 2003 Unknown
Parr, Richard A. 67-68 18 March 2015 Unknown
Parsons, Bob * 67-68 19 April 1999 Heart Attack
Paxton, Terry 69-70 24 September 2001 Heart Attack
Pennington, Leroy 68 November 1983 Unknown
Perscell, John M. 65 unknown Unknown
Pine, Clyde L. 69-70 November 1985 Unknown
Pistorius, Kenneth W. * 71 November 1992 Cancer
Pithan, Larry J. * 70-71 21 October 2002 Cancer?
Plotkin, Steven M. * 70-71 27 May 2007 Heart problems
Poley, David A. * 67 9 March 1969 KIA 2nd Tour Vietnam
Pomeroy, Charles E. 70 March 1972 Died in crash of a CH-47 bound for Taegu
Potter, Arnold 71 9 March 2002 Complications caused by MS
Potter, Henry D. 69-70 21 April 2008 Lung Cancer
Prenderville, James 65 26 September 1967 Helicopter Crash
Price, Waldo 65-66 4 March 2008 Pneumonia
Ratliff, Marshall W. * 66-67 1989 Auto Accident
Reno, Rodney J. 67-68 March 1973 Helicopter Crash
Repak, Pete 65-66 August 1998 Hepatitis
Robinson, Barry W. 65 January 1969 Helicopter Crash
Robinson, Charles D. 68-69 17 April 1969 KIA Vietnam w/another unit
Robinson, Rex * 67-68 17 November 2009 Pancreatic Cancer
Rogers, Mike 67-68 31 May 2017 Gangrene
Rogers, Wardell 67 July 1976 Heart Attack
Roman, Chester T. * 69 November 1970 Unknown
Rudolph, Ronald C. * 66-67 13 October 1969 KIA 2nd Tour Vietnam
Ruter, Al * 67-69 30 April 2001 Heart Attack
Samson, Larry 66-67 1981 Aircraft Accident
San Nicolas, Daniel J. 68-69 30 December 1987 Heart Attack
Sanchez, Enrique 71 Apr 1985 Unknown
Sands, Walter 71 17 Jan 2010 COPD & hepatitus
Schneider, Tommie 66 1980 Unknown
Schoenborn, Leon * 67-68 11 Sept 1982 Helicopter Crash
Schroll, Jim 71 29 Apr 1998 Heart Attack
Schwem, Marvin "Duke" * 64-65 24 April 2021 COPD
Scott, Beryl E. 66-67 4 March 1997 Heart Attack
Sepp, Jaak 67-68 2 November 2018 Heart Attack
Shearer, Arvid J. 66 1991 Unknown
Shearin, Dan R. 65 31 Jan 1966 KIA 2nd tour Nam
Sherar, Gergory P. 67-68 25 Jan 1992 Brain Hemorrhage
Shirley, Jerry 66-67 25-Dec-2013 Lung cancer
Siffel, Stephen J. 65-66 10 July 1974 hit by auto while walking
Simmons, Danny 66-67 Aug 1991 Lung Cancer
Smith, Barry C. 69-70 3 June 2003 Liver cancer
Smyth, Tom 69 1995 Unknown
Sparks, Charles 69-70 5 Feb 2007 Heart Attack
Spencer, Walter J. 68 Apr 1993 Unknown
Spradlin, Rick 70 10 Sept 2006 Respiratory Failure
Sprotte, Alexander 68-69 21 Oct 2012 Cancer
Spudich, Phil 69-70 20 November 2015 Unknown
Stanley, Michael 65-66 ? Unknown
Stanley, Richard 70-71 19 May 2017 Cancer
Statkus, Gerald Frank Adam 65 2007 Unknown
Stephens, James D. 67-68 29 Aug. 2008 Heart attack
Stephens, Marshall L. 67-68 Apr 1987 Unknown
Stone, Gordon * 64-65 28 August 2016 Unknown
Suber, James W. * 68-69 Nov 1976 Unknown
Suber, Ron * ? ? Auto Accident
Summers, Glenn 64-66 8 November 2013 Cancer
Sunberg, Raymond 71 4 January 2018 Unknown
Sundt, Gordon * 67-68 10 May 2015 Cancer
Sutton, Andrew J. 67-68 1974 Unknown
Swalinski, Donald L. 65-66 25 May 1989 heart transplant
Taft, John M 65 27 Nov 2000 Leukemia
Talley, Wayne L. 70-71 7 July 2019 Leukemia
Taoka, Galen K. 68-69 24 February 2018 Unknown
Taylor, R.P. 67-68 26 Dec 2013 Heart attack
Tello, Pedro * 69-70 24 April 2017 Blood Poison
Tetreault, Leo J. * 64-67 17 Mar 2009 Unknown
Thomas, Bob 67 4 May 1969 KIA 2nd Tour Vietnam
Thompson, H. Earle 65-66 4 July 2000 Heart Attack
Tingler, William (Bill) N. * 65-66 10 March 2015 Unknown
Tippett, Jerry 67 1 September 2015 Lung Cancer
Todd, Paul A. 68 12 August 2013 Unknown
Toomey, Robert 67-68 16 Sept 2011 Heart attack
Trull, John Dwaine 70-71 17 July 2020 Respiratory failure
Trussell, Ronald 71 8 January 2007 Heart attack
Tucker, John P. 68-70 2013 Unknown
Updegrove, John T. * 66-67 7 March 2000 Unknown
Vanden Eynde, Peter 64-65 1978 Heart Attack
Waddell, Jim 67-68 8 June 2021 Lung Cancer
Wadford, Eddie T. 71 11 September 2011 Unknown
Walk, Wilbur 64-65 6 October 2019 Cancer
Wallis, Stanton L. 69-70 15 Oct 2009 Multiple Sclerosis
Walraven, Duane V. 65 11 Aug 1993 Fungus
Warych, Louis L. * 65 24 Sept 1989 Heart attack
Waterbury, Jim * 69-70 30 May 2000 Cerebral Hemorrhage
Watson, Dwane C. "Duke" 65 17 Sep 2002 Lung and Brain Cancer
Webb, Jackie * 69-70 2014 Unknown causes
Wedgeworth, Donald E. * 70 Oct 1979 Unknown
White, Billy M. 68-69 29 August 2021 Unknown
Williams, Moses 69 Jul 1994 Unknown
Williams, R.J. 66-68 10 June 2009 Cancer
Wilson, Jim 71 5 Mar 2007 Heart attack
Wilson, Leslie L. ? 4 Jun 1996 Cancer
Winters, David (Duck) 67-68 30 Dec 2010 Cancer
Wood, Philip * 68-69 1 September 2017 Brain aneurism
Wright, Claude D. 71 ? Unknown
Wyatt, Boyce * 66-67 Jul 1986 Heart Attack
Young, Marcus * 70-71 3 May 2012 Cerebral hemorrhage
Young, Ray 64-65 9 September 2017 Parkinson's
Zacher, Rodney P. * 68-69 6 June 2018 COPD
Ziehl, Robert 67-68 25 Jan 2002 Colon Cancer
Total Men Listed: 355