Memorial Wall

DEDICATED TO THOSE SPECIAL BREED OF MEN AND LADIES WHO ARE (NOT WERE) MEMBERS OF THE BROTHERHOOD AND CHAPTER 38, SPECIAL FORCES ASSOCIATION


COLONEL JERALD L. THOMPSON D-4046 (Life)

Jerald L. Thompson was born in Oakland, California on 22 November 1945.  He was the oldest of two sons born to Bennett and Georgia Thompson.   Throughout his high school years he was part of the Junior. ROTC program.   When he was 17, he enlisted in the US Army and was sent to Fort […]

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SERGEANT FIRST CLASS DANIEL HENRY PETITHORY M-09263 (LIFE)

SFC Dan (Da Man) Petithory  was a soldier’s soldier as well as the life of the party.   As long as I knew him, he never asked another soldier to do something that he would not or could not do. Da Rock Sends……..“It is the man who makes the Beret; not the Beret the man.”-Da Rock, […]

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MASTER SERGEANT (RETIRED) REX A. NORTHCUTT D-4207

Rex Nothcutt for a long time friend of many folks in 5th Group. I tried to call him the day he passed away.  I thought that Karin Bossi was kidding when she told me he had died.  I said, “Right Karin, can you put him on the phone.”  Unfortunately, she was telling the truth.  I […]

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STAFF SERGEANT (RETIRED) DON FRANK MURPHY D-3309 (LIFE)

Da Smurf/Sluggo It is not easy to write things about the Brothers you love who have already left the plane for the big DZ. I have a lot of great memories surrounding Da Smruf.  I met Don (Da Smurf) Murphy, alias Sluggo, over 30 years ago.  As one of my mentors, I still see his […]

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SERGEANT MAJOR (RETIRED) ALBERT TYLER MORACE, JR. D-4404 (LIFE)

An Army veteran and “Green Beret”, Sergeant Major Morace served 27 years as a paratrooper. He served two tours in Vietnam with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). He was the recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

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MASTER SERGEANT (RETIRED) JIMMIE N. JOHNSON D-2125 (LIFE)

MSG (RET) Jimmie Johnson is another Lifetime Brother who has gone to occupy the final ORP.  Hopefully he is lighting the drop zone for those of us who follow.   I did not know him as well as Mac McGlothren, Don (Da Smurf) Murphy, Kevin (Snake) Smith, Al (Da Cajun) Morace, Ken Bowra, or Eldon Bargewell, […]

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MASTER SERGEANT (RETIRED) CHARLES B. HOPKINS D-4207

SHARKMAN I knew Charlie Hopkins for a while; less that some folks and more than others. I helped him with a couple of problems once, and we became friends.  Everytime I saw him, he had a smile on his face.  In fact the photo to the lower right demonstrates that ever glowing smile.  He asked me […]

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MASTER SERGEANT (RETIRED) JOSEPH EDMUND CYR D-4207

Sir Joseph of Cyr

Master Sergeant (Retired) Joseph Edmund Cyr, 54, served a long fulfilling and professional career in 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Most of his friends knew him as “Sir Joseph of Cyr”. He was a “True Quiet Professional” and a member of “The Brotherhood”.

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STAFF SERGEANT MICHAEL CIOCH D-8355 (LIFE)

Life Member of Chapter 38, SFA Michael (Mild Mannered Mikey) L. Cioch, 60, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 0220 hours in Hospice Franciscan Communities located in Michigan City, Indiana. Mikey was a staunch supporter of Chapter 38, SFA and the SF Brotherhood.

Mike was an electrician with the I.B.E.W. Local 531 and a U.S. Army Special Forces Veteran. He was a member of the I.B.E.W. Local 531, Special Forces Association Chapter 38 and was a Mason and a Shriner. Mike enjoyed fishing and riding motorcycles.

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GEARLL E. BYRER D-3833 (LIFE)

Gearll Eugene Byrer was born in the small town of Odom, Indiana on the 17th of July 1942. He became known to his family and friends as Gene. After he graduated from highschool he enlisted in the United States Army, where he honorably served 21 years on active duty.

During this time he served two tours in Korea, one tour in Europe, and three tours in Vietnam where he distinguished himself by being awarded the Silver and Bronze Stars, and other awards to numerous to mention.

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COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR (RETIRED) JOSEPH MERINO BOSSI D-5708 (LIFE)

Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Joseph M. Bossi age 77 of Clarksville, Tennessee passed away on Saturday February 6, 2016 at Grace Healthcare of Clarksville. He was born February 3, 1939 in McKeesport,

Pennsylvania. Joe was a patriot who served his country in the United States Army.
Command Sergeant Major Joseph M. Bossi entered the U.S. Army in 1956. While in the Army he served four tours in Germany, three combat tours in Vietnam and one tour each in Thailand and Italy.

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SERGEANT FIRST CLASS JAMES DAVID BALOT D-4685 (LIFE)

Born 4 April 1956 in Newark, New Jersey, Sergeant First Class James David Balot, 54, died Monday, December 27, 2010, at Skyline Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee from a stroke.

He served a long 26 year fulfilling and professional career with several units to include: 2nd Infantry Division, 1-75th Rangers, 11th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 278th Air Defense Artillery, 1-141st Infantry, and 301st Troop Command Tennesee National Guard. He served in the Army, Army Reserve, and National Guard. Most of his closest friends knew him as “Diamond Jim Balot”. He was a “True Professional” and a member of “The Brotherhood”.

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