Throughout the year, we here at Station HYPO, pay tribute to and celebrate the lives and service of individual Navy and Marine Corps cryptologists. Today, on Memorial Day, we mourn. But…we also remember, honor and give thanks to those who gave their last full measure of life.
The lives of those Sailors and Marines listed below have been made immortal in the words and pictures of those they left behind. Though words and pictures can’t fill an empty seat at the table or wrap us in a warm embrace, they do tell the story of a life well lived. They evoke emotions and memories that are real — that remind us of days past with ones we love. Their legacy lives on in the lives of each of us whom they have touched. Though their absence is indeed a harsh reality — we can still find joy and comfort in their time here on earth. Perhaps most importantly, we can find hope in a better tomorrow because of the sacrifice that they made — a sacrifice that secures our freedom and our way of life; a sacrifice that has made this world a better place for our children and our children’s children.
What we, in uniform, do is — and always has been — characterized by “service” and “sacrifice.” We are forever grateful for our brothers and sisters who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country.
*If you knew one of these fine Sailors or Marines, we invite you to share a story here (either in the comments on the webpage or on Facebook) — whether you were the best of friends or just knew each other in passing. We will never forget.
31 December 1941 – YN3c Kenneth F. Grisham was crushed to death by an overturned tractor shortly after the first bombing attack on Corregidor. He was the only casualty suffered by Station “C” while on Corregidor. He had reported to Station “C” on July 8, 1941 from the USS HOUSTON (CA-30).
7 July 1944 – RM2c Lyle J. Jansen, USN and RM2c Robert J. Lynch, USN, were both KIA in Kwelin, China.
31 July 1944 – LT Walter S. Gifford, USNR and LTJG Delbert Gideon was KIA at Funafuti Lagoon, Funafuti Island, Tuvalu Islands in the South Pacific.
23 September 1944 – CPL Joseph A. Prete, USMC, CPL Stephen J. Weber, USMC, and PFC William Hughes, Jr., USMC was KIA at Peleiu Island, Palau Group, Carolina Islands.
12 May 1945 – RM1c Walter L. Rougeux, USN was KIA onboard the battleship USS NEW MEXICO (BB-40) as the result of a Kamikaze crash.
18 July 1945 – RM3c Daniel P. Seepe, USN was KIA in Calcutta, India.
8 April 1950 – CT3 Edward J. Purcell, USN was KIA over the Baltic Sea in PB4Y-2 Privateer. The aircraft was shot down by a Soviet MIG, 10 Sailors died.
25 September 1965 – NSGA Kamiseya, Japan fire killing 12 Cryptologist:
CTSA Roger “W” Alex, USN
CTSA William E. Briley, USN
CTSN Wilford D. Corddell, USN
CTSN Dennis e. Etzwieler, USN
CT3 Archie R. Garofalo, USN
CTSA John d. House, USN
LCPL Richard E. McKnown, USMC
LTjg Ernest D. Moody, USN
SGT Paul C. Rodrigues, USMC
CT3 Wayne E. Tower, USN
CTSN James K. Whitman, USN
CT3 Gregory S. Williams, USN
26 May 1967 – Capt James W. Ayers, USMC, KIA in Vietnam
26 May 1967 – SSGT Alfred T Dwyer, USMC, KIA in Vietnam
8 June 1967 – 34 men were KIA off the coast of Egypt while serving on the USS Liberty (AGTR-5), many were Cryptologist:
CT3 William B. Allenbaugh, USN
LCDR Philip M. Armstrong, Jr. USN
SN Gary R. Blanchard, USN
SN Francis Brown, USN
CT2 Ronnie J. Campbell, USN
CT3 Jerry L. Converse, USN
CT2 Robert B. Eisenberg, USN
CT3 Jerry L. Goss, USN
CTI Curtis A. Graves, USN
CTSN Lawrence P. Hayden, USN
CTI Warren E. Hersey, USN
CTSN Alan Higgins, USN
SN Carl L. Hoar, USN
CT2 Richard W. Keene, Jr., USN
CTSN James L. Lenau, USN
CTC Raymond E. Linn, USN
CTI James M. Lupton, USN
CT3 Duane R. Marggraf, USN
CTSN David W. Marlborough, USN
CT2 Anthony P. Mendle, USN
CTSN Carl C. Nygren, USN
LT James C. Pierce, USN
ICFN David Skolak, USN
CTI John C. Smith, Jr., USN
CTC Melvin D. Smith, USN
PC2 John C. Spicher, USN
GMG3 Alexander N. Thompson, Jr., USN
CT3 Thomas R. Thornton, USN
CT3 Philippe C. Tiedtke, USN
LT Stephen S. Toth, USN
CTI Frederick J. Walton, USN
Sgt Jack L. Raper, USMC
Cpl Edward E. Rehmeyer, USMC
Allen M. Blue, NSA
10 September 1967 – CPL Stephen Lee Traughber, USMC, KIA in Vietnam.
15 April 1969 – EC-121 Begger Shadow shotdown over the Sea of Japan, off the coast of North Korea. 31 men were killed, many were Cryptologist:
ADR2Louis F Balderman, USN
AT1 Stephen C Chartier, USN
AT1 Bernie J Colgin, USN
ADR1Ballard F Connors, Jr, USN
CT3Gary R DuCharme, USN
LT John N Dzema, USN
LT Dennis B Gleason, USN
ATN3Gene K Graham, USN
AEC LaVerne A Greiner, USN
ATR2 Dennis J Horrigan, USN
ATN2 Richard H Kincaid, USN
SSGT Hugh M Lynch, USMC
ADRC Marshall H McNamara, USN
ATR2 Timothy H McNeil, USN
CT3 John A Miller, USN
LCDR James H Overstreet, USN
LT Peter P Perrottey, USN
CT1 John H Potts, USN
AMS3Richard T Prindle, USN
CTC Frederick A. Randall, USN
LTJG Joseph R Ribar, USN
AT1James Leroy Roach, USN
LT John H Singer, USN
CTC Richard E Smith, USN
CT3Philip D Sundby, USN
AT1Richard E Sweeney, USN
LTJG Robert J Sykora, USN
LT Robert F Taylor, USN
CT2 Stephen J Tesmer, USN
ATN3 David M Willis, USN
LTJG Norman E. Wilkerson, USN
22 January 1968 – USS Pueblo (AGTR-2) captured by the North Koreans. FN Duane Hodges KIA during the attack.
28 December 1969 – MGYsGY Edward R Storm, USMC, and CTC Robert S. Gates, USN, KIA in Vietnam.
24 April 1968 – LCPL Larry Allan Jones , USMC, KIA in Vietnam
3 May 1968 – CPL Walter James Dancer, USMC, KIA in Vietnam
3 May 1968 – CPL William Ivan Inman, USMC, KIA in Vietnam
13 May 1968 – SGT Paul Jay Kingery, USMC, KIA in Vietnam
10 March 1970 – SGT Larry Wade Duke, USMC, KIA in Vietnam
12 December 1971 – RG -407 C-2A transport aircraft went down between the Philippians and Vietnam killing 10 Sailors, six were Cryptologist:
CTO3 James M. Coon, USN
CTISN John M. Deremigio, USN
CTOI Donald E. Dickerson, USN
CTOSN Stephen H. Elliott, USN
CTRI Walter R. Woods, Jr., USN
CTM2 Gregory K. Zeller, USN
21 January 1971 – SGT Robert Hrisoulis, USMC, KIA in Vietnam
3 December 1979 – NSGA Sabana Seca Puerto Rico attacked:
CTO1 John Ball and RM3 Emil White were killed and 10 others were wounded.
25 January 1987 – EA-3B went down in the Mediterranean killing CTI1 Patrick r. Price and CTI3 Craig H. Rudolf. Five other were killed.
17 May 1987 – USS Stark (FFG 31) was attacked while serving the Persian Gulf. 32 Sailors were killed, including EW3 Charles T. Moller, EW3 Joseph P. Watson and RM2 Jerry Boyd Farr.
12 October 2000 – USS Cole (DDG-67) was attacked while refueling in the Yemini port of Aden killing 17 Sailors, including ITSN Timothy L Gauna, EW2 Kevin S Rux and E3 Ronald S. Owens.
6 July 2007 – CTT1(SW) Steven P. Daugherty, USN, KIA in Iraq while supporting Naval Special Warfare.
17 July 2008 – 1st Lt. Jason D. Mann, USMC, was KIA in Garmsir, Afghanistan while serving as an Arab linguist, reconnaissance professional and ground intelligence officer.
20 September 2008 – CTM3 Mathew J O’Bryant, USN, KIA while serving in Islamabad, Pakistan.
21 September 2010 – CTRCS David “Blake” McLendon, USN, KIA in Afghanistan while supporting Naval Special Warfare.
5 February 2011 – SGT Lucas T. Pyeatt, USMC, KIA while serving in Afghanistan.
6 August 2011 – IT1 Jared W. Day, USN and CTR1 Michael J. Strange, USN, KIA in Afghanistan while supporting NAVAL Special Warfare.
17 January 2012 – LT Thomas C. Fouke, USN, died during physical training preparing to support Naval Special Warfare.
13 March 2013 – CTTC(IDW.SW) Christian Pike, USN, died in Landstuhl, Germany due to head wound/injuries received while providing intelligence support in support of Naval Special Warfare and Afghan Commando operations.
May we never forget!