Earl T. McCormack

  • McCormack My father was stationed at the U.S. Naval Advanced Base Bremerhaven from 1950 - 1952. His name was MMC Earl T. McCormack, but better known as Chief Mack or Buddha.

    I know that he had a German Shepherd named Terry he had trained and went everywhere with him.

    I did put bits and pieces together from different things he had said to me when I was a child. He had something to do espionage, black marketing and other types of investigations both with the Navy and the Army.

    I also know that he drove a black Dodge there because he still had it until I was about 5 or 6.

    He died doing what he loved. He had a heart attack (coroner's report) investigating espionage on a neutral destoryer.

    If anyone knew him, I would love to hear from you at this email address: - Leigh A. McCormack

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Harry A. Brooks Jr.

  • Harry Brooks Harry Arthur Brooks Jr., 72, of Harrisonburg, died July 14, 2006 at his home. He had been ill since December.

    Mr. Brooks was born February 8, 1934 in Clarksburg, West Virginia, and was the son of the late Harry A. Brooks Sr. and Luna Hurst Brooks. He was a graduate of Bristol High School and the State University of New York. He had been Baptized at the Coplin United Methodist Church in West Virginia. Mr. Brooks served in the United States Navy from 1951 to 1975, and retired as a Lieutenant. He was a Radio Electronics Officer in the Merchant Marine for 20 years following his Naval service. He was a member of the American Legion Post 27, the Harrisonburg Exchange Club, Massanutten Amateur Radio Association, and the Military Officers Association.

    Mr. Brooks is survived by his wife, Carol Delaney Brooks; a son, Jerry Brooks, Harrisonburg; a daughter, Michele Van Pelt & husband, David, Mt. Crawford; a brother, Earl Brooks, Clarksburg, West Virginia; two sisters, Florence Fox, Kathy Williams, both of Clarksburg, West Virginia; two grandsons, Wesley Van Pelt, Daniel Van Pelt; and a number of nieces and nephews.

    Pastor Dan Bassett will conduct a graveside service 11:00 Monday, July 17, 2006 at East Lawn Memorial Gardens near Harrisonburg. The family will receive friends Sunday evening 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg. The casket will remain closed.

    Memorial donations may be made to the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1477, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 or the R.M.H. Hospice, 235 Cantrell Ave., Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801. [ Harrisonburg, VA Daily News Record - July 16, 2006]

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William Harold "Bill" Deemie

    Cmdr. Deemie died of natural causes Oct. 5 at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

    He was born July 15, 1929, in Kansas City Kan. and was a Hanover resident for 38 years.

    Cmdr. Deemie retired from the Navy after 29 years of service. He was decorated with the Good Conduct Medal with three Stars, the National Defense Service Medal with with Star, the Navy Commendation and the Navy Unit Commendation.

    He worked for the National Security Agency for 15 years.

    Cmdr. Deemie was a member of the Naval Cryptological Veterans Association.

    He enjoyed Civil War history, classical music and spending time with his family.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Esther Juanita Petterson Deemie and Harold William Deemie; and one sister, Anne Howell.

    Survivors include his wife, Mildred L. Wood Deemie; two sons, Robert W. Deemie of Reston VA and Jeffrey L. Deemie of Germantown; two daughters. Patricia G. Brenner of Crownsville and Nancy L. Swaim of Washington; one sister, Mary Caldwell of Kansas City Kan.; and four grandchildren.

    Interment was held at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville.

    Memorial contribution may be made to the Navy- Marine Corps Relief Society, 895 Randolf St., Suite 225 Arlington VA 22203-1877

    Expressions of sympathy may be sent to his family at 1936 Pometacom Drive, Hanover, MD, 21076.

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Jere Allen Harms

  • Jere Allen Harms, 69, of Poplar Bluff died Saturday, July 30, 2005, at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

    Mr. Harms was born Jan. 24, 1936, at Eureka, Calif. A retired Chief Petty Officer with the United States Navy, he was a member of the Fleet Reserve, a lifetime member of the American Legion, a member of the Modern Day Veterans and the D.A.V. He enjoyed stock car and NASCAR racing.

    On Dec. 9, 2004, he married Mary Ryans in Corning, Ark. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Brian Lee Ryans and Timothy Michael Ryans, both of Poplar Bluff.

    Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Cotrell Funeral Chapel. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the chapel with the Rev. James Gage officiating. Burial, with full military honors, will be at the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Butler County.

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John "Jake" Karoly

  • Jake Karoly[Northeast Mississipi Daily Journal] Obituaries, Feb. 7, 2007 - John Karoly

    TUPELO - John Kenneth Karoly, 65, died Monday, Feb. 5, 2007, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. He was born Oct. 9, 1941, in Hattiesburg, the son of the late John Michael Karoly and Edna Mae Jones Karoly.

    John enlisted in the Mississippi National Guard and served from 1957 through 1958. The day after he was discharged from the Guard, he enlisted in the United States Navy. He served for 26 years and accomplished many lifetime achievements. During his Navy service, he met his future wife, Ann, who was also in the Navy, when they were both stationed in Washington D.C. John and Ann were married in the Chapel at the Naval Security Group Headquarters Activity in Washington D.C. on Sept. 16, 1961. During his 26-year career in the Navy, John was stationed in Washington D.C.; Bremerhaven, Germany; Misawa, Japan; Adak, Alaska; San Angelo, Texas; Rota, Spain; Pensacola, Fla.; Winter Harbor, Maine; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and numerous temporary tours aboard naval ships including a short tour in Vietnam. John's military training included German language school in Washington D.C. and Russian language school in Monterey, Calif. John had an extensive military education in German and Russian languages, and the management and development of training systems and materials. As a military cryptologist, his worldwide assignments included instructor of foreign languages; project management for installation of a major computer-based communication analysis system; and development of training materials and advancement exams for all Navy linguists. He has a strong public speaking background; had lectured in a foreign school system; hosted a live T.V. series; and served as a tour guide in southern Europe. John had many interests that included golf, bowling and umpiring for men's softball in military and in civilian leagues around the world.

    After moving to Tupelo in 2004, John enjoyed "retirement living" to the fullest. He also enjoyed "watching" all sports while taking his afternoon nap. He loved bluegrass music, and traveling with his wife to see family, lifelong friends and former Navy shipmates. He also enjoyed being involved in his neighborhood and community, as well as being involved with the VFW and NCVA (Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association). John was involved with the local Tupelo veterans Memorial Park fundraising efforts and public speaking at the local community college. And last but not least, he was a member of the "National Hardee's Breakfast Club" of Tupelo, where he was a Member of Good Standing.

    Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, at Holland-Harris Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel with the Rev. Jay Stanley officiating. Burial will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

    Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Ann Beyer Karoly; two sons, Scott Alan Karoly Sr. and his wife, Karen, of Annapolis, Md., and Jim Edward Karoly and his fiancˇe, Lisa Cole, of Winchester, Va.; three brothers, Gary Karoly and his wife, Karen, of Harrison, Ark., Davy Karoly and his wife, Bitsy, of Purvis, and Joey Karoly of Moselle; one sister, Jackie Smith and her husband, Mike, of Purvis; six grandchildren, Dedra Bell and her husband, Dante, Scott Karoly Jr., Amber Karoly, Jamie Karoly, Cori Karoly and Christopher Pierce; numerous nephews and nieces.

    Honorary pallbearers will be Gerald McGill, Jimmy Crockett, Jack Cox, Bobby Wilson, Bill Tallant and Skeeter Loden.

    Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Thursday at the funeral home.

    Memorials may be sent to the Veterans Memorial Park, P.O. Box 3608, Tupelo, MS 38803; or the American Cancer Society, 1800 W. Main St., Box 1, Tupelo, MS 38801.

  • "I only knew Jake through the NCVA Smokey Mountain Chapter. We shared a couple of duty stations but at different times. We talked about sports, mostly softball, as Jake and I both played and both played shortstop. Jake always had a smile on his face and he was the first to welcome me at my first SMC meeting. Jake was a people person, easy to talk to and easy to like. Even though I only saw him once a year at the flings I will miss him. The Spring Flings will never be the same." - Carlton "Carl" Cox

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Albert "Al" Bedard

  • Albert "Al" Berdard, LCDR, 77, died 20 Jan. 2007, at an Ellsworth, Maine hospital. He was born 8 Oct. 1929, in Woonsocket, RI, the son of Albert and Loretta (Fugere) Bedard. Al served in the U.S. Navy for 30 years at various NAVSECGRU duty stations. After retirement, he and his wife co-owned a retail store in Ellsworth. After selling the business, he worked part-time at a hardware store for a number of years.

    Al loved to write poetry and wrote a poem for his wife weekly. He also enjoyed painting, and family members were the recipients of paintings and poems. He enjoyed gardening, building birdhouses and his collection of frogs.

    Al was a member of the Rotary, Knight of Columbus and St. Joseph Catholic Chruch where he worked in religious education with Mary; they both srved as Eucharistic ministers.

    He is survived by Mary, his wife of 53 years; son, Peter; daughters, Beth, Mary Jane, and Rebecca; nine grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

    Interment was in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Ellsworth.

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