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Ralph Olin Brown

Ralph Olin Brown, at the age of 90, passed away on 29 January 2015. Ralph was born to Thomas Franklin and Mina Josephine Brown of Snohomish, WA. He is proceeded in death by his wife of 63 years, Mary Jean Brown.

Ralph is survived by his children, Marc A. Brown, Beverly Jean Phillips, and Mitchell R. Brown. Grandchildren include Erin Lundeberg and Samantha Brown.

Ralph grew up in Maltby, WA and graduated from Kirkland H.S. in 1941.

Ralph's service in the US Navy lasted 20 years. Initially, he was assigned to the USS Waller during WWII where he experienced multiple major battle campaigns in the South Pacific. In 1950, Ralph married Jean Hoggarth and began his family. After serving on the USS Feckteler and engaging in a world tour, he had tours of duty at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Venezuela, and Vietnam. Ralph retired from active duty in 1963 at the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He continued in civil service as an electronics and sonar specialist at the Long Beach and Bremerton Naval Ship Yards.

Ralph and Jean made their long-term home in Poulsbo, WA. After Jean's passing in 2013, Ralph moved to, and found great comfort at the cottages of Country Meadows.

A memorial will be held 21 March at 1pm at the Kitsap Conference Center, Marina Vista#3, Bremerton, WA. Please view our website,

I served with Ralph Brown on the USS Waller from the time the ship put in at New Caledonia for repairs until she went out of commission (the first time) in Charleston, SC in 1946. Ralph came aboard about two weeks before or after me; I can't remember which. We both worked on the bridge, frequently on the same watch. We often went on liberty together. I found him to be trustworthy and a good friend.

I was a Quartermaster; he was a Sonar-man. When the ship was decommissioned, we continued to different assignments and lost track of each other.

My wife and I went to my first Waller reunion in Denver, CO and at the San Francisco reunion I ran into Ralph. We renewed our friendship and it has continued till now. We were in contact often and became fast friends again. Our son lives the Seattle area and he and his family were close to Ralph and Jean. It was a great ride for my family and me and we will miss Ralph and his wife, Jean.

Bob and Marilyn Scott


Richard W Kriner

My Grandfather Richard W Kriner was on the Waller during the Korean War.

We attended a few of the reunions before he got to week to travel.

It would be a great honor for him to be posted as a fallen crew member of the ship. He was always so very proud of his Navy service.

He passed away on Feb 24, 2015.


John "JJ" Tinney

John "JJ" Tinney, 75, of Camp Hill, passed away Thursday, November 6, 2014, at Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA.

Mr. Tinney was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Jack is survived by Kathleen Tinney, his bride; children, Michael Tinney, Dustin Remick, Devon Smith, Darby Remick, Danielle Eberly and Dane Remick; sister, Sandra Longenecker; and 3 hung bar tabs.

"JJ" served aboard the USS Waller, DD-466, in the early 1960's..


Ralph Meatto

Ralph Meatto, 87, of Cream Ridge, passed away Wednesday August 6th at CareOne of Jackson.

Born in Weehawken, NJ he lived in Kendall Park for many years before moving to live with his daughter in Cream Ridge five years ago. A WWII Navy veteran Ralph retired after 26 years of employment for the US Postal Service in Kendall Park. He was a former member of the Elks and VFW Post 9111 of Kendall Park.

Husband of the late Anna Meatto; he is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Joanne and Michael Feeney of Cream Ridge and Rosemary and David DeSchryver of Chicago, IL; a son and daughter-in-law, Ralph and Stephanie Meatto of Houston, TX; eight grandchildren, Heather and Michael Feeney, Anna, Lisa, Lori and Kimberly DeSchryver and Rachael and Carolyn Meatto; a sister, Catherine Caroselli of Fort Lee, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service will be held Tuesday 10:30am at the Peppler Funeral Home, 114 S. Main St. Allentown. Interment will follow in Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery, Arneytown. Friends may call Tuesday from 9:30am until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the donor's local VFW.


Richard Gunn

GUNN Richard, 74, of West Melbourne, died Friday, November 13, 2009. Arrangements by Atlantic Mortuary & Cremation Service, Rockledge.


Robert W. 'Bob' Wenzel

LORAIN — Robert W. "Bob" Wenzel age 83 of Lorain passed away September 17, 2008, at New Life Hospice in Lorain.

He was born October 22, 1924, in Amherst and graduated from Amherst High School in 1942.

Bob entered the service in the United States Navy in January 1943 and served as Quartermaster on the Destroyer, U.S.S Waller D.D. 466 in the Phillipines and Pacific Theater attached to the 7th. Fleet . After World War II, he moved to Lorain and was employed at U.S. Steel starting in the clock stations then moving to the Industrial Engineering Department where he worked on incentives until retirement in 1983. He also worked as the Sexton at St. Joseph Cemetery in Amherst for many years. Bob was a member of St. Stanislaus Church, the Holy Name Society, Parish Council and also was Lecture/Reader at Mass. He was a scoutmaster for St. Stans Cub Scout Pack for 6 1⁄2 years. Bob enjoyed bowling in the church and fraternal leagues where he was a member of the LBA and also inducted to the LBA Hall of Fame. He was always interested in sports, being a varsity cheerleader during his high school years in Amherst. He was later on the film crew for Admiral King football and basketball games. Bob was active in Lorain City Democratic Party, serving as a precinct committeeman. He also participated and acted in the workshop players theater in Amherst, a member of Golden Age pensioner club serving as the recording secretary for many years.

Bob was a devoted veteran and a member of the VFW Post 496, Amvets Post 32 and the former PLAV in Lorain. He was also a member and treasurer for the Lorain Veterans Council and the Lorain Memorial Association.

He is survived by his sons Robert C. Wenzel of Lorain, Dr. Mark S. Wenzel of Vandalia, Ohio and Jon D. "Doug" Wenzel of Cincinnati, eleven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parent William and Mabel Wenzel (nee: Hengen); his brothers James and Paul; his daughter Phyllis Fowkes; his grandsons Todd Fowkes, Alex Wenzel and granddaughter Victoria Wenzel.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2008, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Cemetery, Amherst. The Rev. Fr. Lawrence Martello, pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church will officate.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to CHP/Regional Foundation/New Life Hospice; 5700 Kolbe Rd, Lorain, OH 44053.

The Hempel Funeral Home in Amherst has been entrusted with the final arrangements.

Online condolences are available at


Joseph J. Coco

We recieved word, that on April 23, 2009, our shipmate Joe Coco passed away. Many of you will remember him from the reunions. He was one of those guys when you first met him you felt like you had know him your whole life.
Great guy, great shipmate.
We will all miss him...



Raymond F. Beltrami

Raymond F. Beltrami, 62, died suddenly July 1, 2008 after a courageous battle with mesothelioma (asbestos cancer).  Raymond was born in Queens N.Y. on October 14, 1945.  His family moved to East Islip, N.Y. in 1954.  Ray attended East Islip High School the joined the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Waller during the Cuban Missile Crisis.  He then went to work for Suffolk County Water Authority.  In 1975 he and his family moved to Ormond Beach, Florida.  He went to work for the City of Holly Hill Water Department in 1979, where he most recently worked.  He received his water treatment license from Clemson University and went on to become lab director and utilities supervisor.  Raymond leaves behind his loving wife and best friend, Noreen.  On July 8th they would have celebrated their 41st Wedding Anniversary.  He is also survived by his two beautiful daughters Rene’ and Tara (John).  Mother, Gladys Beltrami, sister, Donna Raley.  Brother, Richard and his wife Sarah.  Mother-in-law, Dorothy Mansel.  Brother-in-law Mike and sister-in-law, April.  Four grandchildren, Thomas, Carter, Caitlin, and Dylan.  He was predeceased by his father Robert Beltrami Sr. and his brother Robert Beltrami Jr. and by his father in law Thomas Mansel.  He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and many cherished friends.  Ray never met a person he did not like.  He was always there to lend a helping hand.  Ray always had an addicting glowing smile on his face.  He said it take less effort to smile than to frown.  In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made in Rays memory to so a child can have a smile as beautiful as his was.  Tributes may be sent to the family at  Arrangements are under the care and trust of Volusia Memorial Funeral Home, Ormond Beach.

From his daughter Tara Music.


Robert "Bob" Birk

My Father, Robert 'Bob' Birk, Passed away the afternoon of 26 March 2009. He was 84. He served on the Waller from when she was commissioned in 1942 until it finished her duty in China in 1946. They only came home once during that time. He lied about his age, He was only 16 when he signed up! He was a Baker, I heard stories about how they would bake bread and take it up to the gun mounts for the Guy's and how grateful and happy they were that someone would do that for them while all hell was breakin loose........He also told me that's when he learn to fight, on the Fantail, and he could fight!

My 'DAD' had to become the man he turned out to be at that time, He gave everyone his respect, But, It was up to them to keep it.....

He took the Pic's of the Guys when they got to close to the Mines in the Yangtze, That's him with the knife, messin around!

He lived a good life, no regret's...................He will be missed.

He chose to be Cremated and will be interned at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, Ca on 3 April 2009.

Just wanted to let all know, You made this a great place and a Tribute to all who served on the Waller!

From his son Paul Birk


Walker G. Thorsby

This was sent by his son Gordon Thorsby.


Lewis P. Meola

My father, Lewis P. Meola served aboard the Waller during the Korean War.
He passed away this past Sunday (8OCT2006) and I wanted to let the crew
know. He was a machinists mate 2nd class.

Below is the obituary that is being posted in the Hunterdon County Democrat and the Courier News (both New Jersey newspapers):

"On October 8th, 2006, at the age of 75, the Lord called Lewis Meola to be with him. He is survived by his wife, Regina, of 53 years. He leaves behind a daughter, Karen Cerwinski, of New Canton, VA; two sons, Ronald and wife Maryann, of Englishtown, NJ; David and wife Erika, of Bristow, VA; a sister, Joanne Agliata and husband Jerry, of White Plains, NY; a brother, Anthony and wife Sandy, of South Plainfield, NJ. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Meola. Lewis served his country for 4 years in the United States Navy as a machinists mate 2nd class aboard the destroyer U.S.S. Waller (DDE-466) during the Korean War. He received the United Nations Service Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal (Asiatic Clasp), the Korean Service Medal, as well as the Good Conduct Medal. Lewis worked for Bell Laboratories in the Research and Development department for the semiconductor, the Trans-Atlantic Communications cable, and the Telstar Communications Satellite. After leaving Bell Laboratories, he started his own business, Rampart of Hunterdon Security Systems, installing residential and commercial burglar and fire alarm systems. After 25 years in the business, he retired in 2001 and moved to Virginia. Crematory arrangements will be made by Colbert Funeral Home, of Bremo Bluff, VA. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests all donations be made to the Toga Fire Department, 177 Mt. Rush Highway, Dillwyn, VA 23936 (434)-969-4444."

David Meola


Thomas "Tommy" Pope

It is with deep sorrow that I bring to you the news of my fathers (Tommy Pope, Sr.) passing. Daddy passed away Thursday, August 17, 2006 after being hospitalized for nearly 3 weeks after a fall at our home. His funeral service will be performed tomorrow at Centennial A.R.P. church in Columbia, SC. My father spoke frequently about his navy buddies and treasured the reunions that he had attended and anxiously awaited the ones to come. He had always encouraged me to join him at the reunions and unfortunately I was unable to do so. Please keep me informed of upcoming events as I would like to drop in on one if that is not an imposition to the shipmates. Also, if anyone of those that served on the Waller or other ships with my father would like to contact me please feel free to give out my information which I will include at the end of this email. I would love to hear from the individuals who knew my father "back when". The stories my father told me of his Navy adventures always kept me on the edge of my seat! I heard many of them numerous times, but they never got old...sometimes they even got better! To all of those who served with my father and befriended him through reunions or otherwise I would like to extend my gratitude. They played a large part in the smile that my father carried on his face each day and that smile has always been my motivation and inspiration, therefore I am indebted to those individuals. If the wealth in society was measured by the number of people whose lives you have touched or smiles that you made happen - then my father passed as one of the richest men I have ever known.
Tommy Pope, Jr.
Please email Ted if you want tommy jr. Snail mail or phone #.


Charles R. "Chick" Little

Charles R. (Chick) Little, who served on her during the Korean War (1950-1951), passed away 5/10/06. He had previously served on the U.S.S. Randolph (CV-15) in WWII, and always spoke fondly of his Navy experiences. He was buried in a very dignified military funeral in Bushnell, Florida, with Naval personnel in attendance.

W.T. Dutton

William T. Dutton, 85, a retired Navy captain who had a civilian career as a personnel manager with Bionetics Research Labs of Falls Church, died of respiratory arrest January 15, 1999 at a hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. He was visiting relatives in South Dakota at the time of his death.

Captain Dutton, who was born in Annapolis, was a 1934 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He served 26 years in the Navy, retiring in 1960 from the Office of Naval Operations in Washington.

He was a gunnery officer and first lieutenant early in his career and later was lieutenant commander of the destroyer Waller, which during World War II took part in assaults on Saipan, Tinian and Guam. His military honors included the Legion of Merit.

Other assignments included chief of the Navy section in the Military Assistance Advisory Group in Denmark. In retirement, he worked as a personnel manager, and he was a teller at American Security and Trust in Washington.

He was past president of the Sons of the American Revolution and a member of Trinity Episcopal Church of Upperville, Christ Episcopal Church of Alexandria, Veterans of the American World Wars and the Navy League.

His wife, Mary Larson Dutton, died in 1978. Survivors include four children, Benjamin Dutton, Christopher Dutton and Emily Stoffel, all of Alexandria, and Erika Meyer of Sioux Falls; a sister; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.


Joseph John Vallus, Jr.

I regret to inform you that my dad (Joseph John Vallus, Jr.) Passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2005. He really enjoyed all of the reunions that he had the pleasure of attending over the years and my family wants to extend to you our heartfelt thanks for all of your efforts in making all of those possible. Serving on the uss waller was a great source of pride for my dad.

He was laid to rest yesterday June 20, 2005, in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell Florida. He had a Navy honor guard that played taps and performed the 21 gun salute. He would have loved it. We are proud he served his country for 24 years in the navy.

If we can be of any service to you in the future please let us know. Again you have our thanks.

John Vallus Sr.

Gary Gartner

This is the hardest "E" I have ever had to write. Gary passed away on the 11th. He went into hospice the 8th, as I couldn't keep him comfortable here at home any longer, I thought they could regulate his meds., so he'd feel better, then come back home with me, but it didn't turn out that way. I think he probably knew what was happening, at least they were able to comfort him making it easier for him. I would like to thank all of you for being such great friends and keeping in touch with him. He enjoyed keeping in contact with all of you on the internet while he could get on it. His memmorial will be Wed. the 17th at the Catholic Church here in Rainier at 10:00 a.m..

Sincerely, Linda


Raymond C. Hitchcock

Dear Ted,
I am letting you know that my Dad died earlier this year. We recently received something in the mail letting us know about a reunion. Mom was not upset to the point of tears but I could tell it saddened her. Dad died March 13, 2004 of kidney cancer. After several months of severe pain he was diagnosed at Christmas and was in stage 4 at that time. We tried all last year to try to find out why he was losing so much weight at the VA and by fall why his lower back was hurting so much. Mom asked them in September about the lump on the side of his neck and they said they would watch it. During several test we finally left and went to a doctor in town, he immediately sceduled a biospy and we soon had our diagnois. We were very upset over his care at the VA. I do not believe he could have beat the cancer but he probably would have been with us a little longer. Dad enjoyed visiting the USSWaller site. He found himself in one of the pictures on the site and loved looking around and telling me stories about the time on his ship. I heard the stories many times but it was never enough.
Thank you for the wonderful job you are doing.
Sincerely Vicki Lynn Hitchcock Haynie


Lee Roy Buck

Lee Roy Buck, SC3c, who served on the USS Waller during World War II died June 1, 2004 in Macon, Missouri. Burial will be June 9 at the Greening, Eagen, Hays Funeral Home there in Macon and then burial will be in the Veterans Cemetery located in Jacksonville, Missouri. I just thought you would like this information for the USS Waller records.

Debra L Bess
Lee Roy's daughter


Russell Applegarth

Wanted to let people know that my grandfather Russell Applegarth, passed away this morning, June 1, 2004. He served on the USS Waller during WWII.
I was proud to be his grandson.
Also, I want to thank all veterans for everything they have done for us.

Thank you. James Turner


Robert Shivers                    Donald Daily


Edgar (Eddie) Stuart Waller

Dear Mr. Allen,
I am e-mailing you about the USS Waller. My dad served on it in 1958 his name was Edgar(Eddie) Stuart Waller. He was from Arlington Va. but at the time he was on the Waller his home was Glen Bernie Maryland. I looked all over your web site but he was no where. I was even on the Waller when she came into port one time.

My dad past away on November 11, 1969 and I thought if there was anyone out there that remembered him might like to know. also thanks for the pictures my 16 year old son was impressed that his grandfather had served on her.

thank you Linda Waller Maynard

Robert (Rob) Bonnallie

Robert (Rob) Bonnallie was my best friend. He passed away on March 21, 2004. He loved the reunions. Your website is a way I can remember him. Keep up the good work.
Earl Smith

You remember Bob Bonnallie from Elyria he was at the last reunion with wife Helen and daughter Karen. He didn't feel well then and came home and went into the hospital. He was doing fairly good, but died Sunday in our hospice center. Just wanted to let you know.
Joe & Sandy Bob & Carolyn


Richard J. Hill

Richard J. Hill came from Portland, Oregon I have more pictures and he said they were put down in New Guinnea for 18months to build a air strip. My dad just passed away at the age of 78 January 1, 2004 from pancreatic cancer.

Albert Holman

Chief, Radarman, Albert Holman passed away on August 12, 2003. He was on the Waller 58-60.

D. P. Tripton

Roger White

Roger White MM2 served on the Waller from 1955 to 1959 died at his home on Febuary 19, 1995 of cancer. He was 58 years old. He is survived by his wife Helen two sons Roger Glen White and Joel White both of New york and a daughter Regina at home . A daughter Debbie is deceased. Roger was creamated and his ash's scattered by his son's at a place he chose .

Tim Allen (Ted's youngest son)

August 1, 2003, Tim Allen, passed away.Anyone who knows Ted knows how he pours his heart and soul into his wife and children. As a family we were closer then most. As a family we are struggling with the loss of our little brother, he was only 36 and leaves behind a 9 year old son Luke. Please keep us in your prayers.Please feel free to email Ted at

Thank you so very much, Ted's daughter, Tim's sister,


Goldie Czyzewski (Red's wife)

I am sure many of the original crew will remember Red Czyzewski's wife ,Goldie, She passed away on June 29,2003 from cancer. I am sure Red would appreciate hearing from anyone who remembers her. Our thoughts and prayers are with Red

Please email Ted, for the mailing address.


Kenneth Kirwin Dews, Sr.

Ted......My father, Kenneth Kirwin Dews, Sr. served on the USS Waller. He died on Movember 3, 2001 of complications for lung cancer treatment.Gay Dews Thompson


R.D. "Sandy" Sandefur

Ted.......perhaps a lot of people are not aware of the death of Robert D. Sandefur this past summer. R. D. or "Sandy" as he was called by a lot of his former shipmates, served on the USS Waller during WWII and was the driving force in bringing about the Waller reunions which began in 1977.My husband and I received a note from Sandy's wife informing us of his death some time ago and we thought she must have sent out this information to many others, but after speaking with Mary Coco who said she and Joe hadn't heard this, I thought maybe I ought to notify you......perhaps you'd want to put this information on your website. For anyone who might want to send Mrs. Carolyn Sandefur a note of condolence the address is
2655 US Hwy 80 West.,
Choudrant, LA 71227.

I'm certain she would appreciate hearing from Waller reunion members. We know that Sandy will be missed by his fellow shipmates and as a staunch supporter of the Waller reunions. Marilyn Scott, Angola, IN




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