Bald Eagle Lands On Grave At U.S. Military Cemetery. "Frank Glick, an amateur photographer, captured this amazing image at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minnesota. The veteran buried at that gravestone was Sgt. Maurice Ruch. Ruch, a veteran of World War II, was a US Army marksman who served in the Aleutian Islands and earned a Bronze Star. Click here for a 4 minute movie that is worth watching
In Remembrance of our Topo Family
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I have tried to list the burial sites of our fallen but in the case of those listed below, I just don't know where they now rest. For now, let us just say they are "...known but to GOD"ťand maybe a few relatives
During World War II Jack was a commander in the US Navy. He was a member of a combat team known as the Scouts and Raiders. The Scouts and Raiders were the forerunner of the Navy SEALS of today. As a member of this team he saw action in the Pacific Theater, although he didn’t talk about it very much.
After the war he pursued a carrier in the field of pathology. While engaged in this study, at Purdue University, he met Bob Frost and became fascinated with Bob’s Remote Sensing work, so much so, that he changed his discipline to Remote Sensing. Eventually both he and Bob left Purdue and went to work for an organization known as the Snow Ice and Permafrost Research Establishment (SIPRE) within the US Army Corps of Engineers. SIPRE eventually became the US Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CREEL). During this period Jack did much of his research in the Arctic.
While working in the Arctic Jack made use of an Eskimo type of “folding” kayak known as a Klepper. Its parts are transported in three bags and can be air dropped and assembled on the ground. Today the Navy SEALS use this type of kayak. When Jack came to ETL he got several of us interested in kayaking. Eventually I purchased a Klepper kayak, which is great for apartment dwellers, since you generally have no place to store an entire boat. When I’m out kayaking I often think of Jack and his encouragement to keep exploring.
At ETL, Jack and Bob taught a course known as Remote Sensing for Environment Analysis. It was a very intensive course demanding much time and effort. To get away from the ETL work environment, they held the course at the Mathers Training Center in Harpers Ferry, WVA. During the two weeks that I was there I came to appreciate what fine teachers both Jack and Bob were. They had the ability to motivate their students, to give their all, without directly pressuring them. The results were that we spent most of the night working on the assigned problems and getting little sleep. Occasionally during the class, some of the students would fall asleep directly on their stereoscopes and wake up with the words US ARMY embossed backwards across their foreheads.
Jack’s main field of research was the desert environment. Over the years he visited many types of deserts while collecting soil and rock samples. His pride and joy was a Remote Sensing Field Guide - Desert. When he initially tried to get this guide published, within the Army, he ran into a lot of red tape. One day, during Operation Desert Storm, Jack was visited by several Marine Corps officers who came to see his field guide. After they examined it they asked for a copy, which was still in draft form, and then they arranged to have some 25,000 copies printed. They also invited him to come to Kuwait and teach the Marine Corps Terrain Analysis Teams. On hearing this, I went to Jack’s office to congratulate him on finally getting his field guide published and he was grinning from ear to ear.
Jack was not only a fine scientist but also a mentor and friend. May he rest in peace. My prayers and thoughts are with his family.
Dr. John Eastes worked as an Army Chemist, retiring in 2006 from the Army Engineer Topographic Laboratories at Fort Belvoir VA.
John served in the U.S. Army from 1957-1960. The family moved to Northern Virginia in 1964 when John began his Department of Defense career. He was a conscientious intellectual who loved knowing and travelling the world. His educational achievements in chemistry came from the University of Texas where he received his undergraduate degree and American University in Washington, D.C. where he received his Masters and Ph.D. He continuously excelled in his work with U.S. Army Engineer Topographic Laboratories at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. He was iconic in the field of organic chemistry with hundreds of students citing his works within their educational works.
His part-time evening and retirement was with H&R Block tax preparation where he was a senior tax adviser at a Woodbridge H&R Block office. He was once interviewed by the Washington Post regarding tax issues and the office. He learned the Spanish language and applied it to his work at the Block.
I just learned from his son Robert, that Henry (Woody) Wooldridge had passed away in Ohau, Hawaii. Woody was at DMS between 1975 and 1980. He was an instructor there at Wheeler Hall in the cartographic/multiplex section. Woody was a good friend and I remember watching the pro football games at his house there on Belvoir. I know after he left Belvoir he became a drill SGT out at Ft. Leonardwood. He did serve in Vietnam on riverboats down in the Delta. In his early days, he was with the 29th at Oji Camp in Tokyo, probably the 34th?
“Donald Ray Walters Sr. passed away in Newburgh, IN on March 13,2017 with family at his side. He retired from the US Army with the rank of Sergeant First Class. Donald served two tours in Vietnam and received the Bronze Star. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Daisy Walters, brothers Mac Walters and Mike Walters, and wife Vicky Walters. Donald is survived by daughters Belinda Hall of Arcadia, FL and Heather Walters of Spokane, WA, sons Shawn Walters(Melissa) of Greenfield , OH and Donald Walters Jr.(Kelli) of Newburgh, IN, sister Peggy Rickard of Henderson, KY and brother Marvin Walters(Jean) of Ferdinand, IN ,10 grandchildren , 7 great grandchildren as well as nieces, nephews extended family and friends.No services were held. Osborne Funeral Home entrusted with final care. - See more here
Don came to us at DMS in the late 70s was a printer. I originally met Don around 1973 or so at Fort Bragg when we were in PSYOPS. Don was an SP5 at the time and was being cross trained from a combat arms MOS. Don picked up his new career field so good that I recommended him for SSG. I guess my recommendation was strong because not only did he make SSG he kept going right passed me and made SFC. I always liked him. He was a good man and I am sure his family misses him. --Jack Batt--
Colonel (Ret) Hector Wood
Colonel, US Army (Ret.), 87, of New Port Richey, passed away surrounded by his loving family Dec. 9, 2017. He served in Vietnam, was the Director of the Defense Mapping School and Retired Deputy Director of the DMA Hydro/Topo Center. Among his many medals, he was awarded the Defense Superior Service medal and the Legion of Merit. He is survived by his beloved wife, Phyllis; children, Phyllis (John) Walichnowski, Patricia (Kurt) Fenochietti, Paul (Ana) Fenochietti, Allegra (Sam) Yassine, Peter (Jeannine) Fenochietti and Peggy (Greg) Joseph; his sister, Ofilia Owen; many grand and great-grandchildren. Viewing will be on Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 2-4 pm; funeral service Thursday, 11:30 am at Dobies Funeral Home, Hudson followed by burial at Florida National Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations to Gulfside Hospice are greatly appreciated.”
Colonel Wood was the fourth Director of the Defense Mapping School having served from 10 April 1979 until 10 July 1981. His predecessor was Colonel Edward Wintz who passed away some years back. His successor was Colonel William Stockhausen who I believe is still alive in the Pinehurst, North Carolina area.