CONDOLENCES to Bill Miller

For those who know and served with Bill Miller, We regret to inform you that his wife passed recently from a massive stroke. She is to be cremated and interned at the RI Veterans cemetery. The service will be private and there will be no published obituary (at her request). Bill's email address is . Denny & Karen Gardiner are their close friends and Denny suggests that we wait a day or two before we trouble Bill or their family in their hour of grief. Should you wish to send the family a condolence card, the address is: 14D CASTLE ROCK RD CHARLESTOWN RI 02813.




LTC (R) Robert D. Antuono



Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Robert D. Antuono, age 79, of North Conway, NH, formerly of Glocester and Cranston, RI passed away in the early hours of April 25, 2017 with his wife Melinda by his side following a courageous battle with cancer. Bob was a Life Member of The Special Forces Association and a Charter member of its Chapter 48 here in Rhode Island. He had a long career in the RI Army National Guard. His Special Forces service was with Co D, 16th SF Gp, RIARNG. He had extensive service with several Military Police units. He was a member of the 115th MP Co. when the unit was called to Active Duty during the Viet Nam War. Bob volunteered to serve and was assigned as a Security Platoon Sergeant with the Americal Division in Chu Lai. In 1976, after 19 years of service and achieving the rank of Master Sergeant, he received a direct appointment as an officer with the rank of Captain. He continued his career and served in two MP Battalions and at the RIARNG State Headquarters. During Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, he served as the Chief of the Mobilization Readiness Division assisting activated units during deployment preparations. He had numerous awards to include the Parachutist Badge and Special Forces Tab. In addition to his wife Melinda, he is survived by his daughters Pamela and Amy and three grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Alice. He was also the father-in-law of the late Major (Ret) Timothy Rachiele.

The funeral took place at the RI Veterans' cemetery with military honors on 29 April 2017.



William J. Granger Sr.



71, of Hermon, NY, formerly of Smithfield, Rhode Island, passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at the Canton-Potsdam Hospital in Potsdam, NY. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Joseph E. and Doris (Bailey) Granger.
Bill spent his career working in Federal Law Enforcement. He was a graduate of the 94th session of the US Border Patrol Academy, and later became a Special Agent with the US Immigration and Naturalization Service, eventually retiring as the Special Agent in Charge of the Providence Immigration and Naturalization Office. He proudly served his country in the US Army Special Forces in D Company 16th SFG(A) in the RIANG as well as in the CA National Guard.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 10:00 am, in the Mausoleum Chapel of the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery (located in the rear of the cemetery) 1 Rhode Island Avenue, Johnston. Interment will be in the same cemetery. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to visit with Bill's family on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, at the Russell J. Boyle & Son Funeral Home, 142 Centerville Road (Rt. 117) Warwick. In lieu of flowers, donations to the 4H ( in his memory would be appreciated. For directions and online condolences, visit:



1SG Arthur Boucher

1SG Boucher


1SG Arthur G. Boucher (D3758) died of a heart attack at his home in Leesburg, FL on 12Oct16. He was born on 10Feb32, the son of the late Henry and Blanche (St. Jacques) Boucher. He is survived by his son Paul, his brother Norman, nephews Norman Jr., Robert and his niece Denise DiFranco. He was predeceased by his son Mark and his brother Henry. Arthur started his military career in 1951 as a member of the US Navy Reserve. In 1952, he was discharged from the Navy in order to allow him to enlist in the US Army and serve from 1952 to 1954. He attained the rank of SSG and was a tank commander during the Korean War. He reenlisted in the US Army and served in Germany with B Battery, 2d Howitzer Bn, 34th Artillery from 1960 to 1964. He enlisted in Company D, 16th SF Gp (Abn), RIARNG in 1964. During his service in the RI National Guard SF, he was assigned to Co D, 19th SF, Co C, 5/20 SF and HHD, 6/20 SF. He was assigned as an Operations Sergeant and as a First Sergeant. He retired in 1989. Some of his awards included the Combat Infantryman Badge, Korean Service Medal, Parachutist Badge, Jungle Expert Badge and Special Forces Tab. Arthur’s cremains were interred next to his son Mark at the Hawthorne Memorial Gardens, Leesburg, FL.



COL Robert  Dolan
Former CO of Company C 5th Battalion 20th Special Forces RIARNG

COL Dolan


Colonel (Retired) Robert Dolan, D1583L, died on 15 April 2016. He was a past President of Chapter 54 and a charter member of Chapter 48. Bob was born on 14 October 1933 in Boston, MA. His military career started when he joined the US Coast Guard in 1951. He was stationed at Pusan, Korea as a LORAN transmitting station operator. He was discharged in 1954. He joined the MA Army National Guard and was commissioned a 2LT in 1962. He joined the US Army Reserve and served in Company A, 11th SF Gp. In 1969, he was assigned as a Captain to Company D, 19th SF Gp RING. His following assignments were as B Team Cdr D/19; Cdr, C/5/20; S-3 and XO HHD, 6/20 SF Gp and Plans, Operations and Military Support Officer HQ, RIARNG. In 1981, Bob became a National Guard Bureau Tour Officer. He served as the NG Advisor to the Cdr, Fort Drum from 1981 to 1983. His was then assigned to the Pentagon DA DCSOPS, 1983-1985; DAIG, 1985-1987. His final assignment was as the NG Advisor to HQ, USSOC, McDill AFB, FL. He retired on 20 September 1990.

Bob earned a BS and a ME from the State College, Boston, MA. He taught in the school systems in Revere, MA from 1959 to 1975 and Dedham, MA from 1975 to 1980.

Some of his awards were the Korean Service Medal w/3 Engagement Stars, Meritorious Service Medal-3, Special Forces Tab, Pathfinder Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Army Staff General Staff Identification Badge, British Army Parachute Wings and the German Army Parachute Wings.

Bob is survived by his wife Judy and his six children from his previous marriage. Bob was a very humble guy who never sought personal recognition. His personal integrity, loyalty and patriotism were outstanding. There was no funeral or published obituary, per his wishes. He rests in grave 479, Section 76, Arlington National Cemetery.



CONDOLENCES to Rick Deasey

On the passing of his Mother, Rosalind J. Deasy. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday April 11, 2016 in St. Brendan Church, Turner Avenue, Riverside at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket.




1SG Peter A. McKenna Jr.

1SG McKenna


1SG Peter A. McKenna Jr., 35, a Special Forces Operations Sergeant, assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) died of injuries sustained on Aug. 7 in Kabul, Afghanistan, during a complex attack on a coalition facility.

A native of Bristol, R.I., McKenna entered the Army July 24, 1998 as an infantryman. Upon completion of the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2002, McKenna was assigned to the 7th SFG (A) as communications sergeant in May of 2003.

McKenna's military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with V device, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Master Free Fall Parachutist Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge and the Special Forces Tab.

McKenna earned a Bachelor's Degree in Strategic Studies from Norwich University in 2015, and is a graduate of the Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course and Senior Leader Course.



CONDOLENCES to Bobby Perry

Many of you may have already heard this through “SF Brothers” on Facebook, but Bobby Perry’s son Dennis passed on Friday (Dennis used to be in the 173d LRSD. Bobby went down and made Dennis’ first jump with him right around the same time I did so with my son back in ‘93). He had a long-time infection which occurred during his deep-sea diving days and it persisted on and off for these 10 years. Each time it arose, it became more and more resistant to treatment. This last time nothing worked. Our brother made the (most difficult) call on his son last Friday

Further information about Bobby Perry’s son Dennis: Bob tells me (and asked if I would pass same on) that Dennis’ funeral will be at the J.H. Williams Funeral Home 210 Taunton Ave East Providence, Rhode Island 02914 Tel: (401) 434-2600 ( this coming Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Visiting hours will be followed by a memorial service later in the morning (his guess at this point would be about 11:00 a.m. give or take). I’ve included the website for the funeral home as that site has directions and other information.



CONDOLENCES to Rich Burmeister

On the passing of his father, H.Frank Burmeister. Our information is limited at this time but the funeral was held in Florida on 18 January so nothing for us to do except send our condolences as individuals.His obituary follows: H. Frank BURMEISTER 88, of Spring Hill, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, at his home in Timber Pines. A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 18, 9 am at Northcliff Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd, Spring Hill. His beloved Sunday school class has arranged for the memorial, led by his friend and teacher, John Smith.

Frank was born May 14, 1927, in Stow, OH, to Henry and Clara Burmeister. He graduated from Stow High School, attended Kent State University, and finished his studies at the University of Michigan, graduating with a degree in forestry. Frank was a Veteran who served in the U.S. Navy.

On Oct. 9, 1965, he married the former Nancy Gossett in Akron, OH. Frank was employed as a Director of Materials Management for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company until his retirement in 1992. While at Goodyear, Frank worked in the International Division at the rubber plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, as well as assignments in Luxembourg, France, Germany and Australia.

Frank was an avid golfer with many interests. He was inducted into the Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994, and was a member of the Masonic Star Lodge No. 0187 in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Most importantly, Frank was a believer, servant and friend of Jesus Christ.

Frank is survived by his wife, Nancy; three sons, Richard Burmeister and his wife, Elaine, Craig Burmeister and his wife, Eileen, and Daniel Burmeister and his wife, Lara; and three daughters, Jeannie Rahill and her husband, Rick, Linda Burmeister, and Kathy Jackson. He also leaves behind 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.



MAJ Timothy J. Rachiele, (Ret)



MAJ Timothy J. Rachiele, (Ret), 48, of Uxbridge, MA, formerly of Chepachet, RI, passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2015. He was the beloved husband for 21 years of Amy (Antuono) Rachiele and loving and devoted father of Christian J. Rachiele. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Salvatore “Mike” and Jane D. (Chapman) Rachiele.

Tim was a decorated combat-war veteran of the U.S. Army and recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, who proudly served his country for 26 years in many different capacities from logistics to the front lines. Whether at home or overseas during his two tours in Afghanistan/OEF, he never wavered in his beliefs or in his loyalty to the United States of America.

Besides his wife and son, Tim is survived by his dear brother Michael J. Rachiele and his wife Marita of Scituate and loving uncle of Joseph, Michaela, Kaitlyn, Elizabeth and Nathan.

Funeral from the NARDOLILLO FUNERAL HOME & Crematory, 1278 Park Ave., Cranston on Wednesday, July 15 at 8:45 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Apostles Church, 800 Pippin Orchard Rd., Cranston at 10 a.m. Burial with military honors will be at RI Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Exeter.







FIELD, WILLIAM MERRITT 68, of Bristol, Rhode Island passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 5, 2015 while vacationing in Florida. William was born in Kassel, Germany to the late Col. Frederick P. Field Sr. and Ruth Harriot Field. He was the brother of Frederick P. Field Jr. (wife Cheryl Jean), of Fresno, CA, and the late Rosalind Field Peters-Doyle of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. William is survived by his wife Audrey Brito Field and his sons,Michael Field, (wife Rebecca), and SFC. Kevin Field (wife Katie). and grandchildrenAutumn and Jacob Field. William was the brother-in-law of Joseph M. Brito Jr. (wife Elizabeth), Mary Brito Fitzgerald, Michael Brito Sr., (wife Sally) and the late C. Patrick Brito (wife Mary). He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. William was a graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy and Providence College. He served in the United States Army in Vietnam, as a Green Beret, achieving the rank of Major before retiring. He also served in the Army National Guard and the Army Reserve. He worked for C. Brito Construction, Inc. while pursuing his commercial pilot license. He flew freight for several airlines and finished the last 15 years of his career as a pilot for Cape Air, flying passengers on routes from Providence to the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. William was an avid motorcycle rider and participated in many charitable endeavors. He also enjoyed a long relationship with the Special Forces community, serving on the board of the Rhode Island chapter of the Special Forces Association.



CONDOLENCES to Larry Pezza

On the passing of his Father. Lawrence Pezza, Sr., 93, of Johnston passed away Monday February 23, 2015 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Inpatient Center, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Mary (Matteo) Pezza.
A lifelong Johnston resident he was the son of the late Vincent and Filomena (Landi) Pezza. Mr. Pezza was the owner of the former Pezza’s Market in Johnston for over 50 years until his retirement. He was a decorated combat Army Veteran of WW-2 and a life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Kelly Gazzero VFW #2812 and the DAV G. Folcarelli, Providence #1. Besides his wife he is survived by his two sons; Lawrence Pezza, Jr. and his wife Lorna of Cranston and Michael Pezza and his wife Mary of Shawnee, KS; his grandchildren; April Pezza and Jimmy Lyons, Lawrence III, Maria, Michaela and Mattea Pezza, he was the brother of Rose Campisani of Cranston and the late Domenick, Benny, Anthony Sr. and John Pezza, Angelina Restanti, Mary Rinaldi and Margaret Pezza.




Carrol Pearson

Carrol passed away on 3 February. His widow, Dottie told Art Boucher that the funeral will either be Thursday, 2/12 or Friday, 2/13 and he will be buried at South Florida National Cemetery in Lantana. Absent an obituary Bill Costantino reports: "Carroll was SF qualified, and in the unit almost from the very beginning. He was a quiet professional. He came in with the Westerly Detachment and was very close with Bill McNaughton, Panciera, Cullen, Vocatura, Boucher. He was low key, smart and quiet." And Charlie Knowles reports: "He was... in HHD, 6th Bn, 20th SFG(A) when I joined in '74. I would think he had been a member of Co D. ... Though I did not interact with him considerably, I did appreciate his advice on several occasions. I also recall a time he was chasing me around the old picnic table outside the CAC headquarters at Fogarty when he slipped and sprained his ankle. Not quite sure why the MSG was chasing the 1LT in the first place, but it made for a somewhat humorous lunchtime interlude for the spectators thereto (obviously not for Carroll!!)."



John Gilman



John was the son of the late Milton N. and Thelma (Roberts) Gilman of Hope Valley and was predeceased by a brother William W. Gilman, Sr. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Diane (Ainsworth) Gilman, and three children; Susan Gardner-Gilman, Jeffrey Gilman and his fiancée Christine Brewster, and Donna Gilman Hoyle and her husband Kevin Hoyle. He was a proud and loving grandfather to five grandchildren, Derek and Steven Gardner, Sean and Ryan Gilman, and Quinn Hoyle.

He graduated from the Kentucky Military Institute in Lyndon Kentucky and Venice Florida in 1954 where he attained the rank of Master Sergeant. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served in the 82nd Airborne Division and later transferred to the 11th Airborne Division in Germany. Subsequent to his honorable discharge in 1957 he joined Company D, 16th Special Forces Group (Airborne) RI Army National Guard.

John was an astute businessman and the founder and former CEO of Western Mass. Blasting Corp. He was elected to the RI House of Representatives in 1976 and served four terms serving his local constituents with honesty and integrity.

He held a private pilot’s license and was an accomplished guitarist having continued his musical talents after his honorable discharge to play in local bands. He was an avid sportsman and traveled to Maine, Florida, Mexico and Canada to hunt and fish. He shared his love for hunting and fishing with friends, family and his grandchildren. Teaching his grandchildren how to hunt and fish was a passion he enjoyed later in life.

John was buried with military honors at the RI Veterans Memorial Cemetery.


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