Memorial Day 2014


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As in years past, Sons and Daughters In Touch has been invited to attend the annual Gold Star Families breakfast in the White House. The following are brief biographies of the Gold Star ‘Sons and Daughters’ scheduled to represent SDIT on Memorial Day.

Michelle Baugh is the daughter of Army SP4 Richard Earl Githens who was killed in action on May 29, 1968 while serving in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam. Michelle currently resides in Centralia, IL and works in radio marketing and promotions. She is married and has two sons. In 2003, she was integral in the planning of SDIT’s historic trip to Vietnam. Michelle is the only daughter of Diane and SP4 Githens, who served in the United States Army for one year and is now remembered on Panel 63 West, Line 6 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Kim Carlson Benner is the daughter of Captain John W. Carlson, Air Force, who was lost in 1966 while serving in Vietnam/Bien Hoa. Kim currently resides in Needham, Massachusetts and is a full time mom to 2 teenage boys. She is one of two children (her sister Margot is listed below) of Jody Carlson and Captain Carlson who served in the Air Force from 1960-1966 and is now remembered on Panel 13 East, Line 18 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Pam Cain is the daughter of Col. Oscar Mauterer who was shot down in 1966 while flying into Laos. Pam currently resides in Sarasota, FL and is on the board of directors for the National League of POW/MIA Families. A former military wife, she now works for a senior living community. Pam is the proud parent of one daughter, one son and an infant grandson. Besides her efforts to seek resolution and accountability for her dad and other MIAs, Pam loves to travel, is a huge fan of soccer, volunteers for Labrador retriever rescue organizations and spends every opportunity with her family, which is scattered throughout the USA. She is one of 2 children of Evelyn & Col Mauterer who served in the USAF since high school and is now remembered on Panel 5 East, Line 38 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. He has not yet been accounted for.

Cathryn “Corky” Condon is the daughter of LCDR Robert E Condon who was lost in 1968 serving in Kien Hoa, South Vietnam. Corky currently resides in Fort Myers Beach, FL and is an artist and veterans advocate. More than 20 years ago, Corky was instrumental in incorporation and daily operations of SDIT. She is one of 2 children of Jean and LCDR Robert E. Condon who served in the Navy from 1957 -1968 and is now remembered on Panel 34 East, Line 67 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Margot Carlson Delogne is the daughter of Captain John W. Carlson, Air Force, who was lost in 1966 while serving in Vietnam/Bien Hoa. Margot currently resides in Walpole, Massachusetts and is a writer and marketing consultant to high tech companies. She is one of two children (her sister Kim is listed above) of Jody Carlson and Captain Carlson who served in the Air Force from 1960-1966 and is now remembered on Panel 13 East, Line 18 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Robert L Howard II is the son of Sgt Robert L Howard, 101st Airborne who was lost in 1969 while serving in the Thua Thien, South Vietnam. Robert currently resides in Hartford, CT and is a manager in the retail industry and the father of 3 sons Kamari, Robert III and Quincy Howard. He is the only child of Roberta Vincent and Sgt Howard who served in the Army from 1968-69 and is now remembered on Panel 22 West, Line13 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Jeff Hudgens is the son of Maj. Edward M. Hudgens USAF who was lost in 1970 while serving in Khammouan Province, Laos. Jeff currently resides in San Jose, CA and is a co-founder and President of Impact Laos, a non-profit he started after visiting his fathers crash site. Impact Laos focuses on providing medical and dental programs, school renovations, school supplies and alcohol and drug rehabilitation. He is the youngest of four children of Mary & Maj. Hudgens who served in the USAF from 1953 – 1970 and is now remembered on Panel 12 West, Line 30 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Patricia “Patty” Totty Lee is the daughter of SFC Delbert Chan Totty, who was KIA in 1967 while serving in Iron Triangle,Tay Ninh Provence, South Vietnam. Patricia currently resides in San Diego, CA and is a retired Director of Events, Veterans Museum & Memorial Center, SDIT Historian. She and her husband, Gary Lee, have one child. Patty is one of 6 children of Cynthia and SFC Totty who served in the U.S. Army from 1948 – 1967 and is now remembered on Panel 17 East, Line 82 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Shirley Love is the proud daughter of PFC Samuel Kay Stewart (Aka Reginald Steward) Army 173d Airborne who was lost February 29, 1968 while serving in Pleiku Vietnam. Shirley currently resides in San Diego and is a 29-year employee of the San Diego Unified School District, currently working at a large Middle School. She is currently the 3rd Vice President of the California School Employees Association (CSEA) Chapter 788 where she strives to make a difference. She has been blessed with a loving son and a precious 2 year old grandson whom she adores. She is a dedicated servant of the body of Christ and a member of North Park Church where she currently serves and has served in many auxiliaries. She is one of 2 children of beloved Sheila & PFC Stewart who served in the Army from 1965 to 1968 and is now remembered on Panel 42 East, Line 10 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Jim Sampers is the son of IC1 James W. Sampers who was lost in 1969 while serving in Cat Lai, Republic of South Vietnam. Jim currently resides in Red Deer Alberta Canada and is married to Rhonda Sampers and they have 3 children. For more than a decade, Jim has represented the SDIT Board of Directors in its relationship with VietNow, a veterans-service organization committed to aiding veterans and pursuing answers to unresolved POW/MIA cases. He is one of four children of Patricia J. and Petty Officer First Class Sampers who served in the Navy from 1960 to 1969 and is now remembered on Panel 18 West, Line 56 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Frankie Valle is the son of Army SFC Francisco Luis Valle who was lost in 1968 while serving in Thua Thein Province, Vietnam. Frankie currently resides in Harstville, SC and has been an employee of Sonoco Products Co. for 31 years. He is married to Belinda Valle and the father of two sons, Jared and Luke. Frankie enjoys triathlons and has completed 5 Ironman races and the Boston Marathon. He is one of 3 children of Sue Howle and SFC Valle who served in the Army for 9 years and is now remembered on Panel 44 East, Line 3 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Fred Albert Williams Jr. is the son of W01 Fred Albert Williams, US Army Reserve, who was lost in 1970 while serving in the Quang Ngai province in Vietnam. Fred currently resides in Ashburn, VA and is an engineer with a wife and two children. He is one of 2 children of Judith and W01 Williams who served in the US Army Reserve for several years and is now remembered on Panel 6 West, Line 126 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.