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                                       SMSgt. Jimmy Swartz, Obituary

SMSgt. James Leonard "Jimmy" Swartz, USANG lost his life in efforts to save one of his men who had been swept to sea by a rogue wave that hit the beach while his group was stationed in Okinawa.  Jim lost his life trying to save another man.  We have been taught that 'greater love than this, no man has..." (Scripture).  Jim was born, April 15, 1963 - October 5, 2014.

Jimmy was born on April 15, 1963 in Tarentum, Pennsylvania. He was a propulsion flight superintendent in the 116th Air Control Wing of the Georgia Air National Guard. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church where he was active in the men's group. He was an active member of the Middle Georgia ACTS Community. Jimmy was a devoted, happy, fun-loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend.  His mother, Geraldine Lewandoski Swartz; and brother, Jerry Swartz, preceded him in death. His memory will forever be treasured by his loving and devoted wife of twenty-five years, Renee Wyatt Swartz of Perry; daughters, Chelsey and Jessica Swartz, both of Perry; grandchildren, Kensley and Tatem McDowell of Perry; father, Jackie L. Swartz of Brackenridge, Pennsylvania; sister, Mary Ann Yurchick of Daytona Beach, Florida; brothers, Jackie L. Swartz of Waikapu, Hawaii, Charles Swartz of Tarentum, Pennsylvania, Richard Swartz of Elijay, Timothy Swartz of Tarentum, Pennsylvania, and Thomas Swartz of Norcross; several nieces and nephews; and many brothers and sisters in Christ from his ACTS Community Group. A Prayer Service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 16, 2014 with visitation following until 8:00 p.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Perry. A Funeral Mass will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 17, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Warner Robins. Memorials may be given In Memory of SMSgt. James Leonard "Jimmy" Swartz to Georgia ACTS, 102 Nichols St. Perry, GA. 31069 or St. Patrick's Men's Group, 2410 GA. Hwy 127, Kathleen, GA. 31047.

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With permission from Jim's lovely wife, Renee, and daughters, Chelsea and Jessica, we are proud to post this photo in Jim's honor.  Please keep Jim and the entire Swartz Family, and all whom have given their lives' for our Freedom, in your prayers.


                                    Col. Jesse Marcel, Jr. Obituary

Col. Jesse Marcel, Jr. of Helen, MT has passed away at age 76.  According to Col. Marcel's daughter, Denice, Col. Marcel passed in his sleep while reading a favorite book.  Col. Marcel Jr. graduated from medical school at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1961 and joined the U.S. Navy in 1962. He retired after nine years and later joined the Montana Army National Guard and became a flight surgeon in 1981. He was called back to active duty in October 2004 and served as a flight surgeon in Iraq for just over a year. He reached the rank of colonel.

Col. Marcel was an Otorhinolaryngologist, an "ENT-doctor".  He worked as an ear, nose and throat specialist and retired from the Veterans Administration Hospital at Fort Harrison, Helena,  MT with the rank of Colonel. 
Colonel Marcel is survived by his wife, Linda, and eight children. 

Dr. Joe Resnick, Executive Director of VansForVets.Org issued the following comment when he learned of Col. Marcel's passing a few days ago:  "I'm saddened to learn of the passing of my Colleague, Friend, and Brother-in-Arms, Col. Jesse Marcel, Jr.  Jess and I shared a special interest in advanced propulsion systems and I knew Jesse through our affiliation with USAFDE, the Aerospace Medical Society (functions) and the Human Factors Engineering Branch of USN/USAF.  Jesse was an excellent Flight Surgeon, and his bed-side manner was almost, 'Angelic'.  Jess administered his Art of practice of Medicine in one of the most compassionate ways I've ever witnessed", Resnick said.  Continuing, Resnick said, "On behalf of all the Staff and on behalf of all 26 Chapters of VansForVets.Org, I'd like to extend our Deepest Sympathies to Linda and the Marcel Children and Family.  Jesse will always hold a special place of honor in all of our heart's".

                A Special Tribute to Medal of Honor Awardee, Ed Freeman

This is a Special Tribute to a Real American Hero, Mr. Ed Freeman, Medal of Honor Awardee.

Imagine this: You're an 19 year old kid. You're critically wounded , and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley , 11-14-1965, LZ X-ray, Vietnam . Your infantry unit is outnumbered 8 - 1, and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry Commander has ordered the MediVac helicopters to stop coming in.

You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns, and you know you're not getting out. Your family is 1/2 way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you'll never see them again. As the world starts to fade in and out , you know this is the day.

Then, over the machine gun noise, you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter, and you look up to see an un-armed Huey, but it doesn't seem real, because no Medi-Vac markings are on it.

Ed Freeman is coming for you. He's not Medi-Vac, so it's not his job, but he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire, after the Medi-Vacs were ordered not to come.

He's coming anyway.

And he drops it in, and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 2 or 3 of you on board.

Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire, to the Doctors and Nurses.

And, he kept coming back.... 13 more times.....

And took about 30 of you and your buddies out, who would never have gotten out.

Medal of Honor Recipient , Ed Freeman , died at the age of 80, in Boise , ID on March 4, 2013......May God rest his soul..... I'll bet you didn't hear about this hero's passing in the National News Media?

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