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Pete Ronnie Memorial Service 12/1

Past Dist Commander 2004-2005 and Past Post Member Pete Ronnie passed away Wednesday Morning at home.
He was with his sister Phyllis and brother Sam and Gary last evening.  Pete’s health has been failing and he was told on Monday that he had stage 4 lung cancer.
Memorial service for Peter Ronnie will be held on December 1, 2012, 2:00 pm, at Rainier VFW #2289 Post Home.
Address is 6038 S. Pilgrim St., Seattle (Rainier Beach District)
Please do not send mail to Pete’s address.  Use Sam’s PO Box 81141, Seattle, WA 98108.
Thank you,  Lois
President Rainier Auxiliary #2289
and Commander Sam Ronnie

Flag at Half Staff reminder

Governor Chris Gregoire has directed flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff Friday, April 20, 2012, in memory of U. S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Ramon T. Kaipat, 22, of Tacoma, who died April 11 while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan.

Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business Friday.

Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.

A funeral service will be on Saturday, April 21 at 1:00 pm. The location is pending.

‘Band of Brothers’ soldier dies at 90

BURLINGTON, Wash. — Lynn D. “Buck” Compton, a veteran whose World War II exploits were depicted in the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers,” has died, his family said.

Compton died Saturday in Burlington, Wash., after having a heart attack last month, the family told the Los Angeles Times in a story Tuesday.

In January, nearly 200 guests, including actors from the miniseries, attended his 90th birthday party, the Skagit Valley Herald reported.

“To us he wasn’t really a war hero, he was just a hero, period,” Tracy Compton told the Herald.

Lynn Compton also is remembered for his legal career in California. He headed the team that prosecuted Sirhan B. Sirhan for the slaying of Robert F. Kennedy and was appointed to the 2nd District Court of Appeal in 1970 by Gov. Ronald Reagan. He retired from the bench in 1990.

Read more at MSNBC…

Last known WWI veteran dies at 110

LONDON — Florence Green, the world’s last known veteran of World War I, has died at the age of 110, the care home where she lived said Tuesday.

Briar House Care Home in King’s Lynn, England, said Green died Saturday, two weeks before her 111th birthday.

Born Florence Beatrice Patterson in London on Feb. 19, 1901, she joined the Women’s Royal Air Force in September 1918 at the age of 17.

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Jack “Maui Jack” Hanning

Jack HANNING “Maui Jack” 3/24/1925 ~ 1/7/2012
Jack was born in Seattle to Jack and Irene Hanning. He was a lifelong resident of West Seattle and graduated in ’43 from West Seattle High School. Jack joined the Sea Scouts and sailed on the Yankee Clipper, later in life, he served on the Sea Scout Foundation. He volunteered for the U.S. Navy Submarine Service during WWII and served on the Pogy SS266 from ’43-’46. In ’47, Jack married Bettie McCoy and they celebrated their 64th anniversary last June 14th. He graduated from the U of W in ’53 then worked for Benton Realty before opening Hanning Realty in ’56. Later he added Olympic Escrow.

Photo Courtesy of The Hanning Family
After 50 years in the business he closed his office in ’06. Jack loved to travel. He and Bettie visited Hawaii every year for 32 years. They also traveled Europe, China, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Jack served as President of the W. Sea Hi Yu celebration in ’73 and President of the W. Sea Lions in ’99. He belonged to the W. Sea Monogram Club, the VFW Farwell Roosevelt Post and the Alki Kids Breakfast Club. As a member of the Submarine Veterans of WWII, reuniting with his Navy buddies at the National Submariner Conventions was a joy for him.
Jack was a loving husband to wife Bettie, loving father to daughters Jami (Jim) Vaux and Lori Hanning, and loving grandfather to Jeffrey Vaux. He is also survived by brother Rome Hanning and nephew Michael Hanning of Long Beach, Ca. We wish to thank Val, Otelia, Dan, and Claudia at the Alki Adult Family Home for their loving and compassionate care of our Jack. Memorial Service will be heldat the Admiral Congregational Church, 4320 SW Hill St., Seattle, 98116, Sat., 1/21, at 1:30 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Assoc, PO Box 75169, Seattle 98175.
Published in The Seattle Times on January 15, 2012

Army Ranger Dies On 14th Deployment

An Army Ranger who was on his 14th deployment to a combat zone has been killed in Afghanistan.

Sgt. First Class Kristoffer B. Domeij, 29, was killed Saturday when the assault force he was with triggered a hidden roadside bomb in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province.

Domeij served four deployments in Iraq and another nine stints in Afghanistan. During that time he was awarded two Bronze Stars. His third Bronze Star, earned during his final tour in Afghanistan, will be awarded posthumously, according to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

Former Tacoma soldier killed in Afghanistan crash

  A former Tacoma, Washington resident was among the U.S. troops killed in the crash of a U.S. helicopter in Afghanistan over the weekend, the Kansas City Star reported Monday.

Army Spc. Alexander Bennett, 23, reportedly moved to Overland Park, Kansas after returning from his 2009 deployment to Iraq. He served as a flight mechanic in the Army Reserve’s Chinook unit.

The 30 U.S. troops and eight Afghans who died in the crash in eastern Afghanistan Saturday were on a mission targeting a Taliban leader. An insurgent with a rocket-propelled grenade reportedly fired on the chopper and shot it down, the U.S.-led coalition said Monday.

It was deadliest single loss for U.S. forces in the decade-long war.

by KING 5 News and Associated Press

Repose, wake, Mass set for longtime West Seattleite Joe Butzerin

A Requiem Mass will be held for (former First Lt.) Joe Butzerin at Holy Rosary Catholic Church at 10:30 am on Monday, July 11th. Starting Friday, July 8, at noon, Joe will be in repose at the Butzerin home at 4903 SW Hill Street, where visitors will be welcome at any time. A wake will be held on Saturday at 7:00 pm.

Originally posted on the West Seattle Blog