"Taps" is a bugle call T- a signal, not a song. As such, there is no associated lyric. Many bugle calls had words associated with them as a mnemonic device but these are not lyrics.

Horace Lorenzo Trim wrote a set of words intended to accompany the music:

Day is done, gone the sun,
 From the lake, from the hills, from the sky;
 All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

Fading light, dims the sight,
 And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.
 From afar, drawing nigh, falls the night.

Thanks and praise, for our days,
 'Neath the sun, 'neath the stars, 'neath the sky;
 As we go, this we know, God is nigh.

Sun has set, shadows come,
 Time has fled, Scouts must go to their beds
 Always true to the promise that they made.

While the light fades from sight,
 And the stars gleaming rays softly send,
 To thy hands we our souls, Lord, commend.

Part (3) 

Taps part 2


They came this way but once. Yet, they touched our lives in many ways while they were here. We shall remain eternally grateful for their friendship and for the influence each bestowed upon us.

They came this way but once. Yet, they touched our lives in many ways while they were here. We shall remain eternally grateful for their friendship and for the influence each bestowed upon us.


Colonel USMC (Retired)
December 25, 1928-December 4, 2003

A Warrior of the”Old Breed”, he will be missed by friend and foe alike.



Lt Colonel, USMC (Retired)
21 August, 2003

Bn XO Dec. 69 to Aug. 70


*Lloyd Stewart
Delta Co. June 69 to June 70



*Roger Fleming

Alpha Co. & H/S Companies 69-70

August 2017

Roger Dennis Fleming
Supply, North Carolina

Jul 3, 1949 - Aug 23, 2017 (Age 68)

Roger's Obituary
Mr. Roger Dennis Fleming, 68, of Supply, NC, formerly of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at his residence. Roger was born on July 3, 1949 in Catawba County to the late Weaver Dennis Fleming and Ruby Kent Fleming. He was formerly employed as a machinist in the electrical industry and was a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Phillip Fleming. Survivors include his wife, Carol Burns Fleming of the home, one son, Jason Fleming and wife Karen of Hickory, and one daughter, Kana Fleming and partner Megan Russell of Hildebran. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Lauren and Megan Fleming of Hickory and two brothers, David and Stephen Fleming. A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. at Enon Baptist Church with Rev. Gary Garner officiating and with Military Honors provided by the U.S. Marine Corp and the Caldwell County Veterans Honor Guard. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, from 2:00 until 3:00 P.M. at Enon Baptist Church. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the Fleming family.

*DAVID JOLLEY - Charlie Company

August 2017


*JOHN BEARD - Charlie Company 1966-1967


*RAY TIBBETTS - Echo Company 1967-1968


*ROBERT "THUNDER" THORNTON - Charlie Company 1965-1966

Roger Dennis Fleming

JONES, JAMES F. 70, of Warwick, died September 7, 2016 at Kent Hospital. He was the beloved husband of the late Eileen J. (Casey) Jones. Born in Providence, James was a son of Ina Mae (Chase) Jones and the late Leslie F. Jones. He was employed as a foreman at National Grid. Jim was a gentle man, a gentleman and above all a US Marine. An expert rifleman, James served in Vietnam and was the recipient of several service awards. Besides his mother, James is also survived by a daughter: Stephanie E. Wescott; a step-daughter: Carole Johanson; four step-sons: Joseph LeClair, Christopher LeClair, Raymond Cekala and James Kimball; two brothers: William R. Jones and Jeffrey J. Jones (Diane); a sister: Leslie J. Herman; four grandchildren; and his dog and companion: Buddy. He was the brother of the late Michael A. Jones. His funeral will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 11 AM in THE URQUHART-MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, 800 Greenwich Ave., Warwick. Visiting hours Tuesday from 10 AM - 11 AM. Interment with military honors to follow in the RI Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Exeter

Obituary for Robert (Lansing) Thornton
Mr. Robert Thornton passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at McLaren Hospital in Lansing, Michigan at the age of 70 years. Robert was born on May 21, 1946 in Demopolis, Alabama to the late Jacques Smith and Martha Thornton-Washington.
Robert spent the first eight years of his life being raised by his late grandmother, Tilly Thornton, living on the familys sharecropping farm in Coffeeville, Alabama before reuniting with his mother and moving to Detroit, Michigan. Life was not easy for Robert as a child; he often shared his stories of living, sleeping, and eating on the streets of Detroit. Two Detroit Police officers found him and arranged temporary shelter for him at St. Dominics Catholic Church and ultimately, the Wayne County Youth Home. No matter how chaotic life was for him, Robert continued with his education and enjoyed success at Northwestern High School as a track and field star.
At the age of seventeen, Robert joined the Marine Corps and his life from that point changed forever. Soon after Basic Training, Robert, an assigned Infantry rifleman, qualified and became a member of the 1st Force Reconnaissance Battalion Company. While serving multiple tours of duty in Vietnam he was awarded two Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star Medal with Combat at V, the Vietnam, Cross of Gallantry with Palm, a Vietnam Service Medal with three Battle Stars, a Vietnamese Campaign Medal, a Combat Action Medal, A Presidential Unit Citation, A Navy Unit Citation, and A Good Conduct Medal. Upon his honorable discharge from active duty his loyalty to the United States Marine Corps did not end. Robert signed on and continued his military career with the Marine Corps Active Reserves in Detroit, Michigan ultimately being assigned as the Rifle Platoon Leader and obtaining the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Once his military career ended Robert Thunder joined his brothers in blue and served forty plus years with the Michigan State Police where he earned two Bravery Awards, a Meritorious Service Award, the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police Distinguished Service Medal, a Son of the American Revolution Medal for Heroism, an Honorable Mention Award and a Unit Citation. All of those blessed to know him knew he was an avid storyteller, had a love for hitting the open road and driving trucks riddled with Marine stickers. He was a committed and staunch military veteran, and more importantly, a loving father and grandfather.
Robert leaves to cherish his memory two daughters, Nicole Thornton Williams and Dawn Thornton; one son, Tony Thornton, Sr.; thirteen grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; a multitude of sons, daughters, and grandchildren he called his own.
Robert was preceded in death by his son, DeAndre Carlos Thornton, his mother and step-father, Martha and Leon Washington, and the woman he called mom, Louise Barnes.
Robert Thunder was a proud member of the Michigan State Police, and an even prouder member of the United States Marine Corps (USMC). It was his wish to be buried alongside his military brothers at Arlington National Cemetery. For those who would like to help make his final wishes come true, you may consider making a contribution at gofundme.com and search for The Thunder Thornton Memorial, or in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Disabled Veterans Foundation, http://www.dvnf.org./

Thunder - Charlie Company

David William Shaffer

Email from: Daniel Sweeney
May 19th, 2018 at 1:28pm

It is with a heavy heart that I have heard from the Shaffer family , our teammate Dave Shaffer has passed away last night. Dave was not only a good friend but a rock solid Marine. Dave was awarded the Bronze Star during the TET offensive. We were on the same team "Dublin City". (Dave Shaffer second from right seated)

Click a photo for Dan's webpages

Dublin City

Charles L. Gillespie III

Steven M. Mace

Steven Plunkett

Ricardo C "Rick" Binns

Passed Away 11/10/2018 

Charies "Chuck" Bosley

Passed Away 2019


CAMARA, John L.83, Bayonet Point, died Jan. 27, 2016. Survived by wife, Diane; sons, Dennis (Linda), John (Carrie), William; brothers, William, Joseph, Dennis; four grands. Dobies FH/Hudson

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Jan. 29, 2016

Recon Company 1953

John L. Camara

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Jimmy Linton Rosser

1st Force 68-69



Jimmy Linton Rosser, 75, of 334 Plantation Road, Martinsville, died Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, at Stanleytown Health Care Center.

He was born Oct. 10, 1934, in Tallassee, Ala., to Dane Linton and Henri Fite Rosser. He was preceded in death by his parents.

He graduated from Anniston High School in 1952 and Auburn University in 1956, where he was a Spade, vice president of the student body and a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Rosser was a first lieutenant in the Marine Corps stationed in Quantico and Camp Pendleton as a reconnaissance platoon commander.

He was employed by Burlington Industries and American of Martinsville from 1967 to 1984, and Ameristaff from 1985 to 1993.

Rosser served as president of the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Governor’s Private Industry Council, president of the Blue Ridge Personnel Association and president of Martinsville-Henry County United Way.

He was an official in the Atlantic Coast Conference and had officiated in the Blue Bonnet Bowl and the Orange Bowl. He retired as a back judge in the National Football League in 1988.

He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church.

Surviving are his wife, Sue Wooldridge Rosser; daughters, Clara Jane Snipes of Keswick and Mary Linton Rosser of Richmond; three grandchildren; step-children, Ginger Stone Wagoner, Anne Carlton Stone Ruark and Jonathan Reid Stone; and eight step-grandchildren.

The service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Christ Episcopal Church with the Rev. Ellen J. Hanckel officiating. A private inurnment will take place before the service.

The family will receive friends at the home.

Memorials may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 4162, Martinsville, Va. 24115.

Norris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sent:  Tuesday, July 30, 2019 1:45 PM

From: Sue W. Rosser
Email: srosser7@gmail.com
Phone number: Removed 7/31/2019 
Subject: Jimmy L. Rosser
Message: Sadly, my husband, one of your band of brothers, passed away in 2009. He loved his Marines!
You can remove him from your directory.
Thank you!!


Sent: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 10:36 AM

From: Floyd Ruggles  cc: david snider ; Charlie Kershaw ; Dave Backer



So sorry to hear this. I'll update the directory today. I'm sorry for your loss. My thoughts go out to you and your family.

Floyd Ruggles

Robert Danny Anders

Ethel, Louisiana

From: Dave Doc Snider‎  October 2nd, 2019 at 6:52 AM

I received the following sad news from Paul Olenski about the passing of another Recon brother:

The passing of a great Marine, the 'Ragin Cajun' PFC Robert "Danny" Anders, Purple Heart, numerous long range recon combat patrols with RECON TEAM: MAD HATTER. Passed on September 13, 2019, in Louisiana. Danny and I went all the way back to boot camp together. Honor Platoon 2074. He is a legend in the Recon Community and was "Cherry Picked" for Sgt John Sleeper's team. (more to follow). There was about 8 of us Recon Marines who hung together through Boot Camp/ITR/Recon School and then off to Vietnam. 3 of us, Danny, Mike Ward and me went to Charlie Company, 1st Recon Bn/1st Force Recon Company up north at Phu Bai/Hue City - the other 5 stayed in Danang. Best buddies I ever had. See you at sundown Danny.

Charlie Company

January 1968 - July 26th, 1968

HM3 Steve "Doc" Lakernick
1948 - 2019

Passed Away Wednesday December 11th, 2019

Click Doc's Photo for more Info.

Robert Jay Todd

February 22, 1949 - April 28, 2010

Bravo Company November 1967 - October 1968