Remembering Our Shipmates That Have Deceased


Dan Cissell

Daniel J. Cissell of St. Charles, Mo born 1/9/43 & died 6/26/88



Dan apparently came to Vega in 1961 along with about 6-8 others from the same boot company--some of them struck for SM, RD, RM, ET- - - Dan went for RM and was RM3 when he left the Vega, probably in 1964.
Dan was only 45 - - Tom Ditmyer (who I cant locate) in Detroit told me yrs ago that he had died from some kind of screw up at a hospital - - so that is the info on our buddy Dan Cissell RM3 - - - Ernie Glashaw



I remember him so well! I still can see his face.  Too bad to go so young. 
 - - - Dick Conhiser



JB Bunn
of Jefferson,  NY

Born Jan. 20, 1942
Died Feb. 12, 2005






    JB was past post commander of Stamford VFW Post 6292 and was presently commander of the Otsedel Counties Council.
   After retirement, he worked for Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., tracking earthquakes for Allied Aerospace before taking early retirement in 1997.
    At that time, he and his wife, Barbara, made their vacation home in Jefferson their permanent residence.








I first reported to the Vega, 1/26/60 and on 1/14/66 I was transferred to the USS Coral Sea CVA 43, then onto the US Naval Station Washington, DC and then 6 ships later I retired on 01/02/88 with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer.  After retirement I went to work for NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt MD as the Program Assurance Manager for the Laser

  JB Bunn, 63, of Jefferson passed away Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at Kingston Hospital from complications from an automobile accident Dec. 12, 2004.
     JB was born Jan. 20, 1942, in Fort Scott, Kan. He was the son of John Bunn and Ethel Higbee, both of whom predeceased him.
    JB was a graduate of Widefield High School in Colorado Springs and later received his associate’s degree while serving in the United States Navy.
     He served 20 years in the U.S. Navy from June 1, 1959, to Jan. 1, 1978, which included 2½ tours in Vietnam, at which time JB received numerous medals, including the Purple Heart.


    JB is survived by his wife, the former, Barbara Mitchell, of Rifton; and four sons and their wives, Harry Grubaugh and Maria of Connecticut, Clayton Bunn and Laura of Connecticut, Michael Grubaugh Sr. and Donna of New York, and Paul Bunn and Maria of Queens. He leaves his stepmother, Neva Bunn-Hite, and one brother, John Bunn Jr. of Deerfield, Mo.; as well as four sisters, Katie McCune and Margaret Ann Smith of Kansas, Deb Keller of Missouri; 12 grandchildren, Michelle, Kelly, Brianna, Ashley and Tyna of Connecticut, Michael Jr., Shannon, Bryan, Michael and Danielle of New York, and Philip and Alissa of Rhode Island. He also leaves his very dear and close family friend, Theresa Anderson of Connecticut.
     He was predeceased by his sister, Janie Rickard of Colorado Springs, Colo.


Tracking Network.  My job at NASA was to insure data quality from 28 different laser tracking stations through out the world.  I traveled to each station once a year or if the data quality was bad, I went to that station to find out what was wrong.  I worked for NASA for 12 years and then had to retire due to health problems.  Now I live on a 32 acre ranch with my wife and our three dogs.  I keep active in the military as a member my local VFW and America Legion post and I teach part time at the local schools about Naval life onboard ships, also on lasers.

And I still smoke those stogies!  . . .   by JB




Jimmy Hersey









Nudson, Dale E


     Dale E. Nudson, 64, of Levant,
died Friday, April 2, 2004 in Levant, KS.
Mr. Nudson was born on Jan. 26, 1940 in Topeka and lived in the area for more than 37 years.
     He retired from the Kansas Department of Transportation with 30 years of service and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
     Survivors include his wife, Rose Marie (Renne) Nudson; brothers, Steve Nudson of Georgia and Mark L. Nudson of Mission; his father, Gerald E. “Jerry” Nudson of Topeka and one grandchild.
     Mr. Nudson was preceded in death by his son, Dusty Nudson (August of 2003) and his mother,
Doretta Schutter Nudson (February of 1993).



USS Vega 1957-59





James Everrett Bell
United States Navy
Watsonville, California
January 24, 1948 to June 03, 1968
JAMES E BELL is on the Wall at
Panel 61W Line 020
See the full profile for James Bell


  Home of Record:  Watsonville, CA
  Date of birth:   01/24/1948

  Service:         United States Navy
  Grade at loss:   E3
  Rank:            Fireman
  ID No:           1198223
  MOS:             0000: Not Recorded
  Length Service:  02
  Unit:            USS VEGA (AF-59), 7TH FLEET

  Start Tour:      ------
  Casualty Date:   06/03/1968
  Incident Date:   06/03/1968
  Age at Loss:     20
  Location:        Gulf of Tonkin, North Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Non-hostile, died while missing
  Casualty Reason: Casualty at sea








MUENSTER — Funeral Mass for Clifford Elson Cox, 60, of Muenster, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Muenster with Fr. Ken Robinson officiating.

A rosary will be held at the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home at 6 p.m. this evening, Feb. 26, 2010 with a vigil and then a visitation to follow. Services are under the direction of Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home.

Mr. Cox died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 at his home.


Clifford Cox was born April 11, 1949 in Gainesville to Edwin Ray and Lula Gilbert Cox.

Cliff was an avid fisherman and bird and deer hunter, and loved to hunt and collect arrowheads. He enjoyed driving, traveling and camping, and loved the great outdoors. He made friends easily and had a great sense of humor.

He was baptized by immersion at the age of 10 at the Broadway Church of Christ and later became a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church. He saw God's love and majesty in nature, in his family and in all things beautiful.

Cliff served in the United States Navy from 1967 to 1971, aboard the USS Vega, making four tours to Vietnam during the war.

Cliff was a Master Plumber since 1989 and worked in the Muenster and Gainesville area since 1993.

He loved life, and fought a courageous battle against cancer. He will be dearly missed by his family and a multitude of friends.



He is survived by his greatest friend and caregiver, Tina Cox of Muenster; his son and daughter-in-law, Derek and Bonnie Cox of Gainesville; son and daughter-in-law, Bryan and Corrie Cox of Kansas City, Mo., daughter and son-in-law, Katherine and Brad Steinert of Sugar Land; daughter, Angela Cox of Muenster; grandchildren, Derek Paul Cox II, William Mike Cox, Austin Allen Cox, Keegan Elson Cox and Liam Lee Steinert. He is also survived by his mother, Lula (Skippi) Cox of Gainesville; his brother and sister-in-law, Gerald “Wally” and Janet Cox of Gainesville; brother and sister-in-law, Kelvin and Darlene Cox of Moore, Okla. and sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Jason Pritchard of Blue Ridge.

Mr. Cox was preceded in death by his father.











Ernie Glashaw


   Ernie Glashaw, 72, of St. Ignace, MI passed away Tuesday evening, September 10th, 2013  at McLaren Northern Michigan hospital in Petosky, Michigan
   He was born October 2, 1940, in St Ignace to Helen and Frank Glashaw, Sr.
 He was graduated from LaSalle High School.  He served in the Navy from November 1961 until March 1966.
   He owned Glashaw Electric in St. Ignace for more than 40 years.
   He was a member of the American Legion and Moose Lodge 999.
   He contributed much to this web site.


He is survived by his wife, Jen, whom he married  December 14, 1991; a daughter and her family, Theresa and Reverend Derrick Jewell of St. Louis Michigan, two granddaughters, Jenna and Rachel; two stepsons and their families, Troy and Laura Estes and Todd Estes, all of Toledo, Ohio; three step-grandchildren, Tara, Tyler and Steven, and two step-great grandsons, Brady and Brycen  He is also survived by two sisters and their families, Darlene Fenner of Colorado and Bernice and Dan Buckley of Charlevoix; a sister and her family, Bertha Glashaw of St. Ignace; and his wife's family, three brothers-in-law and their families, Roger and Elaine Horn and Jerry and Irene Horn, all of St. Ignace and Loren Horn of Mackinac Island and a sister-in-law and her family, Linda and Larry Belonga, also of St. Ignace. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Edward, Harold and Frank, Jr.


        Ronald A Johnson









Tom at work on the USSVega - 1957


Tom Lytle 1933 - 2015

Tom was born on June 1, 1933 to the late Astrid and Ford Lytle. Tom is survived by his daughter and son in law, Anne and Mike Harry, his grandsons, Elliott and Mitchell Harry, his sister, Susan Gilmore and nephew, Ford Gilmore. He was preceded in death by his high school sweetheart and wife of 62 years, Helene Kellogg as well as his grandson, Daniel Harry. Tom graduated from Sacramento High School and the California Maritime Academy. He served in the US Navy as navigator on the USS Vega. Tom graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law. He practiced law in Sacramento for over 50 years representing deserving people including many injured workers for whom he had a special affection, having been the grandson of a blacksmith from Sweden. In addition to many typical professional associations, Tom was a proud member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Tom enjoyed music, photography and sports, but his passion was golf. He was a long time member of Valley Hi Country Club where he was a two time club champion, senior champion and club president. Tom was a generous, endearing and humble soul with a sharp intellect and keen sense of humor. His classic stories will be fondly remembered by all. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CCHAT Center Sacramento, 11100 Coloma Road, Rancho Cordova, CA

Tom Lytle -2015





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