Join us as we say goodbye to those we have loved and lost.

Bill Norwood

Posted by on Mar 3, 2018 in Deceased | 0 comments

Bill & Liz Norwood

William Kenneth “Bill” Norwood, 87, of Cleveland, TN passed away Wednesday at his home surrounded by family. A native of Polk County and a resident of Cleveland for 34 years, he was the eldest of three children born to William J. Norwood and Alice Stone Burnette, both of whom preceded him in death, along with his brother, Franklin R. Norwood.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 63 years, Elizabeth Lyons Norwood; one son, Dennis Norwood (Mary Jo) of Matthews, NC; one daughter, Paula Norwood of Dayton, OH; one grandson, Daniel Norwood (Laura) and two great-grandsons, William and Anderson Norwood of Lake Wylie, SC; one sister, Mary Ellen Norwood Janes (James) of Benton, TN; several nieces, nephews and a host of friends and fellow veterans, including numerous Ex-POW’s and their families.

Mr. Norwood enlisted at the age of 18 and proudly served his country as a Corporal in the US Army (24th Infantry Division). During the Korean War, he was taken prisoner and held captive for 2 ½ years – a period that shaped the balance of his life. Upon his retirement from Top Value Enterprises, Mr. Norwood moved back to Bradley County with his wife, where they both remained active in numerous organizations dedicated to enriching the lives of veterans.
Mr. Norwood’s military decorations included the POW medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal with ten battle stars, United Nations Service Medal, South Korean Government Service Medal, South Korean Government Presidential Medallion, and he met the qualifications for a Purple Heart. 

He was the Founder of the Korean War Ex-POW Association and served more than ten years as the organization’s president. He was also a proud recipient of the Raymond Miller Award, the Charles H. Coolidge Veteran of the Year Award and the Bill Norwood Award, which was established in his honor to recognize outstanding service to veteran affairs in the community.

Mr. Norwood was a lifetime member of American Ex-Prisoners of War, Korean War Veterans Association, American Legion Post 81, Disabled American Veterans and VFW Post 2598 where he served as Chaplain, and was an honorary Lifetime Member of the Col. Benjamin Chapter of the National Society of Sons of the American Revolution. He also served on the Bradley County Veteran Funeral Honor Guard for 24 years.

A visitation will be held on Monday from 5p-8p at Shenandoah Baptist Church (138 Osment Rd SE, Cleveland, TN 37323), with a funeral service occurring on Tuesday at 10AM at the same location. Burial will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery where Mr. Norwood will receive full military honors. Companion Funeral Home of Cleveland will oversee all services (

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Rolling Thunder TN Chapter Two, a supremely honorable group of patriots of which Mr. Norwood was proud to be a member: 
PO Box 91132 East Ridge, TN 37412

Links to articles in the Cleveland TN Newspaper:
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Joseph Q. Tarbuck

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in Deceased | 1 comment

Joseph Q. Tarbuck was promoted to Glory on February 7, 2018 at Gulf Breeze, Florida.  He was a Circuit Judge for many years. He was born on September 13, 1931.

Joe joined the Army right after graduating from High School in Harrisburg PA and was assigned to Hq Btry, 63rd FAB of the 24thInfantry Division on the Island of Kyushu, Japan.

Joe went with his unit to Korea when the North invaded the South and was among the first Americans to be committed to battle in that war.  His unit was overwhelmed and he, along with others, was captured on 7 July, 1950 and held until August 30th 1953.  He was with the Tiger Survivors and participated in the Tiger Death March.  58 % of that group perish in captivity from prolonged exposure, being shot, freezing to death and other causes.

Gone from us now and to be really missed, is our dear Joe, beloved by all.

Shorty Estabrook

Fellow POW

Larry Schadler

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in Deceased | 0 comments

Larry passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2018. He was 90 years old. He will be cremated and interred in his hometown in Michigan at a later date.

Robert Fletcher

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in Deceased | 0 comments

Our Brother, Private First Class Robert Fletcher, US Army, Former Prisoner of War, 27 November 1950 – 8 August 1953 has been issued his Final PCS Orders.

Below you will find the dates and times for services this weekend in Ann Arbor, Michigan as well as Links where you can note your personal Condolences to Mrs. Fletcher (Carol). As noted, his final funeral in Arlington will be later this spring. We will share date & times when we receive them.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Viewing at Nie Funeral Home
3767 W Liberty Rd
Ann Arbor MI 48103
(734) 302-1000
3 – 7 p.m. EST
A link to the funeral home’s website can be found here where electronic condolences can be left.
Monday, February 19, 2018
Memorial Service at First Presbyterian Church
1432 Washtenaw
Ann Arbor MI 48104
(734) 662-4466
2 p.m. EST


Burial will follow in approximately 6-8 weeks at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.  I am happy to provide you, or whomever would be appropriate, with the burial details once things are sorted out with Arlington.
Mr. Fletcher’s obituary will run in MLive (our local online newspaper) on both Thursday, February 15 and Sunday, February 18. A link to the website can be found here.

John E. Meyers. Sr.

Posted by on Feb 13, 2018 in Deceased | 0 comments

Age 88 of Shaler Twp., on Jan. 27, 2018. Husband of Donna McElhaney Meyers; father of John E. Meyers, Jr. (Diane), Sheryl Fiorino (Anthony), Donna Rezzetano (Jeff), and Deborah Glissendaner (Mark); grandfather of Jason, Staci, Sherry, Mark, Samantha, Johnathan, Frankie, and Johnny; great-grandfather of Dominic, Michael, Michael, Jacob, Alyssa, Nickole, and Hannah; eight brothers and two sisters; also nieces and nephews. John was a sergeant in the United States Army and spent 33 months in a Korean prison camp and upon returning he was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart of Valor. He was proud to serve his country. A very special “thank you” to Tamera Vucelich who had once saved John’s life while having a heart attack. Visitation Friday 2-4 and 6-8 pm at NEELY Funeral Home, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday 11:00am at St. Joseph Parish, Dorseyville Rd. In lieu of flowers, memorials suggested to Disabled American Veterans, 1100 Liberty Ave. #1606, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

John (Jack) Powell

Posted by on Feb 13, 2018 in Deceased | 0 comments

John (Jack) Powell in Waltham, Massachusetts passed away on Feb 10,2018. Jack was a member of the 2nd Division. Jack was captured  in December 1950 and released in September 1953. While captured he was in Camp 3 and Camp 5. Funeral services will be on Thursday in Waltham and burial at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.

Colonel Ralph Parker Dixon Jr.

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 in Deceased | 0 comments

Colonel Ralph Parker Dixon Jr., USA Retired passed away on Monday, November 9. I have attached his obituary with the permission of his daughter, Janet Dixon Nardone. This soldier was captured on April 25, 1951 and was in Camps #3, #5, and #2 until his release on September 4, 1953. Like many of those who served in Korea, Colonel Dixon went on to live a full life in the service of his country.


Obituary, Ralph Parker Dixon Jr. 11.09.2015

Paul T. O’Dowd LTC

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 in Deceased | 1 comment

Captured in Hoengsong North Korea Feb 12 1951 was one of the last to cross “Freedoms Bridge”… the “Bridge of No Return” Sep 6 1953.  Declared a KIA but Came home Paul T. O’Dowd LTC. US Army Ret.  American Hero Patriot, and my dad passed away at his home.   He will be interned  at Arlington VA.  with Full Military Honors, Dec 3 2015. 3:30 pm .  Any one wishing to attend please respond to the family.   Thank you in advance for disseminating this to other POW’s.



Martin Joseph Tullio

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 in Deceased | 0 comments


Martin Joseph Tullio was called to Glory today (October 19, 2015) at 7:43 AM.  He was at his home at 38509-251stPlace S.E. Emumclaw, WA 98022-6808. He leaves his wife for life, Carolrae and many children and Grandchildren and assorted relatives.  They will all be identified when I get the Obit.

Martin was a member of A Company, 34th Infantry Regiment of the 24thInfantry Division and went with his unit from Japan to Korea during the first week of fighting in that war in July 1950.  At the time he was a Private of Infantry and was released at a Private First Class.

Martin (Marty) was captured by elements of the North Korean Army on July 10, 1950 in South Korea.  He was a Prisoner of War for over 37 months and was released on August 30, 1953. He was held by both the North Koreans and later by the Chinese Army.  He was on the Tiger Death March where 89 were shot to death.  Marty saw 58% of the Tiger Survivors perish mostly under the North Koreans.

While a POW Martin always helped his fellow Prisoners of War and carried them on the march.

Martin is gone from us now to a better place I am sure.  He will join other Tiger Survivors and help build our encampment in Glory.

RIP Martin Tullio a great friend in life.

Shorty the Tiger

Robert Dyer

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Deceased | 0 comments

Robert Dyer, from Camp #1 company #2, passed away today, May 10, 2015.

submitted by Eugene Ramos