Eric Hammel Final Muster

Eric HammelEric's son Daniel contacted the BVA family about his dad.

He wanted to let us know that Eric passed away today. He was sick in the last couple of years and it finally took its toll.

"My dad wrote a lot of books about a lot of people, but there was no group that he was more in touch with than yours. I know that he touched many of your lives and many of you touched his. He saw you all as brothers, even though he didn't serve, he loved you all."

- Daniel

On Saturday August 1, 2020 at 19:01, a beloved husband, father, friend, and retired marine fulfilled his mission here on earth. Maynard Lee Sinclair Sr. born September 19, 1949 in West Virginia, graced our world with his presence and was uniquely equipped with a specific call to duty..."Life."

Maynard enlisted into the United States Marine Corps in his late adolescents.During his time in the corps, he served in both Vietnam and Beirut, earning numerous awards to include: Good Conduct Medal, Sea Service Dep. Ribbon, Combat Action Ribbon x2, Meritorious Unit Ciation x2, President Unit Ciation x2, Cross of Gallantry, Purple Heart, Republic of Vietnam MUC, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal x7 and a Navy Unit Ciation.  The library of awards, certificates and medals, reflects the energy of which he placed on the assigned commissions as a Marine and as a member of civilian communities. Maynard earned an associates degree and became a certified a.c. mechanic.  The skills, trades, and education were placed into operation in living and applying life with love in his heart to complete the work established and begun within himself.

Maynard "Mad Dog" Lee Sinclair, Sr.

Jan Gray

January 30, 2020

Jan Gray, 76, beloved wife of General Al Gray, United States Marine Corps (Ret),
passed away peacefully Thursday, 30 January 2020, after a brief hospitalization.

Howard "Roy" Moon

August 22, 2018

Ret. CWO-4 Howard "Roy" Moon, 71, a longtime resident of Jacksonville, NC passed away Wednesday, August 22, 2018.
Roy was a loving son, brother, father and grandfather. He was a 25 year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, he served two tours in Vietnam, a tour in Beirut and in the Gulf War.

He is survived by his son, Stanton Dwayne (Marla) Moon; daughter, Christina (Daryl) Dunavant; grandkids, Justin, Zach, Kourtney, Allyson & Jessica; four great grandchildren; two brothers, Troy Moon and A.J. Moon; sister, Connie Karsten; military brothers, Colonel James Marapoti and Colonel Richard Smith.

Kevin Scott

August 9, 2018

DoB: 05/03/1959 Age: 59
U.S. Marine Corps
Sgt - November 1977 to November 1985

Leonard Paul Tice

July 15, 2018

Leonard Paul Tice, 55, of New Cumberland, passed away from an accidental drowning on Sunday, July 15, 2018,

Born in Steubenville, Ohio, on Aug. 27, 1962, he was the son of the late George Earl and Marjorie (Wycoff) Tice.

Lenny proudly served in the United States Marines, Beirut Lebanon Peace-Keeping Force. He was a member of the Beirut Veterans, Tri-State Marine Corp Club, Vietnam Veterans Support Group, Chapter 1 Steubenville. He graduated from Oak Glen High School.

He loved the beautiful hills of West Virginia. He was an outdoorsman and he enjoyed dirt biking, fishing, hunting, hiking and camping under the stars.


Visitation will be at 6 pm Tuesday, July 31st, with a service following at 7 pm at the Nixon Funeral Home in Newell, WV.  Email [email protected] if further information is required.

E. John Beaman

July 14, 2018

It is with deep sorrow and great relief that our dear father, Ernest “John” Beaman passed onto something better after a brave and fierce battle with pancreatic cancer. In the end, we lost our beautiful father, but we are happy to announce that the cancer that attacked him did not survive the attempt.

E.J. Beaman was born in New York, graduated from BYU, served a mission in Scotland, and honorably served our country as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. He had a passion for flying, family, faith, and firing guns!

E. John Beaman

Walter Louis Walz, Jr.

May 27, 2018

Walter Louis Walz, Jr., 57, passed away May 20, 2018 at his residence.

The Chatham County native served in the U.S. Marines in Beirut and Grenada. He formerly worked at EMD Chemicals and International Paper.  He was a member of Compassion Christian Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Louis Walz, Sr.

Survivors include his wife, Jean M. Walz; daughter, Tiffany (Stephen) Bradley; son, Christopher Walz; grandson, Miller Bradley; mother and step-father, Joan and David Honeycutt; sister, Dawn (Marshall) Kutchey; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, June and Rocker Hartley and Becky and James Earl Miller; uncle and aunt, Carl and Brenda Walz; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.

Joey Pauley

December 28, 2017

Joey Pauley

Joey Allen Pauley, 55 of Sharon died December 28, 2017 at home. 

He was a retired deck hand from Amherst River Pilots, Belle and was a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran of the multinational force sent to be peacemakers during the Lebanese Civil War where he survived the Beirut barracks bombings of 1983. 

Joey Pauley

Rupert Joe McLean

October 23, 1961 - December 6, 2017

December 6, 2017

Rupert Joe McLean was born on October 23, 1961, in Lillington, NC. Rupert graduated from Harnett Central High School in 1980, where his senior class peers voted him as "Best Looking Male." He later enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as an infantry corpsman. Rupert served in the Marine Corps from 1980 to 1983. He was serving in Beirut, Lebanon, in October 1983, when a suicide bomber drove a truck of explosives into a building—which killed 241 United States service members (including 220 Marines). It was by God’s grace that he returned home safely. For his USMC service, he was honored with a key to the city of Dunn, NC. Rupert retired in 2007 from Honeywell in Moncure, NC, after 20 years of service. Following his honorable discharge from military service, he eventually married Penny Burch, and from this union he had two sons.

Rupert Joe McLean

Glenn E. Dolphin

February 24, 1958 - February 19, 2017

February 19, 2017

Glenn Dolphin

On Sunday February 19, 2017 one of our Marine Brothers and a long standing Board Member of the Beirut Veterans of America passed away. 

Glenn Dolphin served as a 1st LT in the role of Asst Communications Officer for HQ 24th MAU during its deployment in Beirut from May to November of 1983. He authored an account of his experience in Beirut in a book titled 24 MAU 1983. In the book he shared his heart, humor, and commitment to duty. 

As with all of those who have graced our paths and paved the way for others to enjoy our freedom, we will miss Glenn's presence with us. We will pick up his banner and carry on the mission to remember all our fallen Brothers.

We have sent our condolences to Glenn's family on behalf of the BVA. You can find more information about the services for him and his life at:

Semper Fi,

The BVA Officers and Board

Glenn Dolphin

James W. Ponder

August 13 ,1962 - February 15, 2017

February 15, 2017

James Ponder passed away in his home in New Castle, Indiana on Wednesday February 15, 2017.

Jim served in Beirut with the 32nd MAU in 1982. He was attached to HMM-262. For Beirut, he was awarded the Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, a Sea Service Deployment Medal and a Humanitarian Service Medal. He served from 1980-1992. Ponder was a lifetime member of the BVA.

James Ponder

Nelson L. Bywaters

January 9,1950 - February 4, 2017

February 4, 2017

Nelson Bywaters

MGySgt Nelson Bywaters USMC (ret) passed away on Saturday evening February 4, 2017.

Bywaters served in Beirut, Lebanon with the 22nd MAU as a member of the Shore Party unit, commonly known as "Red Patches". Before Lebanon, he alson participated in the invasion of Grenada in 1983.

MGySgt Bywaters made a career of the U.S. Marin Corps, serving from May 4, 1968 to 30 October 1995.

Nelson Bywaters

Joseph F. Covella Jr.

September 2 ,1954 - January 24, 2017

January 24, 2017

SSgt Joe Covella, Jr USMC (Ret) passed away on Tuesday January 24, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Joe served in Beirut, Lebanon with BLT 2/8 and also participated in the 1983 invasion of Grenada. During his service in the Marine Corps, he was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon with one Star. Over his lifetime, Covella had been a member of the Beirut Veterans of America and Marine Corps League.

Joseph Covella

Philip Warren Alexander

December 26, 2016

Philip Warren Alexander, 53 of Phoenix City, Alabama passed away Monday, December 26, 2016. Funeral services with military honors will be held 2:00 P.M. EST Friday in Lakewood Hall at Striffler-Hamby, Phoenix City, AL Burial will follow in Lakeview Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. 

Mr. Alexander was born April 20, 1963 in Fort Benning, Georgia; son of the late Fred Alexander and Lucille Johnson Nicholson of Phoenix City, AL. He is a Marine Corp veteran who served in Beirut. He is currently serving in the Army National Guard where he served in Iraq and Afghanistan and is a member of the V.F.W.. He is employed with Heat Craft Corp in Columbus, GA. 

Other than his mother, Lucille Nicholson, he is survived by his wife, Lisa Alexander of Phoenix City, AL, daughter; Amy Grindle (Jeremy) of Alabaster, AL, son; Joshua Alexander (Macy), daughters; Jessica Phillips and Juliann Faulkner both of Phoenix City, AL; brother, Rick Alexander (Susan) of Chapin, SC, grandchildren, Nathan Grindle, Taylor Grindle, Saphirra Alexander, Logan Alexander, Shea Grindle, Castiel Alexander, niece, Lauren Alexander and nephew, Ryan Alexander.