"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 11

Taps part 10


He came this way but once. Yet, he touched our lives in many ways while he were here. We shall remain eternally grateful for he's friendship and for the influence he bestowed upon us.

It is with deep sadness that we report the news of the death of COL. WILLIAM H. "DOC" WHITE He will be greatly missed by his family & friends. We give thanks for Doc's life.


Go in peace and remember you are not forgotten while I am still on patrol.

 Guest Book


USMC RET Echo Company 68-69

COL. WILLIAM H. "DOC" WHITE Col. William H. "Doc" White, 76, of Hampstead, died April 1, 2015, at Onslow Memorial Hospital, in Jacksonville, NC. Doc retired from the US Marine Corps after 27 years. During this time, he did two tours of duty in Vietnam. He also had four years of service at Naval Academy. After retiring, he worked with Service Master in fire and water restoration. Doc was Cmdr of American Legion Post 167 in Hampstead, member of VFW Post 9983 in Holly Ridge, Marine Corps League, Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter and a 1961 graduate of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Survivors include his son, William B. White and brothers, Clarence H. White, Jr. and Richard Y. White. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Naval Academy Alumni Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com
Published in the Wilmington Star-News on Apr. 29, 2015

"Doc Fair Winds and Following Seas my Old Friend.

Tom Manion 1st.Recon RVN"


Michael "Doc" Cassidy
Thurmont, Maryland

1948 - 2015


Bravo Company

Michael "Mike" K. Cassidy, 66, from Thurmont, Maryland, and previously of Prince George's County, Maryland, passed away on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at Washington Hospital Center in Washington D.C.

Born on April 24, 1948, in Altoona, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late George and Margaret (Hoffman) Cassidy.

Mike graduated from Altooona High School in 1966. After graduation, Mike joined the Navy and was stationed at Bethesda Naval Hospital before completing a tour in Vietnam. Later, he attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Horticulture.

He was a member of St. Timothy Catholic Church in Walkersville, Maryland. He was also the former Mayor of Cottage City in Prince George's County, and Past Commander and District Commander of the V.F.W. Post #8950 in Greenbelt. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

For more than twenty years, Mike worked for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, as a computer programmer.

Mike loved spending time with his family, traveling, and was an avid train enthusiast.

Mike is survived by his loving wife, Kathy Cassidy, whom he married on November 8, 1969; his three sons, Steve Cassidy of Thurmont, Joseph Cassidy of Germantown, Maryland, and James Cassidy and wife, Jennifer, of Thurmont; his two daughters, Yvonne Cassidy of Germantown, Maryland and Lisa Cassidy. his seven grandchildren, Kerri Kuhn, Rachel, Nataleigh, Thomas, Keegan, Ryleigh, and Jocelyn Cassidy; and his two great-grandchildren, Jacob and Lillie Kuhn. He is also survived by his sister, Kathleen Glass and husband, Tony, of Maude, Oklahoma; and his two brothers, Terry and Eugene Cassidy.

In addition to his parents, he is also predeceased by his son, Christopher Cassidy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at St. Timothy Catholic Church, 8651 Biggs Ford Rd, Walkersville, MD 21793. Monsignor Richard Murphy will be the celebrant. Final resting-place ceremonies will follow at Utica Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at Stauffer Funeral Homes, P.A., 1621 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, Maryland 21702.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231 or to the National Kidney Foundation, National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016.

Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at StaufferFuneralHome.com.
Published Online in The Frederick News-Post from Jan. 19 to Jan. 20, 2015

 Guest Book

January 21, 2015


Kathy, Steven, James, Jen, Yvonne, and grandkids - My heart breaks for you all. He was always so nice when we talked at the bonfires. I'm praying for peace for you all in this time of grieving.
Carol Cook, Damascus, MD


January 20, 2015

Kathy, I was so sad to hear of Mike's passing. As one of the hygienists who has been seeing you both for years, I will so miss him. His kindness and positive attitude were contagious. I hope it brings you comfort to know that I will miss him and that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Stacy
Stacy Rudnicki, Frederick, MD


January 19, 2015

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
American Heart Association


"Kathy, Steven, James, Jen, Yvonne, and grandkids - My heart..."

Carol Cook

"Kathy, I was so sad to hear of Mike's passing. As one of..."
Stacy Rudnicki


Rodney Harry Pupuhi


richard elder
October 20, 2015

i'll be the brains you be the brawn.
September 13, 2015


Remember you from the Kaneohe rifle range with Big
Luke; from walking scared ....less with you in Da Nang City just us two; and finally rescuing me and my buddy from a hillside south of Chu Lai after the operation hq left us alone.

You were one of the truest friends anyone could have. Mahalo and aloha.


Johnnie MAC McKeral
February 16, 2015

R.I.P. my old friend Pu'

E malama pono in your new assignment

. . . .Ever look on Heaven's scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded
By Pu Puphhi United States Marine


John martin
December 14, 2014

Wawa...this is written with tears. From Viet Nam to Hawaii to Arizona, our "Mother Earth" has been blessed to have raised you. The mana was present and waiting for us to meet in Viet Nam. Mahalo for sending that jeep to pick me up to spend our Marine Corps Birthday together in 1968. When you introduced me to the XO and your brothers as "Your Brother" that night, it was a thrill. I love you and will also join you in time at that guard shack for duty. Semper Fidelis and Aloha, Braddah John Martin

Andrew Finlayson
December 8, 2014

Gunny PU was an outstanding recon team leader when I was with 1st Force Recon Company in South Vietnam and he later served with distinction with the CIA as a PRU advisor in I Corps. A terrific Marine and a wonderful man who loved his family, friends, Corps and country. God bless him.

alex colvin
November 27, 2014

rest in peace gunny pu.It was a honor to serve with you.Semper Fi.
alex colvin washington dc.

George Robinson
November 26, 2014

I just heard. From boot camp to now, a loyal friend. "Good night, sweet prince. And choirs of angels sing thee to thy rest."

Ralph Witkin
November 10, 2014

I served with (then) Sgt Pupuhi at 1st Recon Bn in 1970 and knew him very well. Although we had no contact with each other these past 44 years, I always remembered him. He was a Marine's Marine in combat. Our Battalion was the pride of the Marine Corps, and he was a hero among us.
November 9, 2014

Rest in Peace, Gunny...Semper Fi!

Al Sniadecki, President
Force Recon Association
November 8, 2014

 Guest Book

Charles Kershaw
November 7, 2014

Gy Pu was a great reconnaissance Marine. Pu will always remain with his recon team-mates in spirit.

The 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association

Gabriela Huezo
November 5, 2014

There are no words to describe the sadness I'm feeling. You were one of the most selfless, caring and compassionate people I have ever had the honor and pleasure to know. You were one of a kind. I take solace in knowing that any uneasiness or unrest you once felt are now gone. And I rejoice in knowing that you're in a better place; most likely voicing your opinions on how heaven and earth are being run. I love you, grandpa. You were a great man, admirable Marine, and an exceptional grandfather. Mahalo Grandpa Pu. A hui hou

Carolina Manini
November 5, 2014

Such a good man and a good grandfather to my daughter Carolann Pupuhi you will be missed.

Josie Valdez
November 4, 2014

My deepest condolences to you and your family...there are no words to express my Aloha. You will truly be missed.

Cristina Munoz
November 3, 2014

Grandpa, there are no words to express how much you will be missed. All we can do is remember the good times and all of the laughs we had. We love you!!! Rest in peace and thank you for everything you did for us.

Paul Olenski
November 3, 2014

In remembrance of a fine friend, good man and great United States Marine. Condolences to his wonderful family.

Rick Rabenold
November 3, 2014

RIP Gunny, You were a unique Recon Marine, mentor, and brother...until we meet again, Semper Fi..Rabbi

Kimo Andrews
November 3, 2014

Auwe! Auwe! Auwe! My heart is broken and my eyes are filled with tears...Gunny Pu came to kokua me when the whole world had turned me down. There will never be another like him and I owe him and Dora everything I have. Auwe! Auwe! Auwe!

Alan Enfinger
November 3, 2014

Rest in peace Gunny you earned it.

michael willis
November 3, 2014

My friend, my brother you are and will forever live in my heart.
Semper Fidelis
Not the end yet a new beginning.


David Backer
November 3, 2014

Gunny will be greatly missed by all he touched. All in 1st Recon Bn. Association will miss those laughs and many stories around the tables at our reunions. We want to extend our hearts with sincere condolences to Dora and all the family members----Semper Fi Gunny, we'll catch you later

November 2, 2014


The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Sergeant Rodney H. Pupuhi (MCSN: 1486978), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Squad Leader with Company D, First Reconnaissance Battalion, FIRST Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces in the Republic of Vietnam. During the early morning hours of 19 February 1968, while occupying positions on Hill 425 near DaNang, Sergeant Pupuhi's thirteen-man patrol was attacked by an estimated fifty Viet Cong employing hand grenades, automatic weapons and anti-tank rocket launchers. During the initial moments of the engagement, the Marines' only machine gun failed to fire. With complete disregard for his own safety, Sergeant Pupuhi unhesitatingly exposed himself to enemy fire while repeatedly maneuvering to more advantageous positions from which to direct fire at the enemy force. Suddenly, the Viet Cong penetrated the outer defenses of the Marines' position. As the enemy soldiers attempted to overrun his position, Sergeant Pupuhi rushed forward and killed five of the attackers with accurate rifle fire. Detonating previously emplaced defensive mines, he prevented the Viet Cong from mounting a second assault. Although painfully wounded in the legs by fragments from an exploding enemy grenade, Sergeant Pupuhi continued to throw grenades and direct his unit's fire at the enemy. His exceptional professionalism and determined efforts were an inspiration to all who observed him and resulted in seven enemy soldiers confirmed and twenty-five probable killed. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Pupuhi prevented his unit from being overrun and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Action Date: February 19, 1968

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Sergeant

Company: Company D

Battalion: 1st Reconnaissance Battalion

Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF

William Box
November 2, 2014

From the 1950s to 2014, he wore the herringbone, the tiger stripes, the black pajamas, the dress blues and a business suit - all in defense of our Nation. He was everything a leader should be. We was an inspiration to us when pure fear was all around us. When we had no hope, we had Rod Pupuhi. And because of him we lived another day. God has welcomed you to your deserved eternal reward our bother. Well done, very well done.

Doc Lakernick
November 2, 2014

Rest in peace brother we all miss you
November 2, 2014

RIP Gunny

Jo Ann Manintin

November 2, 2014

I will forever miss you my brada. My memories of spending time with you here in Hawai'i will always be remembered. Fly with angels my friend.....My Love and condolences to you, Dora and your ohana.

Capt Al
November 2, 2014

Gunny! It was a pleasure to share our "plantation" with you at Hoi An. Myself and my ROK Marines with hold you dear to our hearts until we also report to guard the streets of heaven. Semper Fi

Joseph Groggs
November 2, 2014

Rest in peace brother

Elliot Rubenfeld
November 2, 2014

If there was ever a recon marine who can claimed to be on, It was Pu. He did it all.He was one good marine. R.I.P. Pu.
Semper Fidelis

Terry Black
November 2, 2014

"they will find the gates are guarded by United States Marines" Often tested, Always faithful, Brothers forever!

GySgt Rodney Harry Pupuhi

Delta Company - 1st Reconnaissance Battalion

Daniel Sweeney
November 2, 2014

My deepest heartfelt condolences to the family. He was a true warrior and will never be forgotten. A great Marine. Semper Fi Gunny!!

Harry Hayes
November 2, 2014

My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family as you struggle through the grief and sadness. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. A Brother Marine who will remain in our hearts and prayers forever. Semper Fidelis
November 2, 2014

My condolences to the family. Semper Fidelis. Louie Williams
November 2, 2014

going to miss you Pu. You should have everything ship shape upstairs by now.

Semper Fi
Robbie, 65&66

November 2, 2014

I served with PU in VIETNAM. He was far and beyond, the best RECON MARINE I had the honor to serve with. He taught me many lessons a out patrolling in three bush, and I credit his teachings and mentoring, to have saved the lives of my team and myself.
PU until we meet again, and I know we will, rest in peace MARINE.

November 2, 2014

I served with PU in VIETNAM. He was far and beyond, the best RECON MARINE I had the honor to serve with. He taught me many lessons a out patrolling in three bush, and I credit his teachings and mentoring, to have saved the lives of my team and myself.
PU until we meet again, and I know we will, rest in peace MARINE.
November 2, 2014

To Rodney (Pu) Harry Pupuhi RIP.

Nicolas Cuenca
November 2, 2014

I am very sorry to see a

great fellow Marine

pass away. May G-D

welcome him into his Kingdom.
Semper Fidelis

Larry Feldman
November 2, 2014

Pu, Rest in peace

Ray Kozakowski
November 2, 2014

Rest in Peace Marine..!


Steve Plunkett
November 2, 2014

Semper Fidelis Gunny PU. Valhalla awaits you. RIP

Lawrence Keen
November 2, 2014

Missing you already Gunny Pu...a GREAT warrior joining the glorious military ranks there in Heaven...Thanks Dora for making this possible...if there is anything...please do not hesitate to call...Semper Fidelis Gunny...Larry Keen & Family

Doc Snider
November 2, 2014

Gunny, you were always one of the most respected Recon Marines that I had the pleasure to associate with. Your courage was always acknowledged and your honor was known by all. You are a warrior. God bless you as you begin your last patrol. 


Rodney Harry Pupuhi, also known as Pu, was born on Aug.18, 1937, in Honolulu, to the late Samuel Pupuhi and Mary Kauakahi. Pu passed away on Friday, Oct. 24, at The Gardens Rehab and Care Center in Kingman.


Pu is survived by his spouse Dora; son, Samuel Pupuhi (Hawaii); four daughters, Maria, Monica, Muneca (California) and Norma (Oklahoma); 11 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.


During his life, he worked as a journeyman welder, security guard, postman, and deputy sheriff. Pu belonged to the Sons of Hawaii Motorcycle Club, and the Outside Motorcycle Club in Kingman.


His military service includes: 1st Force Recon Co, 1st Recon Battalion, 3rd Recon Battalion, 5th Recon Battalion, 6th Force Recon Co. Pu received the Silver Star and a Purple Heart.


The Pupuhi's will have private family services and ashes will be scattered in the ocean where he loved to swim and snorkel.


Semper Fi - OOH-RAY - my Recon Brothers.

Michael J. St.Clair

 WEAVERVILLE– Michael J. St. Clair, age 75, of Weaverville, died Friday, September 1, 2017.

Mr. St. Clair was born January 14, 1942 in Los Angeles, CA. He served in the United States Marines for 30 yrs. He was the husband of the late Judith St. Clair who died in 2008.


Surviving are his wife of seven years, Carol McMichael; daughter, Stephanie St. Clair and grandson, Ryan Cleveland.


His memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, September 30, 2017, in Grace Episcopal Church, Asheville. West Funeral Home is assisting the family.


In lieu of flowers, those desiring to make a memorial contribution are encouraged to consider: Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, NC 28804.

He served in the United States Marines for 30 years.

Michael was a resident of Weaverville, North Carolina at the time of passing.


Rodney Harry Pupuhi, also known as Pu, was born on August18, 1937, in Honolulu, to the late Samuel Pupuhi
and Mary Kauakahi. Pu passed away on Friday, October 24, 2014 at The Gardens Rehab and Care Center
in Kingman, Arizona. Pu is survived by his spouse Dora; son, Samuel Pupuhi (Hawaii); four daughters, Maria,
Monica, Muneca (California) and Norma (Oklahoma); 11 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.


1st Recon Bn. D Co. 2nd Platoon

Team: SAIL FISH Da Nang February 18-23 1968

Patrol Members

Sgt KEDDY Patrol Leader




Sgt PUPHI, Awarded Silver Star












Operation Order 91-68

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Buda-Pupuhi-Thompson Phu Bai 1968