Flowers of the Forrest
A tribute to our fallen comrades
GEORGE BUCHANAN - July 6, 1937 - July 22, 2015
A good man passed away at the age of 78, after battling cancer, on July 22. George Buchanan was plaid to the bone his whole life through.
George lived many places as the son of an Air Force Family; and later as Lt. Col. Buchanan himself, seeing life as a great adventure. As a United States Air Force Navigator, he started his flying career in fighters flying the Super Connie 121 and ended flying as a weapon system officer in F-4. As you can see he came full circle. Visit Nadeau's website to see the other planes he flew for a total of 28 years.
He finally settled in Vacaville, where he lived for many years. He was married to Patricia Rose, who shared many world adventures with him. They traveled to Scotland, Hawaii, Italy and most recently an Elbe River Cruise. Being devout members of their beloved Catholic church, many of their trips included visits to sacred religious sites, deepening their faith.
Best known as "Buck" to his many friends, he was an active member of the Military Officers Association of America, Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association, Clan Buchanan Society International, inc SIRS a great advocate for POW/MIA foundation and many others.
George always had an ear to listen and a hand to help all who knew him. With his many interests he shared time with others at the Scottish Games around the world and the River Rats.
He loved catching a great photo opportunity and belonged to the Light Writers Photography Club here in Vacaville.
George was responsible, and you could always rely on him to tell a good story or a joke at any moment. As part of a group he always did his share, helped with the hard things and found solutions to make things work for the best.
He is survived by his daughters, Kathy Buchanan and Bailey A. Wakefield; his brother, Jack Blair Buchanan and his loving wife, Patricia Buchanan.
There will be a Memorial Service on Aug. 11, at 10 a.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church located at 530 Stinson Ave., Vacaville, with a reception to follow.
The inurnment, with full military honors, will be held at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX, at a later date.
Part of his heart echoed in the sound of the Scottish bagpipes and will forever remind us of him. We will deeply miss this good man.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in Buck's memory to .
Services entrusted to Nadeau Family Funeral Home, Vacaville, CA FD1594 www.NadeauFuneralHome.com.
Arthur Aseltine - June 2014
Former Coast Guard member Arthur Aseltine passed early in June of 2014. There was no service or obituary but he is burried at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon
William Wallace - December 23, 2013
He was a Post Commander of 1921, First Sargent in the United States Volunteers, father and grandfather, loving husband to Jenny, and dear friend to us. Bill was a member of Post 1921 for many years. And in every one of those years he was involved in helping us to move the Post to ever greater levels of accomplishment. He was always willing to take on whatever needed doing and carry it to a successful conclusion.That was especially true during his tour as Post Commander. But after he his tour was completed he continued as a coach and mentor to younger SAMS members. Once Bill became involved with USV he was one of the most dedicated and active members of that organization participating with the Ceremonies Team at National Cemeteries. He served with their firing party and flag folding team performing final honors for a great many veterans. One time, Bill received recogniton in the local newspaper when he was the only one in uniform standing beside the road, saluting, as a veteran’s funeral procession passed by. Bill also particiapted in the annual 9/11 Remembrance in Layfayette every year. In one of the photos you will see Bill, unable to stand up, but still accepting the folded flag in the ceremony while seated. He was a trooper to the end. Bill participated in more troop welcome home events than any of us can count. He was committed to honoring veterans whether still serving or at final honors before burial.
Bill’s family life: Bill met Jenny some 25 plus years ago when they we participating in country western dancing. Jim Epperson can relate to that. He still enjoys that style of dancing. Actually Sherry and I also met in a country westen night club dancing. Bill and Jenny married brought their blended family together enjoying children and later grand children. You may have recognized grandson, Max, and grand daugther, Stephie, on the the photo boards. Bill also had a strong interest in baseball and softball mentoring, coaching, and continued playing throughout his 60s. He coached his children’s teams and loved watching Little League games.
Bill exceled at a great many things.
William MacFarlane (Mac) Salsbery - September 17, 1945 - December 22, 2011
Post 1921 member Mac Salsbery passed away in December. He joined the Post in the late summer of 2011, hoping to be as active as possible in the time he had remaining, particularly with the Color Guard. He was already in the late stages of cancer caused by Agent Orange during his service in Vietnam. In spite of his limitations, Mac marched with the Color Guard in the Left side swordsman position in the San Jose Veteran’s Day Parade. The following week, he was a flagbearer with the Color Guard at the Evergreen Valley College St. Andrew’s Day observance. He passed away on December 22, 2011. Few Post members got to know Mac at all. I was honored to know him for this brief time and to march in the Color Guard with him. Mac was overjoyed to become a member of SAMS and the opportunity to participate in the Color Guard, in spite of his declining health. I do not know a lot about Mac’s service. I do know that he was one of four survivors of 27 men ambushed in a firefight in Vietnam. Two of those were seriously wounded. Mac was also a member of the VFW, Vietnam Veteranss of Amer-ica, and AmVets. Post 1921 was honored to have Mac Salsbery as a member.
Terry W. Edinboro - 26 August 1954 to 4 July 2011
Terry Edinboro was born on 26 August 1954 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Pennsylvania, Colorado, and California, where he graduated from Glendale High School in 1972. Terry’s first interest in the military was sparked when he joined the Civil Air Patrol (US Air Force Auxiliary) in 1974. He rose to the rank of Major, serving as a Cadet Programs Officer for the California Wing (and onetime Director of Cadet Programs). He actively administered the CA Wing Encampment Program, and served as Commander, Commandant of Cadets, or Chief Tactical Officer at many encampments.
Terry enlisted in the USAR ROTC/SMP as a Cadet on 2 September 1980, where he attended ROTC at the University of San Francisco and served in the 670th Military Police Company. On 1 July 1982 he was appointed to the rank of Second Lieutenant in the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment 143rd Military Police Battalion in San Mateo, California. He had a series of assignments in the 143rd Military Police Battalion, 670th Military Police Company, and Headquarters 49th Military Police Brigade, and in April of 1989 he was promoted to Captain and took command of the 970th Military Police Company. He deployed with the 970th in December 1991 to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Storm, where they performed a detention operations mission. In March of 1996, Captain Edinboro transferred to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company 185th Military Police Battalion as the S-3 and on 25 July 1996, he was promoted to Major. On 1 December 1996, Major Edinboro transferred to HQ (-) State Area Command as the Military Support Officer and on 15 July 2001 he became the Chief Military Support. On 1 December 2001, Major Edinboro transferred to Provost Marshall and on 19 March 2002 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. In July of 2004, Lieutenant Colonel Edinboro became the J3 Deputy Director in the Headquarters, California National Guard. Lieutenant Colonel Edinboro transferred to the USAR Control Group (Retired Reserve) on 15 June 2008 with over 26 years total service.
Terry was also a proud member of the Scottish American Military Society (SAMS), Post 1921, and enjoyed marching in their Color Guard at many highland games. He played bass drum for the City of Sacramento Pipe Band for one season, but ‘retired’ to cheer them on from the sidelines and sell CDs.
Lieutenant Colonel Edinboro’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (6th Award), Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award), Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with M Device), Southwest Asia Service Medal, Army Lapel Button, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (6thAward), Army Reserves Component Overseas Training Ribbon (5thAward), Kuwait Liberation Medal Saudi Arabia, Air Force Recognition Ribbon, California Medal of Merit (2nd Award), California Commendation Medal (2nd Award), California Service Medal (2nd Award), California Counterdrug Service Ribbon, California Drill Attendance Ribbon and the Louisiana Emergency Service Award. He was a recipient of the Bronze level of the Military Police Corps Regiment Marechaussee Award. His USAF Auxiliary awards include the Commanders Commendation Medal, Encampment Ribbon with multiple repeat awards, and wings indicating his status as a rated observer.
He is survived by Grace Edinboro, his wife of 20 years, and father and stepmother James and Marilyn Edinboro. Terry loved animals, doting on his dogs (Jo and Spencer) and cat (Albert).
Richard (Dick) E. Combie - 2 February 1928 to 14 February 2010
Dick was raised in Somerville, MA until joining the Army in 1946. He was a direct decendent of the Mayflower on his mother's side of the family.
While serving as a Drum Major, in the 1st U.S. Army band, he met is wife, Madeline. He moved back to Somerville and attended Boston University. Dick had four children, Mark, Frederick, Stuart & Sylvia. Dick continued his military service in the Army Reserve, including being a graduate of the first class of the U.S. Army Seargents Major Academy. He was appointed Command Seargent Major in 1976.
Dick became interested in things Scottish when he played a role in Brigadoon in the San Jose Light Opera. He was Artistic Director for the Mt. Veiw Caberet Theater for 10 years. In 1989, when the Chamber of Commerce in the City of Campbell, CA announced it was ceasing sponsorship of the Campbell Games, Dick ensured that the Games were continued under the auspices of Clan Chattan. Dick was Chieftan of the Games in 1989 and 1990. Dick again saved the Campbell Highland Games in 1993 when he and 2 other couples, Jim & Carol Suttie and Bob & Becky Chessman, formed the Campbell Highland Games Association, Inc.
For the next 6 years, Dick was Chieftan and from that point forward was an officer of the Association. He maintained the title of Chieftan Emeritus. In addition to SAMS, Dick was a life member in Veteran's of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Clan Chattan and the American Cribbage Congress, and the South Bay (San Francisco Bay Area) Scottish Society.
At the American Legion, Dick met "the love of his life," Mathilda (Tillie) Wascher and lived with her for 20 years in San Jose, CA. Dick was interred at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetary in Santa Nella, CA on February 25, 2010.
There was a military firing squad and Post 1921 provided the 7 member Honor Guard/Color Guard with one of the SAMS pipers, Ken Bain from Fresno, CA.
Dick will be missed from the Greater Bay Area Scottish Community and SAMS.
SAMS Post 1921
R.C. Region 16
Larry MacDuff - 24 July 1946 to 14 October 2009
Larry MacDuff, 63, died of cancer, at his home in Port Ludlow, WA.
Born in 1946, to Frank Selby and Mary Elizabeth (Mueller) MacDuff in Indianapolis, IN, he was raised in the cities of Anderson and Indianapolis. He graduated from Scecina Memorial High School in Indianapolis in 1964, and in 1966 joined the U.S. Army, in which he served as a Spc. 5. He then served in the Army Reserves from 1969 to 1972, with a tour in Korea.
Larry attended Indiana University School of Business in Bloomington, IN., graduating in 1974with a batchelor's degree. He then became an employee of Dupont Corp., a position that took him to Chicago; Wilmington, DE.; Aurora, CO.; and Aptos, CA.
On Jan. 13, 1984, he married Karen Michael Tovik in Santa Cruz, CA. He retired in 2002, and the MacDuffs moved to Port Ludlow in 2004.
According to his family, Larry loved the Lord, his family and friends, and the wilderness. He was proud of his service in the Army as well as his Scottish and German heritage.
He was a member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, the Veterans Association, the Scottish-American Military Society, the Washington Trails Association, the Port Ludlow Hiking Club, the Clan MacDuff Society and the Sierra Club.
Survivors include wife Karen; son Anthony Leso; daughter Roseanne Leso; grandson Giovonn Leso; brother Chris MacDuff; and sisters Anne Hall, Gail McDonald (Steve), Eileen Wall (Kirk), Theresa Johnson (Phill) and Catherine Wyler.
A memorial Mass of Christian burial took place at 12:05 p.m. on Thursday, Oct 22 at St. Mary's in Port Townsend. The Rev. John Topal, S.J., officiated. A bagpiper performed beginning at 1130 a.m. A reception followed at Port Ludlow Bay Club, 120 Spinnaker Place.
Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 1335 Blaine St., Port Townsend, WA. 98368, or the American Cancer Society, 2120 First Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109.
Post 1921 Annual Dinner
Tribute to the late Larry MacDuff
By: Fran McVey
On February 27, 2010, Post 1921 held its Annual Formal Dinner. This year, the event was held at the National Steinbeck Museum in Salinas, California. The Post dedicated this year’s dinner to the late Larry MacDuff. Fran McVey presented a moving tribute to Larry, recognizing the many contributions that he made during the years he was a member of Post 1921. Later, after having retired to Washington State, Larry became the Regional Commander in that area. Larry was remembered as fun-loving, popular and extremely dedicated to SAMS.
Two large photo boards depicting Larry participating in various Post activities had been prepared, using photographs taken by Sherry Oppenheim over the years. This backdrop helped members in recalling Larry’s many contributions, as well as some humorous stories. Post 1921 wears it’s Post Patch on the right sleeve of uniform shirts. This patch was designed and produced by Larry. For a time, the Post had license plate frames. These too were designed and produced by Larry. Larry came up with the design of high quality shot glasses and had these produced with the SAMS logo etched into the glass, which were then given away at that year’s Annual Dinner and the remainder later sold throughout the Games season.
The Post has 3 large swords that are displayed in a blue-lined wooden case. At the dinner we recalled how this case came to be. The Post had provided an honor guard for an man who served in WW I, and we were requested to provide this service. As it turned out, the family were sword makers in another state. These 3 swords were gifted to the Post as a thank-you. One of Larry’s friends, a retired high school woodshop teacher constructed a magnificent display case. A somewhat humorous anecdote was shared of Larry and Doug Kenyon shopping for just the perfect fabric to line the case. They went to a local, large fabric store, taking the sword with them. The sword has a red lining at the handle and they wanted the perfect color to offset this in the case. Many women looked worried and askance at these two men walking around with sword in hand, till they found just the right fabric at the far end of the store.
The Post also has a glass display case outlining the life of John Paul Jones, considered by many as the father of the modern Navy. Post member, Dave Hall, had researched the history of Jones and accurately reflected key events in the display case. During Dave’s research, he discovered that Jones was in fact a MacDuff. Therefore, when he presented the display to the Post he did so in honor of Larry and the MacDuff clan. The Post uses this case as a display at all Games events as well.
During the dinner, we also fondly recalled when Larry participated in a Bonny Knees Contest. Forever after, he was saddled with the nickname Fluff MacDuff, by Jo Lawrence, since he had the furriest knees.
Near the end of the tribute, Fran McVey led the Post in a final toast to Larry, followed by pipe tunes by Chuck Jamison. After the dinner ended, led by Doug Kenyon, many members who remembered Larry, walked a couple of blocks to the favorite pub where Doug and Larry shared many pints of micro-brew, and toasted him one last time, again accompanied by Chuck.
Larry was much-loved and sorely missed.
Warren Hall - December 1902 - October 2002
By Sherry Oppenheim
Warren Hall was born in 1902, survived the Flu Epidemic of 1918, and passed away in Santa Clara in September 2002, just months shy of his 100th Birthday.
Warren attended Swarthmore College, with a BA degree. After Swarthmore, he worked as a college instructor in VA for one year, where he met and married his first wife. He then went on to a short career in Social Work before returning to Stanford University to obtain an undergraduate graduate degree in Pre-Med. He boasted that when he went to the dean requesting admission to Pre-Med, he fully expected to be turned down after pitching his request to go from “soft” science to “hard” science. He was proud to say that the dean had only one word to say – YES. He went on to finish medical school at Syracuse. He then put the rest of his education on hold to serve in the Philippines in WW II. At the end of the war, he was assigned to the reconstruction government in Japan, where he learned ‘juvenile’ Japanese. That is, the way it was spoken by children.
When he returned home, he attended Harvard and served as Chief Resident at the Southern Pacific Railroad hospital in Oakland. He went on to work as an Internist until age 72, where he retired from the State of Oregon system. He was the first Board Certified Internist in Silver City New Mexico. It was there that he met and struck a great friendship with the widow of Sheriff Pat Garret – of Billy the Kid fame.
When Warren was 75, he met Sherry’s mother, Ruth Oppenheim and married her in Menlo Park, CA. At that time, he was a fully ordained Non-stipendiary Episcopal Minister. He continued to work in this capacity until age 95 when health concerns forced him out of his positions in Menlo Park churches.
At age 88, Warren became the oldest member of SAMS, and kept his framed membership certificate in his room until the day he died. He was especially proud of his Scottish ancestry, claiming affiliations with both the Hall and Scott clan lines. However, he joined the Hall clan as his primary clan identification.