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Dale "Hoot" Gibson and Orlando "Buzz" Busby

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  • Dale "Hoot" Gibson and Orlando "Buzz" Busby

    Heavy Haulers Gathering 2015 Laughlin, Nevada - October 20, 21 & 22, 2015 ---

    All Marines

    After Action Report

    This year's Gathering in Laughlin was another ROARING success, but with a sad and tragic finish.

    We lost two of the original members of the original HMH-463 group that went to Vietnam in late
    '66 and early '67. We knew that Orlando "Buzz" Busby had terminal cancer but the loss of Dale
    "Hoot" Gibson less than 30 hours after the Gathering came as a real shock.


    Dale took the Color Guard back to Miramar on Friday and stayed over night in San Diego.
    He drove home to Pahrump on Saturday and called me at the Grand Canyon at 10:19 AM,
    we talked for just short of ten minutes and his last word to me was "Shalom". That was the
    way he ended every conversation we ever had.


    His wife Paula came home on Saturday October 24th about 3:30 in the afternoon and found
    him on the kitchen floor.

    Hoot obit.png

    Buzz Busby passed on Friday October 30th after loosing his battle with cancer.

    On Friday November 6th a group of more than a dozen old friends from the 463 Vietnam group
    attended Dale's funeral in Boulder City NV and the Memorial Service in Pahrump NV. Among that
    group was Bob Wemheuer who had also attended Buzz's funeral in California the day before. Ooh-Rah! Bob!
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    Last edited by Mike Amtower; 09-15-2018, 17:05. Reason: Edited to correct the time of Dale's passing, less than 30 hours after last seeing him in Laughlin on Friday morning, when he told mne: "Mike, we're burning daylight."

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    image_4499.png Here's Buzz's obit:
    Last edited by Mike Amtower; 09-25-2018, 17:54.

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