Comments: (Norm Hahn received this email from Roman Hnatowski, EAC, USN, Retired, a NMCB 62 Alumni Group Member
It is with a heavy heart and much sadness to inform you of Dennis Fink's passing. Chris wanted everyone to know that one of Dennis' greatest pleasures was talking with, receiving email from and especially getting together with his Brothers and their families.
Tomorrow, the 24th, I'll call Chris and ask her the viewing and burial arrangements. I'm sure we all will keep Dennis and Chris is our hearts and prayers.
Miss you Brother! V/r, Roman
PS - Dennis served as an EA2 on NMCB 62's 2nd & 3rd tours to Red Beach, Danang and Dong Ha, RVN.
(Here is his obituary)
Dennis E. Fink. Newspaper: Williamsport Sun-Gazette. Dated December 24, 2013. Obituary.
Dennis E. Fink, 68, of 149 Valley View Drive, Jersey Shore, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.
Born Dec. 29, 1944, in Berwick, he was a son of Earl and Suzanne (Roll) Fink.
Dennis was a 1962 graduate of Berwick High School. He received a degree in engineering from Williamsport Area Community College in 1966 and also a degree in horticulture in 1973. He had served in the U.S. Navy Seabees during Vietnam. Dennis retired in 2012 as an assistant professor of ornamental horticulture at Pennsylvania College of Technology, where he received the Master Teacher Award in 1997. He was a member of Crossroads Community Church and the Jersey Shore Lions Club. He enjoyed model train collecting and photography. VETERAN.
Surviving are his wife, Christine A. (Alexander) Fink, with whom he celebrated 43 years of marriage with on Sept. 12.; a daughter, Suzanne E. Phillipps and husband John Jr., of Jersey Shore; two grandchildren, Emily G. and Cole A. Phillips; two brothers, David C. Fink (Jane), of Jersey Shore and Douglas P. Fink (Bonnie), of Williamsport; sister, Mary Ann L. Donnelly, of Berwick; brother-in-law, Donald L. Alexander (Karen), of Jersey Shore; and sister-in-law, Darleen E. Dunkelberger, of Jersey Shore; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Crossroads Community Church, 1454 State Route 44 Highway, Jersey Shore, with his son-in-law, Pastor John H. Phillips Jr. officiating. Burial will be held in Jersey Shore Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Jersey Shore Veterans. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Crossroads Community Church.
Memorial contributions in Dennis's name may be made to Crossroads Community Church.
Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.
We all wish our Brother Dennis Fair Winds and Following Seas.
(To all Minutemen. This is why we have an NMCB 62 Alumni Group Website and Database. If you haven't taken the time to fill out your database information, perhaps you should make the time.)
AS PART OF THE 1ST MARINE DIVISION'S ENGINEERING BATTALION (3/17) 19TH SEABEE BATTALION LANDS ON CAPE GLOUCESTER, NEW BRITAIN.
CHRISTMAS MORNING - ALONG WITH TWO BATTALIONS OF MARINE ENGINEERS, THE 19TH BOARDED LST'S AND MOVED TO CAPE GLOUCESTER TO HIT THE BEACH AT DUSK ON D-DAY-PLUS-ONE. IN RECORD TIME THE LANDING CRAFT WERE UNLOADED BY DARK AND THE NEXT MORNING MOVED INTO THE BIVOUAC AREA. WORK BEGAN IMMEDIATELY- ROADS, BRIDGES AND COMMUNICATIONS.
CAPE GLOUCESTERS PRIME TASKS WAS TO KEEP COMMUNICATION OPEN TO THE FRONT LINES, AND THE BATTALION WAS LIMITED TO THE NATURAL MATERIALS AT HAND, SEA GRAVEL, VOLCANIC ASH, TEAK AND MAHOGANY. SHERMAN TANKS FIRING ARMOR PIERCING 75MM SHELLS TO A DEPTH OF TEN FEET SUPERCEDED PNEUMATIC DRILLING AND DYNAMITE CREWS IN THE OPENING LAVA PITS. WORKING TWENTY-FOUR HOURS A DAY, A TOTAL OF 75,000 CUBIC YARDS OF LAVA WAS REMOVED FROM THESE PITS FOR ROAD SURFACING. THIS SHERMAN METHOD OF DRILLING INCREASED PRODUCTION 350%. PIERS WERE THROWN OUT FOR LST AND LCM LANDING AND A SAWMILL WAS ERECTED TO TURN OUT FINISHED LUMBER. CONTINENTAL RAIN AND SPOTTY SNIPER FIRE WERE NO AID IN PROGRESS.
WHILE ON CAPE GLOUCESTER, THE BATTALION EXPERIENCED WELL OVER 125 RED ALERTS AND 95 ACTUAL BOMBINGS. THE PURPLE HEART WAS AWARDED TO TWENTY-SEVEN MEMBERS OF THE BATTALION, FIVE OF THEM POSTHUMOUSLY. CHESTER PERKINS, MM1C,(CB) USNR, FLEW A MARINE CORPS OBSERVATION PLANE OVER ENEMY TERRITORY DROPPING FLARES AND DIRECTING ARTILLERY FIRE, AS WELL AS DROPPING SUPPLIES TO FIGHTING UNITS. HE ALSO TRANSPORTED HIGH-RANKING OFFICERS. PERKINS BESIDES RECEIVING MERITORIOUS PROMOTION IN THE FIELD FROM MAJOR GENERAL, RUPERTUS COMMANDING GENERAL OF THE FIRST MARINE DIVISION, RECEIVED THE NAVY AIR MEDAL AND A CITATION FROM THE ADMIRAL OF THE FIRST FLEET.
Added: December 26, 2013
Submitted by Name: Michael Carter From: Sandusky Ohio
Comments: My grandfather,Gaylord Carter was in the 77th battalion in the Philippines during World War 2. I'd be interested in pictures or info about him if possible.Thanks.