3/26 Recent Reported Deaths

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3/26 Recent Deaths

Albert Cupps, Jr

Albert John Cupps Jr. age 76 passed 13 May 2017 at home as per his final request to his children. Al was known by his friends and family as being an extremely generous man, quiet and a man of honor. Nicknamed Butch by his family back home, he is survived by children, David, Richard and Steven Cupps and Beth Yocom. Al left for Vietnam in December of 1967. He was with Mike Company 3/26 on Hill 881S at Khe Sanh through The Siege. The discipline and patriotism he learned in the Marines never left him as his friends and family will attest.

Glenn Prentice

On January 26, 2021, six days after his 72d birthday, Glenn Earl Prentice died at his home in Oceanside, CA, attended by his wife Yu.  Sergeant Prentice served in Vietnam as a radio operator for Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 13th Marines, usually attached to India Company, Third Battalion, 26th Marines.  Glenn was an exceptional Marine who served numerous forward observers, and in the Fire Direction Center on Hill 881S during the Battle for Khe Sanh in early 1968.  The roster on the Warriors of Hill 881S website, www.hmm-364.org/Warriors, contains several articles on Glenn’s service, including a brief oral history.  After leaving the Marine Corps, Glenn became an expert in water supply and utilization and served as a water director for municipalities in Southern California.  He made numerous trips back to Vietnam where he used his expertise to help create utility infrastructure there.  Glenn also got heavily involved in volunteer work seeking and recovering Marines lost during World War II battles in the Pacific islands.  Glenn was life-long friend of Bob Arrotta with whom he served on Hill 881S.  Bob was a radio operator who took over as a Forward Air Controller on Hill 881S.  In the 1990s, Bob and Glenn were asked to make presentations to Marine officers training to become FACs in Yuma and Miramar Air Stations.  In 2019, Glenn and his wife travelled back to Vietnam and Hill 881S with friends on a Last Hurrah visit.

John Reynolds Brice

John was born on July 26, 1949, in Orange, California to Basil and Juanita Brice. In 1967, at only 17 years old, John joined the United States Marine Corps and was stationed at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California. John would go on to serve two tours of duty in the Vietnam War. Upon his return, he served as a Drill Sergeant at Camp Pendleton until he left the military in 1972, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. John worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a corrections officer while working towards his Associates Degree in Engineering from Los Angeles Harbor College. Afterwards, he worked for various companies in the oil refinery industry before settling in at Unocal (now Phillips 66) until he retired in 2004.

John met Toni Godinet in 1969 while home between his tours in Vietnam. He married her on February 9, 1970 after returning home. They settled in Wilmington, California, where they had three children. John loved his family deeply. John liked to spend his time attending his grandkids’ sporting events, plays, and graduations. He also had a passion for bass fishing, hunting, and watching football, especially USC football. John loved attending church in person or online at Lifted Fellowship where he was an usher and on the hospitality ministry. As a proud husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, Christian, and Marine, John will be profoundly missed by his family and friends.

John is survived by his wife of 52 years, Toni Brice; Children: Tanya Rentfrow (Todd), Aaron Brice (Angelica) and Shawn Brice (Anna); Grandchildren: Justine Jefferson, Amber Brice, Mariah Johnson, Aaron John Brice, Vincent Costa, Kaelin Brice, Hailey Brice and Jacob John Brice; Great Grandchildren: Cameron Johnson, Dani Jefferson, and Hayden Jefferson; Sisters: Judy Goodier-Van Voorst, Mary Kathleen Savage, Elizabeth Poff, along with many nieces and nephews. He is proceeded in death by his parents and sister Carol Rebando.


Dennis Wade Healey

Healey, Dennis Wade, 71, of Coral Springs, passed away October 27, 2019. Dennis was born in Newark, New Jersey on July 22, 1948 to the late James Daniel and Elizabeth Grace (Wade) Healey. Dennis graduated from Fort Lauderdale High School in 1966 and furthered his education after his military service graduating from the University of Florida as a Certified Public Accountant. He served his country honorably during the Vietnam War in the U.S. Marine Corps. Dennis was a proud patriot and countryman. He was a gentleman to all who knew, loved and admired him. He enjoyed hunting geese in New Jersey. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Maria, daughter and son-in-law, Erica Healey Martin and Dale Martin, sons, Dennis Wade Healey II, David James Healey, stepson, Kevin Eduardo Diaz, grandchildren, Santiago Wade Riello-Healey, Sarah Catherine Healey, Penelope Diaz, sister, Suzanne Healey, brothers, Robert Healey, David Elder, several aunts, uncles, cousins & friends. The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 16, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00pm at Kraeer Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 1655 University Drive, Coral Springs where a Celebration of Life service will begin at 3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Dennis’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project.


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