Death of a Class Wife - Simone D. Cane - 24th Co.

Simone D. Cane passed away peacefully at home on January 4, 2019. Born in Den Helder, Holland, daughter of Dutch Naval Captain Simon Rosier and Lien Den Exter. Simone was raised in both Holland and Indonesia. She often told the story of her father who, during WWII, against orders, drove his wife and young children, Simone and Henk thirteen hours across Indonesia, less than a day ahead of the Japanse forces. From Surabaya, he secured for his family safe passage to Australia. At eight years old, the emotion of waving goodbye to her father became an enduring and lifelong memory. Simone, her brother, and mother ultimately found their way to Brooklyn NY where they remained for the duration of the war.

Simone was fluent in four languages, a beautiful and charming woman, she collected many lifelong friends. In 1958 while in Virginia Beach, she met the love of her life Guy Cane, a Navy fighter pilot from the Bronx, NY. She and Guy married in 1959. Captain Cane and family retired in 1977 to Annapolis, MD. They spent many years thoughtfully restoring their historic waterfront home. Simone worked with Guy at his business Cane Associates. Guy passed away in March of 2000.

Simone is survived by her sons, Peter and John; Peter's wife Suzie; her niece Monique Rosier of Nice, France; and her beloved cousin Winny Den Exter of Provence, France.

A graveside service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery where Simone will be laid to rest by her husband Guy, on September 25, 2019 at 2 p.m.

Peter and Suzie extend a special thank you to the staff at Hospice of the Chesapeake and Hospice of Marion County for the heartfelt care in Simone's final months with Dementia. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice.

Published in The Washington Post from Sept. 18 to Sept. 20, 2019

Services from Simone Cane

I received the following from Bill Hoover:

There is an obituary in the Metro section on the Washington Post today, September 20 about Simone passing away. She died January 4, 2019. There will be a grave side service at Arlington National Cemetery at 2 PM, September 25 2019 where she will be laid to rest with Guy.

Sad news,



Celebration of Life of Connie Deam 12th Co.

The Celebration of Life of Connie Deam will be held this Saturday, September 21st at 10 am at the First Presbyterian Church in San Luis Obispo.  The address is 981 Marsh St


Dick Raymond's September Poem "SKINNY AND NAVVIE AND STEAM"



A Kind of Dirge for Academics

"These are the saddest of possible words,

  Tinker to Evers to Chance …

  Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble,

  Tinker to Evers to Chance."

-- FPA, "Baseball's Sad Lexicon"

And these are the names of the Courses of Woe:

  Skinny and Navvie and Steam.

The Mids who may fail them shall certainly go,

  Skinny and Navvie and Steam.

For Physics and Chemistry comb out the duds,

You may be a jock but these courses are studs,

So drown your blue sorrows with schooners of suds,

  For Skinny and Navvie and Steam.

Plebe Math is a nightmare, likewise Analyt,

  (Sing Skinny and Navvie and Steam)

And Spherical Trig is a drain on the wit,

  (Sing Skinny and Navvie and Steam)

Electrical P-works blow fuses galore,

Mistakes with a sextant run warships ashore,

And Enthalpy Tables—woosh, need I say more?

  (Sing Skinny and Navvie and Steam)

But Mids of today are adept with computers,

  (Sink Skinny and Navvie and Steam)

They know all about greenhouse gas and polluters,

  (Not Skinny and Navvie and Steam?)

They use a sky-satellite plotting their course,

Can calculate horsepower to the last horse,

With nuclear engines providing the force—

  Aloha to Skinny and Steam!



THE AUGUST COUNTERPUNCH * Guadalcanal/Tulagi, 8 August 1942 - Dick Raymonds August Poem

Somewhere east of New Guinea,
  North of New Hebrides,
Lie the steaming Solomon Islands,
  Fringed with coconut trees–
Bearded with coco palms, they are,
  And acrawl with Japanese!

On Guadalcanal's dank lowlands,
  Washed by the jungle rains,
The Japs were building an airstrip,
  Gathering men and planes,
Ready to strike at the vital ships,
  Cutting the thin sea-lanes.

Men of the First Division
  Readied and put to sea,
Where the Solomons lay a-festering,
  With Guadalcanal the key–
On the points of our cold, keen bayonets
  Lay our hopes of victory!

Tulagi's landing was bitter,
  But the Navy lost a fight–
The Japs sneaked into the channel
  And struck like snakes, in the night.
The Navy fled with the cargo ships,
  And the beached Marines sat tight.

By night and day, the enemy
  Ferried his troops ashore,
And raw Marines learned rapidly
  From masters of jungle war,
In the cruelest kind of training school
  Since the founding of the Corps.

The Japs attacked in the darkness,
  And our lines were hotly pressed,
But Edson's Raiders destroyed them,
  (He gave his name to the crest),
The enemy colonel burned his flag
  And went to die with the rest.

The rifleman lived in his foxhole,
  And the pilot slept in a cot,
But they shared the Japs and the jungle,
  The bombs and the jungle rot–
The infantry guarded the vital field,
  And airmen patrolled The Slot.

(A single Army regiment
  Shared a hundred savage frays
With the tough Marines, in the jungle,
  Through nights and the bitter days,
"They fought like Marines," said the Raiders,
  That was their highest praise.

Guadalcanal is conquered,
  And the weary days are done–
The tide of war is turning,
  But the fight has just begun.
There's another beach to seize and hold,
  Another isle to be won.

* I wrote quite a few little ballads while off duty in my years in the Corps.  This is not one of my better ones–anyone nowadays who uses the term "Jap" is asking for trouble–but I was on what would today be called the learning curve. In retyping these poems for publication, I edit only for errors in fact, grammar, spelling and punctuation, not to prettify the phraseology.  Please consider them in the context of their time.


Death of a Classmate - CAPTAIN DWIGHT M. AGNEW, JR. - 5th Co.


Dwight Agnew of Hanahan, SC, husband of Maxine Agnew, went to eternal rest on 8/18/2019. He was 87 years old.

Family and friends are invited to attend services on Wed, Aug 28, at 3:00 pm, at the All Saints Chapel, Naval Weapons Station, to be followed by a reception at the Fellowship Hall, in the Reagan building, where the family will receive friends.

There will be a private interment at a later time at Arlington National Cemetery.

Dwight was born September 6, 1931, in Honolulu HI, a Navy Junior, and only child of Dwight M Agnew Sr. and Thelma (Biegler) Agnew. His maternal grandfather, Col. George H. Biegler was a congressional medal of honor recipient, and one the original founders of USAA insurance company. Dwight graduated from the US Naval Academy, class of 1954 and went on to have a distinguished career of 30 years. He had command of two ships, two shore commands, a tour at the Pentagon, and was also an instructor at the Naval Academy. Dwight was a lifetime member and former President of the Navy League, and a member of the Naval Alumni Assn, MOAA, Redbank Golf Association, and the American Legion. His favorite things in life included anything Navy, Redskin football, tennis, golf, fishing and camping. He enjoyed them all to the max.

Surviving in addition to his wife Maxine, of 36 years are five children: Julie Coons, Kim Agnew, Dwight A Agnew, Deborah (Charles) Peckham and Daniel Harrison; eight grandchildren: Miranda Boyd, Nathan (Valerie) Boyd, Shea (Derek) Poe, Chelsey (Alex) Brown, Dana (Chance) Walls, Tishlee (Chris) Rivera, Austin and Wesley Harrison; eight great-grandchildren: Caleb and Kaylee Boyd, Lily Walls, Amalee and Amelia Rivera, Rainn and Crosby Poe, and Knox Brown.

Dwight had a rewarding life helping many along the way and will be greatly missed, but always remembered with love.

In lieu of flowers, if desired, please give to the Charleston Vietnam Veterans Assn., Chapter #780, 520 Folley Rd #282, Charleston, SC, 29412.

J. Henry Stuhr Northwoods Chapel
2180 Greenridge Road 
North Charleston, SC 29406
(843) 572.2339



Death of a Classmate - Capt. Roland Clarke Bilyeu USN (Ret.) - 6th Co.

Capt. Roland Clarke Bilyeu USN (Ret.) of Williamsburg died peacefully on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, surrounded by family. Born Feb. 18, 1932, in Sheridan, Wyo., "Buster" was the son of Clarke and Georgia Huss Bilyeu and graduated from Sheridan High School. After a year at the University of Wyoming, he received a Senatorial appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. In 1954 he graduated with his commission as Ensign. He met his future bride of 60 years Mary Katherine Buckley in her hometown of New London, Conn., where he was attending submarine school. They were married in June 1959 at the Naval Submarine Base New London Chapel. Buster entered the submarine service after two years in the USS Gurke. Submarine tours included the Raton, Swordfish, Von Steuben and Snook. In 1968, he returned to the Swordfish as commanding officer. Subsequently, he served as commander, Submarine Division 61 and as deputy commander, Submarine Squadron 6. Buster performed several tours of duty during his 28-year Naval career including San Diego, Pearl Harbor, and Norfolk. The next three and a half years were spent in the Pentagon, followed by a tour as commander, Fleet Activities, Yokosuka, Japan, a tour he and his family enjoyed very much. Never one to talk about his achievements, we will do it for him. Buster was honored with several decorations, medals and citations including the Legion of Merit (twice), Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal with Star, China Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Star, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and the Third Order of Sacred Treasure. Buster retired from the Navy in July 1982 and with his family settled in Williamsburg, working for Virginia Power at the Surry Nuclear Power Station for 12 years. He loved tennis, golf, music and was a life-long avid reader. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Don, his wife Mary Kay and his son, Jeff. Buster leaves to cherish his memory his sister Carole Bilyeu-Selig; brothers Jim Bilyeu and Michael Bilyeu; his daughter Pam Cohen; his son Greg Bilyeu and his wife Stephanie Fulenwider Bilyeu; grandson Jostin Bilyeu and his wife Meghan; grandsons Parker and Spencer Cohen; great-grandchildren Ramona and Clarke; and many loving relatives, friends and of course, shipmates. Buster will be inurned at the Naval Academy with his wife Mary Kay. The family requests donations to support the Hospice House of Williamsburg in lieu of flowers.
Published in Virginia Gazette on Aug. 10, 2019