Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Col. William ("Bill") Chapin Hamerstadt, USMCR (Ret.) "Semper Fi"

Bill was an outstanding Marine and a valued member of MWCS-48. He will be missed. Photos of Bill in about 1990.

Rest in Peace, Bill, and Semper Fi

Your Squadron

Col. William ("Bill") Chapin Hamerstadt, USMCR (Ret.)
"Semper Fi"

64, of Carmel, IN passed away on August 12, 2016 in Fredericksburg, VA. Bill, a twin, was born in Indianapolis, IN on December 26, 1951 to John Robert and Margaret Louise (Chapin) Hamerstadt. He was a 1970 graduate from North Central High School and a 1974 graduate from the University of Evansville where he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. 

Bill entered the Marine Corps through the Platoon Leaders Program in August 1971 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant after graduating from Evansville. Following completion of the Basic School (Infantry) and Communications Officer School at Quantico, VA, he reported for duty with the Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Iwakuni, JA in July 1975. Bill was recalled to active duty during Operation Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom. He was the former Deputy Chief of Staff, Marine Forces Pacific, Camp Smith, HI. Bill spent 33 years in both US Marine Corps and US Marine Corps Reserve and retired in 2004 with the rank of Colonel. Bill began his career with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in 1983 as a professional life and funds agent with established nationwide clientele and received numerous industry rewards for his expertise and service to his clients.

Bill was a true "Hoosier" evidenced by his strong spirit of independence and fierce loyalty to family and friends and he will be missed by all. He was passionate about many things including family but none more important than the aviation industry and USMCR fellowship. Bill learned to fly during high school and received his pilot's license before he received his driver's license. Over the years, he had ownership in several different airplanes and became involved with various heritage aircraft groups and participated in many vintage aircraft shows. He particularly enjoyed attending the annual EAA Air Venture Oshkosh fly-in convention held every July in Oshkosh, WI. The week-long event attracts more than 500,000 people and 10,000 airplanes. Bill was actively involved in several military outreaches and mentoring programs namely the Wounded Warriors Project, Community Outreach for Vets being released from active duty, US Marine Senior Level Officer Symposiums and Conferences and Military Scholarship programs for children of military veterans.

Bill is survived by his wife, Marilyn McNamara Knoll Hamerstadt, his children, Alison Diane Hamerstadt (Portland OR), Margaret Helen Hamerstadt (FL) and Wesley Chapin Hamerstadt (Indianapolis) and step-children, Katherine Louise Knoll (Hot Springs, AR), Edgar Thomas Knoll (Tulsa, OK) and Sarah Therese Nutt (Rogers, AR). Grandchildren include Lukas Dizdarevic (New York). Step grandchildren are Liam Knoll, Asher Knoll, Katie Nutt, Connor Nutt and McKenna Nutt. Bill's siblings include Margaret Hamerstadt Finney (Carmel), John Robert Hamerstadt, Jr. (Denver, CO), James Lunny Hamerstadt (Cincinnati, OH) and step-sister Ann (Bitting) Ray (Tampa, FL). Other survivors include John Scheuring, Margo Scheuring and Paul Scheuring (cousins) and numerous much loved nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his Mother (Peggy Hamerstadt Bitting), Father (John), Step-Father (James Bitting) and Aunt G.R. Chapin (Mrs. H K).

Bill entered the church while attending Saint Thomas Aquinas in Indianapolis. Bill and Marilyn are current members of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 10655 Haverstick Road, Carmel, IN where family and friends will gather from on Monday, October 10, 2016 from 9:00am to 10:15am for eulogies and the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am. A lunch will be provided by the church following the funeral. A military burial will be conducted by the US Marine corps.

You are invited to visit the website www.leppertmortuary.com where you may share a personal memory of Bill, sign the guest book or in lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to be made to the United States Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, 909 N. Washington Street, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314. Website: https://www.mcsf.org/ (go to DONATE at the bottom right of the page).

Bill was an outstanding Marine and a valued member of MWCS-48. He will be missed. Photos of Bill in about 1990.

CARMEL, Ind (WISH) – As investigators look for a cause in a deadly plane crash, a Hamilton County pilot is being remembered for his aviation, military and fiscal passions.
Virginia State Police said William Hamerstadt, 64 of Carmel, piloted a plane that crashed over the weekend in Virginia, killing all six on board. A crash that authorities are still investigating.
Hamerstadt’s family is looking for answers. 24-Hour News 8 spoke with his wife Monday.
She appeared to be heartbroken, and in shock. She said Hamerstadt leaves behind three children.
A Marine Corps sticker can be found on the mailbox of his Carmel home. His wife pointed us to his Linked In social media page.
There it shows he served the Marine Corps for 33 years. It also shows he was in Operation Desert Storm in 1991, and Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001.
The U.S. Marine Corps said Hamerstadt was a retired colonel, but could not verify the information from his social media account.
His love for military appears to be more than service. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records show Hamerstadt owned a 1972 Scottish Bulldog.
Local aviation experts say he would showcase the warplane at airshows. Hamerstadt did not own the plane he was flying this weekend.
FAA records show he had a commercial pilot license that was issued nearly a decade ago. The license allows him to fly both a single, and double engine plane. Virginia State Police said the plane he was flying was a twin-engine.
Hamerstadt was also known in Hamilton County for helping people with their finances. He worked at Northwestern Mutual on East 96th Street in Carmel.
Co-workers described him as a man that anyone in the building would have good things to say about. His social media account shows he worked there for 33 years.
Investigators said an answer into the crash could come by next week, but typically it takes up to 18 months to investigate.

Semper Fi, Bill

Friday, July 01, 2016

John Joyce, One of MWCS-48's Finest

NORWOOD PARK — Most people would run as quickly as possible, as far away as possible, from a rocket attack.
Not John Joyce.
Stationed in Kirkuk, Iraq, Joyce — a technical sergeant in the Air Force — ran toward the burning ammunition depot that had been attacked by insurgents in an effort to salvage as much as equipment as possible at the height of the war in Iraq in 2004.
On Monday, Joyce, 60, will serve as grand marshal for the Norwood Park Memorial Day Parade.
"It is going to be an awesome experience," Joyce said.
Heather Cherone discusses the Norwood Park Memorial Day parade:
Joyce, who also served in the Marines, was also stationed in Baghdad as well as the United Arab Emirates as the crew chief for the Air Force's aircraft rescue service. 
"It was a very rewarding experience," Joyce said. "I worked with outstanding service men and women and traveled all over the world."
Joyce, who lives near O'Hare International Airport with his wife and 11-year-old son Anthony, comes from a family of veterans. His father served in the Irish army, his son is a Marine who has been stationed in Nigeria as part of a humanitarian mission and his brother-in-law is a member of the Navy.
"I knew I wanted to join the military when I was knee-high," Joyce said.
Memorial Day should be observed as a solemn reminder of the sacrifice made by men and women who were killed in battle or while serving their country, Joyce said.
"It shouldn't just be a three-day weekend and an excuse to barbecue," Joyce said. "So many people don't understand what it is all about."
Joyce said he would especially remember the son of a friend and fellow firefighter who was killed in Iraq.
"But it is not only the soldier who should be remembered, but also their friends and family," Joyce said.
Now retired from military service, Joyce is a firefighter in Truck Company 28 in Bucktown.
Norwood Park Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bea McDonough said Joyce was selected as grand marshal because of his many years of military service — and his work to protect veterans' benefits while on leave from the Chicago Fire Department.
"He has accomplished so much," McDonough said.
The parade will step off at 11 a.m. at Onahan Elementary School, 6334 W. Raven St., and finish at Taft High School, 6530 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year


Eat Less, 

Travel More, 

Run Spiel Chek, 

Forgive and Forget

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Master Gunnery Sgt. Ken Durbin aka "Superman" Rest in Peace, Semper Fi

Master Gunnery Sgt. Kenneth R. Durbin aka "Superman" 57 years old, of Noblesville, IN passed away on September 16, 2015 surrounded by family. Kenneth was known for his generous and giving spirit to all who knew him. He served proudly in the United States Marine Corps for 25 years before his retirement. He was an avid runner which was his pride and joy. Kenneth is survived by his loving wife, Dianna Durbin; children, Julie Durbin-Johnson (Timothy) and Joseph Durbin (Nataliya); grandchild, Ethan Johnson; sister, Nadine Luchene (Bill); brothers, Ronald Durbin (Yong), John Durbin (Joan), and Patrick Durbin (Theresa). He was preceded in death by his parents, Basil and Shirley Durbin. 

"Cancer may have taken my body away, but in your hearts I will always stay". Family and Friends may call from 1:00pm - 8:00pm Sunday September 20, 2015 with Scripture Service at 7:00pm in Flanner and Buchanan-Geist 7855 Cork Rd. Indianapolis. Funeral Mass Monday, September 21, 2015 at 10:00am in St. John Vianney Catholic Church 15176 Blessed Mother Blvd, Fishers, IN. Memorial Contributions may be made to Stand up to Cancer and Seasons Hospice Please sign Kenneth's guestbook and share memories at www.flannerbuchanan.com.

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Sept. 19, 2015- See more at:




I got a call from Diane Durbin, the "Bull" is a fight with an adversary he will not win. I spoke to Ken, and his spirit is as expected, but the diagnosis is grim. Diane says a few days at best.

I don't know what else to do except, offer prayers.
Ken and Diane have been family for 35 years and he will continue to fight the fight and Diane too.

Semper Fi my brother, you are in my thoughts and heart,

John Urban


Very sad. He is a great Marine.

He and his family are in our prayers.

Semper Fi

Craig Hullinger

Thursday, June 11, 2015


STAFF SERGEANT KAZAN V. WILSON PASSED last weekend on or about Sunday morning, June, 7 2015.

Staff Sergeant Kazan V. Wilson was in Radio Platoon, from approximately 1984 to 2002, when he retired. He participated in several active duty periods when we were short of people, and he also participated the Eastern Division Shooting Competition, from 1986 thru 1991.

Visitation will be Friday, June, 1215 at Leak & Sons Funeral Home, 7838 So. Cottage Grove, Chicago, from 6pm to 9pm.

The Funeral: Will be held at The NEW BEGINNING CHURCH, 6620 So King Drive,Saturday, June,13th, starting at 9am.

See you there if you can make it, PASS THE INFO TO OTHER MARINES.


Master Sergeant Roosevelt McCloud