Friends and Schoolmates,
I am deeply grieved to bring
you more sad news.
of my very favorite Famous
who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII,
our beloved Herbie, the humble carpenter,
passed away in Macomb Township, MI on Friday, April 18, 2008 at the age of 83
after an illness of three months.
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 04/20/08 - "
Hi, Carol and Sepi:
I just received word that Herbert Hice passed
away on April 18, 2008. His profile at Marines-Together We Served does not
reflect the city or town that he resided in Michigan.
Heidi Hice MacKay (of MI) has already
passed along this sad news?
Senior Advisor - TAG
Marines-Together We Served
Oh, noooo! I've been gone
most of today, so I had no idea. Thank you, Sweet Adonis, for letting me
From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC -
04/20/08 - "Re: Sad News":
Carol, and Typhoon Family...
I suppose most of us have been expecting this, of course this saddens all of us
who were fond of Herbie and his great stories and terrific sense of humor. I
believe that God has answered our prayers for Herbie the way Herbie would have
wanted, and of course the way God wanted it...after all, there can never be too
many Marines in Heaven, and through my personal e-mails with Herbie I know this
is where he is, with his beloved Lord and Savior Jesus Christ !
I guess Herbie was ready to go
but had to make the hard decision to stay here on earth with his family, or be
with his Heavenly Family. Toward the end, the desire to be free of his
burdensome body and be with his Heavenly Father pulled much stronger. After
all, Herbie and
Gloria raised their children right and deep in his heart Herbie knew they
would remain strong and be all right without him.
Herbie loved God, and to be with
Him is the best healing that anyone can receive ! We will miss you, Herbie,
more than you would have ever thought. You will be remembered with love and
admiration as a "Fellow Typhoon". My heart is saddened but my spirit is
leaping with joy at the thought of you saluting God as He held His Arms open...
both of you walking toward one another until you reached the end of your long
journey and were encircled finally, by the Arms of God as He whispered in your
ear...."Welcome Home Herbie...from a job well done !" SEMPER FI, dear, dear man
What a beautiful remembrance!
Thank you so much, Dimples, not only for this, but for all you did to minister
to Heidi and her family, and for keeping us updated each week during our darling
From Heidi Hice MacKay of MI to
Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC -
04/20/08 - "Sad News":
I have looked for your phone number to tell you
personally but I could not locate it anywhere. I am so sorry to say that Herb (aka:
Herbiger), my favorite Marine, has passed. He died on Friday with his family at
his side. He will be laid out Monday for family members to visit and Tuesday
for his many friends. He will have a mass and be buried on Wednesday. Of
course, he wanted a Marine funeral and this is what he will have. The Marines
will be attending and the Herbiger will be laid to rest in his Marine Corps
I cannot tell you how much it has meant to us that
you have called and been so concerned through this difficult time. It was a
source of comfort that I truly appreciated. Thank you for your friendship to
both my father and myself. He valued your relationship and his other friends
from the Internet. Please forward this message to the others who cared about
Thank you, Heidi. It goes
without saying that all of us here loved your dear father. We shall miss
him terribly. You and your family have our deepest condolences.
('65) of NC - 04/20/08:
I am personally so very sorry to
hear of Herbie's passing. I just kept wondering why it was taking him so long to
recover, and thinking and believing that he would get well - and now, of course,
Herbie delighted us all with his old photographs and recollections
of days past. Although he did not attend Newport
News High School, he said on more than one occasion that he wished he
had. Herbie reminded us often of the value pets have in out lives.
He always counseled us to stop and smell the roses. I was thinking in
January about how close I had grown to Herbie, how I had come to love him over
the last several years. I thought back over all the fun and comfort and
love he had expressed to me in so many ways, and it crossed my mind - what would
I ever do if anything happened to my darling Herbie?? And almost immediately, we
both became ill.
We shall miss him terribly.
We already do.
Wednesday, April 22, 1925
1942 - San Diego, CA
Saturday, June 19, 1943
The Hice Family
1944 - Roi Napur
1944 - Roi Napur
1944 - Roi Napur
Thursday, February 15, 1945 -
1945 - Fredericksburg, VA
Purple Heart Ceremony
Gloria and Herb Hice
Gloria and Herb Hice
Sunday, July 1, 2007
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Herb Hice and the 40-Pound King
Walt, Herb, and Fred
The MacKay Family
Herb Hice - "Boompa"
Stokes ('65) of VA -
Like so many others, today's news of the
passing of Herbie feels as if I've lost a close friend; and I never met the
man in person. But, I did get to know him through his words. I am truly
saddened. May God's grace surround his family with peace and understanding; he
will definitely be missed.
R. Wayne Stokes
Thank you, Wayne Honey.
From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA
I was so sorry to hear about "Herbie." I know he was one of your favorite
people. Please take care of yourself.......and I wanted you to know I will
put you on "my" personal prayer list. I can't imagine what we (all Typhoons)
would do without you.
My thanks and prayers go out to you,
Pat Beck Letzinger
Thank you, Pat. I
From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 04/21/08
I wanted to thank you for the tribute to Herb Hice. Herb has become an "HONORARY
TYPHOON" over the years and a much beloved "Marine"!
Although I never met Herb, I found him a kindred spirit and wish to extend my
heart felt best wishes to his family during his passing!
To Herb I extend these last three words:
Semper Fi, Marine!
Butch Ragland, NNHS '63
Thank you so much, Butch.
From Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63)
of MD - 04/22/08 - "The Navy Marine Corps
Just a little reminder that while we are busy
worrying about the price of gas and the stock market, there are those who
continue to put their lives on the line for us everyday. Some time ago, in
other far off places Herbie Hice honored himself with the same devotion to duty
and pride in the Corps as the young Marines of today. We honor both those who
once served and now serve. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers that
they will prevail and return safely to their love ones when the job is done and
that those who paid the ultimate sacrifice did not do so in vane.
Please put this in your newsletter in memory of Herbie.
Thank you, Chandler Darlin'.
That's an extremely moving selection.
From Sylvia Midgett
Brown ('70) of VA -
04/22/08 - "Herb Hice":
I am so sorry about Herb. He seemed to be a really fun person and I
always enjoyed his honorable TYPHOON input; he was full of laughter and smiles
and I will miss him along with the rest of you. Although I never met him
or talked to him, he seemed to be a lot of moral support to all of us.
Well, I will keep you all as well as Herb an his family in my prayers and may
God bless each and everyone of you as you are indeed "SWEET ANGELS".
Thank you, Sylvia.
('65) of TN - 04/22/08 - "Herbert Hice":
(Stokes - '65 - of VA)
said it well and I agree with him. I too enjoyed Herbís input to our web
site. He, just like all of our fathers who fought in the War, were men of
steadfast resolve and honor who gave it all so that we could enjoy our
lives as we have lived them and for our children and their futures.
Everyday when I see our WW II Vets pass, I feel a great loss and wish I
could have talked to each one and assured them that their efforts were not
in vain, and that even though our values and way of life are threatened
daily that we will continue their efforts to protect the USA and our
God Bless Herbís
family, and thanks for your sacrifices, Herb.
Thank you so much, Charlie.
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 05/21/08 - "
Hi, Carol and Sepi:
Since we recently initiated a new process to permit limited access to a Marine
profile on the website Marines-Together We Served it is
receiving positive feedback.
For those who enjoyed reading remarks and contributions from Herbie Hice, they
may be interested in viewing his profile on the website,
Marines-Together We Served.
Here is the URL, just left-click your mouse on this link to be taken to his
profile. Rest in Peace, Marine.
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL
Thank you so much, Joe.
If the above link doesn't work, try
From the Macomb Daily:
Herbert H. Hice, born October 22, 1924 in Johnstown, Pa., passed away
Friday, April 18, 2008 after an illness of three months surrounded by his
visitation will be on Monday, April 21, with general visitation on Tuesday,
April 22. Funeral mass and burial will be held on Wednesday, April 23.
From the Detroit Free Press (MI) - Sunday, April 20, 2008:
HERBERT H. "HERBIGER"
April 18, 2008. Age 83. Beloved
husband of the late Gloria. Loving father of Cheryl Marie (the late Daniel)
Pietraszewski, Linda Guastella and Heidi (Don) MacKay. Loving grandfather of
nine and great-grandfather of four. Dearest brother of Trudy Schwab and
David. Visitation Tuesday 1-9 p.m. at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc., 36900
Schoenherr Rd. at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). Rosary Tuesday 7 p.m. In state
Wednesday 9 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. time of Mass at St. Rene Goupil Church,
35955 Ryan Rd., (btwn 15 and 16 Mile Rd.). Interment White Chapel Cemetery.
Memorials to the Michigan Humane Society appreciated. Share memories with
the family at their "On-Line Guest Book" at
Our sincerest sympathies are
extended to the Hice and Mackey families and their friends at this most
Y'all take good care of each
other! TYPHOONS FOREVER!
Love to all, Carol
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Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305
The Last Post
"The Last Post" midi
Image of "Christ
Carries His Cross" Painting courtesy of
States Marine Corps
Flag clip art courtesy of
Marine Corps Seal clip art
courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
who served in the South Pacific
Thanks again, Herbie - for everything!
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA -
05/24/06 (still missing...)
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of
Replaced courtesy of
http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 02/17/09
Purple Heart image courtesy of Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 06/04/04
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