• William "Bill" Mande - December 23, 2015

L/Cpl. Age 56
Bakersfield, CA

L/Cpl Mande served onboard Long Beach 1979 - 1981. Bill had served in the U.S. Army prior to his service in the Marines and served in the U.S. Navy afterwards. He was an admin in our MarDetCGN9 fb group as well. Bill is survived by children, mother, sister and uncles.

  • Thomas H. Griggs, Jr. - November 15, 2007

SGT MJR.  Age 68
Live Oak, FL

Sgt. Major Griggs served onboard Long Beach 1977 - 1981 as a First Sgt. Thomas served more than 28 years in the Marine Corps. He served 3 tours of combat duty in Vietnam and was part of the team who made the first combat parachute jump in Marine Corps history. Wounded at the Battle of Hue, Tet Offensive, 1968. His combat decorations include 2 Bronze Stars, 3 Purple Hearts and 2 Navy Commendation Medals with Combat "V". He received over 95 non-combat awards for meritorious service as well. No marriage.

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