Below is a bit about them and their service to our country.
After graduating from Theodore High School, Donnie Roberts proudly served with the US Marine Corps from January 1996 until April 2001, achieving the rank of Corporal (EA-6.) He completed boot camp at Parris Island, 3rd Battalion. His military education included Marine Combat Training 1996, Aviation Structural Mechanic 1996, Helicopter Mechanic Power 1997, CH-53E Airframe System ORG 1997, and CH-53 Airframes OMA.
Donnie was stationed in MCAS Miramar with HMH 466 (Wolf pack) where he was a 6153 Aircraft Airframe Mechanic, maintaining multiple helicopters to ensure the safety of his fellow Marines. He completed two West Packs with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit Onboard the USS Tarawa.
During his service, Donnie was awarded a Navy Unit Commendation; Navy and Marine Corps Expeditionary Medals; Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal; Sea Services Deployment Ribbon W/2*; Letter of Appreciation; Certificate of Appreciation and the Rifle Expert Badge.
After his military discharge, Donnie was employed by ERA Helicopters until January of 2005 when he returned as a civilian contractor attached to the Marine Corps to perform Phase inspections on CM53E February 2006. When this assignment ended, Donnie returned to his employment with ERA Helicopters.
Donnie has a 10 year old son, Drew, "who means the world to him, and of whom he is very proud," he said.
Larry Gill was born and raised in Mobile and is a graduate of Murphy High School.
He began in the Marine Corps with 11 years of active duty service and three years in the reserves. He then followed with nine years in the Alabama Army National Guard.
After he received his basic training at the Marine Corps Recruitment Depot in San Diego, he was stationed in Barstow, CA. He worked in various positions: he was in the military police and in criminal investigations. He did embassy duty in Beirut, Lebanon and in Caracas, Venezuela. He served as combat support with the 82nd Airborne.
Larry served in Baghdad and Beirut in Desert Storm, Desert Shield and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He received his injuries when he was “blown up” by an IED in Baghdad.
For his service to our country, Larry received two Purple Hearts, Marine Corps and Army Commendation Medals, three Combat Action Medals, two Commendation Medals and three Achievement Medals along with numerous other medals and citations.
He retired from the military in 2005 after giving his country 22 years of service.
His civilian employment included that of a Police Officer and Probation Officer from which he retired in 2015. He served as a Veteran Liaison/Mentor and worked with Homes for our Troops. He said that his most fulfilling job is providing homes for severely injured returning veterans.
In his spare time, Larry golfs and trains German Shepherd dogs and loves riding his motorcycle. His family includes two brothers, one sister and two sons.
Robert Barnes: no information on this veteran.
Theresa Hubbard was born in Savannah, Georgia. She has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of South Alabama and attended the Naval War College, where she achieved a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies with emphasis on Terrorism and Middle Eastern Studies. She served her country in the Coast Guard for more than 28 yrs. before retiring in 2017; 11 of those years she spent on active duty.
Commander Hubbard first entered the service by enlisting in the United States Coast Guard Reserve in 1989. She selected for Officer Candidate School as an E-6 and commissioned as an officer in the United States Coast Guard Reserve in 1998 in Yorktown, Virginia. Her experience in Naval Coastal Warfare began in 1997 when she was first assigned to Port Security Unit 308. In May of 2000, she participated in the unit’s first overseas exercise “link Seas 2000” at Setubal, Portugal. As a member of PSU 313, she served in Pusan, Korea.
With the attacks on the World Trade Center, Theresa was immediately recalled to active duty on 11 September 2001, with PSU 313, to provide antiterrorism force protection in the immediate aftermath and she served as a watch officer.
Theresa also served her country in Seattle, Washington; the Republic of Georgia; on the Gulf Coast after Katrina and in the United Arab Emirates at the Port of Dubai. She was chosen as a Commander in 2014.
Her awards and citations include the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, a Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Port Security Unit Insignia. She retired this year as a Commander 0-5.
Her family, beginning with her father, has served their country for more than three-quarters of a century. Two of her seven children are still serving in the United States Army.
Theresa’s family is active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Mike Schurdell was born in Amherst, Ohio. He attended San Pasqual High School and Central Texas College.
He received his basic training in San Diego with his first duty station as a member of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Four (Black Knights, Naval Station Coronado, San Diego, CA) He was an E-1. During his time in the Navy, he worked in helicopter operations, counter narcotics, tactical air control and special ops. He served his country in the Persian Gulf in Fallujah, Iraq, Al Asad, Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq, Northern Arabian Gulf, Kuwait. He served during multiple campaigns with nine Middle East tours while fighting in the Gulf Wars.
Michael received the Army Joint Commendation Medal, Four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Five Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Six National Defense Medals, the Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation for Operations, four Battle Efficiency Awards, Expeditionary Warfare Specialist, Surface Warfare Specialist, Interior Communications Warfare Specialist, and Officer of the Deck. His final rank was as a Senior Chief Operations Specialist or E-8.
After serving his country for 20 years, Mike Schurdell retired from the Navy and completed the nursing program at the University of Mobile.
Today he is a registered nurse in the emergency room, medical- surgical and Chemotherapy wards at a local hospital. His hobbies include golf, scuba diving, collecting fine wines, sports and traveling with family abroad.
He is married and has two teen-age daughters. They are active in City Hope Church.
Mike's wife Karen said that "Mike has probably seen more war than any one person should see in a lifetime." From the time he entered the Navy in 1992 to the time he retired in 2012, his service Operation Iraqi Freedom AKA Operation New Dawn, Operation enduring Freedom and Global War on Terror where he served on 5 different ships in the Persian Gulf; Second Gulf War, where he not only served on several ships but also served with Seal Team 3 and was able to put "boots on the ground" in Iraq doing and seeing things he'd never done or seen before. But, Karen said, he will tell anyone that "being in Iraq was much easier than going through nursing school."
Mike was in the Global War on Drugs, during which he served three six-month deployments where the crew seized more than 20 metric tons of cocaine and various other drugs from South America en route to the U. S.
He was in the Civil War in Libya; he was stationed in Sicily and provided military communication support and logistics for more than 100 NATO strike missions.
Mike jokes that he "has been around the world twice" having served in 53 countries.
James Hoyt Delchamps USN Chief Petty Officer (Ret)
James Hoyt Delchamps was born on July 3, 1946 in Mobile and passed from this life on October 19, 2017 at his home in Coden surrounded by his family.
After serving his country for 20 years in the US Navy, Jim continued to serve in the Merchant Marines for the next ten years. He was a decorated veteran of both Vietnam and Desert Storm Wars.
In civilian life, Mr. Delchamps continued to serve others in south Mobile County. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion. For many years, he dedicated his life in service to the American Legion Post 250 Honor Guard. As Captain of the Honor Guard, he ensured that deceased veterans received full military honors.