Michael R. Cooper passed away on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at his home in Country Estates.Michael was born on February 23, 1947, to Walter Ralph Cooper and Sybil Baxley Cooper. He was born and raised in Clearwater, FL.He joined the Navy in 1965, and in 1973, graduated from Vanderbilt University, as a Naval Officer, with a degree in Computer Science and Engineering.After flight school in Pensacola, FL, he began flying E2's for the Navy on the Enterprise aircraft carriers off the Coral Seas. He taught aviation at the Pensacola Naval Flight Training School for ten years.About 1984, or so, Michael was stationed at Miramar Naval Base and continued to live in the San Diego area until retirement.Michael was loved, thought well of and respected by many friends and his family. Funeral service will be held on Friday, February 28, 2020, at 11:30am, at Miramar National Cemetery. His ashes will be inurned in a military ground plot and hopefully a fly-by may happen.Please join us at his Miramar service to gather and pay our respects for an officer and a gentleman, good man, good friend and good brother.Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Noble Drive, San Diego, CA 92122. Bonham Bros & Stewart Mortuary and Cremation Service is assisting the family. Please sign the guest book online at legacy.com/obituaries/ ramonasentinel Michael Ralph Cooper February 23, 1947 - December 10, 2019
Published in the Ramona Sentinel on Jan. 16, 2020
On 12 February 2019 Lieutenant Daniel Joseph “FEY” McGourty, a Hawkeye pilot, passed away after a heroic battle fighting cancer.
McGourty is a 2001 Wallowa High School graduate. He joined the Navy in 2003 after fulfilling basic education requirements at Eastern Oregon University. He enlisted in the Navy to see the world, but the Navy soon saw something in him and began to invest heavily in his career. He began his career as an Aviation Electrician and Air Crewman Rescue Swimmer and was soon serving as crew chief on a medevac helicopter in Kuwait. He received an Army Commendation Medal for his work in Kuwait, where he served November 2005 to May 2006.
By 2007 McGourty was enrolled in the Seaman-to-Admiral 21 program on his way to a commission. The Navy then sent McGourty for more training and he earned a Mechanical Engineering Degree in 2011, after which he was commissioned as ensign prior to beginning flight training. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 2013 and went on to fly E-2C Hawkeye jets with the “Golden Hawks” Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 112. He was deployed in the Western Pacific in 2016 aboard the USS John. C. Stennis.
Dan McGourty, son of Ron and Celene Gay of Wallowa, Oregon, has been awarded the President George Herbert Walker Bush Award, given to first-tour, carrier-based pilots who best exemplify the skill, commitment, loyalty and courage of America’s 41st President. The elder Bush was commissioned and winged just days before his 19th birthday and was the youngest Naval Aviator on record. He later was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for combat action. McGourty received the award during the 2017 Tailhook Reunion in Reno, Nev.
A superb officer who had already made his mark on our Community and was very popular with all who knew him, there was a desire to honor his memory in some way. The VAW/VRC Wing directed that the auditorium in the new Hawkeye training building at Pt Mugu be named after LT McGourty. The auditorium was dedicated in his honor during a ceremony 19 September 2019.
Thomas Richard Amantea, Esq. Captain, United States Navy (Ret.)
Longtime Bonita resident and attorney, Captain Thomas Amantea, U.S. Navy (Ret.) passed away peacefully on Nov. 30th after a long and valiant battle with complications from surgery to repair an aneurism. He was 82.
Captain Amantea was born Jan. 4, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York to Ignatius and Concetta (Caruso) Amantea. He attended Brooklyn Technical High School and graduated from City University of New York with a Bachelor degree in Political Science. Besides his family, to whom he was devoted, Tom had three passions: naval aviation, law and fishing. Upon graduation from college, he joined the Navy and completed flight training in Pensacola, Florida. In April of 1960, he was commissioned an Ensign through the Aviation Officer Candidate program and embarked upon a distinguished, 26-year career as a Naval Flight Officer. He rose to command Airborne Early Warning (VAW) Squadron 114, composed of carrier-based E2B (Hawkeye) aircraft. Captain Amantea was a Vietnam War veteran. Among his numerous sea and shore assignments, he served as Flag Secretary to Commander Carrier Division Three based in Alameda, California and as Comptroller on the staff of Commander Naval Air Forces, Pacific Fleet.
His medals and decorations include the Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (with silver star), Vietnamese Air Gallantry Cross, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross (with palm device) and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
While in the Navy, Tom attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, graduating with a Master of Science degree in Economics and Systems Analysis in 1966. He also attended the National War College, graduating in 1978. After retiring from the Navy, he took up another of his passions and enrolled in law school, graduating from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree. He then passed the California Bar exam and opened his own private practice in Bonita, focusing on estate planning and tax law.
Tom was an avid sports fan and he particularly loved baseball and fishing. He enjoyed fishing for lake trout from his boat with his fishing buddies and camping with family members. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Tom had a wide circle of friends who greatly appreciated his keen sense of humor and his legal counsel.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marianne, a retired psychiatric nurse and Director of Outpatient Services; their three children Lisa (Jeff) Jarvis, Thomas (Angelica) Amantea, Jr. and Jason Amantea and grandchildren Christopher, Sophie, Samantha and Michael. He is also survived by two siblings, Richard (Lisa) Amantea and Angela Ferrando and many nieces and nephews. Burial with military honors will be at Miramar National Cemetery on Monday, Dec. 16 at 1:30 PM.
Captain Henry “Grady” Perkins, Jr. died of heart failure on August 18. 2019 at the age of 78. He was battling lung disease for several years and was cared for by his loving family. He will be deeply missed.
Perkins was born in New Orleans, LA in 1940 and graduated with honors from Bay High School, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi in 1958, where he lettered in four sports. He studied aeronautical engineering at Mississippi State University from 1958-1960, then entered the US Naval Academy in July 1960 and graduated with the class of 1964, while receiving his commission as an Ensign in the Navy.
He earned his Naval Flight Officer wings in 1965 and initiated his career as an aviator by completing two Vietnam cruises with VAW-114 aboard USS Kitty Hawk, flying the E-2A “Hawkeye.” Other flying assignments included tours as an instructor in the E-2B aircraft in RVAW-110, Operations Officer in VAW-116 aboard USS Nimitz, and Commanding Officer of VAW-114, flying the E-2C on the USS Kitty Hawk. Non-flying assignments included tours at the Armed Forces Staff College, National War College, USS Coral Sea, COMCARGRU SEVEN, and Operations Officer for Commander Naval Striking and Support Forces, Southern Europe in Naples, Italy. His final assignment was Commanding Officer of Tactical Air Control Group One. During this tour, he reported for temporary duty to COMPHIBGRU THREE aboard USS Tarawa, LHA-1, and completed a deployment in support of Operation Desert Storm. Reflecting on his career with family members, he shared that serving in Desert Storm, which included combat operations, and subsequently working on a humanitarian mission to provide relief and aid in the wake of the 1991 cyclone in Bangladesh were the most meaningful accomplishments in his distinguished military career.
His military awards include Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal w/Numeral "5," Navy Commendation Medal w/Combat "V," Navy Achievement Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation w/3 Bronze Stars, and numerous theater, allied and campaign ribbons.
Perkins’ peers described him as a “superb Naval officer,” an “exquisite ambassador of the United States and the Navy in particular,” and a “consummate Naval officer.” He loved the United States of America and was proud to serve in the US Navy. He retired in 1992 with the rank of Captain after 28 years of service.
In addition to loving his country, Perkins loved his family, friends and Navy colleagues. He loved to travel, collect and share premium wines, observe wildlife, curate legendary fishing expeditions and he was always ready to tell a great story. He was a longtime resident of Coronado, CA and helped his wife Judy raise his three stepchildren, Todd, Jamie and Eric Anderson. After retirement, he and Judy moved to Hansville, WA, where he had ample opportunity to explore his passions and further extend his network of close friends. He is survived by his wife, Judy, of 44 years and his stepchildren, Todd of Hansville, WA, Jamie of Pleasant Hill, CA and Eric (Michele) of San Jose, CA, as well as his six treasured grandchildren, Tyler, Cole, Emily, Zack, Carlee and Hannah.
A service in Perkins honor is being planned for November 2019 in Hansville, WA. The family asks that if memorial contributions would like to be made, that they are sent to:
Wounded Warrior Project
Lieutenant Daniel “FEY” McGourty, 35, died peacefully, after a three-year battle with Ewing’s Sarcoma, surrounded by family and friends in his Atlantic Beach home on February 12, 2019.
Daniel was born on September 5, 1983 in Nampa, Idaho. He is the beloved son to Ron and Celene Gay of Wallowa, Oregon where Dan later grew up and graduated high school. Daniel Enlisted in the United States Navy in 2003 and became an Aircrewman, Rescue Swimmer. After being accepted to an Officer Commissioning program, he graduated from Old Dominion University in 2011 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Additionally, Dan received his Wings of Gold in 2013 after completing Flight School and became an E2 Hawkeye Pilot. He married Alexandra Ulrich McGourty, the love of his life, who he met while deployed in Camp Buehring, Kuwait in 2007.
The Navy took the couple all over the world, from Guam, to the East Coast and to the West Coast, until they settled back in Atlantic Beach, Florida. Along the way, they added three beautiful children, Randall Emma McGourty (9), Molli Brown McGourty (7), and Gage Martell McGourty (1). Dan was a cherished son, hell of a friend, the greatest father, finest husband, and one damn good golfer and pilot!
A Military Memorial Service is scheduled for March 8, 2019 at 11am at Atlantic Beach Country Club, Atlantic Beach, Florida, with a Celebration of Life to follow later in the evening at Atlantic Beach Brewing Company at 6pm. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Dan’s life. In lieu of flowers, Dan has requested that people donate on his behalf to find a cure for Ewing’s Sarcoma, the devastating disease that took his life. Donations can be made at the following link: https://www.curesarcoma.org/daniel-mcgourty/.
Navy Captain Scott Eseman passed away on July 11, 2019, of a heart attack. Scott graduated from Louisiana Tech in November 1968 and received three masters degrees while on active duty. Scott entered the Navy at NAS Pensacola on January 1969. He was commissioned on April 25 of that year and received his Wings of Gold on
27 February 1970.
In January 1984 Commander Eseman reported for duty as VAW-127’s first Executive Officer. He became Commanding Officer 30 July 1985. After moving to the Villages Scott joined the Military Officer’s Association and The Wings Of Gold Association. Scott was born in Melrose Park, Illinois on March 11 of 1946 to Richard and Betty Eseman. He is survived by Pat, his wife of 50 years, and their son Scott Michael of Currituck, NC. His brother Dick and his wife Lee
Eseman of Citrus Springs. Greg and his wife Linda of Louisiana and sister Janet and husband Gerry Anderson.
Services will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at 11:00 am at Beyers Funeral Home, 134 N Hwy 27/441 Lady Lake FL 32159. Arrangements entrusted to Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Lady Lake, FL
CDR John Bernard Quinlan, USN Ret., died peacefully at his home in Norfolk, VA, on Thursday, October 4, 2018. He was surrounded by his loving family and close friends after a courageous six-year battle with Metastatic Melanoma. John grew up in Bowie, MD, was an Eagle Scout, a graduate of Severn School and a 1991 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he played lacrosse and ice hockey. John had a successful Naval career as a Surface Warfare Officer and then as a Carrier-Based Naval Aviator, flying the E-2C Hawkeye. He served in multiple locations and received many awards for his distinguished service before his retirement in 2011. John also earned his MBA from The College of William & Mary in 2011 and enjoyed his post-Navy career as a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Virginia Beach.
In 2001, John married the love of his life, Mary Alice Jageman of Houston, TX. They have three wonderful boys: John Tucker 15, James Boyd 12, and Jacob Henry 11, of whom John was extremely proud and actively engaged in their school, sports, and other activities. He had numerous interests, but none more dear to him than spending time with his family. John was a faithful servant of our Lord Jesus Christ and attended Crossroads Church in Norfolk. He was a loving husband, father, son, brother, neighbor, coach and true friend. John is preceded in death by his father John “The Beach Master” Quinlan. Besides his devoted wife and three boys, John leaves his mother Natalie Quinlan of Ocean City, MD, and his sister Robin Holmes of Laurel, DE. He also leaves his natural father and stepmother Dr. James and Judy Maurer of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, sisters Aimee Cannon of Detroit Lakes, MN; Jennifer and husband Tom Bailey of St. Augustine, FL; Sarah and husband Charles Seuntjens of Detroit Lakes, MN, along with numerous nieces, nephews and close friends.
Visitation will take place at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., 1501 Colonial Ave. Norfolk, VA 23517 from 6-7PM on Friday 12 October. Celebration of Life will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk, 820 Colonial Ave. Norfolk, VA 23507 at 11 AM on Saturday 13 October. John’s final resting place will be at Arlington National Cemetery at 3:00 P.M. on Thursday, July 18, 2019.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to The M.D. Anderson Melanoma Moon Shots Program https://www.mdanderson.org/cancermoonshots/cancer-types/melanoma.html.
Online condolences may be offered to the family through www.hdoliver.com.
Walter Wagner passed away on Friday, June 14, 2019. He was 87. He is survived by his wife Sandy; his daughter Melissa Godfrey; stepsons Andrew Morris (Sandra) and Jonathan Morris (Amanda); grandchildren Sonny, Max, Phoebe, Will and Sara; great-grandchildren Savannah (Dillon) and Mollie; great-great grandchildren Ava and Payden; and his dear cousins JoAnne Sexton and Bernie Mesenburg (Kathy). He was predeceased by his son Walt Jr. Walt enlisted in the Navy right out of high school. He was an original recipient of the NESEP program, which earned him an MS in electrical engineering from Purdue in 1962. He was medically retired from the Navy in 1966 after becoming diabetic. He continued his Naval career with NAVAIR and became the first civilian Project Manager of a major aircraft program, the E2C Hawkeye. He received the Distinguished Civilian Service Award in 1989 for his work on acquisition reform. Walt will have a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. A celebration of life for family and friends will be held at a later date. Charitable contributions can be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center or the charity of your choice.
Published in The Washington Post on June. 14, 2019.
Beijing’s ambitions for a large aircraft carrier have gained more clarity, with the emergence of detailed artist impressions of the Xian KJ-600 airborne early warning & control (AEW&C) aircraft, as well as satellite imagery of a Chinese shipyard.
Recent artists impressions posted on social media offer more details about the Xian KJ-600, which is expected to be a key part of future People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) carrier air wings.