For those who know and served with Bill Miller, I regret to inform you that his wife passed recently from a massive stroke.  She is to be cremated and interned at the RI Veterans cemetery.  The service will be private and there will be no published obituary (at her request).  Bill's email address is   Denny & Karen Gardiner are their close friends and he suggests that we wait a day or two before we trouble Bill or their family in their hour of grief.  Should you wish to send the family a condolence card, the address is: 14D CASTLE ROCK RD CHARLESTOWN RI 02813



LTC (R) Robert D. Antuono

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Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Robert D. Antuono, age 79, of North Conway, NH, formerly of Glocester and Cranston, RI passed away in the early hours of April 25, 2017 with his wife Melinda by his side following a courageous battle with cancer.  Bob was a Life Member of The Special Forces Association and a Charter member of its Chapter 48 here in Rhode Island.  He had a long career in the RI Army National Guard.  His Special Forces service was with Co D, 16th SF Gp, RIARNG.  He had extensive service with several Military Police units.  He was a member of the 115th MP Co. when the unit was called to Active Duty during the Viet Nam War.  Bob volunteered to serve and was assigned as a Security Platoon Sergeant with the Americal Division in Chu Lai.  In 1976, after 19 years of service and achieving the rank of Master Sergeant, he received a direct appointment as an officer with the rank of Captain.  He continued his career and served in two MP Battalions and at the RIARNG State Headquarters. During Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, he served as the Chief of the Mobilization Readiness Division assisting activated units during deployment preparations.  He had numerous awards to include the Parachutist Badge and Special Forces Tab.  In addition to his wife Melinda, he is survived by his daughters Pamela and Amy and three grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his wife Alice.  He was also the father-in-law of the late Major (Ret) Timothy Rachiele.

The funeral took place at the RI Veterans' cemetery  with military honors on 29 April 2017.

William J. Granger Sr.

71, of Hermon, NY, formerly of Smithfield, Rhode Island, passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at the Canton-Potsdam Hospital in Potsdam, NY. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Joseph E. and Doris (Bailey) Granger.
Bill spent his career working in Federal Law Enforcement. He was a graduate of the 94th session of the US Border Patrol Academy, and later became a Special Agent with the US Immigration and Naturalization Service, eventually retiring as the Special Agent in Charge of the Providence Immigration and Naturalization Office. He proudly served his country in the US Army Special Forces in D Company 16th SFG(A) in the RIANG as well as in the CA National Guard.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 10:00 am, in the Mausoleum Chapel of the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery (located in the rear of the cemetery) 1 Rhode Island Avenue, Johnston. Interment will be in the same cemetery. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to visit with Bill's family on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, at the Russell J. Boyle & Son Funeral Home, 142 Centerville Road (Rt. 117) Warwick. In lieu of flowers, donations to the 4H ( in his memory would be appreciated. For directions and online condolences, visit:

Published in The Providence Journal on Dec. 26, 2016


1st SGT Arthur Boucher

1SG Arthur G. Boucher (D3758) died of a heart attack at his home in Leesburg, FL on 12Oct16.   He was born on 10Feb32, the son of the late Henry and Blanche (St. Jacques) Boucher. He is survived by his son Paul, his brother Norman, nephews Norman Jr., Robert and his niece Denise DiFranco.  He was predeceased by his son Mark and his brother Henry.  Arthur started his military career in 1951 as a member of the US Navy Reserve.  In 1952, he was discharged from the Navy in order to allow him to enlist in the US Army and serve from 1952 to 1954.  He attained the rank of SSG and was a tank commander during the Korean War.  He reenlisted in the US Army and served in Germany with B Battery, 2d Howitzer Bn, 34th Artillery from 1960 to 1964.  He enlisted in Company D, 16th SF Gp (Abn), RIARNG in 1964.  During his service in the RI National Guard SF, he was assigned to Co D, 19th SF, Co C, 5/20 SF and HHD, 6/20 SF.  He was assigned as an Operations Sergeant and as a First Sergeant.   He retired in 1989.  Some of his awards included the Combat Infantryman Badge, Korean Service Medal, Parachutist Badge, Jungle Expert Badge and Special Forces Tab. Arthurís cremains were interred next to his son Mark at the Hawthorne Memorial Gardens, Leesburg, FL.

Bob Dolan

COL Robert  Dolan
Former CO of Company C 5th Battalion 20th Special Forces RIANG
15 April 2016
There will be no funeral per Bob's instruction.

Rick Deasey
On the passing of his Mother, Rosalind J. Deasy.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday April 11, 2016 in St. Brendan Church, Turner Avenue, Riverside at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket.


Special Forces
        Soldier dies in Afghanistan

1st Sgt. P. Andrew McKenna died Aug. 7 in Kabul, Afghanistan, during a complex attack on a coalition facility.

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (USASOC News Service, Aug. 10, 2015)

1st Sgt. Peter A. McKenna Jr., 35, a Special Forces operations sergeant, assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) died of injuries sustained during the attack.

A native of Bristol, R.I., McKenna entered the Army July 24, 1998 as an infantryman.

Upon completion of the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2002, McKenna was assigned to the 7th SFG (A) as communications sergeant in May of 2003.

McKenna's military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with V device, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Master Free Fall Parachutist Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge and the Special Forces Tab.

McKenna earned a Bachelor's Degree in Strategic Studies from Norwich University in 2015, and is a graduate of the Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course and Senior Leader Course.


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