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Former Marines honor their fellow Leathernecks

May 27, 2011

Four Leathernecks honor Veterans Tom Fahl and Rodger Egolf at South Park Cemetery. Pictured from left are Joe Pittenger, Grant Loy, Gene Rohrer and Ron Egolf.

WHITLEY COUNTY — The Leatherneck Coffee Club — whose membership consists of those from Whitley County who served in the U.S. Marine Corps — decorated the graves of former club members with flags for Memorial Day, followed by a brief prayer and a salute this week.
Ron Egolf became a Marine after his older brother, Rodger, serving in Vietnam, was killed on Hill 55, 12 miles southwest of Da Nang. Rodger was 20 years old.
“I never knew him as a man,” Egolf said Thursday at his brother’s grave in South Park cemetery in Columbia City. He was eight years younger than Rodger.
Another veteran honored was Tom Fahl, also a Vietnam veteran, who died in 2005.

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