L/CPL Robert J. Slattery, Marine Corps League Det #206, NEWSLETTER, Oct 2020 - #8
Walter Michura

Another member of our Marine Corps League has left us. Walter Michura, 88 of Chester, NJ died on Sunday, 27 September.

He was a proud Marine Corps Veteran and served during the Korean War from 1952 to 1960. He was a member of the Sea, Air & Land Detachment which is no longer in existence.

He had attended a number of our meetings and was planning to transfer to our Detachment.

Walter Michura, 88, of Chester, NJ passed away on Sunday, September 27, 2020. Walter was born on April 26, 1932 in Jersey City, NJ. He has lived in Chester and previously was a resident of Montclair. He was a 1950 graduate of Seton Hall Prep. Walter studied industrial engineering at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He was a retired industrial engineer at Pyrotronics, a plant manager for Daltruie manufacturing in Elizabeth, NJ, and did engineer consulting at Engineers Inc. He was a proud veteran of the USMC, serving from 1952 to 1960 during the Korean War

Walter was a devout Catholic and very involved with both St. Lawrence Church, the Bethlehem Hermits in Chester, NJ and the trappists monastery at St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, Ma. He was also a member of the Thomas Merton International Society, the military Chaplin coordinator for Lyons VA Hospital, and an active member of the Men's Cornerstone of St. Lawrence Church.

Walter's hobbies included pen and pencil calligraphy, reading, and Japanese Zen gardening and landscaping. He was also involved with Marine Corps League Activity. Walt and Terry enjoyed traveling extensively around the world.

Walter is survived by his wife of 63 years, Theresa "Terry" Michura (nee Deluca), his sons, Matthew, Mark, John and wife Wendy, Luke, and Paul and wife Ronell, 8 grandchildren, sister, Irene Dudzinski, and her husband Charles; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Walter Sr. and Mary Michura; and by his brother Edward Michura.

The Slattery Detachment held a funeral ceremony during the 7 pm wake.


J.R. Hamilton gets Wheelchair

Don Patterson's daughter Lisa Smith came down from Pa. & drove Don to W. Va. to give J.R. Hamilton an electric wheelchair.

One of our main-stays in the early visits (pre 2008) to Bethesda and Walter Reed Military hospitals was J.R. Hamilton. He came along with Don Patterson and greeted the troops from the Slattery Detachment on almost every monthly visit. Slattery was visiting every month and sometime twice a month.

Well, J.R. was fallen on more difficult times these days and was in need of an electric wheel chair, so Don reached out and asked Marines Care and Gunny to assist him on getting one. Taadaa, with the help of Dons daughter, Lisa Smith, the electric wheel chair was delivered to J.R. She drove down from PA and all the way to Dons and then to West Virginia to make the delivery.  A pat on the back to her and Don not to forget to mention Gunny and Marines Care.

Some of you might be wondering just who Lisa Smith is. Lisa was responsible for the $50,000 donation to Marines Care a few years back. So now, Lisa is on our "Angel List" and will be there for some time and J.R. is motoring around in his new electric wheel chair and happy as pig in mud.