Lt. Col. Roger A. Crabbs, USAF (Ret.) in Lyle Event

Pre-Veterans Day Memorial Service, Lyle, WA10-28-06   

Pre-Veteran's Day Memorial, Lyle, WA


Pictured is the Veteran’s Honor Guard adjusting the flag at the Lyle-BalchCemetery. Insert is the Featured Speaker: Lt. Col. Roger A. Crabbs, USAF (Retired).  CLICK HERE or on photo above to hear audio podcast of Lt. Col. Crabbs’ address.



His overseas tours included:
Korea, 1952-53, Wing Operations, 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing, at K-13, SuwonKorea; and after various other states-side assignments and the Canal Zone, working with the United States Military assistance organizations in 17 Latin American countries.

  Group bows in prayer for Service Men and Women

A Pre-Veteran’s Day Memorial was held Saturday, October 28, 2006 at the UnitedMethodistChurch in Lyle, Washington followed by Military Honors and flag ceremony at Lyle-BalchCemetery.



Jim Curl of Lyle, and others paying tribute Paying Respects

CLICK HERE to listen to the 1979 rendition of Red Skelton – Pledge of Allegience was played before Lt. Col. Crabbs spoke.  



The serviceman whose death sparked this Memorial was not an Admiral, but a soldier – US Army Pfc. Frank A. Tuthill, 1913-2005 – who was carried by a U.S. Navy ship with his Mechanized Unit to North Africa on January 14, 1943.They were going into action against the formidable Axis forces under Field Marshal Erwin Rommel. The boot prints of this soldier were left in places like Foggia, Rome, Arno, Apennines and Po Valley, before his safe return from Italy on October 13, 1945, five months after VE Day.



 Frank Tuthill, WWII veteran, grave marker

At Lyle-Balch Cemetery: This portion of the Memorial Service honors all Military Personnel whose earthly remains hallow these grounds and others across our nation and around the world, as well as those never recovered for burial on land or at sea. The flag was presented to Marian Tuthill Teckenburg, youngest sister of Frank A. Tuthill who was interred here last June, and will be donated to the LyleTwinBridgesMuseum for a planned Military Display.

 Veteran's Honor Guard, from Vancouver, WA


Military Honors were performed by Veteran’s Honor Guard of Vancouver, WA, under Command of U.S. Army Veteran, Richard E. Jenkins, assisted by Julie Brown, USAF, Cold War; Gary Porter, U.S. Army, Vietnam; Steve Richardson, U.S. Army, Vietnam; and Chris Watson, U.S. Navy Seal, Operation Desert Storm, Gulf War. TAPS was played by Gabriel H. Teckenburg of Hood River, OR.




Bugle boy and Veteran 




Folding the flag to present

Boy and girl scouts lead Pledge to the Flag

Click to play 

CLICK HERE or on Flag picture to Listen to Lt. Col. Crabbs Address. Podcast is 23 minutes, 10.5 MB (Allow for audio file to load and start to play.) 

Lt. Col. Roger Crabbs, USAF (Ret), introduced by his longtime friend and fellow USAF officer, Lt. Art V. Thompson, USAF (Ret.), pictured below.      

 A.V. Thompson introduced long-time friend Lt. Col. Roger Crabbs, USAF (Ret)Children join in the tribute

CLICK HERE or on photo above for Red Skelton – Pledge of Allegience.  

For future reference: Donation of artifacts, memorabilia, written accounts and pictures for the Military Display’s proposed Memorial Wall, will be invited when space can be made available. Tax-deductible receipts for financial donations may be granted when the Museum has established appropriate charitable status. Contributions for the Military Display, not requiring such receipts, are welcome anytime.A video of the program is available. Contact for information. 


  1. November 11, 2006 at 8:15 pm

    […] Be sure to visit the Veteran’s Day Memorial Page. CLICK HERE to view, and then click on the first picture, of the click to listen flag picture at the bottom of the article – to listen to the audio podcast of the speaker, Lt. Col. Roger Crabbs, USAF (Ret.), introduced by Art V. Thompson. […]

  2. NickySS said,

    December 24, 2006 at 8:07 pm

    Nice info, big thx.

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