Howard Lee Van Sweringen Jr.

February 1, 1954March 30, 2019

Howard Lee Van Sweringen Jr. 65, of Jacksonville, died Saturday March 30, 2019 at his home.

He is survived by his son, Howard Lee Van Sweringen III, daughters; Heather Leigh Machemer, and Virginia Gabrelle Clack.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home, Jacksonville.


Howard Lee Van Sweringen Jr.

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Donald Boone

April 11, 2019

Met Van when I worked as a drill instructor in my first platoon,in1980.RIP.

Lori Bauchspies

April 5, 2019

Gunny and I met each other on FB. We were in a few USMC Vet groups together. When we realized we lived in the same area, we just had to meet. I ended up becoming his housekeeper. I was truly honored. Our friendship grew rapidly. Boy did he give me a hard time and I gave it right back. That’s just the way it was. We understood each other. We loved each other as true “Brothers”-in-arms. Til Valhalla my dear brother. You are greatly missed.


April 3, 2019

I met Lee back on March 15, 1971 when we both stepped on the yellow footprints at MCRD San Diego. The DI's of Platoon 1031 could not pronounce his last name so they nicknamed him "Alphabet". Lee stood out during boot camp, so I was not surprised to learn that he had become a DI. 35 plus years after boot came we once again got in contact with each other, our friendship took off right where it left off. Rest in Peace Alphabet!

Gay Hugh

April 3, 2019

Rest In Peace Gunny. Prayers for family and friends.

Josue Maldonado

April 2, 2019

You will be missed Gunny, Fair Winds & Fallowing Seas my Friend, Till Valhalla. RIP.

Rob Lents

April 2, 2019

Gunny was my series chief drill instructor Feb-Apr of 86. Sharp, intimidating, and fair. It was evident that he cared, because he took the time to actually talk to us. He set a great example, wish I would have known he was here in Jacksonville. Semper Fi Gunny!

Dan Niemeier

April 2, 2019

Thanks you for your extraordinary service to our country and Corp. Semper Fi and God Speed.

From a junior Marine. 2002-2006

Richard Petty

April 1, 2019

SSGT Van Sweringen was my Sr Drill Instructor Sept 1980 Always teaching. It was an honor to be trained by him.

T n J DiBella

April 1, 2019

Rest In Peace Devil Dog
Semper Fi ~
T n J
Camp Lejeune NC

George Johnson

April 1, 2019

Served with Lee in the old days in HMH-461. Ran into him a few times around town. Always upbeat, had a laugh or two always handy. God bless your family. Semper Fidelis, Marine!