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Leon John Fishkin
Colonel, United States Army
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From a contemporary press report:

Leon John Fishkin, 86, a retired Army Colonel who was also an official of federal emergency preparedness programs, died of congestive heart failure July 19, 2000, at Inova Alexandria Hospital.

Colonel Fishkin, an Arlington resident, was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He was a graduate of the University of Maryland, where he also received a master's degree in political science. As a young man, he was a violinist with the Newark (New Jersey) Civic Symphony Orchestra and contributing music editor of the Newark Evening News.

He began his military career during World War II, serving in North Africa and Europe. After spending three years as a commissioned officer in the Army Signal Corps, his assignments in the 1950s included chief of the telecommunications branch at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Paris. He retired in 1966 as chief of information at the Military District of Washington.

After that, he was assistant to the director of telecommunications management in the Office of Emergency Planning and an aide to the secretary of the Interior Department. He retired from the Energy Department as director of the emergency preparedness program for electric power and solid fuels industries.

His military decorations included the Legion of Merit, four Bronze Stars and two Army Commendation Medals.

He was a past eucharistic minister and parish council president at St. Stephen-Martyr Catholic Church in Washington. His marriage to Adele Fishkin ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Madeleine Darmendrail Fishkin of Arlington, and their children, Joelle Madeleine Fishkin of Burke, Michael P. Fishkin of Washington, Daniel P. Fishkin of Alexandria and Lee John Fishkin of Charlotte; and three grandchildren. A son, Terry David Fishkin, died in 1972.


FISHKIN, LEON JOHN
COL   US ARMY
WORLD WAR II, KOREA
DATE OF BIRTH: 08/24/1913
DATE OF DEATH: 07/19/2000
BURIED AT: SECTION 7A  SITE 178-D
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
 
FISHKIN, TERRY DAVID
DATE OF BIRTH: 07/28/1954
DATE OF DEATH: 06/09/1972
BURIED AT: SECTION 7A  SITE 178-D
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
   SON (MINOR CHILD) OF FISHKIN, LEON J , COL US ARMY
Posted: 22 July 2001 Updated: 5 March 2003 Updated: 27 November 2005 Updated: 25 November 2006
Legion of Merit
 

Bronze Star Medal - 4 Awards