Carmel Joseph Arcilesi – Colonel, United States Army

From a contemporary press report:

Carmel Joseph “Arch” Arcilesi, 87, a retired Army Colonel who worked for the Veterans Administration from the mid-1960s to early 1970s as Chief of Field Operations doing construction of hospitals and other government facilities, died October 20, 2002, at Montgomery General Hospital after a heart attack. He lived at Leisure World in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Colonel Arcilesi was in the Army Corps of Engineers from 1936 to 1964, and his final active-duty assignment was commander of a training facility in Alexandria. During World War II, he served in Europe.

He was in the Army Reserve until 1975. His decorations included the Army Commendation Medal.

He was a Baltimore native and a graduate of Johns Hopkins University. He attended the Army's Command and General Staff College.

He was a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, associate emeritus of the Potomac chapter of the American Institute of Architects and a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Rockville, where he had been a eucharistic minister.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Clara Bell Arcilesi of Silver Spring; a daughter, Perine M. Byrnes of Silver Spring; two brothers, Anthony Arcilesi of Olney and Frank Arcilesi of Baltimore; and two grandsons.

A son, Carl J. Arcilesi, died October 15, 2002.

ARCILESI, COL. C.J. “Arch” (Age 87)
U.S. Army (Ret.), Corps of Engineers


On Sunday, October 20, 2002, COL. C.J. “ARCH” ARCILESI of Silver Spring, MD. Beloved husband of Clara L. Arcilesi; father of Perine M. Byrnes and the late Carl J. Arcilesi; grandfather of Danny and Michael Byrnes; brother of Anthony (Joan) Arcilesi, Frank Arcilesi and the late Joseph P. Arcilesi. Mass of Christian Burial at Fort Myer Chapel, Arlington, Virginia, on Tuesday, November 26, at 10:45 a.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick's Church, School Building Campaign, 4101 Norbeck Road, Rockville, MD 20853.

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