From a contemporary press report
Colonel Charles Manley Pack, United States Army (retired) died October 2, 2002 at the Belvoir Woods Health Care Center, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, of congestive heart failure.
Colonel Pack was born in Suwanee Springs, Florida, May 5, 1913. He graduated from Starke Military Academy, Montgomery, Alabama, Marion Military Institute, Marion, Alabama and the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York, Class of 1936. He also attended graduate courses at Yale University in 1946; he graduated from the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He received a MA degree in Education (Math), University of Virginia, 1966. Studied Spanish, Defense Language Institute.
His military career included serving with the 45th Infantry Division, Camp McKinley, Philippines, 1st Infantry Division, Puerto Rico; 16th Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia. He served in World War II (Normandy Invasion and Battle of the Bulge) with the 362nd Infantry, 83rd Division, France and Germany. He was Senior Defense Attache in Bogota, Columbia. He was stationed in Vietnam during Dien Bien Phu; Army Intelligence School, CINCPAC and Headquarters, 4th U.S. Army.
Among his awards are the Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, French award of the Croix de Guerre, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Orden de Boyaca from Columbia.
After retiring from the U.S. Army in 1964, he taught math and physics at Walt Whitman Junior High School, Fairfax County, Virginia.
He was a member of Officer, George Mason Chapter, SAR, Association of Graduates, USMA.
Colonel Pack is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marjorie Young Pack; daughter, Lesley Pack Bender; and grandson, Dane Alexander Glasgow.
Services will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2002, Old Post Chapel, Fort Myer, Virginia, at 11 a.m. Burial with Full Military Honors will follow at Arlington National Cemetery. Reception to follow in the Artists' Gallery, the Fairfax Retirement Center.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be given to the Army Retirement Residence Foundation – Potomac, 9140 Belvoir Woods Parkway, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia 22060.
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