From a contemporary press report:
David Michael Moak, 47, an Army colonel and intelligence officer who was a specialist in counter-terrorism and author of a book, “Surviving Hostage Situations,” died of a heart attack March 29, 1998 at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He lived in Centreville, Virginia.
Colonel Moak, a resident of the Washington area since 1994, was director of special activities in the office of the assistant secretary of defense for command, control, communications and intelligence. He had served in the Army since 1973, largely in infantry and intelligence posts.
He was a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University. He received a master's degree in human resource management from Pepperdine University and a master's degree in national security strategy from the National Defense University. His overseas posts included Germany.
His honors included a Legion of Merit and Army Commendation Medal.
Survivors include his wife, Julia Moak, and two children, Aaron Moak and Shelane Moak, all of Centreville; his mother; and a brother.
MOAK, DAVID MICHAEL ”Mike”, COL, USA
On March 29, 1998, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, DAVID MICHAEL MOAK, husband of Julia Moak; father of Aaron and Shelane Moak. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, April 16, 1998 at 10:45 a.m. at the Fort Myer Chapel. Interment Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors, Section 60, Grave 6624.
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