From a contemporary press report:
Donald A. Vincent, 74, a decorated World War II Marine Corps veteran and retired Army Department military analyst, died of cancer September 2, 1999 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia. He had lived in Alexandria since 1979.
Mr. Vincent was a native of Wakefield, Massachusetts. He was among the first Marines to land on Guadalcanal as a member of the 1st Marine Division in World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds suffered as a scout-observer behind enemy lines.
After graduating from Bryant College in Providence, R.I., in 1952, he enlisted in the Army and served about two years in Austria as an operations specialist for Army intelligence.
Mr. Vincent then worked for the Army as a civilian until retiring in 1973.
He was a member of Queen of Apostles Catholic Church in Alexandria.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Annie P. Vincent of Alexandria, and a brother.
VINCENT, DONALD A.
On Thursday, September 2, 1999, of Alexandria, VA, beloved husband of Annie Vincent; loving brother of Warren J. Vincent of Boston, MA. Friends may call at Advent Funeral Services, 7211 Lee Highway (at Greenway Blvd.), Falls Church, VA, on Thursday, September 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, 4329 Sano St., Alexandria, on Friday, September 10, at 12 noon. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4 Park St., SE, Vienna, VA 22180.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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