From a contemporary press report:
Edward T. Alberta, 76, a retired Navy captain who served in three wars, died of congestive heart failure January 17, 2000 at Columbia Reston Hospital Center. He had lived in Vienna, Virginia, since his military retirement in 1972 and worked as a communication-electronics consultant with Washington area defense firms.
Captain Alberta, who was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, served 30 years in theNavy, beginning with his enlistment at the start of World War II. After serving in the Pacific, he entered the V-12 Officer Training Program at Dartmouth College. He was commissioned an ensign upon graduation from Holy Cross College in 1946.
Captain Alberta, who was in Korea and Vietnam during the wars there, served primarily on destroyers and aircraft carriers in his sea assignments. He attended the Naval Post Graduate Line School and the Armed Forces Staff College, and later commanded a destroyer, a fleet oiler and communication stations in Guam and Australia.
Major staff assignments included staff chief of naval operations and Naval Communication Command headquarters in Washington.
His military honors included the Legion of Merit and two Navy Commendation medals with combat V's.
He did volunteer work on behalf of Republican Party congressional candidates in Northern Virginia and was a past member of the Fairfax County Republican Committee.
He was a member of St. Mark's Catholic Church in Vienna, the Army Navy Country Club and veteran associations.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Grace Alberta of Vienna; two children, Mark E. Alberta of Washington and Christopher S. Alberta of Richmond; and three grandchildren.
ALBERTA, EDWARD THOMAS, CAPT. USN (Ret.)
Age 76, of Vienna, VA, on January 17, 2000, at Reston Hospital. Beloved husband of Grace O. Alberta; father of Mark Edward Alberta and Chris Stephen Alberta; grandfather of Emily Lauren, Hillary Blythe, and Lauren Rose Alberta. . A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Ft. Myer Old Post Chapel on Thursday, January 27 at 8:45 a.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Heart Association, 7203 Poplar St., Annandale, VA 22003.
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