From a contemporary press report:
Francis Joseph Berry, 82, a retired Navy Captain who also was a certified public accountant, died of congestive heart failure March 5, 2003, at his Arlington, Virginia, home, where he had lived for 40 years.
Dr. Berry had a 24-year career in the Navy, beginning in World War II, when he served on a battleship during the Allied invasion of North Africa.
From 1949 to 1961, he served either as commanding officer or executive officer of a destroyer-minelayer, anti-submarine destroyer and guided missile cruiser. His final assignment, from which he retired from active military duty in 1965, was as head of research and development in the ships and weapons integration office of the Naval Weapons Command in Washington.
He then started a second career as an accountant, establishing his own business in 1970 and retiring two years ago.
Dr. Berry was a native of Ansonia, Connecticut, and a 1941 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. He received an associate's degree in accounting from Northern Virginia Community College and a master's degree in electrical engineering and a doctorate in engineering and applied sciences from George Washington University.
He attended the Naval Academy Post Graduate School in Monterey, California, and the Naval War College.
He was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Arlington.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, June Berry of Arlington; five children, Matthew Berry of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Nathan Berry of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Kathleen Brownell of Thornton, Colorado, Christopher Berry of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Rebecca Kalibat of Princeton, New Jersey, a sister; and nine grandchildren.
A son Patrick Berry died in 2001.
BERRY, FRANCIS J., CAPT, USN (Ret.)
On Wednesday, March 5, 2003, of Arlington, VA. Beloved husband of June W. Berry; father of F. Matthew Berry, Nathan H. Berry, Kathleen B. Brownell, Christopher M. Berry, Rebecca R. Kalibat and the late Patrick W. Berry; brother of Marjorie O'Book. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Fort Myer Chapel, on Monday, April 7 at 10:45 a.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Girls and Boys Town, Attn: Donor Services, Boys Town, NebraskaE 68010.
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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