From a contemporary press report:
Fran Moulin, 48, an Army Colonel who served as the staff judge advocate of the 3rd Infantry Division before retiring in 1998, died of a heart attack March 11, 2000 at his home in Annapolis, Maryland.
Colonel Moulin, who had lived in Annapolis since his retirement from active duty, served more than 20 years in the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. During his career, he had various assignments, including officer-in-charge of the Aschaffenberg Legal Office of the 3rd Infantry Division in Germany and deputy staff judge advocate of the 4th Infantry Division in Colorado.
He also helped establish a JAG recruiting office in Washington, drafted the standards of conduct for the Office of the Judge Advocate General and was deployed overseas twice as a legal adviser, first to Somalia in the early 1990s with U.S. forces in Operation Restore Hope and to Kuwait in the mid-1990s.
Following the latter assignment, he transferred to the U.S. Army Claims Service at Fort Meade, where he was chief of the torts division.
He was a native of Buffalo, New York. He graduated from the University of Rochester in 1974 and Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles in 1978.
His military decorations included two awards of the Legion of Merit and seven Meritorious Service Medals.
He was a member of the Society of the 3rd Infantry Division, the Kentucky Colonels and Psi Upsilon social fraternity.
Survivors include his wife, Dian Moulin of Annapolis; two stepdaughters, Brodie Wills Boggess and Ashley M. Wills, both of Arlington; his mother, Helen Moulin of Buffalo; a sister; and a brother.
He was laid to rest with full military honors in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery.
MOULIN, FRANCIS R., COL. USA (Ret.)
On Saturday, March 11, 2000, at his residence in Annapolis, MD. FRANCIS R. MOULIN, beloved husband of Dian H. Moulin; devoted son of Helen C. Moulin of Buffalo, NY; loving father of Brodie Wills Boggess and Ashley Wills, both of Arlington, VA; brother of John Moulin of Los Angeles, CA and Janice Moulin of Buffalo, NY. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday, March 29 at 10:45 a.m. at the Fort Myer Post Chapel. Interment with full military honors will follow at Arlington National Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Col. Moulin to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231-4596.
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