From a contemporary press report:
Foster Howard Templon, 81, a retired maintenance engineer at Greater Southeast Hospital who was a prisoner of war in World War II, died August 6, 1999 at the Veterans Medical Center in Washington. He had cancer.
In 1939, Mr. Templon enlisted in the Army Air Corps, the forerunner of the Air Force. He was stationed in the Philippines when the Japanese attacked on December 7, 1941, bringing the United States into World War II. He was taken prisoner in April 1942 and survived the infamous Bataan Death March. He later was taken to Japan, where he was liberated at war's end.
Mr. Templon was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania. He moved to the Washington area in 1950 and settled in Fort Washington. He was a maintenance engineer with a housing project in Oxon Hill before joining the staff of Greater Southeast Hospital in 1967. He retired in 1980.
Mr. Templon was active in veterans organizations.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Patricia Jane Templon of Fort Washington; three children, Michael Paul Templon of New York City, Timothy Robin Templon of Morningside, Md., and April Sue Jackson of Oxon Hill; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
TEMPLON, FOSTER HOWARD
On Friday, August 6, 1999, FOSTER HOWARD TEMPLON, the beloved husband of Patricia J. Templon; father of Michael Paul and Timothy Robin Templon, and April Sue Jackson; grandfather of Tammy, Cyndora, Beth, Nathan, Alyssa, Sarah, Patricia, Tommy, Aaron, Matthew, Stephen and Victoria; great-grandfather of Stephanie, Chad, Jaclyn, Christian, Jamie, and Alina; brother of Melvin Templon of Altoona, PA. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, August 17, 11:30 a.m. at Grace Brethren Church, 6501 Surratts Rd., Clinton, MD 20735. Inurnment Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Grace Brethren Church Building Fund.
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