From a contemporary press report:
Harold Manning Serven Jr., 69, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who had served as deputy director of the Washington office of the Veterans of Foreign Wars from 1984 to 1996, died May 8, 2001, of cancer at his home in North Springfield, Virginia.
Colonel Serven, a native of Lynn, Massachusetts, was a 1953 history graduate of Boston University. An infantryman, he served in the Army from 1953 to 1978, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel. He served in the Korean War and in Vietnam during the conflict
there. He was stationed at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center when he retired from active duty.
His decorations included the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star.
He had done volunteer work with the Alexandria police department.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Patricia A. Serven of North Springfield, and their children, Douglass K., of Stafford, and Trisha A., of North Springfield; a brother; and five grandchildren.
SERVEN, HAROLD MANNING, JR., LTC, USA
On Tuesday, May 8, 2001, at his home in Springfield, VA. Beloved husband of Patricia A. Serven; loving father of Douglass K. and Trisha A. Serven; brother of William K. Serven. Also survived by five grandchildren.
Interment in Arlington National Cemetery.
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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