From a contemporary press report:
Army Colonel James G. Moak, 87, former Chief of Staff of the Army Strategic Communications Command, died May 27, 2000 at a Rockdale Hospital in Conyers, Georgia, following an infection.
Moak, a native of Columbia, South Carolina, began his military career as a Signal Corps enlisted radio operator in the Panama Canal Department in 1931. He subsequently held various assignments in Panama, the Pacific area, Europe, and Washington, DC. From 1958 to 1961, he was the United States representative to a NATO Communications Agency in Paris, France. After retirement from the Army in 1966 he worked for Computer Sciences Corporation in Arlington, Virginia and for Halifax Engineering, Inc., in Alexandria, Virginia.
Moak's military decorations include the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Joint Services Commendation medal, and the Army Commendation Medal. He was a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College, and the Armed Forces Staff College.
Survivors include a daughter, Carol Goerig of Conyers, GA and a son-in-law Peter Goerig of Conyers; granddaughters, Hillary Goerig and Margaret Goerig, also of Conyers; and a brother, Jack Lynch Moak of Columbia, SC. His wife, Margaret Waalkes Moak, died in November 1993.
Interment with Full Military Honors is scheduled at Arlington National Cemetery on June 6 at 3 p.m. Assembly at the Administration Building of the cemetery no later than 2:30 p.m.
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