From a contemporary press report:
Joe Mangham Whitfield, Colonel, United States Air Force (retired) died on Tuesday, January 13, 2004. He was a resident of Falls Church, Virginia, and Sperryville, Virginia
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Kathleen Rolleigh Whitfield; sons, Joe Whitfield, Jr. of Falls Church, Virginia, Louis W. Whitfield of Lisbon, Maryland, Wesley T. Whitfield and his wife, Roxanna of Centreville, Virginia; daughters, Kathleen W. Pratt of Falls Church, Virginia and Susan W. McCabe and her husband, Lieutenant Colonel Curt McCabe USA (Ret.) of Fairfax, Virginia. His daughter, Anne Clare Whitfield, preceded him in death. Also survived by his granddaughters, Wendy Anne Pratt of New Orleans, Loouisiana, and Megan K. McCabe of Fairfax, Virginia.
Colonel Whitfield was a Martin B-26 bomber pilot in the European Theatre of Operations during WWII. He was Commanding Officer of the 557th Bombardment Squadron, 387th Bomb Group (M) and was credited with 74 bombing missions. On D-Day, he led the entire 98th Combat Bomb Wing against enemy beach positions in the early stages of the Normandy Invasion. He retired as the Deputy Director of Military Assistance and Sales, Headquarters, USAF at the Pentagon in 1970.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, February 13 at Arlington National Cemetery at 3 p.m. with Full Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association or the American Cancer Society.
WHITFIELD, JOE M
- COL US AIR FORCE
- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 10/09/1942 – 10/31/1970
- DATE OF BIRTH: 07/03/1917
- DATE OF DEATH: 01/13/2004
- DATE OF INTERMENT: 02/13/2004
- BURIED AT: SECTION 66 SITE 3588
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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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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