From a contemporary press report:
James P. Coleman, 85, a retired Navy captain who served mainly on destroyers before joining a defense contractor as a project officer, died of congestive heart failure August 24, 2000 at Arlington Hospital. He had lived in Arlington since 1964.
Captain Coleman, who was born in Whitmire, South Carolina, was a 1939 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and received a master's degree in business administration from George Washington University.
He served aboard a destroyer in the Pacific during World War II and continued with command assignments for most of his 29-year naval career. Following sea duty as commander of a destroyer squadron in San Diego, he was sent to the Office of Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon to work for the Strike Warfare Research & Development Division.
He retired from active duty in the Navy in 1968, then worked 17 years for Vitro Laboratories in Silver Spring as a project officer of guided missile systems.
His military decorations included the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star.
He was a life member of the Navy League and a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Alexandria and the Army Navy Country Club.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Mae Maner Coleman of Arlington; three children, Mariana Coleman Blain of Burke, James Pagaud Coleman Jr. of Marietta, Ga., and William Sloan Coleman of Arlington; and five grandsons.
COLEMAN, JAMES PAGAUD (CAPT. USN RET.)
On Thursday, August 24, 2000, of Arlington, VA. Beloved husband of Mae (nee Manor) Coleman; father of Marion Bloin, James P. Jr. and W. Sloan Coleman. Also survived by five grandsons. Funeral services will be held at Fort Myer Chapel on Tuesday, September 12, 2000, at 12:45 p.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 1608
Russell Road, Alexandria, VA 22301.
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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