Joseph Thomas Bernard – Colonel, United States Army

Joseph Thomas Bernard, 88, a retired Army Colonel and engineering consultant, died of cardio-respiratory failure January 13, 2007, at his home in Arlington, Virginia.

Colonel Bernard, who was born in Providence, Rhode Island, joined the Army in 1936 and received his commission four years later. In World War II, he served in the Pacific and participated in the invasion of Okinawa.

His postwar assignments included service with the 82nd Airborne Division and the Defense Communications Agency.

Colonel Bernard, whose military honors included the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf clusters and the Legion of Merit, retired from the Army in 1963. He then worked until 1984 as an engineering consultant for B-K Dynamics in Rockville.

He was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Falls Church.

His wife of 61 years, Genevieve R. Bernard, died in 2001.

Survivors include four children, Charles Bernard of Marlborough, Massachusetts, Joseph A. Bernard of The Woodlands, Texas, Genevieve M. Bernard of Dayton, Ohio, and Patricia B. Steele of Walnut Creek, California; and five grandchildren.


On Saturday, January 13, 2007, JOSEPH T. BERNARD, passed away at the age of 88 at his residence in Arlington, Virignia; husband of the late Genevieve R. Bernard; loving father of Charles D. Bernard (Marjory), Joseph A. Bernard (Terry), Genevieve M. Bernard and Patricia B. Steele; grandfather of five. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 3305 Glen Carlyn Rd., Falls Church, Virignia, on Thursday at 12 noon. Interment to be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Colonel Bernard’s name to the Army Emergency Relief National Headquarters, 200 Stovall St., Alexandria, Virignia 22332-0600.

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