From a contemporary press report:
Landon Greaud Cox, 86, an Army colonel who retired in 1969 after having served in the office of the inspector general, died of heart ailments August 30 at his home in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
In retirement, Colonel Cox served 15 years as an expediter in the procurement department of the Montgomery County Board of Education.
He was born in New Orleans, graduated from the University of Kentucky and began his military career with the Kentucky National Guard in 1933.
During World War II, he commanded a tank battalion in North Africa, Sicily and France and received two Silver Stars, a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
Postwar assignments included duty in Germany and Japan. He had lived in the Washington area for 37 years.
His marriages to Virginia Boyd and Virginia S. Cox ended in divorce.
Survivors include his companion of 30 years, Diane Knott of Gaithersburg; two children with Virginia S. Cox, Joseph Timothy Cox of Laytonsville and Sara Ellen Cox Bernstein of New York; two children with Virginia Boyd, Landon G. Cox Jr. of Texas and Michael Prentice Cox of Michigan; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
COX, LANDON G. (COL. USA RET.)
On Wednesday, August 30, 2000, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, loving companion of Diane L. Knott; loving father of Landon G. Cox Jr. Michael P. Cox, Sarah Cox Bernstein and Joseph T. Cox. Also survived by 12 grandchildren, Kimberly, Robert, Landon, Johanna, Emily, Landon III, Heather and Mitchell Cox, Nathan and Ruby Bernstein and Mary Virginia and James Zuverink and four great-grandchildren.
Interment with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery will follow at 1 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Assembly of God Church, Corner of West Deer Park and Cedar Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877.
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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