From a contemporary press report:
Vahn Lordigan, 74, a retired Navy Lieutenant Commander who later became an Administrative Officer with the State Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration, died of cancer September 1, 1998 at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington.
Commander Lordigan, who lived in Fairfax, was born in New York.
He began his Navy career in 1945, and he served as a Navy flight instructor and later as an intelligence analyst. He was posted in the Philippines and at Navy bases around the United States.
In 1962, he retired from the Navy and joined the State Department, serving in Zambia and Morocco. Later he served in Turkey and Washington with the Drug Enforcement Administration.
He retired from federal service in 1989.
Survivors include his wife, Frances C. Lordigan of Fairfax.
LORDIGAN, VAHN, LCDR, USN (Ret.)
Of Alexandria, Virginia, on Tuesday, September 1, 1998, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, beloved husband of Frances Cooch Lordigan. Also survived by three sisters and one brother.
Graveside services will be held on Thursday, September 10 at 3 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery. Friends should assemble at the Administration Building at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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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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