Courtesy of his clasmates, United States Military Academy Class of 1961
Michael J. Xenos
3/22/36 – 11/28/00
Our classmate, Michael J. Xenos, died on Tuesday, November 28, 2000, at the Hospice of Northern Virginia, Arlington, Virginia. Mike succumbed after a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer.
Mike was born in Greece on March 22, 1936, but considered Seattle, Washington, his hometown. After graduating from high school, he joined the Army and rose to the rank of Corporal. He attended the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School at Stewart Air Force Base in 1956–1957 where he was a squad leader and the Prep School detachment representative to the Pointer View. The Prep School yearbook highlights Mike’s penchant for “harassing the troops” as he was often heard commanding, “All right, keep it at EASE!” As the 1961 Howitzer states, Mike “. . . was well known to all as a varsity manager. His academic fortunes ran the gamut of success, from a harrowing experience with the English Department to some ‘solid’ victories over the Department of Mechanics. His selflessness and generosity have won him a group of loyal friends.”
Mike, Elaine, and family truly appreciate the many expressions of concern from his classmates during his illness.
Upon graduation, Mike was commissioned in the Signal Corps. After many significant staff and command assignments, including command of the 8th Signal Battalion, Mike retired in 1980. In retirement, Mike worked for Boeing Computer Services and the BDM Corporation before starting his own company, Sonex Enterprises, Inc.
Mike is survived by his devoted wife, Elaine; sons, John, Dean, Christopher, and Andreas; and six grandchildren. Funeral services at Arlington National Cemetery are pending. Condolences can be sent to Elaine and family at 3902 Ridgelea Drive,
Fairfax, Virginia 22031.
Mike, your classmates salute you for a job “Well Done! Be thou at Peace
XENOS, MICHAEL JOHN
- LTC US ARMY
- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 05/07/1961 – 04/30/1980
- DATE OF BIRTH: 03/22/1936
- DATE OF DEATH: 11/28/2000
- DATE OF INTERMENT: 12/12/2000
- BURIED AT: SECTION 7 SITE 8186-1
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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.
Reviewed by: Michael Howard