From a contemporary press report:
Merle Landry Carey, 81, a retired Army colonel and Washington stockbroker, died of respiratory failure July 18, 1998 at Inova Alexandria Hospital, Alexandria, Virginia.
He retired from military service in 1963 after having served in the office of the Army's chief of research and development. His Army career included service as an infantry officer in Europe during World War II, occupation duty in Germany after the war, command of a tank battalion during the Korean War and an assignment as professor of military history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He attended the Command and General Staff College. His awards included a Silver Star and three Bronze Stars.
Colonel Carey was a resident of Alexandria, and he had lived in the Washington area since 1961. He was born in Marlboro, Massachusetts, and graduated from Boston College and the U.S. Military Academy in 1943.
After his Army retirement, he was a stockbroker with the firms of Alex Brown, Kidder, Peabody and PaineWebber. He retired in 1992.
His wife, Sarah R. Carey, died in April. A son, Jonathan S. Carey, died in December 1996.
Survivors include a son, Charles R. Carey of Potomac; two brothers; two sisters; and three grandchildren.
CAREY, MERLE L., COL, USA (Ret.)
On Saturday, July 18, 1998, beloved husband of the late Sarah R. Carey; father of Charles R. Carey and the late Jonathan S. Carey; brother of Verne Carey, Landry Carey, Jesslyn Ashworth and Ann Lavallee; grandfather of Andrew R., Nicholas S. and Sarah R. Carey. T Funeral services will be held at Ft. Myer Chapel on Wednesday, August 5, 1998 at 11 a.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. Reception to follow at Ft. Myer Officer's Club.
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