From a contemporary press report:
Marcel R. Gerin, 92, a retired Navy captain and past president of the Cherrydale Citizens Association in Arlington who also had served on the Arlington County Library Commission, died of renal failure August 9, 1998 at Sibley Memorial Hospital, Washington, D.C.
A former Arlington resident, he had lived at Manor Care Nursing Center in Chevy Chase since 1995.
Captain Gerin, who was commissioned in 1928, served aboard the battleships Arizona and Nevada, as well as destroyers and cruisers, before World War II. He was serving aboard a submarine warfare staff in the Pacific when the war broke out.
Later in the war, he served in this country and in the Atlantic. He was involved in the development of electronic countermeasure projects and was a commander of the Naval Communications Station in Washington near Ward Circle. For much of his later career, before retiring from active duty in 1958, he also worked on electronic warfare. His last Navy assignment was at the Pentagon, where he was chief of a section dealing with medals and other decorations.
After retiring from the Navy, he worked for the New York Public Library before returning to the Washington area and spent three years in the late 1960s with the Fairfax County Library System.
Captain Gerin, an Illinois native, was a 1928 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and received a master's degree in library science from Catholic University. At Annapolis, he had been boxing team captain and won two national welterweight titles. In 1986, he was inducted into the Washington Area Boxing Hall of Fame.
He was a member of the Uniformed Services Retirees Association and the Military Order of the World Wars.
His wife, Mary Olesen Gerin, died in 1988. Survivors include three children, Anne G. Warren of Falls Church, Mary G. Hines of Houston, and John L. Gerin of Bethesda; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
GERIN, MARCEL R., CAPT, USN (Ret.)
On Sunday, August 9, 1998, a resident of Arlington, VA for 50 years. Beloved husband of the late Mary O. Gerin; loving father of Anne G. Warren of Falls Church, VA, Mary G. Hines, of Houston, TX and John L. Gerin PhD of Bethesda, MD; grandfather of Margaret W. Quinn, Stephen, Christopher and Michael Hines, Kathleen G. Eisenhofer and the late William Hines, Jr.; great-grandfather of six. Also surviving is his nephew, Paul G. Fahlstrom of Tracys Landing, MD. Funeral services will be held at the Ft. Myer Old Post Chapel on Monday, August 24 at 9 a.m. Interment with full military honors Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Gerin-Fahlstrom Foundation, Carlton Historical Society, 406 Cloquet Avenue, Cloquet, MN 55720.
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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