From a contemporary press report:
Neal F. Ford, 75, an industrial engineer who worked 30 years for the Department of the Navy before retiring in 1979 as technical director of the Naval Weapons Support Activity, died March 14, 1999 at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park of complications following a stroke.
Mr. Ford, a longtime Silver Spring resident, was a native of DuBois, Pennsylvania. He served with Merrill's Marauders in Burma during World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.
He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Cook Ford of Silver Spring; four children, Ann N. Ford of Chevy Chase, Gregory Ford of Brunswick, Ga., Neal Ford of San Diego and Anthony Ford of Alexandria; two sisters; a brother; and five grandchildren.
FORD, NEAL FRANCIS
On Sunday, March 14, 1999, NEAL FRANCIS FORD of Silver Spring, MD. Beloved husband of Dorothy C. Ford; father of Ann Nicole, Gregory, Neal and Anthony. Grandfather of Brian, Christopher, Robert, Nicholas and Anna. Brother of Mary Shankle, Elizabeth Heberling and Thomas Ford. Mass of Christian Burial at Fort Myer Chapel, Arlington,VA, on Wednesday, March 24 at 2:45 p.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.
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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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