From a contemporary press report
Retired U.S. Marine Corps Master Sergeant Ronald Anthony Zemaitis passed away March 17, 2001 at Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Born in Quantico, Virginia, in 1942, he resided in Virginia Beach for the past 24 years. He retired in 1986 from the U.S. Marine Corps after a successful career that spanned over 26 years, including four tours of duty in Vietnam and participation in conflicts in Grenada and Lebanon.
During his career, he was awarded three Navy Achievement medals, eight Marine Corps Good Conduct medals, and many campaign awards, ribbons, Letters of Commendation and Appreciation. More recently he retired from NOAA.
He was predeceased by his father, Walter Zemaitis and brother Walter Jr. Survivors include his mother, Eugenia E. Zemaitis of Jacksonville, N.C.; his loving wife of 23 years, Marion M. Zemaitis; a daughter, Donnie Ann; four sons, Thomas, Robert, Kenneth and Brian; brothers, Robert and Michael; sisters, Beverly Choate and Carol Edmonson; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends who cared for him.
A funeral will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments, Laskin Road Chapel, by the Rev. Roderick McRae. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery on March 29 at 9 a.m. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to services from 6 until 7 p.m.
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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