From a contemporary press report:
R.D. Pat Mahoney, 73, a retired Air Force Master Sergeant and military affairs consultant who also worked for two members of the U.S. House of Representatives, died of cancer February 24, 1999 at his home in Manassas, Virginia.
Sergeant Mahoney, a native of Newton, Massachusetts, and a graduate of Boston College, served 24 years in the Air Force, retiring in 1970. During his military career, he served mainly as an air police investigator and instructor of modern communism. He served in Korea during the Korean War and in Vietnam during the war there.
His military honors included two Bronze Stars.
In 1972, Sergeant Mahoney joined the congressional staff of Representative John G. Schmitz (R-California), spending four years there as an assistant and speechwriter. He was a special assistant and military affairs adviser to Representative Larry McDonald (D-Georgia) for three years until the congressman's death in 1983.
He was a member of All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas, the Legion of Mary and the Special Forces Association. He was a trustee of the Durrell Foundation in Winchester.
His marriage to Madlynne Mahoney ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Donna F. Mahoney of Manassas; four children from his first marriage, Theresa Mahoney of Newton, Massachusetts, Kevin F. Mahoney of Westport, Connecticut, and Roland Mahoney of Houston,Texas; and Patrick B. Mahoney, of Dallas, Texas; three stepdaughters, Lee Anne Monk of Fairfax, Virginia; Karen Blake of Brooklyn, New York, and Judith Mair of Minneapolis, Minnesota; a sister; three brothers; and six grandchildren.
MAHONEY, R. D. PATRICK, SMSGT, USAF (Ret.)
Age 73, of Manassas, Virginia, on Wednesday, February 24, 1999, at his home. Survived by his wife, Donna F. Mahoney, one daughter, three sons, three step-daughters, one sister, three brothers and six grandchildren. The funeral liturgy will be offered 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 4, 1999, at All Saints Catholic Church, 9300 Stonewall Rd., Manassas. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, with military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Youth for Tomorrow, 10105 Linton Hall Rd., Bristow, Virginia 20136, or AAA Women for Choice, 9380-A Forestwood Lane, Manassas, Virginia 20110, in memory of R.D. Patrick Mahoney.
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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