From a contemporary press report:
Roger Pendleton, 76, a Springfield resident who retired in 1986 after 19 years as a civil engineer with the Defense Communications Agency's command and control technology center in Reston, died of a cerebral hemorrhage August 12, 1999 at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Virginia.
Mr. Pendleton, a former civil project engineer for the Air Force, was also active in civic organizations and was a recipient of awards for his volunteer work. He was a Shriner and a member of the Interservice Club Council in Springfield, the Kiwanis, the National Timberwolf 104th Infantry Division Association and the American Legion.
Mr. Pendleton, who was born in Carmel, Maine, graduated from the University of Maine and served with the 104th Infantry Division during World War II. He was in the Army Corps of Engineers during the Korean War and was stationed in Korea and Japan.
He also served in the Army Reserve, retiring in 1979 with the rank of colonel.
His first wife, Velda Brown, died in 1991.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Barrett Pendleton of McLean; a daughter from his first marriage, Patti Rusho of Thornton, Colo.; three stepdaughters, Sandra Beckett of Merritt Island, Fla., Bonnie Hanchett of Fairfax and Carol Ann Williams of Midland, Pa.; and seven grandchildren.
PENDLETON, ROGER LEE, COL, USA (Ret.)
Of Springfield and McLean, VA, on August 12, 1999, COLONEL ROGER LEE PENDLETON, beloved husband of Frances B. Pendleton and the late Velda Pendleton; father of Patricia Rusho and three step-daughters. Also surviving are two grandchildren and five step-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held on Thursday, August 19, at 12 noon at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, 1830 Kirby Rd., McLean, VA. Interment Arlington National Cemetery, 2 p.m., Thursday. Family requests contributions may be made to the Springfield Kiwanis Club, P.O. Box 5272, Springfield, VA 22150.
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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