Richard Gabriel, 54, of Great Falls, Virginia, was a Vietnam War veteran who had been awarded a Purple Heart after losing a leg in battle and spending several days alone in the jungle. When he died aboard American Airlines Flight 77, his daughter, Patricia, said, he was on his way to Australia to do business for the firm he founded, Stratin Consulting Company.
“He had a big presence and strong personality,” she said. “When he came into a room, everybody felt his presence.”
Gabriel was a native of New York and a graduate of Manhattan College. He received a master's degree in business from Columbia University after the war and worked for General Foods and other companies before starting his consulting company, she said.
He was an avid reader of history books and loved spending time with his family. He is also survived by his wife, Ann, and four sons.
Patricia Gabriel said she was working in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday when the attacks occurred. When she heard that they involved a flight to Los Angeles, his first stop, “the first thing I thought of was my father.”
GABRIEL, RICHARD PETER
1ST LT US MARINE CORPS
- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 04/12/1968 – 09/30/1969
- DATE OF BIRTH: 12/13/1946
- DATE OF DEATH: 09/11/2001
- DATE OF INTERMENT: 01/09/2002
- BURIED AT: SECTION 3 SITE 2067-C
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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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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