Thomas Jason Roberts – Major, United States Army

Thomas Jason Roberts, 76, retired, passed away Thursday, January 27, 2000 in Fort Worth, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 2, 2000 at the Old Chapel in Fort Myer, Virginia. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, donate to the National Prisoner of War Museum. Donations in his memory may be made to Andersonville Trust, Rt. 1, Box 800, Andersonville, Georgia 31711.

Thomas Jason Roberts was a husband, father and soldier. He died as he lived, with
courage, faith and love. He was born to James Carl Roberts and Mary Barnes Roberts on September 6, 1923 in Price, North Carolina. Thomas was raised in a loving family with his brothers, Leonard Roberts, Cabel Roberts, James Carl Roberts Jr.; and sisters, Mary Alice Roberts and Sally Rebecca Roberts, who died at a young age.

Thomas joined the Army in 1940 and was assigned to the 168th Anti-Tank Co. 34th Division at the start of World War II. He was captured by the German Army on February 17, 1943 in the Battle of Kasserine Pass. Thomas was imprisoned in several camps in Germany.

During his distinguished career, he served in England, Africa, Italy and Germany, and was member of the Old Guard at Fort Myer, Virginia. Thomas retired from the Army in 1965 as a Major.

After the Army, Thomas joined the Central Intelligence Agency and served in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Thomas married Joan Elizabeth Palmer Roberts on September 19, 1948. They have two daughters, Julia C. Roberts and Linda R. Kurland. Thomas reserved a special place in his heart for his grandchildren, Elizabeth Kurland, Nathan Kurland, Jason Wall, Kelly Coppin and Amy Coppin; as well as his sons-in-law, Mark Kurland and Chris Coppin.

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