Thompson Lamar Raney, 85, an Army Colonel who saw action in three wars, died of cancer October 26, 2005, at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He lived in Fairfax Station, Virginia
Colonel Raney was born in Fresno, California, and joined the mounted cavalry in 1939. During World War II, he commanded a platoon in the 823rd Tank Destroyer Battalion, which was part of the 30th Infantry Division. He fought at Omaha Beach in France and in Belgium and Germany.
He later served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He received the Silver Star and two Bronze Stars and retired from the Army in 1978. He is a member of the Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame.
He studied at the Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College and was a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. After his Army career, he received a master's degree in public administration from George Mason University in 1983.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Marianne Raney of Fairfax Station; three daughters, Carolyn Stoia of Lakeland, Florida, Nancy Raney of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Linda Raney of Fairfax City; a brother; and five grandchildren.
RANEY, THOMPSON LAMAR “Tom”
COLONEL USA (Ret.) (Age 85)
Passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 26, 2005 in Fairfax, Virginia. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Marianne; daughters, Carolyn (Patrick) Stoia of Lakeland, Florida, Nancy Raney of Fort Smith, AR and Linda
Raney of Fairfax, Virginia; a brother, George Raney of Ocala Florida and five grandchildren.
Interment with Full Military Honors at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorial contributions be made to the American Lung Association of Northern Virginia, 10340 Democracy Lane, Suite 203, Fairfax, Virginia 22030 or the U.S. Cavalry Association, PO Box 2325, Fort Riley, Kansas 66442-0325.
RANEY, THOMPSON L
- COL US ARMY
- WORLD WAR II, KOREA, VIETNAM
- DATE OF BIRTH: 03/13/1920
- DATE OF DEATH: 10/26/2005
- BURIED AT: SECTION 35 SITE 2353
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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