From a press report: 17 November 2002
Colonel Vincent A. Albers Jr., United States Mairne Corps (retired), age 73, of Dushore, Pennsylvania, passed away on Friday evening, November 15, 2002, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 9, 1929, a son of the late Vincent A. Albers Sr. and the former Marie Ungeheuer Albers.
Colonel Albers served 21 years of active duty. Primarily an infantryman, he did learn computer science as a secondary field. In this area, he was intimately involved in the design, implementation and management of the Marine Corps' Joint Uniform Military Pay System/Manpower Management System (JUMPS/MMS). An innovator, he applied computer science to a variety of Marine Corps management and tactical systems. He was responsible for the successful integration of several systems. He was head of the Manpower Management Information Systems Branch (HQMC) until retiring to form his own consulting firm.
As an enlisted man, he rose to the grade of Sergeant. As an officer he commanded units of platoon, company and battalion strength. His personal decorations include the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, the Navy-Marine Corps Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Purple Heart and two Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry.
He was a graduate of Rice University and held a master's degree from American University in computer science. His master's degree included the specialized fields of computer science and operations research. In this latter area, he postulated Circumventing the Northwest Corner Solution, which was later confirmed at MIT. For five years he was an adjunct professor at American University in the field of computer science and for an additional five years at Pepperdine University in the field of human resources management. He was an honors graduate of the Basic School, the Amphibious Warfare School and the Naval War College.
After retiring from the Marine Corps, Colonel Albers became president of Hidden Springs Farm Inc., located in Dushore. He provided consulting services to: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Office of Personnel Management, the National Urban League, the Social Security Administration, the Defense Personnel Support Center, the U.S. Customs Service, the National Park Service, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, American University, Pepperdine University, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the New Jersey Department of Transportation and the National Center for State Courts. He was a lecturer and consultant to the Judicial Colleges of the states of New Jersey, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Ohio. He testified as an expert witness in cases involving computer law and was a court-appointed special consultant in the Transit Casualty Co. insurance receivership. He was also a consultant to specific courts including juvenile, municipal, circuit, superior, civil and common pleas. He was actively involved in the design of systems in the states of Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Colonel Albers was cofounder and chief executive officer of the Child Alert Foundation, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization that provides a state-of-the-art software community notification system for law enforcement to help prevent child abductions.
Colonel Albers was a member of St. Basil's Catholic Church, Dushore, and also served as past commander and judge advocate of Loyalsock Post No. 996, American Legion, Dushore, and the 40/8 Honor Society. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Tucker Albers, and son, Vincent A. Albers III, of Dushore; daughter, Janet Marie Albers of Miami, Florida; brother, W. Paul Albers of Houston, Texas; sisters-in-law and spouses, Patricia and Major Thomas F. Manley, USMC (Ret) of Alexandria, Virginia, and Janet and Maj. James Bloom, USA (Ret) of Lake of the Woods, Virginia; and numerous nieces and nephews in Virginia, Ohio and Arizona.
Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Basil's Church, Dushore, with the Rev. Michael B. Harris, his pastor, presiding. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
Memorials may be directed to American Legion Scholarship Fund, in care of Loyalsock Post 996 American Legion, P.O. Box 171, Dushore, Pennsylvania 18614.
ALBERS, VINCENT ANTHONY JR
COL US MARINE CORPS
- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 05/04/1954 – 08/31/1975
- DATE OF BIRTH: 11/09/1929
- DATE OF DEATH: 11/15/2002
- DATE OF INTERMENT: 12/10/2002
- BURIED AT: SECTION 66 SITE 7540
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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