27 May 2008: Lieutenant Colonel Vincent E. McNamara, United States (Retired), 73, passed away Saturday at home Iin Hamilton, New Jersey.
Born in Syracuse, New York, Colonel McNamara was a resident of Hamilton for over 25 years. As a Army veteran, he was a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and served two tours of duty in Vietnam, the first as a military adviser in the Mekong Delta and the second as the operations officer in the 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division.
He was the recipient of the Combat Infantryman's Badge, two Bronze Stars, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, six Air Medals, and the Air Assault Badge.
During his military career of over 20 years, Colonel McNamara served as Company Commander, Delta Company, 3rd United States Infantry, “The Old Guard”, Washington, D.C.; Secretary to the General Staff, 3rd Army, Fort McPherson, Georgia, under General Flanagan; Secretary to the General Staff USAEUR, Heidelberg, Germany, under General Throckmorton; Commandant of the NCO Academy, Fort Dix; and retired in 1974 as acting commander of Committee Group, Fort Dix.
He was the son of the late James McNamara, and brother of the late James McNamara Jr., he is survived by his wife of 49 years, Linda (Mazzone) McNamara; his mother, Alice Eustice Ross; a daughter, Kathleen A. Grant and her husband Brian; two sons, Major Michael P. McNamara and his fiancee, Beverly Strunk, and Philip J. McNamara and his wife Beatriz; sister, Dolores Wickes and her husband William; grandchildren, Connor, Sean and Ryan Grant, J.C., Andrea and Sophia McNamara; and several nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. from St. Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church, 4620 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square.
Interment with full military honors will be held om 11 August 2008 Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, 1023 15th St. NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20005.
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