Vincent R. Lauria, Senior Executive Service, Federal Government (retired) Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army (retired) 0f Springfield, Virginia, passed away on Monday, March 3, 2008, at Mount Vernon Hospital, surrounded by his loving wife of 49 years and his only son.
He was 77. Born in South Weymouth, Massachusetts, January 26, 1931, the last of 12 children born to the late Genoveffa and Donato Lauria, longtime residents of Braintree, Massachusetts.
Vincent R. Lauria (Bobby) attended Braintree High School where he excelled in track and field, setting school and state records before graduating in 1948 and enlisting in the United States Army as a seventeen-year old recruit. After he graduated from Officers Candidate School, Mr. Lauria progressed through his military career, earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and his masters degree from Central Michigan University.
When he was stationed at the Military Signal Corp School in Ansbach, Germany, Mr. Lauria met his future wife Brigitte. They welcomed their only child, Vincent Robert Lauria Jr. into the world on August 22, 1959.
Serving in Korea, Panama and Vietnam, Mr. Lauria rose through the ranks receiving numerous awards and ribbons, including the Silver Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, and three Army Commendation Medals.
After retiring from twenty three years of active duty as a Lt. Colonel in 1970, Mr. Lauria entered private industry for a short time before returning to public service in 1972.
As a civil servant for the National Guard and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Lauria eventually finished his distinguished twenty-four year civil service career as a member of the Senior Executive Service with the United States Information Agency.
Mr. Lauria was a member of the American Legion, The Reserve Officers Association, The Military Officers Association and St. Bernadettes Catholic Church.
He enjoyed many activities through the years. Some include bowling, skiing, traveling, and attending his granddaughters soccer, basketball and volleyball events. He especially loved to spend time at his place at the beach.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Brigitte Lauria of Springfield, VA; their only son, Vincent Robert (Bob) Lauria Jr. and his wife, Diana (De); granddaughters, Kristen and Stephanie; sister, Rosa Cappola of Braintree, Massachusetts; sisters-in-law, Venerie Lauria of Braintree, Massachusetts and Maria Offley of Bellingham, Washington; numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services with Full Military Honors will take place on Wednesday, May 7, 2008, 11 a.m. at Arlington National Cemetery.
Graveside services with Full Military Honors will take place on Wednesday, May 7, 2008, 11 a.m. at Arlington National Cemetery. Family and friends should assemble at the Administration Building at 10:30 a.m.
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