From a contemporary press report
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA — A former Disciples Division of Homeland Ministries staff person and military chaplain was buried with full military honors January 12, 2001, in Arlington National Cemetery.
The Rev. William F. “Frank” Pitman, who died December 29, 2000, was co-director of family education in the Disciples Division of Homeland Ministries from 1976 to 1984. Pitman had completed 28 years as an Army chaplain 22 of those years in active duty serving in World War II and the Korean War.
He retired from the military as full Colonel in 1972. Additionally, he had pastored congregations at Mechanicsburg, Mt. Auburn, Niantic and Decatur, Illinois, and Burbank, California.
Pitman held memberships at Augusta Christian Church; the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists; the Indiana Association of Marriage and Family Therapists; the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the Association of Couples for Marriage Enrichment; and the International Transactional Analysis Association.
Pitman is survived by his wife, Loraine Anderson Pitman; children, John, Steven, Robert, Gregory, Christopher Pitman, the Rev. Ann Pitman Runnion; 13 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
Reviewed by: Michael Howard