From a contemporary press report
William J. Varley, 78, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant colonel and combat World War II veteran, died of congestive heart failure June 9 at his home in Herndon.
Colonel Varley, a native of New York, entered the Marines in 1938. As he was promoted through the ranks, he saw World War II combat in the Pacific in the battles of Iwo Jima, Cape Gloucester and Guadalcanal. He was awarded the Bronze Star at Iwo Jima.
He later served as a demolition and a photo and printing instructor at the Quantico Marine Base and Marine Corps headquarters in Washington before his retirement in 1968. That year, he joined defense contractor Vitro Laboratories, working mainly as assistant head of the imaging department for about 20 years until retiring in 1992.
His wife, Blanche R. Varley, died in 1993. Survivors include two children, Deborah Greenstreet of Clifton and William H., of Herndon; a sister, Frances Connolly of Jackson, N.J.; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
William J. Varley, 78, Marine Corps Officer
Of Herndon, VA on Tuesday, June 9, 1998 at his residence; beloved husband of the late Blanche R. Varley; father of Deborah Greenstreet and William H. Varley; brother of Frances Connolly. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday, July 14 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hospice of Northern Virginia, 6400 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 1000, Falls Church, VA 22042.
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