Robert Griffith Wooleyhan – Colonel, United States Army

From a contemporary press account

Robert Griffith Wooleyhan, 75, a retired Army colonel whose commands included the 53rd Signal Battalion in Vietnam during the war there and the U.S. Army Communications Command for the Military District of Washington in the 1970s, died of cancer September 23, 1998 at his home in Alexandria, Virginia

Colonel Wooleyhan served 36 years in the Army, beginning in 1943. After serving in the Pacific during World War II, he received an honorable discharge in 1946 but returned to the military a year later. He received a commission in 1950 and spent the majority of his career in the Signal Corps.

He was commander of the 125th Battalion of the 25th Infantry in Schofield Barricks, Hawaii, and later served on the staff of the deputy chief of staff for military operations at the Pentagon. He retired in 1979.

His military honors included the Army Commendation Medal, the Legion of Merit and the Air Medal.

His hobbies included restoring classic cars and collecting vintage model trains.

His first wife, Martha D. Wooleyhan, died in 1983 and his second wife, Dolores Wooleyhan, died in June.

Survivors include two children from his first marriage, Cathy W. Thurston of Portland, Ore., and Carolyn W. Baker of Richmond; and four grandchildren.


On Wednesday, September 23, 1998. Husband of trhe late Martha D. Wooleyhan and the late Dolores B. Wooleyhan; loving father of Cathy D. Thurston and Carolyn W. Baker and grandfather of Megan and Kelsey Thurston, Cullen and Kelly Baker. Funeral services will be held at Ft. Myer Chapel on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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