Colonel Alexander Lemberes
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Jan. 27, 1923
Jan. 1, 2014
On January 1, 2014, Colonel Alexander Lemberes, West Point Graduate and Commander of the Special Forces in Vietnam, went to join his band of brothers in eternal rest.
Prior to his successful military career, Alex was born and raised in Sparks, Nevada growing up with strong ties to the Greek community. He spent over 30 years in the U.S. Army taking him to every corner of the globe. Prior to his admission to West Point, Alex was a student at the University of Nevada, Reno. He graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1947. He earned his Masters of Business Administration from Stanford University, and is a graduate of the Army's Command and General Staff College. He graduated first in his class from the National War College. He commanded the Special Forces in Vietnam until injured in a parachute landing. He saw duty with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, working closely with the President of the U.S. on the Cuban Missile Crisis, and organized and managed the Secretariat for the National Security Council during the Cuban Crisis. Military awards include the Legion of Merit, WWII Victory Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. He was especially proud of his final appointment as Professor of Military Science at UNR. His return to UNR was an honorable end to his military career but just the beginning of a second career as a successful businessman and active member of the Reno Rotary Club.
Aside from Alex's many accomplishments, he was a loyal friend and dedicated family man. He enjoyed spending time with his sister, children and grandchildren, playing jokes on his friends, and tending to his garden where he referred to himself as "the garlic king".
Alex found his true love later in life, a Nevada Native, Mary Morrison and didn't waste any time marrying his sweetheart in 1996. They enjoyed taking trips, hosting parties, and spending their golden years always together with their combined families.
Alex will be remembered by his friends and those who knew him best as a friend, mentor, storyteller, motivator but most of all, he was a mans man, a serviceman, and a ladies man.
Alex is survived by his loving wife, Mary, his daughters Dula (Goss) Talbott, Katie Lemberes, Mary's daughters, Gerre Young and Gwen Smithson, and many grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends around the world. The family will be having a private service and has requested donations to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org) in lieu of flowers.
Online condolences may be expressed in the Book of Memories at www.waltonsfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Jan. 5, 2014
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