NEW BERN | J.S. Zachwieja, Jr., 80, of Fairfield Harbour, died Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at Grantsbrook Nursing Home in Grantsboro after a long illness.
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Zach was born in 1934 in Philadelphia, PA. He entered the U.S. Army Infantry in 1951 and served combat tours in Korea and twice in Vietnam where he was awarded two purple hearts and a bronze star. From June 1960 to July 1961, with the 3rd infantry, he was the Platoon leader (Officer-in-Charge) of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery. As a Lt. Col. he retired in 1972 after 21 years of service. He moved to New Bern (FFH) in 1987 to play golf and enjoy his retirement.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia "Patty"; elder daughter, Theresa Cohen of Philadelphia, Pa.; son, Stephen Joseph Zachwieja of Redmond, WA; daughter, Alexa Hook of Chesapeake, VA, and six grandchildren.
A funeral mass will be held Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, P.O. Box 1111, Hermitage, PA 16148.
Online condolences may be made to the Zachwieja family at www.cottenfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory.
Published in Sun Journal on May 30, 2014