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LTC, U.S. ARMY (Ret.)  
(Age 79)  

A resident of Annandale, Virginia, LTC Van Dyke passed peacefully at his home on September 21, 2013 after a long battle with melanoma. LTC Van Dyke was born on December 9, 1933 in Holland, Michigan, the youngest of six children to the late William Van Dyke and Gertrude Van Dyke (né Fitzgerald). After spending his childhood in rural Michigan, LTC Van Dyke graduated from Michigan State University in 1955, later adding a Masters Degree from Central Michigan University.
LTC Van Dyke entered the U.S. Army in 1955 and served for 22 years including tours in Korea, Viet Nam and Panama. While assigned to the U.S. Army General Staff, LTC Van Dyke spearheaded the development and implementation of the Enlistment Bonus Program, a key element in the transition to the all-volunteer Army. Among LTC Van Dyke's decorations were the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Army General Staff Badge.
After retirement from the Army in 1978 LTC Van Dyke was employed in several software development firms before becoming the Director of Human Resources for Northern Virginia Community College where he finished his career.
LTC Van Dyke is survived by his devoted wife of 59 years, Letha C. Van Dyke (né Fillingham), his beloved three sons, James Jr (Christine) of Annandale VA, John (Marie) of Aesch, Switzerland, Thomas (Kathleen) of Fairfax Va, grandchildren Cathy (Greg), Mary, Victor, Elise, Julia, twins Stephen and Paul Van Dyke, niece Cecelia Harper, and great-grandchildren Isabel and Leila Humphreys.
Relatives and friends may attend a viewing at Jefferson Funeral Chapel, 5755 Castlewellan Drive, Alexandria, VA, on September 28 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. LTC Van Dyke requested that contributions be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 75817, Topeka, Kansas, 66675 or online at

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Published in The Washington Post on Sept. 26, 2013
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